The Great British Sewing Bee Christmas Special line-up has been announced

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Sewing Bee Christmas Special line-up announcedJames Stack - BBC

The Great British Sewing Bee Celebrity Christmas Special is going to be back this year with a new celebrity line-up ready to follow those tricky patterns and transform unwanted materials into something fabulously festive.

Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young regularly come back at Christmas to share their expertise and critiques, and potentially dolling out the "chics" if the celebrities are up to scratch.

And we now know which celebrities have been confirmed to taking on the sewing challenges for the Christmas special. This year we can look forward to seeing Strictly Come Dancing pro Johannes Radebe, Eastenders' star Natalie Cassidy, model and TV presenter Penny Lancaster and podcaster Rosie Ramsey.

The celebrity sewers will take on a pattern for a Christmas apron and turn a sack full of children's hand me downs into a novelty outfit for a baby. Finally they create pop star inspired fancy dress to ring in the New Year before dancing the night away to a Dolly Parton classic.

BBC One has yet to confirm when the special will air.

Typically they air two celebrity episodes over the festive period – one a Christmas special, and the other a New Year's Eve extravaganza, but this year only a Christmas special has been announced.

Last year, the celebrities in the Christmas special had to follow a pattern for a Christmas jumper, transform a charity shop bundle into fancy dress outfits, and create made-to-measure dresses from Christmas past.

The New Years's line-up were given a pattern for a festive waistcoat, had to revamp old clothes into children's party dresses, and create food-themed fancy dress costumes.

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Claire's ice cream sundae costume was a creation of dreams. More of that below.

Meanwhile, this year's Sewing Bee saw Annie being crowned champion in the final after fending off tough competition from Debra, Man Yee and Brogan.

Here's everything we know about the Sewing Bee Christmas Specials 2022 below...

Sewing Bee Christmas Specials 2022

Like last year, we expect this year's festive specials to be split into two; one around Christmas day celebrating all things festive, and one around New Year's Eve featuring an extravagant party theme.

The Christmas Special aired on Wednesday, 22nd of December on BBC One at 8pm, and the New Year Special aired on Wednesday, 29th December on BBC One at 8pm.

We'll have to wait for official confirmation from the BBC for this year's release dates.

In the meantime, you can get into the festive spirit early and catch up on last year's Sewing Bee Christmas Specials on BBC iPlayer now.

Sewing Bee Christmas Special 2021 - Who won?

The first line-up included Rev Kate Bottley, Antony Cotton, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, and Anneka Rice. Corrie's Anthony Cotton won the coveted mannequin, gone from its traditional gold to green for the festive season, impressing the judges with his terribly chic navy dress complete with an Esme-approved big red bow.

The second line-up featured Lawrence Chaney, Rose Matafeo, Claire Richards and Kirsty Wark. Claire won the competition with her mouthwatering made-to-measure ice cream sundae costume.

Where is the Sewing Bee filmed?

The 2022 series of Sewing Bee was filmed in a former textile mill called the Sunny Bank Mills, located in Farsley, Leeds. Patrick said of the location: "Leeds is at the heart of the wool and textile industry so it feels appropriate to film in a great big spinning mill."

We can't wait to find out who might be taking part this year. We'll keep you posted.

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