Great British Sewing Bee, BBC2

Series 3 of the Great British Sewing Bee returns 28 January 2015, giving makers a legitimate excuse to stay in every Wednesday…

Romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas

Valentines Day ideas

This time of year the web is flooded with pink and red Valentine’s Day gift ideas and while we do love those heart-shaped DIYs we can’t resist finding a few romantic gifts that are less mainstream. As well as these six finds there’s a bunch of pins on our Valentine’s board below. Tell us what… Continue reading

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

Friday Frock: Wide Pocket Retro Dress Patterns by Burda Style

Our favourite frock of the week… a wide pocket retro dress This little number featured in Sharon Holland‘s Gossamer Petally Fresh (available from Art Gallery Fabrics) will take you from winter to spring in one effortless twirl. The Wide Pocket Dress, part of the Two for the Road retro collection by Burda Style, is a… Continue reading

Meet designer-maker Pygmy Cloud

Pygmy Cloud. Whether we say it loud or whisper, those words sweep us off to a wonderland high up in the mountains where stars shine bright and little people dwell. How fitting then as Diana reveals the perfect transportation to get us to such creative peaks: easy-sew hot air balloon coasters (get the pattern in… Continue reading

Sewcial Sparkle: our social media favourites (week 2)

We can spend hours looking at sewing related hashtags on Instagram, can’t we, makers – it’s a magnificent source of inspiration for every sewist and crafter, and we’d like to thank the individuals who capture our interest and make us take in their creative sparkle. This week we’d like to introduce these sparklers: @molliejohanson, @suevaunallison, @crazyoldladies, @shelovesdresses, @kettleandthread… Continue reading

A Sewing Infographic

Here’s a really great infographic about the resurgence of sewing visually illustrating the benefits of sewing, age demographics and its affect on the economy. One point in this sewing infographic really resonates with us: ‘it’s becoming harder and harder to justify paying out for things you could make yourself’ – we often find ourselves thinking,… 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…

Sewcial Sparkle: our social media favourites (week 1)

Sewing Sparkle - Simply Sewing Magazine

We can spend hours looking at sewing related hashtags on Instagram, can’t we, makers – it’s a magnificent source of inspiration for every sewist and crafter. After a good session on the trusty smartphone we have buckets of creative energy to get on with WIPs and we’d like to thank those individuals who capture our… Continue reading

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