It’s nearly Christmas and the Bee-hive, that lovely haberdashery-packed room, is packed with pattern and sparkle!
The Great British Sewing Bee will air two celebrity Christmas Specials this year. In each episode, host Joe Lycett will welcome four celebrity guests to the sewing room. In the first episode, Denise Van Outen, Shirley Ballas, Dr Ranj Singh and Sara Pascoe put their sewing skills (or perhaps lack of them!) to the test.
They will compete in the sewing trio of challenges. The first will see them making a pair of festive pyjama bottoms – the perfect loungewear for Christmas morning. Followed by a transformation task – where they have to create a festive fancy dress outfit for a dog (this should be interesting!). The final made to measure task – the four celebrity sewers must make a perfectly fitted dress to wear on Christmas Day. Who will shine and create garments worthy of taking centre stage this festive season?
The second Christmas Special brings together a quartet of semi-finalists from the show from a year goneby. Greet again Sandra, Stuart, Lauren and of course the winner, delightful Ann – return for hugs, chats and communal sewing.
Under the watchful eyes of Bee judges Patrick Grant and May Martin, each sewer contributes a Chritsmas project. From a pattern to a table runner before striking out on their own with a home-made Christmas gift. Ann Rowley makes a teddy bear. Stuart Hillard creates a tweed satchel for his partner because ‘boys need bags, too’! Lauren Guthrie makes a mini doll’s house and Sandra Lavender puts together a gardening belt. And, of course, the Bee-tree is decorated with everyone’s made-from-scratch baubles. It’s all rather charming!
Judges Patrick Grant and May Martin reunite with the semi-finalists. Together they pool their experience and talents to make everything from Christmas table linen to exquisite tree decorations. As they sew, they all share stories of their own family Christmas traditions.
For more sneak peek video clips from the show – click here
Dates for your diary
The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas special will air on BBC One on Boxing Day, Saturday 26th December at 7.45pm.
The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity New Year special will air on New Year’s Eve, Thursday 31st December at 8pm on BBC One.