35 seasonal makes in issue 61

We think autumn is the best season of all for indulging in some quality time at your sewing machine (hello, cosy fabrics!) – and we’ve got lots of projects for you to start working on today in issue 61. It’s filled with bright homewares, staple garments and cute gifts for (dare we say it) Christmas. Take a peek inside…This time of year is all about keeping warm with stylish layering – and our cover-star Pinafore Dress is the ultimate mix-and-match layering piece! Colourful corduroy, classic denim and heavier-weight cottons are all ideal for this style, and you can customise it with the two pocket and strap options included for a different look. Share your version tagged #simplysewingmag Does anything beat the feeling of swishing around in something floaty, feminine and me-made? We don’t think so – and issue 61’s Simple Skirt pattern by Nani Iro is made for swishing! From Nani Iro’s new book, The Nani Iro Sewing Studio, courtesy of Search Press, the skirt is one of 18 timeless patterns in the book to add to your capsule wardrobe, all in the brand’s simple, artful style. Also with issue 61…yes, it’s time to get started on Christmas crafting! Our Handmade Christmas booklet has festive projects galore, from cute decorations to quick-sew gifts and toys. There’s even a page for you to write your ‘gifts to sew’ list (make sure you check it twice, Santa-style!).

Also in issue 61:

  • Sew bright dining room accessories
  • Make a faux fur coat – no pattern needed
  • Stitch a tote bag in Liberty fabric
  • Refashion a T-shirt with striped cuffs
  • Learn how to sew a kangaroo patch pocket
  • Discover the heritage behind wax print fabrics
  • Transform a men’s shirt into a dress
  • Sew a hand-finished quilt
  • Meet the team behind Atelier Brunette fabrics
  • Make a reusable linen shopper set
  • Discover the life-changing power of sewing with Minki Kim
  • Stitch embroidered snowflake gift tags
  • Sew a Scandi-style stocking
  • Make a cute polar bear plushie

Apron sewing project