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Simply Sewing magazine – latest issues

Get creative with the latest issue of Simply Sewing! Issue 81 is here and it’s filled with inspiring new projects for your home and wardrobe.

Simply Sewing issue 81 cover

It’s new issue day here at Simply Sewing! Issue 81 hits the shops today and it’s filled with makes for you and the family.


Our cover star this month is The Amelia Set – an exclusive design from Fiona Hesford ( With this pattern you can make a knee-length dress or a top. Both versions feature a gathered neckline and flattering waist tie and are perfect for getting out and about again as lockdown eases in the UK.

The Amelia Set

If you’re looking for something to make for your little one, the Kids’ Dungarees from MadeByMePatterns will be a huge hit! It’s a quick and simple project for you, and cute and comfy for them. We absolutely love browsing fabric for children – see our picks for this project on page 51 inside your magazine.

Kids' dungarees

We’ve also put together a handy booklet just in time for the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee. In Get to Know Your Sewing Machine you’ll find everything you need to know to keep your machine in tip-top shape as well as advice on choosing the right tools for your project. There’s three fun projects included in there, too.

Get To Know Your Sewing Machine booklet

Also included in this issue is:

  • Interviews with Joe, Patrick and Esme about this year’s Sewing Bee series!
  • Six makes to organise your sewing space
  • A colourful apron
  • A pretty giraffe toy

If you can’t get to the shops right now, you can buy your copy online here:

To get your copy of issue 81, order your copy today in our online store or download our app to get a digital issue. Alternatively, click here to find your local stockist.

Catch up with our latest issues

Missed our recent magazines or looking to find a project you’ve seen online? We’ve put together this library of our most recent magazines so you can find the one you need! You can browse our recent back issues in our online store or if the print copy you want has sold out, download our app to get a digital issue.

Issue 80

  • Carnaby dress
  • Aisling blouse
  • Suzie satchel
  • Six laminate makes for rainy days
  • An adorable Dalmatian plushie toy
  • A lightweight dressing gown for spring
  • A super-easy patternless skirt 
  • A fun ruffle cushion for kids

Issue 79

  • Wrap dress pattern
  • Carrie cardigan
  • Twiggy tote
  • A sweet pony toy
  • A feature all about sewing for positivity
  • A pair of patternless wide-leg trousers
  • Six makes for a spring refresh
  • An upcycled blanket cape

Issue 78

  • Carnaby dress
  • Verna top
  • Beginner’s guide to toymaking booklet
  • Transformation projects – turn a shirt into a skirt and revive an old jumper
  • Make a super handy drawstring bag
  • Six self-care makes
  • A good read all about male makers

Issue 77

  • Wrap skirt
  • Riley backpack
  • A children’s PJ case
  • A sausage dog toy
  • Two gorgeous refashion projects
  • A feature focused on zero-waste patterns

Issue 76

  • Juliet Dress from Fiona Hesford
  • Kimmy Top from Seamingly Smitten
  • Patternless coatigan from Portia Lawrie
  • Six cosy home projects from Jessica Entwistle

Issue 75

  • Jewel dress pattern
  • Luxe gold tote bag pattern
  • Patternless wrap
  • Kid’s sweatshirt pattern from Martyna at MadeByMePatterns.
  • Plushie reindeer from Jo Carter
  • A penguin plushie toy from Lucy Ward
  • Some jolly kitchen accessories for Christmas hosting
  • A playmat for kids

Issue 74

  • Polly Top
  • Orion Set from I Am Patterns
  • Bonus Christmas gifts to sew booklet
  • A patternless button-up skirt
  • A pretty ballerina mouse toy
  • A super-useful duffle bag
  • A workshop on sewing rolled hems

Issue 73

  • Tunic Dress Pattern
  • Girl’s Party Dress Pattern
  • Oversize tote
  • A plush owl toy
  • Gorgeous gift makes in Her & History fabric
  • A patternless wrap skirt
  • Our first Christmas project of the year… it’s beginning!

Issue 72

  • Apron Dress Sewing Pattern
  • The Strip Tee from Madeit Patterns
  • John Scott launches his new column
  • A cheeky monkey plushie
  • A patternless maxi dress made from a duvet
  • A patchwork cushion for your home
  • A range of gifts in fun cat fabric!

Issue 71

  • On sale July 2020
  • Sew Over It’s Lottie Dress pattern
  • Sewing Bee debrief
  • Desk makes to brighten up your workspace
  • Cosy and easy to make pjs
  • Casual summer cover up
  • Adorable lion toy

Issue 70

Issue 69

  • The Drape Dress
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking
  • Patternless tulle skirt
  • Jungle playroom makes
  • A feature all about our favourite creative and sewing-based podcasts
  • A sweet treat in the form of a super fun ice cream bag
  • An adorable fluffy kitten toy – it has its own bell, too!

Simply Sewing Magazine issue 69

Issue 68

  • The Vivian Dress
  • The Staple Cami
  • The Breton Top
  • Exclusive interview with Patrick Grant, Esme Young, and Joe Lycett
  • Luxury retreat makes to help you focus on that wonderful trip away when this has all passed
  • Stylish home décor, including a fringed cushion and colourful rope coasters
  • A cheery bumblebee plushie to help bring a touch of spring indoors
Simply Sewing issue 68 cover

Issue 67

  • The Claudie Top
  • Breton Dress
  • Nellie the Elephant toy pattern
  • Make a fluffy bunny with three dresses
  • Sew coastal homewares
  • Restyled trench coat
  • A quirky drawstring cosmetic bag

Simply Sewing magazine issue 67 cover

Issue 66

  • Get stuck into not 1 but 4 sewing patterns!
  • First up is the Annie Blouse and Ivy Skirt from Sew Over It.
  • Next up is the absolutely adorable Joy Dress from Wild Things Dresses.
  • The final pattern is your new don’t-leave-the-house-without-it essential: the Classic Tote.
  • Also this issue: make a fluffy unicorn toy
  • wild wall hanging for a little one’s bedroom
  • a patternless tunic dress
  • A refashion project for making a snazzy bow tie from an old shirt.

Simply Sewing magazine issue 66

Issue 65

  • The Liberty Dress
  • 9 easy-sew spring gift ideas
  • Learn how to make an utterly adorable puppy plushie.
  • Whip up a cute pair of children’s shorts!
  • Exclusive Burda Style dress pattern for you to try.
Simply sewing magazine issue 64
Issue 64, on sale December 2019

Issue 64

  • Sew a simple shift dress to start your new year’s me-made wardrobe.
  • Make your own easy-sew culottes
  • We’ve got bags of accessories for you to make too!
  • This issue comes with a handy water erasable pencil – time to treat yourself!
  • Make a super sweet hair bow to try out your new French Knot skills
  • Embroider beautiful wall art
  • Make a splash in your living space with a splurge of colour and our beginner-friendly home sewing projects – make a quilt, cushions, laptop case, storage baskets, camera strap and coasters
Simply Sewing magazine issue 63
Issue 63, on sale November 2019

Issue 63

  • The colour-block Carmen Hoodie sewing pattern
  • Even beginners will find issue 63’s The Indigo Top a breeze.
  • Make a unique twisted fabric clutch bag
  • Stitch a quick-sew Christmas stocking
  • Learn how to work with jersey fabrics
  • Stitch an asymmetric quilted tote bag
Simply Sewing magazine issue 62

Issue 62

  • Sew The Party Dress, with an elegant sweetheart neckline
  • Update your everyday wardrobe with Athina Kakou’s Trouser Set pattern
  • Make a cosy winter stole
  • Stitch a faux fur clutch bag
  • Upcycle a T-shirt into a tote
  • Sew an adorable reindeer plushie