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About Gill Towell

 In 2014 Gill set up GillyMac Designs to teach local children and adults to sew. Gill quickly won national awards with her children’s classes and was recruited to teach classes for Liberty of London and works nationally for the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. Gill’s work has been shown around the UK as part of the GENArt movement, including being exhibited at the Turner Contemporary Gallery.

CLICK HERE to read Gill's full biography

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Decorative Stitch Drawstring Bag

We were delighted GillyMac could join us on the JANOME stand at Sewing For Pleasure this year. You may like to stitch this fabulous, embroidered drawstring bag which Gill was demonstrating, it’s a great way to discover the decorative stitches on your machine! Download the pattern here.


Ghostly Cushion

With spooky season just around the corner this project is ideal to add to your Halloween projects. You can follow GillyMac's video guide which explains exactly how to create the cushion and also download the helpful template. You could also get creative with different Halloween characters to decorate your cushion.


GillyMac Decorated Pencil Case

Why not try your hand at this lovely decorated pencil case? September's round the corner and this great little project would be perfect before the children go back to school. You can follow GillyMac's video guide which explains exactly how to create the pencil case and also download the helpful template.


GillyMac Summer Bag

It's summertime and it's time to start a lovely new project! Follow GillyMac's step-by-step instructions that will help you complete your summer bag with ease. By the end of this summer project, you will have a beautiful new bag to show off to your friends and family!


GillyMac Royal Celebration Applique

It's time to get into the coronation spirit! GillyMac has created a brilliantly British, royal celebration applique project just in time for the coronation of King Charles III. The instructions for this project are below in the PDF link - why not have a go and try out some applique for the big day!


GillyMac  Easter Bunny Project

What could be better than a bunny gift bag shaped and sized for a small Easter Egg (5 1/2″ x 3″ x 3″) or Easter Treat? This Easter Gill has developed a fabulous Easter Bunny Bag pattern which has a touch of Furoshiki, Japanese style wrapping cloth tradition. The Bunny knot bag will make the gift of giving an Easter Egg this year so much more special. The accompanying video will take you step by step through the process, Gilly makes it easy to follow and you’ll have created your gift bag, ready to personalise with Bunny features in no time.


GillyMac  'Love Sewing' Cushion

This project will teach you how to create and sew applique shapes and create a simple envelop back cushion. There is a circle appliqué option as well as a heart applique one. I have used shirts and jeans to make my cushion. So repurposing clothes could be a good option for you as well.

To download the instructions please click on this PDF


GillyMac ' Zipped Pencil Case

In this project you will learn how to create a zipped pencil case. We make the exterior of the case using a quilt-as-you-go method and practise using the decorative stitches on your machine. We install the zip using a very simple method and finished projects by hiding all the seam so they can be seen! Let's get started!

To download the instructions please click on this PDF


GillyMac Easter Bunny Placemat

GillyMac Design's new project is the latest collaboration with Janome to support teen sewing. This fantastic project is a charming spring inspired Easter Bunny Placemat. This project provides great practise for all your general sewing, applique and decorative stitch work. Gilly has created an easy to follow guide and a video to accompany the guide allowing you create this fabulous spring inspired piece. This project is designed for teens interested in sewing but can be enjoyed by all!

To download the instructions please click on this PDF


GillyMac Christmas Bobble Pouches Templates

These great bags are half-bag and half-pouches. They are really popular to make and once you’ve made one, you’ll want to make lots!!

The GillyMac Bobble Pouches come in 3 sizes. The finished sizes are small (4 Ч” x 6” when folded) , medium (8” x 6 Ч” when folded) and large (9 .” x 8 Ч” when folded). These sizes will change a little if you decide to make them with a flat base (the second extension idea at the end of the video).

To download the instructions please click on this PDF


Home Sweet Haunted Home Mini Wall Hanging

This simple wall-hanging will look great around the house. It is easy to make and uses just a few sewing machine stitches. This complete set of instructions can be used in conjunction with the accompanying video. For the steps using a hot iron, these are in red/bold and it is recommended that an adult supervise these steps.

To download the instructions please click on this PDF

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