Raleigh, NC

Cosplay at the Expo 


Calling All Novice and Master Cosplayers and Costume Makers...

Come on out to Original Sewing & Quilt Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 5, 6 & 7 for all things Cosplay.


Wear Your Costume on Saturday! 

If you’re a maker, wear a Costume or Cosplay design and receive FREE General Admission to the Expo on Saturday. Whether you’re an historical figure, a princess, a hero or heroine, a villain or side-kick, come strut your stuff and enjoy a bit of Cosplay fun...even win cash.


Cosplay Runway Show & Contest with Cash Prizes!

Commentated by Cheryl Sleboda of Sew Much Cosplay

Contest Judged by Jenn Taylor and Mark Ingraham

Cosplayers, Reenactors and Costumers are invited to walk the runway in the Cosplay Show & Contest on Saturday at 3:00 on the Expo Stage.

Click here for the Contest Entry Form and details. Entry Deadline is Thursday, August 5th at 12:00pm ET


The judged contest is comprised of two categories:

Novice Category
Expert Category 

The Novice Category winner will receive $100 cash and gift bag of Cosplay products and tools. Runner up will receive a bag of Cosplay products and tools.


The Expert Category winner will receive $200 cash, an Imaginator 3D printer and a gift bag of Cosplay products and tools. Runner up will receive a bag of Cosplay products and tools.


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Epic Cosplay Costumes on Display
See a selection of costumes on display at the Expo on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Featuring:

Kristie Good aka Karmada Cosplay
Emily aka Luna Lady of Light Cosplay
Aaron Ingraham aka Aaron Cosplay
Cheryl Sleboda aka SewMuchCosplay 





Cosplay Classes at the Expo

Sign up for classes from Cheryl Sleboda to learn new cosplay costuming techniques. Click on each title below for details and to register. 


Time Management Strategies for the Busy Stitcher | Thursday 9:00-10:00am 

Corset Basics for Cosplay and More | Thursday 10:30am-12:00pm 

Cages, Bustles and Crinolines, Oh My!  | Thursday 12:30-2:00pm

Secrets to Success with Unusual Fabrics | Thursday 2:30-3:30pm

Fabulous Fabric Manipulations by Machine | Friday 8:30-11:30am

Even More Heirloom Textures by Hand | Friday 1:00-4:00pm

Articulated Armor Pauldrons for Cosplay | Saturday 9:00-11:30am

The Secrets to Better Costumes for Cosplay and Beyond | Saturday 12:30-1:30pm


Click to view all classes and workshops at the Expo


Product Demos and Sewing Supplies

Shopping, shopping, shopping! Experience retail therapy inside the Exhibit Hall where you’ll be surrounded by an incredible selection of machines, tools, fabrics, notions and patterns.

Thank you to these fine companies who provide continued support.