Community

It’s great to sew, but often you will want
to sew in the company of others.

At GillyMac Designs there is an uplifting community of fellow sewists who meet regularly in classes and online. Our Facebook and Instagram pages are full of the latest projects, tip and a dedicated post every Friday shining the spotlight on a member of our community. In addition, if you take part in a GillyMac Class, have been to one of her talks or taken part in an online challenge, then you will be able to join the GillyMac Club on Facebook. This is a closed group where there are regular Sew-a-longs, demonstrations, ideas, and patterns and even more importantly you will get to meet and stay in touch with fellow sewing enthusiast online.

Below you will find some of the latest pictures from our super active and very friendly GillyMac Sewing Community.

The sewing classes at GillyMac Designs range through patchwork, quilting, dressmaking, bag making, and homewares. Similarly, the children and teen classes make the most amazing items for others, themselves and also to enter (and win) national competitions.

Once you have attended class you will be invited to join the uplifting online GillyMac Club where you can learn more from me and take part in our regular sewalongs and demonstrations.

1 day ago

Look 👀 at these incredible bags.. both are modelled by Clare. Clare made the Noodlehead Firefly Tote, and her Thursday morning sewing chum, Lynda, made the quilted bag - which we created with a hack of the Noodlehead Pepin Tote with fabric from @fabricgodmother Great bags - wonderful model!#gillymacdesigns #gillymac #janome #janomeuk #janomemakes #bagmaking #sewing #sewingclass #bagmakingclass ... See MoreSee Less
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1 day ago

We had a fantastic morning making our Firefly Tote Bags. It was such fun and al over Zoom in 4 hours. The next class is in May if you fancy a fun morning. These bags are easy and quick to make, they look professional and are useful. They have a front slip and zip pocket and an internal slip pocket. I have added an internal zip pocket and lobster clasp for my keys. The project bag is 8″ wide by 5″ deep by 10″ tall, and the tote bag is 10 1/2″ wide by 5″ deep by 14″ tall.The handles can either be leather or webbing and I can advise you on materials and interfacing based on my experience. I will also demonstrate how to attach handles with rivets.Each participant will receive an original Noodlehead pattern and booklet and instructions on what to prepare ahead of the class.If you are new to bag-making, this will not tax you, and you will learn some nifty bag-making techniques in this short class. This class takes place on Saturday 13th May from 10am – 2pm via Zoom, and there are only 10 places.#gillymacdesigns #gillymac #janome #janomeuk #janomemakes #bagmaking ##bagmaking #bagmakingclass #zoomsewingclass #sewing ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Using up the extra mincemeat today with a taste of Christmas for my Thursday Ladies. Janespatisserie Mincemeat Crumble Slices are 💕. The plate was hand painted by my friend Catherine Swan Artist.I love to use it and feel my pal is here with me - even just a little bit. #gillymacdesigns #gillymac #gillymaccommunity #sewingclass #janomemakes #janome #sewingmadesimpleonline #bakingforfriends #friendship ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Over in my Facebook Group I'm running a Quarter 1 Challenge to #sewyourstash and finish all those partly done projects. We are in week three and starting to get sewing after tidying (week one) and auditing (week two). Julia has been finishing off her amazing bundle of Christmas gift tags ... She's my Monday Morning Champion ! #gillymac #gillymacdesigns #janomeuk #janomemakes #sewyourstash #janome #sewingchallenge #freemotionsewing #christmasinjanuary #finishingufos2023 #wecandoo ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Sewing with children and teens is my favourite activity. As my regular classes are always full, I now run one-off Saturday morning classes. Evie came on one of the Saturday morning sewing classes and made this beautiful skirt. It turns out she loves Anna Maria Horner fabric as well. The next bookable Child/Teen Saturday morning class is on 4th March - Book Soon ! #gillymac #gillymacdesigns #sewingwithchildren #sewingwithteens #learningtosew #janome #jaomeuk #janomemakes ... See MoreSee Less
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