Crafty Betty is not just a shop. It is an Award Winning Sewing School based in the heart of Nottinghamshire. With 99 square metres of space for sewing, shopping and unleashing your inner creativity Crafty Betty is definitely worth a visit!
Based within the retail area in London Road Carpark, you can find Crafty Betty right next to the Peugeot Dealership. Carparking is available right outside (it is a public carpark so there is a fee).
The Story of Crafty Betty
Michelle Baker Owner & Founder
BA (Hons) Education & Arts Award Advisor
Running Crafty Betty is really 'sew' much fun and it doesn't feel like a job. When I am not working I can be found on the River Trent with my husband and family onboard our boat
Hello! I am Michelle Baker, founder of Crafty Betty.
It all started in 2013 from a shed at the bottom of the garden and it was the best thing I ever did. After years of being a Teaching Assistant in the Art & Design Department of my former Secondary School, I took the plunge in 2008 and decided to return to University to train as a Teacher. At the time I was a single Mum to a four year old girl so I knew it would be a challenge but I knew I owed it to myself to give it a go - I had nothing to lose! Roll on to 2011 and I found myself at Lincoln Cathedral graduating with a 2:1 Honours Degree in Secondary Education, one of the proudest days of my life!
Crafty Betty is now in it's 8th year after I left my job in a school to start teaching people to sew in local venues and shared studio spaces. Coming from a creative family, I have always crafted in some way. My Dad loves painting, my Mum sews and my Grandma Betty spent every school holiday patiently showing me how to create things. I saw naming my business after her as a fitting tribute to a talented seamstress, knitter and renowned button collector that sadly is no longer with us.