Join in the fun for World Craft Week

World Craft Week 2019 cover on wood social

Happy days! Next week is World Craft Week, when makers everywhere come together and share seven days of projects, giveaways and challenges to celebrate our favourite thing – crafting! Reach for your needle and thread and get ready to join in the fun…

Easy-wear looks to sew in issue 54

Issue 54 is out now and we’ve filled it with simple-to-make garments that are as fun to sew as they are to wear, plus on-trend home accessories and cute toys for kids, too. Here’s a look at what’s inside…

Issue 54’s pattern downloads

Issue 54 has hit the shops – grab your copy today! You can download the free templates and sewing patterns from issue 54 to print out at home below. Just print out the PDFs at 100% and then get your cutting scissors at the ready! Note: these pattern sheets don’t include The Wrap Dress, The Cora Top… Continue reading

Simply Sewing meets: Sewing Bee series 5’s Janet

Great British Sewing Bee series 5 Janet

A whizz with jersey and GBSB‘s unofficial sewing guru, Janet left the Sewing Bee sewing room this week – sob! Janet lives in North Yorkshire with her husband of 48 years, David and their dog. As a little girl, Janet was taught to sew by her Italian mother and at 16 was making her own… Continue reading

Your Guide to The Great British Sewing Bee 2019: Episode Guide

Great British Sewing Bee 2019 week 6

What a week it’s been on The Bee as the sewists reuse and recycle second hand materials, from fabric scraps to soft furnishings. Catch up with all of the highlights from each week of the Show with our Great British Sewing Bee episode recaps.

How to sew a circle cape: inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee

In series 4 of the Bee, the sewists made a wool cape in their Made to Measure challenge, which inspired us to get stitching up our own swishy circle cape. We were inspired to share this tweed cape tutorial by Portia Lawrie at the time and we’re reshaping it today in anticipation of tonight’s Sewing Bee being themed on… Continue reading

Win: sewing machine and overlocker from Singer

Simply Sewing issue 54 competition

Enter today to win a Heavy Duty Singer 4423 sewing machine and 14HD854 Overocker worth £579.

Simply Sewing meets: GBSB’s Mercedes

With her good nature and creative dressmaking skills, Mercedes will be very missed in the GBSB sewing room after her departure in episode 5 – and there must be something in our eyes as she gets tearful remembering her nan and sharing the philosophy of “sleep well and sew”. Words to live by, Mercedes.

The Great British Sewing Bee 2019 news

The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 contestants

We’re just a bit excited about tonight’s Great British Sewing Bee. Here’s all you need to know about The Great British Sewing Bee 2019.

12 beginner sewing patterns to start making today

Victoria skirt beginner sewing patterns

Whether you’re returning to sewing after a few years away from your machine or have never sewn a stitch before, it’s a good idea to begin your dressmaking journey with a simple pattern so you can perfect the basics.