Fast Fat Quarter: how to make baby booties

How to sew baby bootees

Dinky feet will look oh-so-sweet in Jennie Jones’ gorgeous baby booties! They make great baby gifts and are a lovely quick sewing project. This free tutorial is part of our Fast Fat Quarter series of quick and easy sewing projects using only one or two fat quarters of fabric. Enjoy! How to sew baby booties: step-by-step… Continue reading

DIY kids’ halloween costume: Cat cape

How to sew a cat cape

With Halloween just over a week away, it is officially fancy dress season! Get your spooky sew on with Kirsty Hartley’s children’s cat costume tutorial. This fun cat cape is sure to become a favourite everyday dressing-up piece in your little one’s wardrobe, and also makes a great Halloween costume for school discos, trick or treating or let’s… Continue reading

Fast Fat Quarter: new year, new series

Simply Sewing issue 24 Fast Fat Quarter Lewis and Irene fabric

If you’re already a fan of our magazine, you’ll be familiar with our Fast Fat Quarter easy sewing projects. If not, here’s the gist: each issue, we bring you a project that you can make with (you guessed it), just one fat quarter of fabric. Clever eh? We came up with the idea after realising that… Continue reading

The Audrey Dress

SSM24 The Audrey Dress pattern shop sold out

We’re taking style tips from screen icon Audrey Hepburn with her namesake dress sewing pattern: The Audrey Dress. This vintage-style pattern is a classic frock with a cinched-in waist, swishy pleated skirt and hem band detail. We think Audrey would approve! At this time of year, we love spending cosy evenings in curled up in… Continue reading

How to make Christmas Stockings

How to make Christmas stockings

Yesterday we showed you how to sew up a presents sack for Christmas morning, and today we’ve got another classic Christmas make for you – How to make Christmas stockings.  In the last in our series of Christmas sewing patterns, designed by Rebecca Reid, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to sew your next family tradition. You… Continue reading

How to sew a Christmas gift sack

How to sew a Christmas gift sack

Pop on your favourite Christmas tunes, pour your favourite sewing tipple and get making this DIY gift sack. It’s the latest in our series of Christmas sewing patterns, designed by Rebecca Reid. How to make a gift sack You will need… Main fabric: 68x106cm (27x42in) Top fabric: 13x106cm (51/4x42in) Appliqué fabric: 15x15cm (6x6in) Lining fabric: 78x106cm (31x42in) Thick piping… Continue reading

Sew a softie: easy-sew decorations tutorial

How to sew softie tree decorations

Whip up these mini shapes in just a few hours and use them to deck out your tree with that home-sewn special touch. How to sew Christmas decorations You will need Main fabric: 15x30cm (6x12in) Polyester fibrefill Ribbon to hang Matching sewing thread Download and print our DIY decorations sewing patterns (PDF) Notes We’ve used  Hantex, fabrics,as follows:… Continue reading

How to sew your own star cushions

How to sew star cushions

It’s official – we are feeling full of holiday cheer here at Simply Sewing magazine. Our team trimmings up, our Secret Santa plans are afoot, and now we’re in the mood for a spot of seasonal sewing. For our first festive post in this series, we’re making these pretty star cushions. We’re lucky enough to have the ever-so-clever Rebecca… Continue reading

Say hello to issue 24

Simply Sewing issue 24

We’ve just had our first office copies of our brand new issue! Simply Sewing issue 24 goes on sale today (grab your copy today). With this issue, we’re all about trialling new ideas. We always love to bring you free sewing patterns, and this month our cover star The Audrey Dress is our first retro-style free pattern. She’s… Continue reading

Join the #celebrate_handmade revolution!

Bunting DIY

It’s here! Black Friday… the day that celebrates shopping is back, and it’s never felt busier. Everyone from high street stores to local shops and our favourite websites seem to be offering us £££-saving deals. While for many of us it’s the perfect excuse to bag a bargain and save pennies on our Christmas gifts (or stock up on new… Continue reading

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