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[Updated 7/1/2011 – For information on how to start a club or connect with one of your own, please visit this dedicated blog post.

Badges to promote your BSC can now be found directly on site. Download them here.]

Several members have expressed the wish to meet with other sewing enthusiasts near them. So we thought it would be great to help initiate BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs!

A BurdaStyle Sewing Club (BSC) is a group that meets regularly to discuss sewing related issues. Each one is uniquely tailored to fit its members, and each leader is given control over what is discussed, taught and created.

BSCs are centered around each group’s unique schedules, and can meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. The clubs are simply a way to bring our online community offline and, like our website, is intended to be versatile for a wide range of interests and lives. They promote our open-source philosophy: the idea that information ought to be shared freely among anyone interested in learning. The BurdaStyle Team is on hand to offer advice regarding meeting ideas, venue options and promotional help.

Forming a BSC is easy! Interested members can simply send an e-mail to david[at]burdastyle[dot]com, stating their interest and location. You are then sent a detailed introductory letter, explaining what a BSC is and their expected responsibilities. Although having more than one BSC in the same location is accepted, we encourage prospective leaders to first contact the leaders nearest them.

Once you review and accept the responsibilities in the introductory letter, you will be sent a Leadership Packet. The Leadership Packet contains everything one needs to start and maintain a successful club, including:

- An introductory guide to the BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs
- A sample proposal letter for prospective hosting venues
- A flyer template to advertise your BSC
- A Member Information Sheet to learn more about your club members
- A preformatted Excel spreadsheet for organizing your club
- A printable How-To

Along with the Leadership Packet, new BSC Leaders are given a custom 125 pixel badge, with the BSC logo and their specific location. You are then listed on the BSC Leader Directory and on the BSC Google Map. Our Leaders are then encouraged to create a group page on the BurdaStyle Ning Site, an extension of BurdaStyle.com specifically for BSC members. There you can meet other leaders throughout the world, post upcoming meeting dates, share group photos and creations, and brainstorm new ideas!

Established in April 2009, there are over 260 BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs in 14 countries worldwide.

Start a new BSC today! E-mail david[at]burdastyle[dot]com for more information.

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151 Comments

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.35 PMby emadden

    I’m in London (W2) would love to join/start a sewing club!

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.12 PMby belinda

    Great Idea!! I am also in Durban South Africa and would happily organize a club. Belinda

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    Apr 14, 2009, 10.35 PMby Elisabeth Nielson

    @ LadySophie! Here I am – but a little far south for you.

    Anyone in the Wellington region keen? I’m in Lower Hutt (only 15 mins from Wgn CBD), and have loads of space!

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    Apr 14, 2009, 07.55 PMby beri

    Have a small group of seamstresses get together on Thursdays in Punaauia, Tahiti in French Polynesia.

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    Apr 14, 2009, 06.33 PMby sewbutterfly

    If someone starts one near Casselberry, Florida…I’ll be there!

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    Apr 14, 2009, 06.24 PMby vanessa

    Awesome! I’m more of a joiner than an organizer right now. Anyone starting up a group in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, Michigan?

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    Apr 14, 2009, 05.28 PMby redheadedjen

    I am definitely interested in joining a group in Boston. I live in Quincy.

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    Apr 14, 2009, 03.06 PMby pascuala

    I really like the idea, who’s from santiago, Chile?

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    Apr 14, 2009, 02.00 PMby sewmichelles

    Hi

    I an already a member of the Australian Sewing Guild and go to a group in Boronia Victoria Australia, Anyone is welcome to share the fun of sewing. Anyone not in a group its a great way to learn, fit be fitted and enjoy creating.

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    Apr 14, 2009, 12.50 PMby kesakuu

    This sounds very interesting! I wonder if there are any BurdaStyle members in London, UK?…

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    Apr 14, 2009, 12.43 PMby leanor

    brilliant idea! I just wish there were some crafters in this community from around Prague, Czech Republic…

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    Apr 14, 2009, 12.40 PMby muzerlina

    Cool! Is anybody near Wilmington, Delaware?

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    Apr 14, 2009, 12.05 PMby foxyroxy

    Santa Barbara, CA—-anyone, anyyyyyone :-)

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.54 AMby littlemissstitch1

    What a brilliant idea… Anyone from Wirral or Liverpool (UK)

    Have just emailed the team… not sure i’m experienced enough to be a leader although i’d still give it a go, would definately love to join a group though

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.25 AMby tinkerbellehell

    I’m in Austin, TX – How about it? Anyone here also interested? Thanks

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.24 AMby brooklynstitch

    I’m in Brooklyn (Cobble Hill/Red Hook area). I definitely want to join a sewing club and might even be up to organizing it…Anyone in my area looking to join forces?

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.21 AMby sewingbee29

    I love this idea! Manhattan…???

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.21 AMby mkcollection

    I’d love to be a part of a club too! I have an office and could host if need be…I’m in central NH…anyone else?

    Dawna

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.19 AMby luloo

    I would be very interested in this……space isn’t a problem.

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.14 AMby sharonsc

    I’m in South Africa, on the Bluff and would love to have someone to swap tips and tricks, patterns and good spots to get bargains and generally natter about sewing as only sewing junkies do! ;~)

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    Apr 14, 2009, 11.06 AMby bellamabella

    im in the yonkers ny area, but i also work in nyc..

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    Apr 14, 2009, 10.50 AMby needlebug

    For year, I have wanted to join a craft club, but I just wasn’t down with the S&B kids. This is perfect, so if anyone from St. Louis, MO wants to join my club, feel free!

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    Apr 14, 2009, 10.21 AMby sewingkatyenka

    hi all we in the bristol area have just started a bellydance costume making group, I am the one helping with the making as i am a sometime costume maker and textile artist. We have started on a Burda skirt pattern which we will add some shiny decoration (roll on shimmies and sequins). we meet ounce a month, is ther anybody out there, we stil need a venue though, perhaps burda can help. sewing katyenka

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    Apr 14, 2009, 07.11 AMby littlevigilante

    I sent an email to organize a group in Bemidji, Minnesota. Anybody intersted can message me!

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    Apr 14, 2009, 05.28 AMby nannypenny

    Wow, a sewing buddy…now that would be nice! I have everything to teach someone how to sew and I mean EVERYTHING…I just need a buddy who can sew on weekends, maybe one evening during the week but I get up at 3:00 am to get to work (65miles one way!). I’m in little old Gleason, TN. That’s near Martin, Dresden, Greenfield if anyone is in the area. Send me an email!

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    Apr 13, 2009, 11.24 PMby solemnraven

    I would like to organize a Denver Chapter.

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    Apr 13, 2009, 07.45 PMby ldsfashion

    Anyone on the Northen Seattle area?

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    Apr 13, 2009, 10.07 AMby saturnschild

    Maine here, message me people!!!

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    Apr 13, 2009, 09.14 AMby ohwrite

    I’d love to participate or start a group in the Los Angeles South Bay area!!

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    Apr 13, 2009, 08.48 AMby africancotton

    Hi there, I’m in South Africa, near Durban and would love to organise a club. What a fabulous idea. Any others out there, let’s get started.Helen

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