Win 27 metres of Art Gallery Fabrics!

Art Gallery Fabric Simply Sewing Competition

The lucky winner of this month’s prize will have a fabric stash to envy, as we’ve got a bundle of Art Gallery Fabrics worth £350 to give away. The prize includes 10 gorgeous cotton prints in 2.7m (3yd) lengths – that’s enough to make 10 dresses! Prints include classic florals, bright stripes and bold graphic… Continue reading

Simply Sewing issue 17 templates

Sewing Bee Breton top pattern

Download the sewing patterns for Simply Sewing now! Get the full instructions for the sewing patterns in issue 17.

Simply Sewing issue 17

Issue 17 cover

With series 4 of The Great British Sewing Bee returning to our screens this month, more people are learning to sew than ever – and Simply Sewing issue 17 is a great place to start!

Great British Sewing Bee series 4, episode 1: the techniques


It’s finally back! The Great British Sewing Bee has returned to our screens with a particularly tricky first episode, in which the contestants (meet them here) tackled cutting striped fabrics on the bias to create a chevron top, a maternity frock refashion (which new judge Esme wasn’t too impressed with) and fitting a skirt to… Continue reading

5 times Claudia Winkleman stole the show on GBSB

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The Great British Bake Off may have the dream double-act that is Mel and Sue, but The Great British Sewing Bee’s presenter Claudia Winkleman gives them a run for their money when it comes to cheesy puns, witty comebacks, and, of course, offering the contestants a sympathetic shoulder to cry on when it all goes… Continue reading

Free tutorial: kimono cover-up

Kimono project

Taking you from beach to bar, this kimono cover-up by Coats Crafts is a holiday essential and is so easy to sew up – no pattern required! Wear yours as a beach cover-up on your next summer holiday, or with jeans and a tee at the weekend. Here’s how to make it…

GBSB series 4: meet the contestants


With just a few days to go until The Great British Sewing Bee gets underway, here’s a sneak peak at the contestants who will be raiding the haberdashery this series. We can’t wait to watch them whip up wonder garments in mere minutes and follow their sewing highs and lows over the coming weeks!

History of fashion series: the 1940s

1940s fashion

We’ve been travelling back in time through some of the fabbest fashions of the past century, and now we’re heading to the war-torn 1940s.

Simply Sewing meets GBSB’s Esme Young


With judge May Martin making a surprise departure from The Great British Sewing Bee, it was announced in February that Esme Young was to join Patrick Grant in casting an eye over the sewists’ creations in GBSB series 4. Co-founder of cutting-edge clothing label Swanky Modes in the 1980s and creator of some of the… Continue reading

Win a Janome Sewist 525S + sewing goodies!


Whether it’s a box of shiny new pins, a bundle of beautiful fabrics or even a brand-new sewing machine, we always feel a burst of creativity when we add to our sewing stash. So, just imagine the creative possibilities with this issue’s bumper bundle of sewing goodies, worth £409!