Fabric shopping in Brighton + Sewmance Festival

Last Saturday I headed to lovely and sunny Brighton to spend the day at Sewmance Festival, a crafty and sewing fair that has just celebrated its third edition (they did the first one last Summer and then the Christmas one in December). It is a beautiful local event that keeps growing and growing, packed with crafty stalls selling fabric and yarn and also offering different workshops from how to use a sewing machine, to block printing (this one was super popular!) or crocheting.


Main entrance of the event held at St. George’s Church

I was invited to do a talk by lovely Stacie, one of the organizers, to tell again my #sewingstory. It was my third time (first one last year, then on YouTube) and I loved it all the same (and yes, was nervous as heck, hehe). I talked about how my sewing story (and changing careers on my 30s) was linked to my mental health journey. I lovely bunch of ladies (and a couple of gentlemen?) listened intently and hopefully they felt a bit inspired afterwards 😃 Other amazing sewists told their own sewing stories as well like Gabby from Gabberdashery or Elle from Sew Positivity. It was a great day.

Here are more pics of what you could find and see:


Crafty stalls


Lovely fabrics at Cloth and Candy


The ladies from Suzy Magazine were there as well!


People trying the sewing machines


More lovely fabrics from The Eternal Maker


A popular stall, the block printing one

Apart from the Sewmance Festival, I took the opportunity to do a bit of a fabric shopping tour to take some pics and show you some of the best places to buy fabrics in Brighton, as well as haberdashery, patterns and more. First, I started at Fabric Land, a shop that I usually go to mainly online to search for sales and cheaper fabrics (perfect for testing my patterns!).


Two floors and lots of fabric options


Main entrance, near the center of Brighton, on a popular high street

Then I visited New Fabric Fair (no website) and it was just like entering the cave of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves who have been stealing fabric in this case and put it all there, hahaha.


It was tooooo packed with fabrics, you could hardly move! I am sure that with some patience and time there will be some gem hidden in there but I think it wasn’t exactly for me, although the lovely couple attending the shop were very nice 😃


The crazy inside

My next stop was at the Brighton Sewing Centre, the shop where I bought my lovely Janome DKS 30 a few years ago. It is a small shop but veeeery cute! There are a few sewing machines that you can try, novelty fabrics, quite a lot of jersey options and also sewing patterns for kids and a couple for adults.


Very nice front of the shop


Love all the colours around

They were also selling something I have never seen before, laminated linen which was amazing! I was thinking about getting some to make a backpack so will check their website to see if I find it (as if I needed more fabric… 😆)


They had quite a lot of lovely jersey fabrics

Right next to the Brighton Sewing Centre, I found a new place, The Fashion School, with sewing and fashion classes only for kids and teenagers and which I think it is a brilliant idea.


I need those letters on my own studio!

Right in front of the school you can also find Wendy Ward’s studio where she teaches sewing, pattern cutting, her own patterns… I’ve never been to but it looks like a great place to learn.


My last stop was at Ditto Fabrics, a very popular shop online as well. It was my first time going to the actual shop and although smaller than I imagined (I think they were refurbishing the second floor at the time), it was also a lovely shop and they had lots of bargains at the front.



Apart from these shops there are of course others based in the area but working mainly online like Fabric Godmother for example, that has open days several times during the year.

All in all I have to say that for such a small town Brighton has a lot to offer sewing-wise. I think that because it is such a creative, vibrant community, fabric and haberdashery shops can easily find a spot. Have you ever been or do you know any more shops in Brighton that you would like to recommend?

Comment below and…

Happy sewing!



7 replies on “Fabric shopping in Brighton + Sewmance Festival

  • Debra

    I know this is an old post but in case anyone is visiting Brighton who likes to sew (like me!) don’t forget C&H (Closs & Hamblin) on Western Rd. It’s close to Fabric Land if you’re headed out that way and has a large selection of fabrics and haberdashery.

  • Barbarags

    Your talk at Sewmance was great and I just adored the shirtdress you made that you were wearing- those rows of beach huts on the fabric were so appropriate for an event in Brighton. I do so much fabric shopping in Brighton, you can start within a few minutes walk of the station and there are so many individual shops with inspirational ideas to steal as well- plus cafes for pauses between shopping. There is a fashion section in the Brighton Museum and if you take a bus along the coast to Worthing there is more fabric shopping ( though not as exciting as Brighton usually I admit) and a fabulous historical costume collection in the Museum there).

    • CocoWawaCrafts

      Thanks Barbara! So glad you liked it. About the shirt, it actually had mini shirts! 🙂 Brighton has so many independent business, it always inspires me 🙂 But I am not allowed to fabric shop hahaha Too much this year already! Xxxxx

  • Romy

    Thanks for this, I’m going to Brighton next weekend so great timing! Although I’m not sure my bank balance will thank me!

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