Love Sewing Needs You!

We know our readers are such a talented and creative bunch, and so for 2022 we’re opening up our submissions to encourage anyone with the sewing knowhow and enthusiasm to get in touch and join in! Could 2022 be the year you push yourself to try something new or finally get your brilliant work out there to more sewists? Check out how you could get involved below!

Could you be a Love Sewing designer?

Have you designed your own patterns before and fancy reaching a larger audience? Each month we showcase brilliant independent designers and we’re always on the lookout for fresh talent! This could be for a one-off pattern or more regularly if it’s a good fit.

Julia Claridge's fitted pencil skirt is one of our favourite recent designs

What’s involved?

Love Sewing designers are asked to do three main things:

  • You need to be able to design original sewing patterns and offer them graded to a good size range. Our minimum is sizes 8-20 but if you can go further we would love that!
  • Send us the original digital (ideally) or paper patterns as well as the finished garment for us to photograph in our studio.
  • Provide clear step-by-step instructions with accompanying step-by-step images (especially when explaining tricky techniques!), layplans and any diagrams required

Senior Editor Bethany and Consultant Editor Ruth will be able to guide you through this process, provide more details and clear deadlines to help you.

Please have a look through the magazine to get a feel for our patterns and what’s involved in the instructions. Patterns tend to be between two and four pages.

Crafty Sew and So designed this classic everyday T-shirt for us

Fancy trying a pattern hack?

Not quite ready to design your own pattern but you love to alter patterns and give them a new feel? You might enjoy taking on a pattern hack!

  • This is similar to designing a pattern (see above) but you won’t need to provide pattern pieces and the instructions can be a little shorter.
  • If you can send in your hacked garment for photography that would be ideal but do let us know if you’re good at taking your own photos too!
Miranda transformed issue 101’s M7999 dress into a casual sweatshirt

Apply Now

Email us at with a short description of your experience, links to your social media/blogs and examples of patterns you have produced. Please write ‘Love Sewing designer’ or 'Love Sewing pattern hacks' in the subject line.

The Love Sewing team will carefully consider all submissions but regrettably we will not be able to respond to every email. Thank you all for your interest and hope to see your designs in the magazine soon!