There’s a new sewing magazine out this month (timed just right with the start of GBSB!) called Simply Sewing. Published by the same people as Mollie Makes, it promises “fresh ideas with fabric” and is aimed at both beginners and seasoned stitchers alike.
I decided to subscribe to the first three issues with their special offer, just to give it a go, and the first issue landed on the doormat yesterday. If I had seen this on a shelf, I’d definitely have picked it up; the cover looks fresh, bold and interesting (plus the free fabric would have drawn me in anyway!).
As I already subscribe to Love Sewing, Sew Magazine and Mollie Makes, I did wonder if I really needed this and if any of the projects would be new or interesting in comparison. I managed to grab 20 mintues yesterday to settle down for a read and I was quite impressed. There are some parts which weren’t of interest to me, such as choosing your first sewing machine, or uses for different types of fabric etc., but I’d definitely recommend the magazine to a beginner specifically for these features.
My favourite projects were these ones, in no particular order:
I love this hoop, it would look great next to anyone’s fabric stash! I’m really interested in this hand embroidery feature every month; it’s definitely something I’d like to try so to have a little project like this each issue is perfect.
I find upcycling interesting, but usually things look too upcycled, if you know what I mean. Like the bag I made a while back, it’s so obviously made out of something else. However, this pashmina-to-top transformation is pretty cool; no one is going to look at it and think “why are you wearing a pashmina like that?”! Plus, I seem to have accumulated a few pashminas that never get worn, so I’m totally doing this.
I’m a sucker for bunting, so this had to make my favourites list. I just like the simplicity of it and it would be a great way to use up some Liberty scraps I’ve got. I’m also thinking I could do some different bunting on the reverse in the same kind of style, but Halloween-themed (like pumpkins and cats), so this bunting would serve two purposes and get used more often. If I get around to doing that, I’ll share my templates with you. I’m nice like that 🙂
This issue also came with some lovely fabric, I do like polka dots. There’s also a little booklet with some ideas for quick makes using it. I like that the projects have been planned so that you get a few things out of just the one piece. Not sure what I’m going to do with mine yet!
I’m looking forward to seeing what the next couple of issues bring, especially as free gifts are promised, lol. I’ll decide then whether it’s worth a proper subscription. I suspect that it’s going to focus more on beginners though…
So, has anyone else taken a chance on Simply Sewing? What are your favourite projects?