Episode Ten: From Sewing Bee to Sewing Boss with Tilly Walnes and Lauren Guthrie

This week’s guests are the legendary Tilly Walnes from Tilly and The Buttons and Lauren Guthrie from Guthrie & Ghani…

These two ladies really need no introduction. Having been on our TVs in the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee together, Lauren and Tilly are good friends and we had such a lovely chat hearing about their rise to what we can only describe as ‘serious Sewlebrity status!’

We hear all about where their love of sewing started, how they started their business, their teams, branding, blogging and The Great British Sewing Bee!

Tilly and Lauren are wonder women who have gone from being crafty for a hobby to having two of the biggest independent brands in the sewing business as well as being amazing mums and super lovely people – we are in awe! So, we hope you share our joy and get inspired as we delve into their worlds!


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NB, This is an online recording and although we have really tried to give you the smoothest episode there are bits that drop out slightly and we apologise for this. Luckily we didn’t lose any of the good stuff!



Tilly is the founder of Tilly and The Buttons, a UK based sewing pattern company with  2 books, online courses and a very active blog.


Lauren runs Guthrie & Ghani, a fabric and haberdashery shop and sewing studio in Birmingham, UK. With a sewing book under her belt she also teaches sewing and has a frequent vlog too.


Tilly’s first inspiration to start sewing : Bright Star

First blogs: Caseys Elegant Musings
We Sew Retro
Did You Make That

Sketching in the V&A

Lauren’s first make: liberty wrap top
then a coat !!

Lauren and Tilly in The Great British Sewing Bee  – Series One

Joe Lycett is the new host!

London College Of Fashion

A selection of Tilly’s timeline in pictures:

First PDF released

First printed pattern – the game changer!

First book

Lauren – making the shop!

The house before it became Guthrie & Ghani



(Thanks to Charlotte, English Girl At Home for the pics!)

Sew Brum – sewists meetup in Birmingham

Brilliant tips for making time to sew on Tilly’s blog

Tilly and The Buttons team:

Louise – sales and communications manager
Katie – office
Jenny – office assistant
Vanessa – pattern drafter
Joanne –

Jasmine – current intern

Emily – Self Assembly Required

Ben at Guthrie Ghani

Lauren’s vlog

Jean Luc Goddard films for Tilly and The Buttons brand ideas:

SEND US Suggestions for Tilly’s next book … hello@stitchersbrewpodcast.co.uk

Learn to Sew with Lauren book

And to end with a picture of Lauren and Tilly at Guthrie & Ghani together…

+++ Theme song created by Stephen Ellis +++

+++ Podcast edited by Gabby Young and Stephen Ellis +++

Gabby Young



Megan Valero

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