NEW BAG MAKING BOOK ALERT! Sewing for Profit or Pleasure is out now!

Sewing for Profit or Pleasure is all about creating a range of appealing, practical handbags which are perfect for gifting or selling. Each of the bag designs are fun to make, with plenty of full-colour images to supplement the detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. If you can bare to part with your beautiful creations, recipients will love receiving them as gifts, or you can make some extra cash for yourself by offering them for sale! You could sell your products at local craft fayres, school events, charity fundraisers 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 sure to enjoy making the projects I’ve shared in this book. They’ve been chosen specifically with gifting and selling in mind. Get Sewing for Profit or Pleasure through Amazon, worldwide, as a paperback or Kindle edition!

Happy sewing!



Delighted to bring you news of my latest book release, full of more bag-making projects! Love Sewing, Love Bags! 10 Modern Bag Making Projects to Keep, Gift or Sell.

If you love sewing and you love bags, you’re sure to love combining the two and making your own designer bags! In this new book, I’ve included a range of designs which are fun to make and practical to use. Beginner to expert sewers will find the detailed instructions easy to follow and full-colour step images are included throughout. Choose from satchels, shoulder bags, handbags, totes and a backpack. You could even try making some extra cash from your sewing, as I offer a ‘sew and sell’ policy. Love Sewing, Love Bags is available to buy through Amazon worldwide now, as a paperback edition or download as an eBook Kindle edition.

Printed book and eBook of Bag Making Techniques for Beginners & Beyond is now released!

Bag Making Techniques for Beginners & Beyond Kindle Book Cover

So excited to let you know that the printed copy and the eBook version of my new book, Bag Making Techniques for Beginners & Beyond has now been published! They are available to order on Amazon, worldwide! Whoop, whoop!

I hope you will all help me to spread the word about my independently published book, no big publishing houses here, just me! Thank you for your support and happy sewing!

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Make the best bags with the help of my new bag-making book!

It’s only a few weeks until my new bag making book, Bag Making Techniques for Beginners and Beyond, is released on Amazon! It will be available as an eBook, for pre-order now, and as a printed book which can be ordered from the release date of 26th March 2019. So exciting!

So what’s in this new book and what makes it so different to all the other fab bag making books out there? Well, rather than being a book of ready-to-make projects, it’s a comprehensive guide on how to design and make you own bags, adding a variety of elements as you go along. I’ve aimed this book at anyone wishing to confidently adapt a bag-making pattern, to suit their own needs, or anybody who’d like to start realising their own creative ideas.

I begin with lots of advice on fabrics, tools and using stabilisers.

For anyone who’s never made a bag before, I’ve included a starter project for making a fully lined tote bag, so that you can get an initial understanding of simple bag construction.


I then take you through an abundance of techniques, know-how and tips on making more complex bags. You’ll learn how to make and add a variety of pockets, handles, closures, bases, bag frames and how to install bag hardware.

I’ve covered a range of basic techniques, through to the more advanced methods, so you’ll be able to take your bag making to a level you can be truly proud of!

Pre-order your copy of Bag Making Techniques for Beginners and Beyond, on Amazon today, and be one of the first to get making the best bags ever!

Happy sewing! x

New Bag Making Sewing Pattern: The Wiltshire Handbag!

Don’t you just love Liberty of London fabrics? I used the gorgeous Wiltshire L Tana Lawn to make this evening bag design – the Wiltshire Handbag.

The fabric is soft and silky and lends itself very well to making a special bag for events and evenings out. The lilac and blue version is my favourite but it also comes in red and lilac on a white background, which would work just as well. The use of woven cotton interfacing and cotton lining, makes this bag strong and sturdy whilst retaining the soft handle of the cotton lawn.

I used some good quality purse hardware to compliment this bag; silver D-rings, swivel snaps and a nice round twist/turn lock for the flap closure. These are availabe from most good bagmaking supplies stores. So, if you’d like to get on with making this luxurious bag, visit my Etsy shop to download the Wiltshire Handbag sewing pattern.

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New Bag Making Sewing Patterns Coming Soon!

It’s been a while…again! I’ve just been quietly working away in the background on old, current and new projects – including my new handmade crafts offering over on Etsy, PomPomPets®. More on them in a later post, though, as I want to let you know about my new, upcoming bag-making patterns!

I’m excited to be bringing out a lot of new bag sewing patterns, very soon! Some are from past projects which have been featured in sewing magazines over the years and some are completely new ones, which I’ve never published before! I’m planning on releasing the first installment of these patterns over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on my blog posts and I’ll let you know as each one becomes available. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the new designs coming soon…

In the meantime, if you’d like to have a look at my currently available sewing patterns, they’re available over in my Etsy shop, SusieDDesigns.

Reader Makes: Trendy Hipster Bag from my new book, Style and Swing

Delighted to come across a blog post, at Linda’s Quilt Mania, about the Trendy Hipster Bag that Linda has made from my new book, Style and Swing. Linda makes the most gorgeous samples for displaying at Katja’s Quilt Shoppe, in Kamloops, Canada. What do you think of her version and don’t you just love the fabrics she’s used?

Trendy Hipster Bag from Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for beginners and Beyond. Made by lindasquiltmania

Here it is on display at Katja’s Quilt Shoppe, where you can buy these gorgeous fabrics and a copy of Style and Swing!

Trendy Hipster Bag from Style and Swing made by lindasquiltmania

If you’d like to have a go at making this or other bags from my book, it’s available through most good book stores and from Amazon, worldwide. You can also get it direct from the publishers, Martingale’s / That Patchwork Place or order a signed copy from SusieDDesigns. Here’s my Trendy Hipster Bag, which I made using fabrics from the Comma collection by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics.

Style and Swing - 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond - Project 5

My New Book! Style and Swing – 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond

I’m so excited to announce that my new book, Style and Swing, is available to pre-order on Amazon! As some of you will know, this has been a long awaited personal achievement for me and it’s been so hard not being able to say much about it so far. So, at long last, I can reveal my new book!

Style and Swing - 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond by Susan Dunlop

”Discover patterns for boutique-quality, yet achievable bags and accessories, including a pleated clutch, market bag, satchel and wallet. Find how-to techniques and resources for materials.”

It’s still got a little while to go until the USA release date, which is 3rd March 2015, so I was pleasantly surprised (jumping around, ecstatic!!) when I saw it was up on Amazon. I’d received my copy of Martingale & Co’s (my publishers) wholesale catalogue through the post yesterday and there was a full-page showing off my new book. That in itself was really exciting! Just on the off-chance, I thought I’d do the vain thing and put my name into the search bar of Amazon (I’m sure I’m not the only new author that’s done that though) and there it was! I can’t tell you what a wonderful feeling it was to see it there. It has taken such a long time to get to this stage, now it feels real at last.

I hope you like the title (my lovely publishers came up with it!) and I hope you like the cover design too. I will be revealing a little bit more about the actual projects in due course. Watch this space!

If you’d like to pre-order Style and Swing, visit or

Susie x

New Sewing Book Update

So exciting, received a very important parcel last week! The page proofs for my new upcoming book with Martingale & Co. publishers! This is the first time I’ve seen any of the photography for the book – the publishers being in USA and me here in the UK, I’ve been kind of in the dark about things like that. I’ve also seen the finalised front cover and agreed on the book title. At last it’s all coming together. I’m so eager to tell you all about it and show you the projects but I’m not allowed to yet. Not too long now though, until I can make the big reveal. So looking forward to that! For the sake of imagery, here’s a sneak peak of the parcel contents…

SAMSUNG CSCI now have to go through it all with a very fine toothed comb (as they say!) and pick up any errors and note any changes to be made. It’s quite weird reading back all my words from like well over a year ago and seeing all these fantastic images of my projects. I’ll keep you posted over the next few months, it’s due to be available in the shops early 2015.

Check out this month’s Sewing World Magazine – March 2014 issue

I was so excited when this month’s issue of Sewing World magazine arrived. As well as my regular bag-making project, I had the honour of having my very first techniques article make it’s debut appearance this month! This three page feature is the first of six articles for my new ‘Brilliant Bags’ bag-making techniques series. I’ve been contributing projects to Sewing World for about 18 months now (has it really been that long?), which still fills me with pride and delight, but over the past few months I’ve also been working on this brand new series. Such a fantastic new challenge! I feel that I’ve managed to take another wee step up the ladder in my effort to offer inspiration to others. I’ve started off the new series with Choosing Fabrics, with an in-depth look at the variety of fabrics you can use to make fab bags. The next five installments get down to the essential elements of bag-making, including detailed step-by-step instructions on the different construction methods.

Brilliant Bag Making Techniques Series by Susan Dunlop for Sewing World Magazine

This month’s bag project is the Daisy Mae bag, aptly named after one of the fabric prints I’ve used, from the gorgeous PB&J collection by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. PB&J stands for Peanut Butter and Jelly, how cute is that? If you didn’t see my sneak preview last month, here it is:

Daisy Mae Bag Sewing Pattern by Susan Dunlop for Sewing World Magazine

This month in the magazine:


  • Brilliant Bagmaking! Part 1
  • Fabric Trends for 2014
  • Fabric Showcase – Woodland Critters
  • We Meet…Gillian Travis
  • Personalised Fabrics
  • Pattern of the Month – Simplicity 1590
  • Finishing Touches – Bound Buttonholes
  • Eco Garment Recycling
  • Masterclass – Beading Foot


  • Woof! Woof! – Cute toy dog
  • Stylish Spring Jacket- Sew Simplicity’s pattern
  • A-Tissue! – Tissue box cover
  • We are Sailing – Applique yacht bag
  • Diamond Sparkle! – Felted cushion with a twinkle
  • Natty Knit! – Contrasting knit fabric top
  • Seasons Wall Hanging – Part 5 – Making up your quilt
  • Buttonhole Leaf Roll – Carry your pencils in style
  • Daisy Mae – Pleated floral handbag

New Bag Making Project Featured in Sewing World Magazine

The latest issue of Sewing World magazine is out in the shops now or available to order online. I’m really pleased to have another of my bag making projects included – the Tweetie Pie Tote! This is a good sized shopper bag with a large exterior zippered pocket. I love this fabric print. It’s so cute! It is Tweetie Pie (no guessing where I got the name for the bag!!) in brown from Cocoa Berry by Michael Miller Fabrics. Hope you like it.

Tweetie Pie Shopper Sewing Project by Susan Dunlop in Sewing World magazine

This month’s projects are as great as ever. There’s the ‘Keep it All’ Craft Bag by Emy Buxton (see magazine front cover image), Kimono Baby Top, Town House Bolster Cushion, Cigarette Pants, Embroidered Velvet Corsage, Part 4 of the Season’s Wall Hanging, Cutlery Carrier, Tweetie Pie Shopper (whoo hoo!!) Geometric Table Runner and a gorgeous Kaleidoscope Quilt.

If using a magnetic snap: Position 1'' circle of fusible fleece/interfacing here to the wrong side of the front main body outer piece, after adhering main interfacing.

There’s also the usual good read in the way of techniques and features, including some clever customisation of a pair of jeans into a skirt! Oh, and here’s a sneak preview of the back page showing what’s coming up in next month’s issue. That’s my bag (the Daisy Mae Handbag) and guess who’s written the ”Brilliant new series on bag making”? Yep, it’s me! I am so looking forward to seeing the first installment in print. I’m really enjoying the opportunity of writing some series articles for the magazine now, as well as my projects. It’s really different and so much fun, so exciting. I hope everyone enjoys this new series which begins with choosing the right fabrics for bag making.

Look what's coming in the next issue of Sewing World magazine.

Look what’s coming in the next issue of Sewing World magazine.

New Sewing Patterns Released on Etsy!

I’ve been busy adding new bag making sewing patterns to my Etsy shop and have revamped the shop for the New Year. I’ve also been updating my UK Folksy pattern shop and website with some new patterns and a fresh new look. I hope you like the new looks and the new patterns.Laptop Messenger Bag PDF Sewing Pattern by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesignsMake this padded messenger bag to carry a laptop in style. The bag includes optional pockets which are perfectly sized for safely storing a range of other gadgets such as a 10” tablet, an iPod and a smart phone. A large, padded flap closure keeps everything secure and closes with metal side-release buckles for a professional finish. Featured in the October 2013 issue of Sewing World Magazine.

Get the instant download pattern for the Laptop Messenger Bag

Notting Hill Handbag PDF Sewing Pattern by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesignsMake this eye-catching bag from bright statement fabrics or tone it down to suit your taste. Whatever fabric you choose, you’re sure to love this classy handbag. It boasts a collapsible gusset, which expands out to full depth when you need some extra space, and the metal twist/turn lock adds a nice professional finish. Featured in the November 2013 issue of Sewing World Magazine.

Get the instant download pattern for the Notting Hill Handbag

Mobile Phone Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesignsKids and adults alike will love to receive one of these cute padded pouches in their Christmas stocking or indeed as a gift at any time of the year. They’re the ideal accessory for storing a mobile phone or an MP3/4 player, like an iPod. Make them in fun prints for kids or choose floral, stripes and contemporary designs for the grown-ups. The instructions include 3 different closure options to choose from and the option of adding a useful wrist-strap. Featured in the December 2013 issue of Sewing World Magazine.

Get the instant download pattern for the Smart Phone / iPod Pouches

I hope you like these new additions. Happy Sewing!

Susie xx

Customer Make – The Elegance Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

I wanted to show you another fab make from one of my new customers. Theresa, who lives in Australia, very kindly shares her version of the Elegance Tote Bag sewing pattern. Isn’t it just so gorgeous, really well made and I love that fabric!

Elegance Tote Bag Handmade by Theresa

Elegance Tote Bag Handmade by Theresa

“I have just finished my first Elegance tote bag. I used recycled fabric for the main fabric and contrast fabric. The floral fabric is a small piece I found in an opportunity shop (charity shop). There was just enough of it to make this bag. The buttons are from a tin of old buttons my mother gave me”

“It’s a great pattern to work with – very clear instructions and the pattern pieces are simple and easy to work with. I will become more confident as I make more bags with your designs.” Theresa

As well as bag making, Theresa also enjoys sewing the most delightful soft toys and cushions for family and friends – elephants, pigs, giraffes, puppies, owls, lamas and more. They are seriously cute!  Please visit Theresa’s Facebook page at Seams Different to see all her lovely handmade items. I love the modern, vibrant fabrics used as well as the vintage finds…

Cute Elephant Cushion Handmade by Theresa

Cute Elephant Cushion Handmade by Theresa

“I also love using recycled fabrics that I find in second hand shops or that people give me. A wonderful online vintage fabric supplier here in Australia is Retro Age Vintage Fabrics. They ship round the world.” Theresa

Amazing work! Thanks for giving us a little window into your world, love your crafts. Find out more at Seams Different on Facebook.

If you’d like to make the Elegance Tote Bag too, find it for instant download from my Etsy Shop or at

The Elegance Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

The Elegance Tote Bag Sewing Pattern