Sewing World magazine June 2015 out now!

Sewing World Magazine June 2015

The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out now. I was ecstatic to find my new bag-making project is featured on the front cover! I used the lovely fabrics from Suffolk Garden by Brie Harrison for Dashwood Studio. I have these prints in stock, in my online shop.

What’s in this month’s issue:


  • We Meet Janet Clare
  • Competition
  • Fabric Showcase – Summer Florals
  • Masterclass – Decorative Edgings
  • We Visit CallyCo
  • Brilliant Bagmaking – adding zips
  • Re-fashion! Collars


  • Summer-time – Modern shoulder bag
  • Here comes the sun – Empire line sundress
  • Sundial Cushion – Easy appliqué circles
  • Cosmetic Purse – Using Vilene Lamifix
  • Fun in the sun! – Girls sun-top and skirt
  • Funky Key Fob – Colourful key holder
  • Criss-cross Table Runner Set – Quilted runner and coasters
  • Bear Cushion – Animal friend cushion
  • Scratchin’ Chicken – Appliqué and embroidered bag recycler
  • Home from Home – Campervan picture

If you’d like to get a copy of the magazine, it’s in the shops now or can be ordered online at Inspired to Make.


Projects from my new Bag Making Book: Style and Swing

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

I can finally reveal the bag making projects from my new book, Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond. I’m so thrilled that it’s release is just a few more months away! So exciting! I hope you like the designs and would love to hear what you think. So here they are…

This is the over-view for my new book, over on the Martingale & Co. Publishers website:

You’ll find plenty of reasons to sit down and sew these boutique-quality yet achievable bags and accessories. Everyone from beginners to experts can create an assortment of modern, practical projects for gifts or personal use. Start with a simple, elegant handbag and progress to more challenging designs; skill-level ratings are included.

  • Step-by-step illustrated patterns for 12 attractive projects in a variety of shapes and styles

  • Stylish accessories include a pleated clutch, market bag, satchel, and wallet

  • Includes resource info and comprehensive how-to techniques; learn about tools, fabric prep, interfacings, linings, and purse hardware

If you’d like to pre-order my new book (big hugs if you do and thank you so much for your support!) it’s available at and, and other major book suppliers. I’ll also have signed copies available from my website, from mid-march at

Images from Style and Swing by Susan Dunlop, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

Christmas Projects made with Dashwood Fabrics in issue 8 Love Sewing Magazine

I’m delighted to have some of my Christmas projects featured in this month’s issue of Love Sewing magazine. I made a Christmas sack and table topper, using the gorgeous fabrics by Lizzie Mackay for Dashwood Studio, called Christmas Wish.

Christmas wish table topper & sack by Susan Dunlop for Love Sewing magazine

Christmas Sack by Susan Dunlop for Love Sewing Magazine 1

Christmas Table Topper by Susan Dunlop for Love Sewing magazine

You’ll also find more great projects in this fantastic Christmas issue of Love Sewing, including a free dressmaking pattern to make a fab evening/party dress. Issue 8 will be hitting the shops within the next couple of days, enjoy!

Issue 8 Love Sewing Magazine

Issue 8 Love Sewing Magazine

New Sewing Projects in issue 6 of Love Sewing magazine

The new issue 6 of Love Sewing magazine is out now! I am delighted to have contributed the Autumn Woods Shoulder Bag and the Halloween Party Set. I’m so excited to see these in the magazine! I hope you like them and if you have the magazine, I hope you enjoy making them too.

Issue 6 Love Sewing Magazine

Autumn Woods Shoulder Bag by Susan Dunlop in Love Sewing Magazine

Halloween Party Set by Susan Dunlop in Love Sewing Magazine

This month’s free cover pattern is the Eva, a wiggle dress designed for Love Sewing by Eliza M, a British independent company specialising in easy-to-sew paper patterns based on authentic designs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. You’ll also find the following in this month’s issue –

  • 5 Free patterns & bonus template sheet.
  • 55 makes & ideas with 7 projects to sew and wear Alison Smith’s dressmaking tips Magic Makes!
  • Red Riding Hood cape
  • Halloween party projects
  • Great Gifts
  • Luxury pyjamas, purses, bags & more
  • Bonus toy pattern
  • Christmas sewing starts here!
  • Mini-makes: Fast-Sew style you’ll love!
  • Debbie Shore’s Guide to Easy Quilting Eco Sewing: How to Buy Green
  • Save 30% on Eliza M patterns
  • Expert Tips
  • Quick fixes
  • Step-by-step instructions

Sewing World Magazine – Featuring my Insulated Lunch Bag Project

The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out now and I’m delighted to have one of my bag-making projects featured, as well as Part 5 of my Bag-Making series. I designed a cute lunch bag for this issue, made with laminated cotton for a wipe-clean finish and insulated with special metalized fleece, to keep food cool.

Sewing World magazine July 2014 Lunch Bag by Susan Dunlop

This month’s installment for the Brilliant Bag-Making series is all about pockets – different styles of pockets, how to make them and how to attach them to your bags.

Bag making series in Sewing World magazine July 2014The magazine is packed with delightful projects to get your pins stuck into. There’s an absolutely gorgeous ‘Wiggle’ dress, practical dungarees, fun cruise ship pillow, cute vintage bow bags, ribbon tag quilt, peg bag, lampshade, kids sunglasses cases, baby shoes pincushion and a stylish camera pouch. Phew!

Sewing World magazine July 2014 contents

Time for a cup of tea, put your feet up and read all about:

  • Getting the Best for your Sewing – Threads
  • Masterclass – creating curtains, part 3
  • The Story Behind – Search Press
  • Finishing Touches – making the perfect patch pockets
  • Brilliant Bag-making (my article!)

This is what I love about Sewing World, there’s just the right mix of projects and reading matter. If you can’t find a local stockist for the magazine, visit Traplet Publications to order online. Enjoy!

July issue of Sewing World Magazine

New Retail Stockists for my Printed Sewing Patterns

Printed Sewing Patterns for bag-making by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesigns

Printed patterns now available from retail establishments.

I’m absolutely delighted to announce 5 new UK stockists of my printed sewing patterns. If you can, I’d highly recommend a visit to these lovely fabric and haberdashery establishments:

Millie Moon Haberdashery

Millie Moon Haberdashery in Frome, Wells and Keynsham.

Millie Moon – 24-25 Catherine Hill, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BY Tel: 01373 464650 Millie Moon also has shops at 14a Broad Street, Wells, Somerset and 32 Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol Website:

New Forest Fabrics in Southampton

New Forest Fabrics in Southampton

New Forest Fabrics – 14 Shamrock Way, Hythe Marina, Southampton SO45 6DY Tel: 02381 783 386 Website:

Sew Simple Norfolk

Sew Simple Norfolk

Sew Simple (Norfolk) Ltd – Unit 17, Taverham Nursery and Country Shopping Centre, Fir Covert Road, Taverham, Norwich, Norfolk NR8 6HT Tel: 01603 262 870 Website:

Sally's Sewing Box in Princes Risborough

Sally’s Sewing Box in Princes Risborough

Sally’s Sewing Box – 65 High Street, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 0AE Tel: 01844 345 753 Website:

Thistle Quilting in Peebles

Thistle Quilting in Peebles

Thistle Quilting – 34 High Street, Peebles, The Scottish Borders EH45 8SF Tel: 01721 724 111 Website:


Another Millie Nappy Bag by Shannon of the Bryer Patch

A few months ago I’d blogged about a gorgeous nappy bag, handmade by Shannon of The Bryer Patch, from my Millie Nappy Bag sewing pattern – see previous post here – well here’s another one that Shannon made and posted about over on her blog at The Bryer Patch. I’m so impressed with this, the fabrics are so lovely and vibrant and the workmanship is just top-notch. I’m so pleased to be able to share another of Shannon’s lovely makes with you here:

Millie Nappy bag handmade by Shannon Brunette from a SusieDDesigns sewing pattern.

Millie Nappy bag handmade by Shannon Brunette from a SusieDDesigns sewing pattern.Millie Nappy bag handmade by Shannon Brunette from a SusieDDesigns sewing pattern.

“I once again used my favourite diaper bag pattern, from Susieddesigns on Etsy. I love that there is so much opportunity to combine several fabrics in one tote bag. The vibrant colours I chose for Lucas’ diaper bag just made me happy to look at them : )” Shannon

If you’d like to have a go at making the Millie Nappy Bag, get the PDF downloadable sewing pattern here…

2 Year Blogging Anniversary – Special Thank You Offers!

It’s exactly 2 years since I started blogging here on WordPress! How things have changed for me since that first day. I thought it would be nice to mark this anniversary by offering special thanks to all the lovely crafting buddies who have followed my blog over the years. Thank you to you all, it’s so nice to be a part of such a wonderful caring, sharing, crafting community.

To all my readers and followers I’d like to offer a little thank you gift in the way of 40% off any sewing patterns in my Etsy shop SusieDDesigns – use the code BLOGLOVE at the Etsy checkout, until 31st May 2014.

As an extra special thank you to the very first people who commented on or liked my first post, I’d like to offer you a free PDF pattern – no strings, just a thank you from me to you. Have a browse in my Etsy shop and, if you see something you like, let me know which one and I’ll send it to you asap. Those lovely people are: Linda of Gorgia P Designs, Katherine of Pillows A-La-Mode, Avis of Oh Sew Tempting, Daisy of A Daisy Garden (There were a couple more but they don’t appear to be around anymore – no blog or blog updates.)

Here’s a wee showcase of all the bag making projects I’ve had featured in Sewing World magazine over the last few years, has there really been so many? Most of the projects below are now available from my Etsy shop.

May 2014 Sewing World Magazine

The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out now and it’s had a fresh new makeover which looks great! I’m so pleased to have one of my bag projects featured this month, the Summer Beach Tote, as well as part 3 of my techniques series – Brilliant Bag Making!

Sewing World Magazine May 2014


Bag Making Series Part 3 by Susan Dunlop in Sewing World Magazine

Bag Making Series Part 3 by Susan Dunlop in Sewing World Magazine

The bag on the front cover is by Christine Down, isn’t it lovely? In this month’s issue there’s lots of great projects to keep you busy, as well as a really good selection of techniques to learn and features to read. There’s also an exciting competition to enter, Design your own Fabric, in conjunction with Woven Monkey. Find out more about Sewing World magazine at Inspired to Make.

Happy Sewing!

New Printed Sewing Patterns Now in Stock! Special Introductory Discount Code

Finally, I have news of my new printed patterns range! If you didn’t already know, I’ve been busy getting some of my popular PDF bag-making patterns into printed format. It’s taken a lot of hard work, preparation and sheer determination but, at last, my first collection of printed paper patterns are here and now in stock on my website!! I’m so excited about these new patterns, which are beautifully printed in full-colour. The pattern packs include a large A3, double-sided insert, with full-colour step images to further enhance the easy-to-follow instructions. Each pack comes with a full set of pattern pieces, printed on professional grade pattern tissue (lovely durable quality). The inserts and pattern sheets are enclosed in a luxurious, full-colour storage envelope which includes a useful supplies list on the back.

Printed Sewing Patterns by Susan Dunlop of SusieDDesigns

The new printed paper patterns range.

Treat yourself or buy as gifts: I’ve also designed my printed patterns with gifting in mind. I think they’d make the ideal present for a sewing friend. To celebrate the launch of the new patterns, I’m pleased to offer you a 20% discount with the code WBPP20 – please remember to apply it to your shopping basket before checkout. The code is valid until end 31st March 2014 and can be used against the printed patterns and the downloadable patterns at

Printed Pattern - Emma Handbag

Printed Pattern – Emma Handbag

Emma Handbag: Emma is such a cute little bag, great for special events and evenings out. This pattern is suitable for advanced beginners. The instructions are very clear and easy-to-follow and there’s just a few pattern pieces to tackle. I’ve made use of bold, vibrant fabrics to show how gorgeous this easy-to-make bag can be. View the pattern here…

Printed Pattern - Amelia Handbag

Printed Pattern – Amelia Handbag

Amelia Handbag: Amelia is another one of my bag-making absolute must-haves and a firm customer favourite. This pattern is suitable for intermediate level. This cute bag includes belt-ring tabs, a long adjustable shoulder strap and easy construction methods. Don’t you just love the amazing fabric print I’ve used for the finished example? Details of the fabric prints I use are included with the instructions, if you fancy making yours exactly the same. View the pattern here…

Printed Pattern - Heather Hobo Bag

Printed Pattern – Heather Hobo Bag

Heather Hobo Bag: Heather has pleats which add body and shape to this curvy bag. With the use of another bold fabric print, this bag is a real eye-catcher. This pattern is suitable for intermediate level. It’s a good sized bag which can be used to hold all your essentials, without being too big. View the pattern here…

Tablet Sleeve - Printed Pattern

Tablet Sleeve – Printed Pattern

7” Tablet Sleeve: These accessories are just so adorable and can be made as bold as you want to go, or plain and simple if that’s what you prefer. They are the perfect project to sew as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, mother’s day or any other occasion. Both kids and adults alike will love these padded gadget sleeves. So much more fun than run-of-the-mill shop bought sleeves. There’s a choice of different closure options to choose from too, making this project easy to fit your preferences. The pattern instructions are suitable for advanced beginners. View the pattern here…

I hope you like the new printed patterns and thank you to all of you who offered valuable advice, support and encouragement during the planning stages of this new venture. All going well, I’ll be releasing more patterns in printed format, in the very near future. If you have any suggestions as to what bags/accessories you’d like to see in print, please do let me know. I’d also love to know your thoughts on whether you think there is a need for more beginner, intermediate or advanced level printed patterns. Thanks everyone!

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

Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing – Book Review

I have been eyeing up this fabulous book, aptly named Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, ever since it was published and decided at the last minute, to put it on my Christmas/birthday wishlist – I’m one of those annoying people who has a birthday a few days after Christmas. Lucky girl that I am, one of Santa’s little helpers (aka Mum) gifted it to me! Well, this book is now one of the most favourite sewing books.

Book Review - Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing

I’m mainly a bag and accessory making kind of girl but I also have a keen interest in clothes making too. I’ve only ever dabbled in making the odd kid’s outfit before though, so maybe a new challenge? The thing I found most appealing about this book is that it has the most gorgeous dress designs from the 40’s and ’50’s and it has an extensive section of techniques to learn. So, if nothing else, I’m sure to learn a whole stack of new (or rather vintage) techniques.

Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing by Gretchen Hirsch

It won’t matter if you’re a beginner (like I am, of clothes making) or you’re an advanced sewist, I think everyone is going to enjoy this and learn a ton of sewing stuff! This is the main reason I wanted the book – just to have a good read and learn more stuff about sewing. As I get further and further into reading it, though, I am smitten. When I get through all the amazing techniques to learn, I’m going to give the actual patterns a go. Before I began reading this book, I knew I had an interest in it but that’s as far as I’d probably get. Well, Gertie has the ability to make you feel like you can actually achieve all her fabulous creations with confidence. Her infectious words carry you along and before you know it, you’ll be positively itching to get started on her patterns.

Well, if I do pluck up the courage to have a go at these lovely patterns I’ll be sure to log my progress here. By the way, Gertie has a really good blog too (which I believe is how she started her sewing venture) it’s called Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

It’s been a whirlwind year! Can’t believe it’s Christmas time again already, where does the time go? I’m looking forward to a few days break, with the family. At the moment though, I’m busy finishing off some other handmade gifts I’ve been making. Will wait till after the holidays to share them though, just in case the recipients are reading this!! Don’t want to spoil the surprises. Here’s a sneak peek of the fabric I’ve used for one of them though:

Simple Marks in Summer by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda

Simple Marks in Summer by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda

To help the Christmas and New Year cheer along, I’ll be having a 25% off sale in my Etsy shop, starting tomorrow, 24th December through to 7th January. So, if you fancy getting some sewing done during the holidays or want to start a brand new project in the New Year, head on over to

Thank you to all for your friendship and support.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and the very best for 2014!