How to sew a yoga mat bag: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Simply Sewing how to make a yoga mat bag

In case you missed, this week was quarter-final of the Great British Sewing Bee, where the five remaining sewers battled it out (in the most polite, British way possible) over activewear. They grappled with lycra, turned ski suits into children’s jackets and got technical with yoga outfits. If you’re keen to have a go, but… Continue reading

Win fabric to sew up summer treats

win fabric to make The Lizzy Dress from Simply Sewing issue 18

If you haven’t seen it yet, the Lizzy Dress is our must-make dress of the summer. The pattern comes free with issue 18 of Simply Sewing magazine, and we love it so much we’re giving you the chance to win fabric to make it with! We’ve got 3 metres of Afternoon Sail fabric from The… Continue reading

Win a Sew Over It trouser-making course

SewOverIt trousers course

We’re giving away three chances to win free access to Sew Over It‘s latest online class, the Ultimate Guide to Fitting and Sewing Trousers (approx £40). Lisa Comfort and the Sew Over It team have put together this super-handy course to demystify the process of making trousers, with beginner and intermediate patterns in sizes 18-20. We’ve… Continue reading

Win a £200 Simplicity sewing bundle!

Issue 18 competition

Enter today for your chance to win trims, patterns and a sewing caddy from Simplicity!

History of fashion series: the 1920s

Louise Brooks 1920s

Hurrah, it’s time for us to head back to the 1920s for the next installment in our History of Fashion series – one of our all-time favourite decades for style. We’re thinking The Great Gatsby, we’re thinking Boardwalk Empire, we’re thinking Downton Abbey season five.

Simply Sewing issue 18 templates

Seahorse toy sewing project

Download the sewing patterns for Simply Sewing now! Get the full instructions for the sewing patterns in issue 18.

Simply Sewing issue 18

Simply Sewing issue 18

With the summer holidays on the horizon, we’re stitching up projects for enjoying the sunshine! Sew picnic accessories, add summery new garments to your wardrobe (including a knit top and dress, shift dress and an irresistible wax-print skirt inspired by GBSB), embroider pretty blooms and master essential sewing skills, all in Simply Sewing issue 18, on… Continue reading

How to sew vintage patterns: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Vintage sewing patterns with floral prints from Plum and Pigeon

We’re feeling pretty groovy about sixties-style dress making after last night’s Great British Sewing Bee. If you’re keen to get the look, never fear – you don’t have to jump straight in with PVC! Start by sewing up a pattern from yesteryear with our essential guide to sewing vintage patterns. We asked several sewists to… Continue reading

Last chance! Get 5 issues for £5

Subscribe to Simply Sewing magazine

Start the week by treating yourself to a little sewing therapy! There are only a few days left before our chance to get 5 issues for £5 comes to an end – the offer runs out this Friday so why not snap it up and subscribe today? And if that’s not enough of a sewing hit to… Continue reading

Meet Great British Sewing Bee contestant, Rumana

Simply Sewing meets Rumana from Great British Sewing Bee

Here at Simply Sewing we’re ever-so-slightly hooked on the Sewing Bee 2016. So we’re thrilled to meet contestant Rumana, one of the stars of series 4. Rumana works as a Junior Doctor, and sewing has become a way for her to destress and unwind after work. Growing up, her family had little money so her mum used… Continue reading