New Book! Sewing for the Handmade Market

I’m so excited to bring you my new book, Sewing for the Handmade Market, filled with sewing projects suitable for all skill levels; from beginners to expert. You’re sure to find plenty of designs which are fun to make and perfect for gifting or selling through the handmade market.

Forget simple aprons, plain purses and cushion covers! Get your pins stuck into something a bit more challenging, modern and fun to make!

Projects included: a notepad cover, laptop sleeve, writing set case, tablet sleeve, bi-fold and tri-fold wallets, mobile phone pouch, insulated lunch bag, two clutches, a pretty handbag and a makeup bag. There’s also plenty of useful info on how to choose and use stabilisers, how to install magnetic and riveted snaps and advice on essential sewing tools.

I offer the reader a home-maker’s license to sell what they make from the book’s sewing patterns. So, as well as keeping or gifting what you create from the projects in this book, you might like to try making some extra cash from your sewing. You could sell at your local craft fayre, school fete, charity fundraiser or even online; Etsy is a great place to start selling your handmade crafts.

Whatever you decide to do, be it keep, gift or sell your creations, you’re bound to enjoy following the patterns in this book. They’ve all been designed specifically with gift-making and selling in mind.

Happy Sewing!

New SusieDDesigns Sewing Pattern! Smart Phone Sleeve x 3 Sizes

I’ve been busy creating some new sewing patterns which are available in my Etsy shop now! (15% off this week too!!).

So the first up is a newly updated version of my popular Smart Phone / iPod Sleeve sewing pattern. It’s been totally revamped and now includes 3 sizes of pouch to suit most modern smart phones. Have a look at the new Smart Phone Sleeves Sewing Pattern x 3 sizes in my Etsy shop!

The original design was for gadgets up to 3” x 4.5” in size but, of course, phones are so much bigger now aren’t they? So the new pattern set includes that size, as well as two larger sizes for gadgets up to 3” x 5.75” and 3” x 6.5”. I’ve made some new samples of the pouches too! Hope you like them and I hope you have a chance to try out the new pattern. Happy Sewing! x

New Smart Phone Cases 5

For more information see the new Smart Phone Sleeves x 3 Sizes Sewing Pattern

Christmas Gift Ideas to Sew for Family and Friends

It’s getting very close to that time of year again, Christmas is fast approaching! Have a look at these gift ideas to make and sew for loved ones. These sewing patterns are easy-to-follow, use small amounts of fabric (perfect excuse to raid your stash) and they are very practical, as well as appealing to look at. Your family and friends are sure to love a special handmade gift and you’ll get so much pleasure in giving something you’ve made.

p.s. – some of the following patterns are on sale right now! Follow the links below for further details about the projects.

Happy sewing!

This 10” Tablet / iPad case would be the perfect gift for women, men or teenagers, by choosing fabric suitable for the recipient. The fun Christmas design would be appealing to the younger genaration, whilst the designer floral look will be perfect for the ladies and a masculine faux leather and suede look is just perfect for the men.

Get the PDF Sewing Pattern for the 10” Tablet Sleeve

This 7” sleeve is just so much fun to make. It’s the perfect accessory to fit any 7” tablet such as the iPad, Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 2, Kindle and any other gadget of suitable size. It’s designed to be well padded and boasts a useful front pocket.

Get the PDF sewing pattern for the 7” Tablet Sleeve

This Tri-fold Wallet sewing pattern is a best seller and would make the ideal gift for women of any age. The pattern uses small amounts of fabrics and has easy-to-follow instructions.

Get the PDF sewing pattern for the Tri-fold Wallet

The Writing Set Case sewing pattern is one of my personal favourites. It’s a fab gift idea to make for girls and ladies (of any age) who are sure to love a designer look writing case. Even in this modern age, I’m sure many of us still like to put pen to paper. The case stores a standard sized writing pad, envelopes and two pens. It’s another fun make!

Get the PDF sewing pattern for the Writing Set Case

Writing Set Cover Sewing Pattern

Another stash buster, this notepad cover sewing pattern is a nice quick-make yet it looks fab and would be the perfect stocking filler. It has a useful pen pocket too.

Notepad & Pen Cover

Notepad & Pen Cover

Get the PDF sewing pattern for the Notepad Cover

Writing Set Case sewing project featured in Sewing World magazine

The latest issue of Sewing World magazine is in the shops now! Look out for my Writing Set Case sewing project, featured in the May Makes section. I made this fab accessory from really cute Zoology fabrics by Michael Miller. If you’re looking for a unique gift to make for someone special, this is sure to delight. It can hold a writing pad, envelopes and two pens.

Sewing World Project by Susan Dunlop

This month’s issue is jam packed with gorgeous sewing projects, including a pretty hex-frame bag, a vintage style skirt, amazing patchwork greetings cards, cute dog applique picture, retro cross-body bag, Coquette table runner, embroidered bridal hair accessories, a patchwork bed runner and last, but not least, a fun electronic door hanger with lights and sounds!

There’s also some great technique and feature articles on offer – I was very interested in the ‘Sewing for a Living’ feature. Hats off to the ladies featured here, very inspirational.

Well done Sewing World on yet another fantastic issue, hopefully I’ll put my feet up later and enjoy a good read!

Find out more about the magazine on their Facebook page or visit Traplet Publications to buy issues. There’s also digital versions available at Pocket Mags.

Sewing Project by Susan Dunlop for Sewing World magazine

Get the PDF downloadable sewing pattern, for the Writing Set Case, from my Etsy shop.