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

Free sewing pattern: quick kimono top

This simple kimono top from Simply Sewing issue 3 is made using just two pattern pieces and can be sewn up in an afternoon.

Free shift dress pattern: tips for getting started

Have you added the Sew Crafty shift dress pattern (free with issue 13) to your to-sew list? Read on for our top tips on getting started, including taking accurate measurements and cutting out your pattern.

Know-how: what to look for when buying a sewing machine

With so many makes and models on the market, buying a sewing machine can be a daunting process. That’s why we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you on your way…

Clover Wonder Clips

Whiz through sewing projects with Clover’s Wonder Clips. These handy gadgets are the ideal alternative to pins, especially for securing heavyweight or difficult fabrics such as vinyl. Wonder Clips will help you hold garment seams, multi-layers of fabric and other bits in place prior to stitching so can make light of bulky and tricky work…. Continue reading

Free sewing patterns: How to make a flower brooch

New to sewing? Try this super simple brooch project to get the hang of gathering, back stitches and ruffles..

Free sewing patterns: How to make a chic headband

Free sewing pattern: How the make a fabric headband

Make a Parisian-inspired headband in just six steps

Pincushion patterns – our cup of tea

There’s nothing quite like getting behind the sewing machine, hot cup of tea in hand, ready for a good stitching session. Only, our brew never stay warm long enough, by the time we go to inhale sip our tea it’s ice cold. Sound familiar? We’ve found just the make that’ll serve as a reminder to… Continue reading

DIY clay and fabric jewellery dish

Give your jewellery dish an elegant finish. Here’s a look at how your fabric scraps will come in handy…

Free sewing pattern: How to dip-dye and sew a kimono

Learn how to make a kimono and dress up your jeans with Leanne Garrity’s ombré cover-up project Make like a starlet and swan around in this graceful kimono for a girl’s-night-in, pampering. Slip it on as an effortless cover-up at the beach, or style an on-trend festival look by pairing with a vest, cut-offs and… Continue reading