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Issue 22 of Sew Now is on sale from 21st June! Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll find in the latest issue.

Issue 22 comes with three exclusive patterns including this beginner-friendly Juliette Blouse from Simple Sew. It includes a stylish tie back feature and looks great made up in drapey fabrics.

Mix pineapples with practicality by whipping up this spacious carry-all bag, find the full tutorial on page 42.

These relaxed trousers are really versatile and a great introduction to sewing with jersey, find the tutorial on page 54.

Stay hydrated in the heat with this handy water bottle carrier.

Ever tried making your own footwear? Dip your toe into the wonderful craft of espadrille making! Head to page 52 for your chance to win an espadrille making kit form Prym!

Style and comfort can be achieved with this floaty high-lo dress from Kwik Sew. We used a vibrant Cloud9 fabric from the No Place Like Home range and a royal blue poly cotton from Abakhan.

Don’t forget to enter this month’s competitions –

You can download all of the free pattern templates below –

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Issue 21 of Sew Now is on sale now! Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll find in the latest issue.

Use your free Kwik Sew pattern to create comfy loungewear and relax in style.

Use your free Colour Block Tunic pattern to create four easy-to-wear garments.

Learn how to work with slippery fabric and create a floaty and fabulous skirt.

Simplistically chic and practical, this reversible slouch bag will be your new favourite accessory!

Upcycle your tapestry and create a pretty cushion.

This quirky tea cosy can be made using leftover fabric and is sure to brighten up any kitchen.

Don’t forget to enter this month’s competitions –

You can download all of the free pattern templates below –

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Makerly is a gloriously innovative subscription company that delivers a mystery craft kit to your door every month! We spoke to the founder, Nichola, to find out more.

Can you tell our readers a bit more about your background and why you decided to start Makerly.

I am a serial hobbyist who has always dreamed of being my own boss and doing something creative. A few years ago, I began organising and running craft classes as part of my day job in healthcare, and realised how much I loved coming up with different craft projects that I could use to teach others. A monthly subscription box seemed like the perfect way to develop this interest into a steady business!

Nichola, Founder

How do you decide what kits to make? 

People have often asked if it’s difficult to come up with a different craft every month, but actually this is the part that I find the easiest. Thanks to the massive online craft community there are so many places to find inspiration and new techniques. I tend to try and come up with ideas that subscribers of all different abilities will be able to have a go at, and focus on projects that have a fun, colourful and contemporary feel.

The best part of running my own business is doing something that I already enjoyed as a hobby and being able to call it work!

Which items are proving most popular?

Subscribers seem to have really enjoyed the kits that help them to learn a new technique, but also allows for them to put their own stamp on the project. I try not to make the kits too colour-by-number and encourage subscribers to be creative with their materials. The mosaic coaster kit has been particularly popular for this reason and I have loved seeing how people have come up with such different designs and used their materials in different ways.

What are the best and the most challenging elements of running your own business?

The best part of running my own business is doing something that I already enjoyed as a hobby and being able to call it work! I love that since setting up Makerly I have been forced to keep learning new skills and playing with new techniques. The biggest challenge for me has been knowing when to switch off and focus on other things. When you run your own business you always have so many plates spinning that it’s tempting to work until 10pm every day…I am not always the kindest boss to myself!

Is there anything new or exciting coming up that you’d like to tell our readers about?

Each month’s kit is a surprise until it arrives, so I can’t tell you much about what is coming up. However, one thing I would really love to do is to add a more sociable element to Makerly and perhaps run some events where makers can come along and learn each month’s craft in a group. It’s an idea in progress – watch this space!

www.makerlycrafts.com

Don’t miss the next issue of Sew Now (on sale 24th May) for an exclusive giveaway from Makerly!

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Issue 20 of Sew Now is on sale from 26th April! Here’s a sneak peak of what’ll you’ll find in the latest issue.

Use your FREE Kwik Sew pattern to create this easy-to-wear ruffle sleeve dress with a simple tie-back waist.

This two-tone make up bag by Debbie Von-Grabler Crozier is a great project for developing your skills  – and the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new cosmetics!

Your second FREE pattern this month is the Sophia Top & Skirt. This pattern offers lots of versatility and can be adapted to suit any occasion.

The summer is almost here – yippee! Why not dine al fresco and take along with vibrant picnic set.

Channel your cosmopolitan flair with this chic appliqué tote bag.

How wonderful would it be to have a mystery craft kit delivered to your door every month?! We speak to the founder of Makerly to find out more about this gloriously innovative business.

Don’t forget to enter this month’s competitions –

You can download all of the free pattern templates below –

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Issue 19 of Sew Now is on sale now! Here’s a sneak peak of what’ll you’ll find in the latest issue.

Update your spring/summer wardrobe with your FREE Butterick pattern. This versatile and easy-to-follow pattern can be used to make a dress, skirt, jacket, top and trousers!

Style is easy to handle with this zipped crossed-body bag. It includes three zipped pockets so it’s perfect when you’re on the go.

Keep your projects in full swing – and all your sewing tools in easy reach – with this pretty patchwork hanging hoop.

Add a splash of colour to your bathroom with this fun wash set – it’s perfect for using up all your precious fabric scraps.

Whip up a culinary storm with this chic splash-proof apron.

We also speak to the founder of independent craft company, Cotton Clara.

Don’t forget to enter this month’s competitions –

You can download all of the free pattern templates below –

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Issue 18 of Sew Now is on sale now!

Enter Sew Now 18 competitions below –

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Issue 17 of Sew Now is on sale now!

You can download all of the free pattern templates below –

Use your free Butterick pattern and start building your spring wardrobe with this easy-to-wear shell top.

Keep you sewing tools organised with this stylish tool easel.

If you’re longing for the countryside check out Ashley Cramp’s tutorial on page 60 where she tells us how to create an outdoorsy bag and pouch.

Add a splash of colour to your sewing room with this reversible sewing machine cover, complete with pockets for feet and needles.

Create a pretty plaid pencil skirt – the perfect wardrobe staple.

Enter Sew Now 17 competitions below –

You can download all of the free pattern templates below –

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Claim your free McCall’s 4-in-1 jersey dress in this month’s issue!

Debbie Von Grabler-Crozier shares her top tips for creating this lovely all-rounder bag.

If you’re a dog person or in need of a last minute gift idea then this adorable brooch is the perfect project and can be whipped up in no time.

Keep your living room organised and stylish with this patchwork cushion, remote control tidy and tissue holder.

In need of a last minute Christmas gift idea? These charming scented decorations are easy to make and look great!

Issue 16 of Sew Now is on sale now!

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