Crafty Claudia Winkleman

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 February 2013
Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman says hosting 'The Great British Sewing Bee' has inspired her to make clothing for her family

Claudia Winkleman makes her kids' clothes after hosting 'The Great British Sewing Bee'.

The 41-year-old presenter is "proud" of the forthcoming needlework show - which will air on BBC Two this spring and admits working on the programme, which is described as similar to the 'Great British Bake Off', has taught her a new skill.

Claudia - who has kids Jake, nine, Matilda, six, and 19-month-old Arthur with husband Kris Thykier - said: "I can't sew but on day one, after we'd filmed for a day, I went home and made clothes for my kids.

"In the same way that before 'Bake Off' I went to Tesco and bought cakes - but now I can make my own. Now I feel the same way about my kids' clothes and me.

"I made little navy roundneck cut-off tops that look amazing and you would trawl Bond Street for and spend a fortune on - and they fit so beautifully.

"The whole crew got involved. It might not be the next craze and nobody might watch it but I'm proud to be involved in it."

Claudia - who quit her role as 'Strictly: It Takes Two' host last year to be with her children - doesn't believe she is a typical role model, and thinks she is "lucky" that she mainly works on projects which fit in with her family life.

She added to The Sun newspaper: "I'm not conscious of being a role model because I'm bright orange and like eating chocolate and I'm sure there are lots of things that I'm doing badly.

"But I'm lucky that I have a job where I can be a mum at the same time. I choose stuff when the kids are asleep. The [BBC One] Film... show is 11 o'clock at night, the Radio 2 art show is 10 o'clock at night.

"I've got friends who go to work and come in at 7pm and that's much harder."

Last week, Claudia helped launch a competition to enable one lucky winner to become an 'Honorary Cadbury Taster'. Pepole have until April 1, 2013 to submit a word to define the great taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk at

Words up to 15 characters can also be submitted via Twitter by going to @DairyMilk and using the hashtag #JoyvilleTaster.

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