About Crafty Sew & So

Start As You Mean To Sew On with Crafty Sew & So! 

 Hello! I’m Freya, the face behind Crafty Sew & So.  I am passionate about sewing, dressmaking and all things crafty, and love inspiring and encouraging others to have a go at making things too.  My goal with Crafty Sew & So is to inspire everyone to pick up a new hobby or develop their skills in an old one. 


I love events! 

One of my favourite things to do is to run events!  I work with Sarah from My Handmade Wardrobe to bring you sewing events in and around Leicester.  You may have come to one of The Dressmakers Ball’s we’ve hosted, or a local Sew Leicester social day.  In the summer, we’re planning a Sewing Camp!  Everyone is welcome to join us for our events, we love meeting and getting to know you so much.


Our Patterns and Kits...

Over the last few years I have be developing kits and craft patterns based on the award winning workshops Crafty has ran.  They are all designed to recreate the workshop experience at home! 


How it all started...

I first met Sarah at a sewing workshop she was running, and we discussed our dreams of opening a workshop space and haberdashery shop.  In September 2015, we joined forces to open the doors of ‘Crafty Sew & So - Studio and Haberdashery’ in Leicester City Centre to bring you a range of exciting crafty opportunities and a beautiful equipment and fabrics.

I have over 10 years of experience working for various high street retailers, including TK Maxx and John Lewis, and I have always dreamt about opening an independent craft shop.  I’m a self-taught seamstress, blogger and enthusiastic ‘have-a-go’ type person, who loves all kinds of creative pursuits! I particularly enjoy learning new skills and challenging myself with more difficult projects, like jeans or coat making!

We had a wonderful 5 years selling our fabulous range of sewing goodies and running workshops in our lovely shop and studio in Leicester City Centre.  But in 2020 we changed to an online retailer and started running live online workshops during the Covid-19 lockdown. In November 2020 we moved from our retail premises to a new studio space in Leicester City Centre where I now plan and create the sewing patterns, subscription boxes and digital workshops.