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.

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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