Join the Big Hospice Sewing Bee

St Elizabeth Hospice is looking for local crafters to join the Big Hospice Sewing Bee and compete to turn a used item of clothing into a cutting edge masterpiece.

The competition will run from Friday 12 February to Monday 14 March, giving you just over a month to perfect your upcycled garment. You can change the item into a completely different garment, or upcycle it, transforming it with embellishments, or adding/taking away pieces of material and haberdashery accessories.

The finalists will be chosen by a panel of experts at an awards event and those with the best designs will then compete live on Saturday 19 March to win the overall title of the Big Hospice Sewing Bee Champion – and a fantastic prize!

Fiona Ginn, St Elizabeth Hospice’s partnerships fundraiser, said: “The Big Hospice Sewing Bee is a fantastic opportunity for you to use your creative, sewing and haberdashery skills in this exciting new event, whilst supporting your local hospice.

“All the money raised from the Sewing Bee will help go towards improving life for local people living with a progressive illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease or heart failure in East Suffolk.”

Entry is £10, with £5 of that given back to you in voucher form to spend at one of St Elizabeth Hospice’s 26 shops to buy the material to upcycle.

Sign up for the Big Hospice Sewing Bee online now at or to request a paper form, please call 01473 723600 or email

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