Ho ho sew! How to make an advent calendar

How to sew an advent calendar

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for sewing fun and festive additions to this year’s Christmas decorations! Whip up this easy advent calendar to add a home-sewn touch to your countdown…

How to sew a tablet holder

How to make an iPad holder

Let’s face it, last minute gift shopping can be a bit stressful. Why rush around the shops when you can whip up a quick gift from your fabric stash? We’re here to help!

How to make a kite mobile

How to make a kite mobile

Make these kites in bright colours and co-ordinate the ribbons on the tails for a lightweight breezy decoration. This project was designed by Sammy Claridge from Sew Crafty. It’s a taster of our fat quarter projects, which are great for beginners. To see more like this, check out our Fast Fat Quarter blog series of easy… Continue reading

How to sew bunny egg cosies

How to make bunny egg cosies

Hop to it! Fill your breakfast table with instant Easter cheer by stitching up Kajsa Kinsella’s Easter bunny egg cosies. They’re quick to whip up an all you need is some felt, thread and ribbon. This is a great little project if you’re looking for  ideas for kids Easter crafts ideas to keep little fingers busy in the school holidays. Depending… Continue reading

Quick-sew party coasters tutorial

Quick sew party coasters

Let your coasters do the talking with some cheerful stitched-on slogans. A spot of simple embroidery is all you need for a party-table talking point. Chin chin! This is the third in our series of free blog birthday party projects to celebrate issue 27 and two years of Simply Sewing magazine. Read on for Rebecca Reid’s free tutorial for how to make… Continue reading

DIY fabric pom poms tutorial

DIY fabric pom poms

Welcome to the first of today’s virtual birthday party projects! We’ve made our party playlist, sorted out our venue (we’ll hosting our birthday bash here on the blog, and over on our Facebook, Instagram & Twitter feeds all day today), and now it’s time to decorate… Read on for Rebecca Reid’s free tutorial for how… Continue reading

Fast Fat Quarter: how to make pattern weights

How to sew pattern weights

Cutting out your sewing patterns will be a breeze thanks to these pretty pattern weights by Jennie Jones.Read on for our free tutorial and learn how to make your own pattern weights. All you’ll need is one fat quarter of fabric to get started! This project is part of our Fast Fat Quarter series of… Continue reading

How to sew fabric letters

How to sew fabric letters

Spruce up shelves and surfaces with these nifty DIY fabric letters! We’ll talk you through how to sew letters, step-by-step, with this easy tutorial by Rebecca Reid. This free project is a taster from our special collection of 101 Home Sewing Ideas – featuring the best of Simply Sewing‘s home sewing projects from our archive, hand picked by… 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