How to sew a circle cape: inspired by GBSB

Episode two of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the sewists tackle tricky childrenswear (and get in a right mess over gussets in the process!). The highlight of the episode was the final wool cape challenge, which inspired us to get stitching up our own swishy circle cape. There’s no pattern needed for this project,… 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

Hello handsome! Sew-up a bow tie

Free bow tie sewing pattern

There is something wonderfully decadent about having a free 10 minutes to curl up with a cuppa and our laptop to browse what’s new in the sewing world. It’s always a joy to see what our favourite bloggers are up to, and seek out the best places to find tutorials and patterns in the sewing… Continue reading

Learn to sew The Overture Set

The Overture Set

We’ve been thrilled to work with Cassandra Macindoe of The Stitchery recently. The talented sewist is launching her new pattern label, Storybook Patterns, with her debut pattern The Overture Set, and we’re thrilled to reveal you can get the free sewing pattern with issue 20 of Simply Sewing magazine. This design won us over instantly with… Continue reading

Free tutorial: kimono cover-up

Taking you from beach to bar, this kimono cover-up by Coats Crafts is a holiday essential and is so easy to sew up – no pattern required! Wear yours as a beach cover-up on your next summer holiday, or with jeans and a tee at the weekend. Here’s how to make it…

Free download: GBSB cami top + jumpsuit pattern

To celebrate the return of the Great British Sewing Bee, we’ve got one of our favourite projects from the last series’ book, The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric, to download for free!

Simply Sewing issue 16

Spring has finally arrived and we’re looking for any excuse to take our me-mades outside in the sunshine! Pretty and practical projects is what Simply Sewing issue 16 is all about, with new-season wardrobe must-haves, fresh homewares and fun makes for playtime. Here’s a peek at what’s inside…

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.