Welcome to Design Diary! The blog behind Megan Nielsen Patterns. Here you’ll find lots of DIY and sewing tips and tutorials, styling ideas and sneakpeeks behind the scenes of the Megan Nielsen brand

We love sewing and we love fashion – we’re on a handmade style mission, and we’d love for you to come along for the ride!

We’re so glad you stopped by! We love hearing from you so feel free to leave a comment to say hi, get involved in discussions on posts or shoot us an email!

If you’ve made anything from one of our patterns or tutorials, join our Flickr group to share your creations! Don’t forget to stop by the  store and sign up for the store mailing list if you’d like to be updated on collection releases, sales and stock updates and a monthly update of whats going on behind the scenes plus freebies and discount codes. If you’re pregnant or soon to be pregnant, come visit the tangent blog DIY Maternity, for lots of tips and tutorials on creating your own maternity and nursing wear.

Want to meet the girls behind the blog? of course you do :)

Meg is the designer behind Megan Nielsen Patterns –  she likes making pretty things. A lot.

At the beginning of 2010 she launched her brand with a debut ready to wear collection – it was an instant hit. Since then she’s released 5 ready to wear collections, and in 2012 added a line of modern and easy to use sewing patterns based on her designs.

Other than that, she’s 30, an Aussie, a passionate Christian, and lives in sunny Perth, Western Australia with her wonderful hubby Chris, and three beautiful kiddos (“Bunny”, “Buddy” and “Birdie”).

When Meg’s not hanging out at Design Diary adding way too many exclamation points to everything, you’ll find her:


Holly is Meg’s wonderful creative assistant – she works hard to create fantastic tutorials, tips and features for Design Diary. She loves bows and she’s completely adorable.

With a Bachelors in Fashion and Textile Technology from Buffalo state, and an Associates in Fashion Design from FIT in NYC,  she really knows her stuff.

Holly has her own line of jewelry and and accessories, and lives near  Boston, Massachusetts with her wonderful husband “Boo”.

When she’s not at Design Diary being generally awesome, you can find her: