Sweetheart Handbag – reader make: Sewing World magazine project

In my last post (here) I showed you some lovely Sweetheart Handbags, made by Janis Davies, from one of my bag-making projects featured in a past issue of Sewing World magazine. Janis also had another one in progress, with beautiful embroidered butterflies on a front panel…

Janis Davies - Makes (embroidered sweetheart bag)

…and here’s the finished bag which I thought you might like to see…

Janis Davies - Makes (embroidered sweetheart bag 2)

“It is finished and ready for Portugal. I will use it on the plane as my iPad and kindle fit in perfectly! Hope you like my interpretation of your great pattern.” Janis Davies

I do, it’s fantastic! I’m so pleased to see how Janis has made the bag her own, by incorporating the embroidered front. That’s the thing I love about bag-making, you can adapt them to suit your needs exactly.

If you’d like to make the Sweetheart Handbag, download it now from my Craftsy shop.

Happy Sewing! x

Reader Makes – the Sweetheart Handbag from Sewing World magazine

…and more gorgeous makes by Sewing World reader, Janis Davies, to share with you! A past issue of the magazine featured my Sweetheart Handbag project and Janis made these three amazing versions!

Janis Davies - Reader Makes Sewing World Magazine

“I have just been looking through my past editions of Sewing World. The Sweetheart bag is my absolute favourite. I have made it several times. I have three and several others have gone to special friends as gifts. I am currently making it so am just sending a construction picture for you to see what I am doing with it. My other passion is machine embroidery and I love to incorporate it in my sewing wherever I can.” Janis Davies

Here’s a picture of the Sweetheart Handbag in progress. Janis has incorporated a piped centre panel, with embroidered butterflies on the front, instead of the pocket. I think this will be a really lovely bag and look forward to seeing the finished result.

Janis Davies - Makes (embroidered sweetheart bag)

Want to make this handbag too? Download it instantly from Craftsy.com and start sewing it today!


The Sweetheart Handbag Sewing Pattern

Reader Make – Summer Shoulder Bag in Sewing World

Check out Janis Davies’ version of the Summer Shoulder Bag, my bag-making project featured in this month’s issue of Sewing World magazine!

Sewing World magazine Summer Shoulder Bag

“I loved the bag on the cover of June’s issue of Sewing World. I had offered to make a bag as a present for my friend’s 60th birthday and this one was perfect. She asked for purples, browns and greens, plus she loves cats, so I incorporated a machine embroidered cat, using my Janome Memory Craft 350e and came up with the attached. I love the finished result and hope my friend will too!” Janis Davies

Too cute! I think Janis’ friend is going to absolutely adore this bag. Well done Janis and thanks so much for allowing me to share your make.

Sewing World Magazine June 2015

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.

March issue of Sewing World Magazine

I’m delighted to have a new project and an article published in this month’s issue of Sewing World magazine.

March 2015 Sewing World MagazineMy new project is a modern, zippered makeup pouch which I made with lovely yellow and grey fabrics from the Comma collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. There’s an image of it on the front cover!

Zippered Pouch by Susan Dunlop in Sewing World MagazineThe article that I’ve written for this issue is all about how I became a project designer for the magazine and what work is involved to design and write the project. I hope that my article will inspire other would be project contributors as the magazine is always on the look out for fresh, modern ideas. Give it a go! It’s fun and very rewarding.

Article in Sewing World magazine - how to be a project contributorWhat else is this month’s issue?


  • Knits Know-How – Part 5 PLUS pyjama bottoms to make
  • Pattern of the Month – Simplicity 1615
  • Fabric Showcase – Trees
  • Masterclass – Sewing Skills – Facings
  • From Concept to Publication – The Creative World of a Project Designer
  • Sewing World 20th Birthday Competition
  • Seeing Stripes – Blazers for Henley Regatta
  • We Meet…Nanette Regan


  • Citrus Pop! Zingy lap quilt
  • Henny Penny! Decorative hen
  • Super Sponge Bag – Classy toiletry holdall
  • Bandana Bib – Bibs for dribblers
  • Kingly Cord – Contrast panel Liberty cord dress
  • Get Organised! – Cath Kidston® hanging tidy
  • Easter Booty! – Easter bags to fill
  • Easter Brooches – Embellishments for your bags
  • Knotty Pinny! – Girls’ pinny dress
  • Green Fingers! – Garden tote
  • Dine in Style – Table runner

Petite Street Tote featured in Sewing World Magazine

One of my all time favourite fabrics is Petite Street, by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio, so I really pleased to contribute this cute little tote to Sewing World magazine. The January issue is out in the shops now!

Petite Street Tote by Susan Dunlop in Sewing World magazine

This month’s issue has 12 sewing projects to get your pins stuck into, in the New Year! As well as the projects, you’ll also find plenty of features and new techniques to learn:

  • Fabric Showcase – Get Knitted!
  • A Crafty Sale – Selling at Craft Fairs – Part 1
  • Pattern of the Month – Simplicity 1418
  • Masterclass – Sewing Skills – Gathers
  • Stylish Stitching from Sainte Luce
  • Knits Know-How – Part 3
  • Sew Smart with Vilene – Part 5 – Bags
  • Overlockers Overview

January 2015 issue of Sewing World magazine

New Projects in Love Sewing Magazine Issue 5

Issue 5 Love Sewing Magazine

The latest issue of Love Sewing magazine will be on sale later this week and I’m excited to show you the two new projects that I’ve contributed for this issue. If you’re a subscriber, you may already have your copy! I’m delighted to be designing and writing for this fresh new publication from Practical Publishing. I have a pretty, purse frame clutch project in the main magazine and I have a zippered wallet project in the special supplement – the magazine comes with a free fat quarter of fabric, especially designed for Love Sewing by Kay Whittaker, and the supplement gives some ideas on how the fabric can be used. I was asked to design and make a project, using the Swallow Song fabric, and I came up with this really useful wallet tutorial. I wanted to show how versatile a fat quarter can be (teamed with a little bit of lining fabric).

Purse Frame Clutch by Susan Dunlop for Love Sewing magazineSummer Purse

Fat quarter wallet pattern by Susan Dunlop Love Sewing magazineZippered Wallet

I’m still very much involved with writing for Sewing World magazine, which I’ve contributed to now for the past two years. However, I’m really enjoying the opportunity of also contributing to a couple of other magazines too. They both have their different style, features and projects and they are both equally enjoyable sewing magazines to read and learn from. I’ll have more new upcoming projects and articles later on in the year (and all throughout next year), with both Love Sewing and Sewing World, and in an upcoming issue of the new Quilt Now magazine! Look out for my Halloween projects in next month’s issue of Love Sewing

Hope you like all these new projects.

New Sewing Magazines, New Projects on The Way!

Many of you will know that I’ve been writing for Sewing World magazine for a few years now. Whilst I’ll be continuing writing new technique features and bag making projects for this fab magazine (I love it so much!), I’m delighted to let you know that you’ll soon also find my project contributions in the new magazines Love Sewing and Quilt Now!

Love Sewing magazine and Quilt Now magazine

Love Sewing magazine recently showcased my new printed sewing patterns with a full-page feature. This was absolutely fantastic for getting the word out about the new patterns, which I’m really pleased to say are proving to be popular through my own website and shop stockists. The response has been wonderful and I’ve just sent off second and third orders to some of these shops. Here’s the feature:

SusieDDesigns Printed Patterns feature in Love Sewing Magazine

Watch out for some of my new projects coming up in the next few issues of Love Sewing. Here’s a wee sneak peak of some of the fabrics I’ve used for them.


I’m also working on a project for an upcoming issue of Quilt Now magazine, which is a great new mag for patchwork and quilting enthusiasts. Again, here’s a wee sneak peek of the fabrics I’m using:

Fabrics for a new project for Quilt Now magazine

Watch this space, to see what I’ve made with these gorgeous fabrics and the upcoming issues the projects will be featured in!

August issue of Sewing World Magazine

Sewing World Magazine August 2014

The new issue of Sewing World magazine is out in the shops now! Another fab issue, full of lovely projects, features and a special Patchwork & Quilting supplement.

August Projects in Sewing World magazine

The projects in this issue include a gorgeous little girl’s shirred dress, floral fabric brooches, ‘crashed fabric’ clutch bag (I know, sounds intriguing and it is!), jewellery holder, kid’s chef hat and apron, drawstring backpack, eider duck cushion, high-waisted shorts, shoe storage bag and a lovely vintage look sewing set!

Briliant Bagmaking in Sewing World magazine by Susan Dunlop

…and then there’s my ‘Brilliant Bag Making!’ series! It’s the last part of 6 and I must say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this series. I hope readers have enjoyed it too! If you’ve missed any of the parts, back issues can be ordered as well as the current issue – visit the Sewing World magazine website for more information.

I don’t have anything in the next few issues of Sewing World 😦 I’ve been so busy on other things but, rest assured, I will be back with regular monthly projects in the mag nearer the end of the year (I’ve got lots of nice new ones lined up) and I’ve also got some more exciting new features/articles commissioned for next year too. So watch this space!

Hope you enjoy this month’s issue of the mag. As always, editor Julie has put together a fantastic range of projects, features and techniques for us all to enjoy!

Susie x

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

Sewing World Magazine June 2014

sewing world magazine June 2014

The new June 2014 issue of Sewing World magazine is in the shops now, or available to order online. Look out for my bag-making technique series! This month’s installment is all about bag closures with ‘how-to instructions’. I’m so enjoying contributing to the magazine with this series.


This month’s issue is full of great projects to make and techniques to learn. There’s also plenty of good reading, when you just want to put your feet up. I especially enjoyed reading The Story Behind… Sewing World Magazine, written by the talented Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory. A very interesting article, nice to get a little behind the scenes look at the publication and there’s our lovely Editor, Julie, at her desk.

Sewing world magazine feature

Here’s a wee sneak preview of this month’s projects, including the special 16 page ‘Kid’s Makes’ section.

June projects in Sewing World magazine

Kids Makes in Sewing World Magazine

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 Sewing Book in the Making…

Things have been a bit quiet around here for a wee while… why? Well, I’ve been busy going through my edited book manuscript which I received back in the post from Martingale’s, last week. I’d sent off the completed manuscript and all the finished projects quite a while back (December, so not that long ago but it’s felt like forever!) and have been patiently waiting for the editing team to go through it all with a fine tooth comb.

So, I eagerly (nervously) took the VIP (very important parcel) from the delivery man, asking “has that come from America?”, “‘Sure has!” he answered.  I was so apprehensive! The last few months have felt so long and extremely frustrating. I’d obsessively worked on my book (and making all the projects) for several months last year and when I sent it all away, just before Christmas, I felt a bit out of sorts for a while as I was suddenly not doing any work on it anymore. Luckily I’ve had so many other things to keep me busy in the process – designing and making new sewing patterns for my Etsy shop and writing for Sewing World magazine, oh and of course the kids keep me busy!!!

I sort of knew what to expect when I got the edits back as the editing team had got me to do a sample chapter for editing right at the start. But still, I wasn’t sure exactly what the outcome would be for the whole thing. I was pleasantly surprised that there weren’t too many corrections needing done, it was more a case of just reading through the whole thing and going through all of the illustrations – answering any queries the editors had or approving any changes/corrections they had made. I must say what a fantastic job they’ve done.

As yet, I have no idea what the finished book will look like. There will be loads of stuff going on in the background, photography, design layout, etc, etc, that I know nothing about so far. I’m scheduled to receive proper page proofs in the Summer, so I think that’s when I’ll get my first glimpse of how it’s all going to look. That will be really exciting and it might even sink in then, the fact that I’m going to have a book out there with my name on it! I’m really looking forward to seeing the photography of all my new project designs, that will be awesome.

My new book is scheduled for publication January 2015, so I’m hoping to be able to bring you more detailed info/images during the summer. Not long now! Watch this space!

To make up for not having any images to show you yet, thought you might like to see some of the latest new books on offer from Martingale’s.

Sweet and Simple Sewing - Quilts and Sewing Projects to Give - or Keep By Carrie Jung, Jessi Jung, Lauren Jung

Sweet and Simple Sewing – Quilts and Sewing Projects to Give – or Keep
By Carrie Jung, Jessi Jung, Lauren Jung

Sew Practical - 13 Fun-to-Sew Designs for You and Your Home

Sew Practical – 13 Fun-to-Sew Designs for You and Your Home

Uncommonly Corduroy - Quilt Patterns, Bag Patterns, and More By Stephanie Dunphy

Uncommonly Corduroy – Quilt Patterns, Bag Patterns, and More
By Stephanie Dunphy

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