Why The Prize For 'The Great British Sewing Bee' Doesn't Really Matter


Each year, more and more people are coming round to the idea that The Great British Sewing Bee is an excellent way to spend their evenings. Like The Great British Bake Off, the show's first few seasons were a little lowkey, but now with the sixth season underway, it’s fair to say The Great British Sewing Bee has cemented itself a worthy addition to the reality TV competition landscape. On it, you'll get to see a batch of amateur sewers battling it out to become Britain's best home sewer, but what is The Great British Sewing Bee prize?

Contestants shouldn't put a down payment on that mansion just yet, as the only thing the winner of The Great British Sewing Bee will be taking home is a trophy, the title of Britain's best home sewer, and, I imagine, some pretty sore thumbs. As Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant previously told the Telegraph, "it’s not about the prize, it’s about the enormous honour of being crowned the champion."

And to rub some more salt in the wound, the Sewing Bee judge also said: "At least on Bake Off, they win a nice trophy. We made our trophy round the back of the set with coloured spray paint!" Couldn't they have sewed a better one?

It is assumed the prize remains the same during this year’s series. However, just to be sure, I have reached out to the BBC for comment and will update with any new information once it becomes available.

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As iNews reports, The Great British Sewing Bee 2020 will follow the same format as years gone by, and is once again hosted by comedian Joe Lycett, who made his return to the series alongside judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant.

Speaking to Gathered, Grant previously revealed how the theme of sustainability will very much be present throughout the new season.

“We’ve always taken great pains to point out to people that textile has real value,” he explained. “Pieces of clothing out to have as long a life as they possibly can.”

“People who watch the show are encouraged to make things themselves,” Grant added, before concluding, “when making things yourself, who you are comes out in them, so it’s expressing yourself as well, and things have a more sentimental value.”

The Great British Sewing Bee airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on BBC One.