The Sewing Loft Designs with Simplicity

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Today’s work in progress has been in motion for over a year now and you have no idea just how excited I am to share the news with you.  You can now find several of The Sewing Loft designs in print with Simplicity.  (It was a super hard secret to keep!)

The Sewing Loft Designs


The Sewing Loft Designs with Simplicity

It all just happened by chance, I was at a conference, dog tired from the day and just wanted to mentally turn off for the night.  So, I found a group crafting and asked if I could join them.  Looking back, it was my first big conference and I was feeling overwhelmed by everything and everyone.  I just wanted to sit on the couch, chat with a few new friends, tune out and craft.  As it turns out, I was sitting next to the Simplicity team all night long and had no idea.  Fast forward to today and the rest is history.

The Sewing Loft & Simplicity

My backpack designs were selected and now the patterns can be found anywhere that carries the Simplicity brand.  Think Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics and Walmart just to name a few.  You can Spy them in the early autumn book and also on-line here.

This week with my daughter in tow, I went to the local store and was in complete shock when I saw them.  It was one thing to know that they were coming to market but entirely different to see them in person.  You need to understand that this is a brand that I grew up sewing, a brand that I looked to for inspiration and brand that my mother loved.  I am truly filled with emotions, grateful for the opportunity and beyond honored.  It is a true pinch me moment.


The Sewing Loft Giveaway

To help kick-start the pattern launch in style, I have partnered with some amazing friends and put together 3 packages for you to create your own backpacks.

Each prize package will include:  Simplicity Pattern #1602, an 18 spool thread assortment from Coats & Clark, Magnetic closures from Dritz, all the fusible & interfacing needed to complete your project from Pellon and a $25 gift card from JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores to select your fabric.  Basically, all the fixings to create your own backpack.


Wishing you the best of luck!  


No purchase is necessary. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Google Docs. We hereby release Google Docs of any liability. No purchase necessary. For alternate entry, e-mail info(at)thesewingloft(dot)com with your full name and the subject line “The Sewing Loft & Simplicity Giveaway.” Prizes will ship within 7 days of the end of the giveaway. Giveaway starts Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 6:00 am EST and ends Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen using and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. A post announcing the winners will go live at with winners’ names on Thursday, August 1st. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize package or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to US contestants only.


8/1/2013- Thank you for participating   The Giveaway is now closed and 3 lucky winners have been selected and contacted by email.  


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  1. Heather, this is SO incredibly exciting and well-deserved!!! I can’t even begin to express how proud I am of you. You know sewing doesn’t like me very well, but you can bet your booty that I’ll be standing in the Jo-Ann line with your pattern in my hand, telling every soul in there that my friend created it! YAY for you!!! Hugs! xoxoxo

    • Oh Jen, Thank you so much! It has been such a fantastic journey and I still need to be pinched. Super exciting stuff. I was such a geek in the store when I saw them. Lady A was like really, really mom…. you have been working them forever. Chalk it up to the teenager years.

  2. I am so happy for you my friend! Best of Luck with this new endeavor. These are so adorable. Everyone will be buying them off the shelves!

  3. Wow, that must be such a thrill! Congratulations!

  4. Oh my heck! Heather!!! You rock the Caz bah!

  5. Wow, this is such a wonderful story! I love this pattern!!!

  6. Jessica H @mommyenvy says

    That’s so exciting! My sister is obsessed with owls!

  7. Elaine S says

    How exciting for you. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  8. Congratulations!! Well done, and well deserved! You are now in the hallowed halls of pattern designer for the “big 4”.

  9. Patricia A. Hawkenson says

    Wonderful accomplishment! Enjoy the moment. This is only the beginning!

  10. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see them when I go shopping 🙂

  11. Congratulations Heather – I know you’ve worked hard for this!

  12. Congratulations!!! That is absolutely fantastic, Heather! I’m a beginning BEGINNER sewist. I can sew a straight line and that’s about it! HA! My Mom made all my clothes in my growing up years and worked full time to boot. She would make our clothes at night. When we wanted something new, she insisted it had to be a Simplicity pattern! This is awesome!

    • My mom made a ton of my clothes Camille. I grew up watching her on the machine and she treated it like gold. It was her special time and I loved watching.

  13. lisa keys says

    That is so cool!!! I am so happy for you…. congrats and continued success

  14. Sheila M/FL says

    Well Done and I look forward to making these for my nieces and nephew for Christmas!

  15. Congratulations! That is amazing news!

  16. Congratulations, Heather! I can’t wait to see your patterns the next time I go to Joann’s! I’ll be telling everyone that my friend designed those!

  17. Congratulations!

  18. Many congratulations are in order… that was, indeed, a big secret to keep.

  19. What an amazeing story! I LOVE that you have been able to break into something so new, it’s a true inspiration!

  20. Oh WOW – that is AMAZING. You must be over the moon excited – and it must have been so hard not to keep just blurting out the great news. I’m so happy for you Heather.

  21. barbara woods says

    Would love to win, thanks

  22. Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you!

  23. How exciting for you! Congratulations!!!!!!!!! They are super cute. I don’t blame them for choosing your design.

  24. Wow. That is a great stro and the backpack is darling.

  25. Congratulations….Now I can say, ‘oh, I know this designer….’

  26. Lisa Ropp Moody says


  27. Congrats! What an exciting time!!!

  28. Tambra Vandal says

    So well deserved! Your patterns are a true work of art & for those of us that love sewing & crafting.

  29. Congratulations! That’s great news. Your hard work has paid off. It would be a wonderful feeling to see your creations in shops for other people to enjoy and make for themselves. Just wondering if this comp is open worldwide? I’m assuming not. I’ll check out the pattern online anyways. Well done again!

  30. Alexandra says

    How cool is it to see your hard work manifested into a huge smile on my three year old daughters face as she starts preschool in a few weeks with her very own awesome owl backpack that her mommy MADE for her?!?! Thank you for all that hard work and a whole-hearted CONGRATULATIONS to you!!

  31. Congratulations, you deserve it.

  32. Kelly Sas says

    You are so deserving of this great opportunity. It is wonderfully sweet and just like you to be humble and honored to see your pattern at the store. Congratulations!

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