Happy New Year stitchers! We’re predicting lots of creativity, stitching and inspiration for us all in 2023 – starting with our latest issue! Get cosy at your sewing station from the frosty outdoors and come and make something with us – we’ve got you covered with all kinds of projects for your wardrobe or for your home to stitch the January blues away. Issue 104 is officially out in the UK from 19th January.


This month’s cover star is a versatile smock dress featuring a tea-length hem and accented by a classic, bold collar; perfectly accompanied by Sophie Tarrant’s tips and tricks this issue. The Alexandra dress can be made in UK sizes 6-32 with either bishop sleeves for a floaty, 70s finish, or frill edge sleeves for added interest (plus, shorter for those who love more of a summery look).

Nothing fills us with joy (and our bank balance with fear) quite like a pattern that makes you want to sew one in every colour. If this is you, then our Leah Culottes are talking your language. Designed by The Avid Seamstress, this snazzy pair are the perfect transitional wardrobe addition – add some tights underneath with some boots for the chillier months and swap them out for some chunky loafers and a denim jacket as we head into spring and summer!

What else? Well… you’re going to love our Pippin tote bag, designed by Lauren Holloway, that’s perfect for beginners, Anna Alicia’s fleecy hot water bottle with a nifty hand pocket, Linda Mafuba’s upcycling project that transforms an old duvet cover into a cute pair of pyjamas, Lucy Ward’s sweet little toy dove and so much more!

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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 103

  • Kiko jacket
  • Pippin tote
  • Nomi dress
  • Butterfly cushion
  • Deer toy
  • Oven glove and potholder set
  • Appliqué canvas
  • Headband
  • Cosmetics bag
  • Hot water bottle
  • Envelope cushions
  • Easy-sew pouches
  • Pleated skirt
  • Belted tunic top

Issue 102

  • Mila dress
  • Kid’s dress pattern
  • Crossover bag pattern
  • Pencil case pattern
  • Laptop case pattern
  • Quilt pattern
  • Wash bag pattern
  • Coasters pattern
  • Win a Janome sewing machine worth £629!
  • 10 top tips and tricks for sewing with tulle
  • Templates to sew a robin plushie toy

Issue 101

  • Rita wrap dress
  • Pan top
  • Buttons the Elf pattern
  • Retro Christmas patterns
  • 10 top tips and tricks for sewing with corduroy
  • Sew a kids’ superhero cape and mask set by Kirsty Hartley

Issue 100

  • Roxy raglan coat
  • Grace dress
  • Festive gift guide
  • Angel decorations
  • Loose-fitting top pattern
  • Craft apron pattern

Issue 99

  • The Scarlett top
  • Nani Iro's Antique skirt
  • Tropical bedroom projects
  • Sew a set of four bug toys for your little explorer!
  • Michelle Grady discusses the challenges faced by petite sewists
  • Self-draft a stylish quilted skirt

Issue 98

  • Adaku wrap dress
  • Vivienne top
  • Handheld tote bag
  • SewOver50 discuss sewing for changing bodies A pair of giraffe pals
  • A lightweight cover-up for beach days

Issue 97

  • Raya dress
  • Lynn set
  • Happy home makes
  • Ankara fabric week
  • A guide to sustainable fabrics
  • A magical mermaid toy
  • A self-draft top and skirt set

Issue 96

  • Amena Set
  • Knitted top, tunic and dress set from Bella Sunshine designs
  • Maggie Set
  • Bristol backpack
  • A fabric masterclass from Minerva
  • A clownfish plushie toy
  • Win over £330 worth fabric from Elizabeth Olwen’s Universal Love collection for Cloud9 Fabrics

Issue 95

  • Litmus jacket
  • Pleated dress
  • Puffer tote bag
  • Top and skirt set
  • A Sewing Bee special! Read our Q&A with Patrick, Esme and Sara
  • A summer dress extract from Juliet Uzor’s brand-new book
  • An introduction to paper piecing from The Crafty Gentleman

Issue 94

  • Lulu dress
  • Patsy overalls
  • Anita camisole
  • An easy-sew tote bag
  • A laptop case from Mister Domestic
  • A red panda for Turning Red fans!

Issue 93

  • Tara tea dress
  • Miller trousers
  • Midnight sun bag
  • Rumana Dawood’s top 10 pattern recommendations for spring
  • Six makes for a child’s bedroom
  • A self-drafted duster jacket

Issue 92

  • Mia dress
  • Lindsey sweatshirt
  • Pomegranate PJs
  • Floral embroidery hoop
  • A bag design from Sewing Bee’s Raph Dilhan
  • A quilted gilet
  • A cute doll bed

Issue 91

  • Safiya dress
  • I AM Cinderella top
  • Upcycling Your Wardrobe guide
  • A chic beaded bag
  • A patternless boxy dress
  • A cute dinosaur toy

Issue 90

  • Tilly and the Buttons Zadie dress
  • Tia blouse
  • Slouchy tote
  • Headband and scarf
  • A glamorous waterfall jacket
  • A stylish wallet planner
  • A cute koala bear toy

Issue 89

  • Snowman toy
  • Jenna dress
  • Fleur blazer
  • A cute book cushion for a little one
  • Six cosy makes for the bedroom
  • A quilted tote bag

Issue 88

  • Florence dress
  • Iris top
  • Christmas mouse toy
  • A circle skirt from Sewing Bee’s Juliet Uzor
  • A patternless jacket
  • A ruffle clutch bag
  • A fluffy penguin toy

Issue 87

  • Imogen dress
  • Anderson blouse
  • Christmas gift guide
  • Christmas table decorations
  • A boxed-base tote
  • A classic Breton top
  • A chat with sewing royalty Mimi G and Brittany Jones
  • A festive goose toy

Issue 86

  • Cecily dress
  • Remy raglan
  • Jo Carter's bedtime bear
  • Patternless quilted jacket
  • A cute deer toy
  • An autumnal embroidery upcycle
  • Six kitchen makes to update your essentials
  • An overnight bag for a trip away

Issue 85

  • Ava jumpsuit
  • Nora cardigan
  • Patternless joggers
  • A cute bunny toy
  • Handy underbed storage bags
  • A summery bucket bag
  • A patternless tiered maxi skirt

Issue 84

  • Mayfair dress pattern
  • Lauren blouse pattern
  • Margot bag pattern
  • John Scott’s round-up of this year’s series of The Great British Sewing Bee
  • A cuddly lion toy
  • An easy-sew sleepover set for kids
  • An on-trend patternless gingham dress
  • Six makes for days at the seaside
  • Colourful cushions for your garden

Issue 83 – sold out

  • Penny dress pattern
  • Deer and Doe’s Azara Skirt pattern
  • Jess Entwistle's al fresco dining set
  • Rainbow embroidery hoop
  • A super-cute cat toy that comes with its own wardrobe
  • A gorgeous duster jacket from Juliet Uzor
  • A Sewing Bee pinafore dress refashion
  • A workshop all about buttonholes

Issue 82

  • The Fiona dress and tiered top set
  • Emelien jumper
  • Anna tote
  • Extract from Chinelo Bally's new book, Sew Chinelo
  • Six gifting makes for pristine presentation
  • A patternless lightweight summer jacket
  • A guide to fabric shopping online
  • A cute rag doll toy

Issue 81

  • Amelia set
  • Kids' dungarees
  • Get to know your sewing machine booklet
  • 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

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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


Charlie MoorbyEditor, Simply Sewing magazine

Former Mollie Makes Deputy Editor and CrossStitcher Commissioning Editor, Charlie has been editing Simply Sewing for over 6 years. She is passionate about all things created with a needle and thread! With over ten year’s experience in craft publishing, she’s edited and curated over 10 bookazines, contributed to a series of Mollie Makes books published by Pavilion and has had her work featured in All About You, Beads Trends USA and The Guardian. Spreading positive vibes through slow stitching, craft and colour you can follow her latest makes on Instagram @theluckybluebird.

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