Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Specials 2022

© The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special. Picture shows: Judge Esme Young, Presenter Sara Pascoe and Judge Patrick Grant in the sewing room. Love Productions, James Stack.

Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special 2022

The Great British Sewing Bee is on BBC One for the second time this year with a Christmas celebrity special episode!

The Great British Sewing Bee is back with a celebrity Christmas special episode and we are thrilled to have another chance to enjoy our favourite TV show! Returning to BBC One again in 2022, it’s our chance to get a sewing fix over the festive season. We will be updating you with everything you need to know about the challenges and celebrities taking part here on the blog.

When will the Sewing Bee Christmas Special be on TV?

The special sewing bee series will air on BBC One in the UK on Thursday 22nd December 2021 at 8 pm. The episode will be an hour-long and include many of the challenges we have seen in previous sewing bee series. Earlier this year series 8 aired on BBC One and included ten episodes along with twelve contestants, all trying to be crowned Britain’s best home sewer.

Who are the celebrity contestants for the Sewing Bee Christmas Special?

Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young return along with presenter Sara Pascoe and a group of celebrities who take on special sewing challenges. Celebrities include Strictly Come Dancing Johannes Radebe, Eastenders’ star Natalie Cassidy, model and TV presenter Penny Lancaster and podcaster Rosie Ramsey. How will these celebrities fair with a sewing machine? Will they need help from the judges to complete their challenges?

Find out more about judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young in our ultimate guide to The Great British Sewing Bee.

© The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special Sewers, Rosie Ramsey, Johannes Radebe, Penny Lancaster and Natalie Cassidy in the sewing room. Love Productions, James Stack.


Rosie Ramsey – presenter, actor, author and podcaster, Rosie is well known for co-hosting the hit podcast Sh**ged Married Annoyed with her Comedian partner.

Johannes Radebe – dancer and choreographer, Johannes is a and star of Strictly Come Dancing.

Penny Lancaster – model and TV presenter, Penny is also a Special Constable and menopause campaigner.

Natalie Cassidy – actress, Natalie has played Eastenders character Sonia Fowler since 1993.

How many episodes are there for the celebrity Sewing Bee special?

There will be one special sewing bee episodes this Christmas and as usual, three challenges for the celebrity contestants to take part in. In the episode, celebrities will sew a Christmas apron, followed by sewing a novelty outfit for a baby from children’s hand-me-downs in the transformation challenge. The final challenge will be to create pop star-inspired fancy dress for bringing in the New Year.

Christmas Sewing Bee celebrity Episode guide 2022

We’ll be bringing you all the pattern picks from the special sewing be episodes after the programme has aired so you can recreate these looks for your handmade wardrobe. We will be sharing the details here including projects sewn by the celebrities and the sewing patterns featured, from independent and commercial pattern companies. In the previous series, contestants have faced three tasks per episode including a pattern challenge, upcycling challenge and creating their own garment for a theme. In the pattern challenge, they all make the same garment, using the same paper pattern. For the upcycling challenge, they must turn an existing item of clothing into something completely new in only 90 minutes. In the final most challenging task, they must create a perfect garment, sewn to fit a model.

Pattern picks: Episode 1

Coming soon…


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