8 September 2021

Sewing School is in Session!

As we head into a new month and a new season, learning a crafty new hobby or elevating your skills is always a good idea! So if you want to learn to sew this month or dust off that old machine, now is a perfect time.

Tilly regularly shares her tips and tricks for everything you need to know when it comes to sewing and has written some fab blog posts, from how to choose a sewing machine (a hot topic in our DMs!), to troubleshooting common sewing machine mistakes and what sewing patterns to start with.

It's always good to have a refresher and doesn't September always remind you of starting a new school term? Cracking on with new hobbies, having a much-needed clear-out or buying new stationery to set up a tidy workspace. It's the same for sewing! In this blog post, we've rounded up some of our most popular content to kick start your term for many happy sewing sessions to come... 

If you are finding yourself at the beginning of your sewing journey and are a little nervous about getting started, don't worry, there is a selection of posts that you will find very handy to set you on the right path.

How to start sewing in six steps

Choosing a sewing machine

How to set up your sewing machine

Essential sewing toolkit

You've got to grips with your sewing machine and you've gathered your tool kit, now you're itching to make something! What project should you choose to get started? There are so many sewing patterns out there, so how do you pick one that will start you off on your sewing journey without being overwhelming?

If you're after your first garment sewing project (no cushion covers in sight!) you've come to the right place. Whether you're a total sewing newbie or a seasoned sewist, you'll find lots of simple and satisfying makes in our collection. Just take a look for yourself!

Tilly shares her own tips for choosing the perfect beginner sewing project below...


If you're wondering how on earth to understand sewing pattern sizes, fear not! This handy blog post will take you through the differences between our UK 6-24 and UK 16-34 size bands to help you to create a garment made perfectly for you.

So now you've sussed out what sewing patterns you want to make, you can choose from either our printed patterns or instantly downloadable PDF patterns. Both feature our demystified sewing instructions and full-colour step-by-step imagery throughout.

If you’re new to digital PDF sewing patterns, this post will guide you through the simple steps to turn the file on your computer into a full-size paper pattern. Whether you're up for tackling printing & assembly at home, or would rather leave it to the professionals - we've got you covered and will have you stitching up a storm in no time at all - wahoo!

There are soooo many benefits to using them, including:

  • They’re cheaper to buy than hard copy patterns
  • If you accidentally cut the wrong size or spill your tea all over it, you can reprint the file
  • You can print them again and again if you've used your pattern so much that it's falling apart
  • You can get your hands on them instantly as soon as you get that urge to sew!

It's time to start sewing! 'Finally' you're thinking... Our help with your sewing projects doesn't end with our lovely instruction booklets. This is where our over 10 years of sewing related blog posts really come in! Here are some of our best picks for new sewists:

With a project or two under your belt, you might be ready for some more challenges! Remember, it's only sewing and everyone's pace is different. So don't be afraid to try something you haven't done before, you can always unpick it and start again. Just don't use your posh fabric! Check these out:

If you find watching someone doing something is your favourite way to learn, why not take an online workshop with Tilly? These lessons will set you up with all the knowledge you will need to go off on your own and can be taken from the comfort of your home at a time that suits you - it's a completely rush-free approach.

Start by Making Friends with a Sewing Machine then progress to Sew An Easy Dress! There'll be no stopping you.

But our online workshops aren't only great for beginners, we have some classes that will definitely appeal to any sewist looking to expand their skill set like Make Friends with an Overlocker or Learn to Sew Jersey Tops and you might want to stay tuned for a new online course launching verrrry soon...


Pssst...  This gorgeous blue 'Maker' sweatshirt is our best selling Billie Sweater & Dress sewing pattern. Try it for yourself and join the #SewingBillie club on Insta! For all of our sewing patterns, we create handy sewalong pages, where you'll find all the necessary blog posts for the techniques in the pattern.

Sewing your own clothes starts here and we'll be with you every step of the way. You've got this, 'maker'!