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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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    Apr 12, 2009, 06.31 PMby januaryt

    How Fun!! Fort Worth, TX?

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    Apr 10, 2009, 07.36 AMby sewtp

    It would be great to get together and share sewing ideas and talents. I am in Central Massachusetts, USA (Brookfields area). I welcome anyone who wants to learn to sew, share sewing ideas, or brag about their sewing to contact me. Together we can start a club.

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    Apr 9, 2009, 08.04 PMby ladysophie

    Hi everybody, It seems nobodys from New Zealand. Come on guys. Is there anybody out there from Tauranga [North Island] New Zealand. I would love to start a group!

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    Apr 9, 2009, 05.48 PMby merceitu

    me encanta la idea de crear un club o grupo de mujeres que les guste coser de repente, yo soy de Concepción Chile

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    Apr 9, 2009, 01.16 PMby kathleens

    This sounds like a great idea! Any one in Salt Lake City, Utah?

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    Apr 9, 2009, 01.15 PMby bettyf

    Hi, I am adding our small informal sewing group to the Burda Sewing Club list. We`re in Saint John (and the Kennebecasis Valley), New Brunswick, Canada.

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    Apr 9, 2009, 11.25 AMby anacaracois

    Great idea!! anyone in Taunton, uk? =))

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    Apr 9, 2009, 11.08 AMby turnerkirkgate

    Just what I need – anyone in north yorkshire, Harrogate/Ripon/Thirsk area?

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    Apr 9, 2009, 09.25 AMby Natishia Chacon

    The best place to set up meeting is at a Fire Station meeting room. Here they are free. BUT you have to be doing a free class and not charging for it. I do a meeting for our quilting group twice a month. I have tried to start a couple of sewing groups, but with no sucess. I am going to try this in Vancouver, WA

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    Apr 9, 2009, 07.12 AMby nenasew

    Woo Hoo! what a great idea. I’m emailing team@burdastyle.com right now.

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    Apr 9, 2009, 06.36 AMby taffetasilk

    great idea! :D anyone else in Norfolk, UK?

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    Apr 9, 2009, 06.15 AMby emjaen

    Melbourne, Australia anyone (St Kilda-side)?

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    Apr 9, 2009, 05.08 AMby elfies

    Just sent an email :) would be happy and very excited to start a group in Belgium :)

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    Apr 9, 2009, 04.53 AMby laurapilgrim

    Hi! Anyone in Leeds, West Yorks?

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    Apr 9, 2009, 12.16 AMby patriciafavre

    What a good idea !! Anyone from Switzerland ? or who speak french ??

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    Apr 8, 2009, 09.23 PMby mzchoize

    This sounds great! I’m in Houston, if there’s any fellow Houstonians out there or in the surrounding areas.

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    Apr 8, 2009, 09.07 PMby notesinabox

    Brilliant!

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    Apr 8, 2009, 07.57 PMby Chicky C

    Australia, Sydney Northern Beaches anyone?

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    Apr 8, 2009, 07.50 PMby love2sew66

    I think this is a wonerful idea! Are there people here in Knoxville, TN who are interested or is there a sewing club already?

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    Apr 8, 2009, 07.13 PMby modgranny

    Yes, I’m in Webster, NY…anyone else in the Rochester, NY area interested?

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    Apr 8, 2009, 06.30 PMby mrsjoker

    A great idea. I would love to go to one . I’m in St Clair,Missouri,USA near St Louis
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    Apr 8, 2009, 05.39 PMby susanboden

    Canberra, Australia?! It is a great idea. We’ve just added handwork to our bookgroup to try to make good use of the time sitting and talking (not that sitting and talking is B-A-D)

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    Apr 8, 2009, 05.34 PMby askalice

    This would be amazing! St. Louis anyone?

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    Apr 8, 2009, 04.41 PMby bonmac

    I love this Idea, but I appear to be the only one from Australia so far…

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    Apr 8, 2009, 02.21 PMby sunnyb64

    It sounds like a really interesting idea! I doubt there’s anyone near me (Delaware isn’t exactly the happening crafty place), but good luck to those of you who do get one going!

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    Apr 8, 2009, 01.39 PMby kiarasmommie87

    anyone in the south miami area of florida??? call me so we can get together 305.457.7326

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    Apr 8, 2009, 01.38 PMby nelia

    Great idea. Ist hier jemand aus Darmstadt (Germany) oder Umgebung? Meldet Euch einfach bei mir…

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    Apr 8, 2009, 01.22 PMby aaliah326

    Anything in the nyc area?

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    Apr 8, 2009, 12.51 PMby bonybunz

    this idea rocks !! anyone near Paris in France ? com’on !!

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    Apr 8, 2009, 12.21 PMby caprice202hotmailcom

    anyone in oshawa ontario?? i would love to join a group cynthia

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