Sewing Trends ~ What’s New?!

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Melanie from A Sewing Journal joins us with her take on recent sewing trends. Melanie has a great eye for finding the best sewing projects and fabrics around (she owned Modern Organic Fabrics), and she shares her finds via her site, Twitter and Facebook. Today she shares her thoughts with us…

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From Melanie: I just love perusing blogs, Flickr and Pinterest, looking at what people are making. Doing this, I often take note of trends I see in different areas of the handmade sewing community. Here are a few trends I’ve noticed recently.

Quilting Trend: Pinwheels
I’m seeing pinwheels everywhere! I think they’re a nice challenge for the intermediate to advanced quilter. They look so fresh and pretty with a lovely Spring feel. Clockwise from top left: Pinwheel Baby Quilt tutorial using a charm pack with some additional yardage by paisley’s place quilts; Fresh Modern Bee Block by Blue Elephant Stitches, Pinwheel Pillow using Nature Walk organic fabric by Michelle Engel Bencsko/Cloud9 Fabrics; Sweet and Sour Pinwheel Sampler by Mrs. McPorkchop.

Sewing Trend: Ruffles
Ruffles are big right now. Many of us have been admiring them at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and J.Crew. And some of us are making ruffles ourselves! Clockwise from top left: for the littlest girls, an Ivory Chiffon Ruffle Dress from Classy Sassy Girls; Ruffled Pillow made from a man’s t-shirt with an explanation as to how it was done by The Little Moments; Ruffle Shirt Tutorial made with two t-shirts by Tea Rose Home; Ruffled Shower Curtain Tutorial, (gorgeous!) by Elle Apparel for *a little lovely.

Stitch Trend: Cross Stitch
Yes, cross stitch is making a comeback and I love it. Of course, we’re seeing it with today’s fresh colors and motifs, simple and clean. Clockwise from top left: a color gradient, Cross Stitch Sampler by make something; cross stitched hearts on a baby shirt is the Baby Singlet Tutorial by Mummy Crafts; Hoop Travel Bag PDF pattern for your cross stitch project (isn’t that clever!) from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

Color Trend: Yellow & Gray Quilts
Yellow is a color that quilters usually approach with caution. It can easily dominate a quilt if not used properly. That’s why it’s refreshing seeing it used so much now. I especially love seeing it paired with gray. Clockwise from top left: This classic pattern, Lady of the Lake, looks so fresh and modern in yellows, grays and white by AFriend2; yellow and gray bee block by The Loop Designs; Yes and No quilt with gray text fabric by BeaSpoke Quilts; sophisticated crib quilt, Equilateral Triangles from Carson Converse Studio.

Fabric Trend: Painterly
I’ve noticed a painterly theme in a number of newly released fabrics. Clockwise from top left: Bryant Park by Khristian A Howell for Anthology Fabric; Magnolia Lane by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller; children’s book author Jane Ray for Liberty Fabric; Painting Muji from Nani Iro Basic by Naomi Ito.

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238 Responses to Sewing Trends ~ What’s New?!

  1. Wendi says:

    Love the ruffles. And pinwheels are great fun. I’m not a big fan of gray, but it is great with yellow, so I’ll have to try it. The one trend I had missed was the cross stitch trend. I’ll have to dig out my aida cloth and waste canvas and give it go.


  2. Susan says:

    I have seen a lot of ruffles. I just used my “ruffler” foot for the first time on an Amy Butler skirt

  3. Kate F. says:

    I don’t have a lot of sewing experience, and I’ve recently been thinking about doing a HST pinwheel project as I continue to work on my accuracy. These are some lovely examples!

  4. deede says:

    I’ve noticed the yellow-gray trend as well. Yellow is NOT my favorite color, because it CAN dominate, but there is something a bit more appealing about it when it’s paired with gray.
    Also, the ruffle thing! I guess I read too much (?), but I’m seeing the ruffles everywhere. And all the fabric/craft shops in my area canNOT keep ruffle fabric in stock!

    I’m also all about Michael Miller, so I’m in LOVE with Magnolia Lane!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Yes to grey and yellow!

  6. Leah Finn says:

    I love the ruffles that are popping up everywhere, and the feminine details that accompany it (flowers, pearls, etc).

    the painterly fabric feels very romantic and old fashioned and I love that!

  7. Laura says:

    *love* the yellow. I know it was the pantone color for last year, but its still this year’s color in my book!

  8. Abby says:

    I LOVE the ruffle trend!! I’m a “girly” kind of girl, the mother of a 4 year old girl, and new to sewing. It will be so much fun this spring to try these on my own.

  9. Vicki K says:

    I love how you articulately summarize the whirlwind of beautiful things ‘out there’. So many things to be inspired by!

  10. Beth says:

    I agree–the pinwheels and the ruffles seem to be everywhere. I like them though!

  11. Sonja says:

    Love the ruffles!!! I also love the idea of repurposing “gently used” clothing and other fabric items. This is something we are trying to do more of in our home. With one income and four children, it is a huge help.

  12. pattie says:

    I love all these trends! I quilt, embroider and love to incorporate ruffles into my sewing. Im feeling unusually trendy right now!

  13. Nikki Keye says:

    Love the ruffles too…and always a fan of gray and yella!

  14. Karen says:

    I really like the pinwheels. Reminds me of the quilts my grandmother made.

  15. Christine says:

    I like the painterly look. It’s nice and soft. A refreshing move away from the computer generated hard, too crisp lines of so many fabrics on the market today.

  16. Di says:

    Love the story. I always am keen to see what the latest trends are, especially working in the industry – it’s important to keep up with what the latest colours etc are. I hope you make this a regular posting?? Love the yellow and grey!

  17. I jumped on the Pinwheel patterned quilt bandwagon myself for a little quilt for my Grand Daughter!

    Ruffles are cute but I hate making ’em!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Sherrie Smith says:

    I love the ruffles. I have been wanting to make my little girl a ruffled outfit.

  19. Jane says:

    I too love the pinwheel trend, haven’t been brave enough to try yet, but am loving the eyecandy that is allover the web!

  20. Love the ruffles, but I can’t really carry them off. The yellow and gray combo has always been a favorite.

    I’ve also seen quite a bit of strip-piecing and solid color quilt backs broken up by a couple of blocks or a row of blocks.

  21. Kristen says:

    Well, at first all I could think of was grey + yellow – which: already mentioned! But I’m also seeing a broader trend of neutrals + patterns and or simple bright colors; there’s an emphasis on that contrast.

    There are also a lot of hexagons around – this isn’t a brand new trend, but it’s still going strong (like owls). It crosses some lines too, because I see it in sewing as well as crochet (maybe knitting too? I’m not a knitter).

    I see a lot of vintage prints, too, and I love that there are new lines with vintage-looking prints. Simplifies things instead of having to hunt through thrift stores!

    Oh, and voile! I have yet to experience it, but since Anna Maria’s was so popular, I keep seeing more and more of it. I’m jumping on that bandwagon soon – summer dresses, anyone? πŸ™‚

  22. June S says:

    I LOVE the gray/yellows and the ruffles – on shirts! I think the ruffles on the shower curtains and the pillows are way too busy. And I’m getting really into embroidery and find that cross stitch is too binary.

  23. Joanna B says:

    I’ve seen lots of ruffles as well. My niece made the ruffled shirt by TeaRoseHome with a little guidance from me, as she is a beginning sew-er. I love yellow for decorating, but I can’t wear it!

  24. sangeetha says:

    Color, color, color, bright and fresh and unexpected combos – love it

  25. SundaysChild says:

    Love the pinwheels. Yellow and grey .. meh, it’s just OKAY, I prefer blue and yellow.

    The ruffles … well … ummm … I think they may look great on a tiny, little, slender, cute person, not so nice on my Queen Size figure! LOL Cross-stitch and I go way back, I have a framed piece in my entrance way from 20 years ago .. wow, 20 years ago! It shows me, always date your work.

    Stay well, thanks for sharing what you have found .. Julie Andrea aka sundayschild

  26. Alexa says:

    while I don’t know about all those mad ruffles I sure love those painterly designs, especially the flower prints!

  27. joen says:

    Love the ruffles! Going to give Tea Rose Home’s ruffle tshirt tutorial a try as it look adorable!! Thank you for sharing at the great sewing trends very inspiring.

  28. Mary says:

    The ruffles have been popular for a while now, doesn’t seem to be slowing down either. Fabric flowers and embellishments on clothing in general seems to be trendy too.

  29. Aletta says:

    I haven’t seen the pinwheels yet, but the gray and the stitchery definitely are trends in quilting. I love stitchery in quilts! I have noticed ruffles in stores, but I don’t think that they look good on me. Maybe I just have to go wild and buy them anyway!

  30. Lynda says:

    I love that ruffles are a big trend now. And yellow and gray together are a great combination!!!

  31. Oh I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the ruffles! I’m head over heels for the soft feminine looks that we are seeing in sewing everywhere. And combined with the lovely dusky pastels that are being used, I just can’t get enough of them. With Spring starting, I’m also enjoying all the vibrant color schemes as well, with all of the fresh and modern quilt patterns. But the ruffles… *sigh* I must have more of them! =)

  32. Jens says:

    I’ve seen a lot of “re-using” or “recycling” projects lately – t-shirts to childrens clothing ranging from boys’ underwear to little girl dresses or thrifted fabric of any kind is turned into new things.

  33. Loving the ruffles! Cross-stitching brings me back to the 90’s. And the gray and yellow color combo is modern and retro at the same time. Love them all!

  34. Tara says:

    I love the yellow and grey – I think it looks wonderfully elegant. However I’m not a big fan of the cross stitch and ruffles.

  35. Michelle says:

    Love the grey and yellow combo. I am seeing lots of embellishment trends and love to experiment with new trendy ideas.

  36. Corey says:

    What wonderful inspiration! I am always drawn to all of those bright pops on color on a lovely white background. =)

  37. Crystal says:

    I love the ruffles and handstitching that’s so prevalent now. It makes me want to find my embroidery hoop and those things are big in scrapbooking too!

  38. Alician says:

    I love the yellow and gray. Not so much for the ruffles.

  39. Amy Jo says:

    Thanks for featuring my ruffled pillow! I’m crazy about ruffles and lace right now, and I can’t get enough of up-cycled projects.

  40. Destiny Lair says:

    Those pinwheels look fun! Also loving the gray and yellow combo too!

  41. Jacqui says:

    I love the ruffles on the shower curtain….new project πŸ™‚

  42. Nichole says:

    I’m noticing more solids being used in quilting.

  43. Chantal says:

    I absolutely love the ruffle trend and the painted looking fabric trend. Or what about a combination of both? I think so.

  44. Tara says:

    I love the look of yellow and gray together – bright but subtle at the same time.

  45. Rebecca says:

    I’m noticing that it’s getting easier to find designer fabrics in more than just cotton ~ flannel, minky, and laminates are getting really popular. I’m looking forward to making a raincoat out of laminate for my little guy this year, and I love matching up minky for the backing of my quilts.

  46. DianeY says:

    I love ruffles & I’m glad they are not just for little girls now!

  47. I am LOVING those gray and yellow quilts. I noticed the trend lately on Flickr. I’m not a fan of ruffles because I am lazy but I love the look of them and rouching.

  48. Heather H says:

    I have been noticing a lot of triangles & pinwheels on quilts. And I love all the yellows & pastels for spring!

  49. April says:

    i love yellow and gret together, which is sad because yellow and my coloring DO NOT mix! thanks for the link to the ruffle shirt tutorial, though! cant wait to try it!

  50. Bethany S says:

    I love the ruffle trend! Although, I’m a huge fan of gray and yellow too…I’m sure there’s a way to combine to the trend to make it even better! πŸ™‚

  51. cleo says:

    The trends I have noticed are Owls and Octopuses. I have seen Strip quilting incorporated into various things – bags, pillows … also how about MUG RUGS? they seem to be every where now!! Also using Crochet to make embellishments – like flowers or edging for shirts etc .. and then ofcouse i have to agree with the gorgeous colour yellow and RUFFELS, RUFFELS, RUFFELS!!

  52. Terri says:

    I believe this has been mentioned, but I like the trend of upcycling/recycling old clothing and other fabrics for quilts and sewing projects. I feel more like my Granny all the time. She used to cut all the buttons off old shirts and save the usable fabric pieces. I find myself doing some of the same and looking at yard sales for clothing (mostly under $1) with interesting fabric for quilting. I also purchased some men’s cotton dress shirts off the clearance rack with great striped fabric for a quilt. This makes for a truly unique finished project.

  53. Colleen says:

    Lots of quilted pinwheels or a take on the pinwheels and everything with ruffles! love the ruffle fabric!

  54. Chris says:

    I see birds, and ruffles and lots of hooped framed stitchings.

  55. Leena says:

    Grey and yellow quilts are popping up everywhere. I was so happy with the unusual combination that wanted to start one myself πŸ™‚
    The other trend I see is the owl from handbags to house decor to embroidery…they seem to everywhere in the market.


  56. Emily says:

    I’m a fan of the overall trend of upcycling–using old t-shirts to make new ones or other things, adding embroidery in unexpected places for a new work of art, incorporating vintage and salvaged fabrics with new into quilts, etc. Love this roundup, thanks!

  57. Consuelo says:

    I’ve also noticed the pinwheel in quilting. It is one of my favorites because it is a great way to work in solid colors and make your great patterned fabrics go a long way.

  58. Galatina says:

    There seems to be lots of bright colours and patterns about – which I’m loving. Bring on Spring!

  59. Kelly says:

    this was such a great post! pinwheels definitely do seem to be everywhere right now. i haven’t tried that yet, but it’s on my list! i just finished a yellow and gray mug rug, and i loved the color combo. and ruffles are great at hiding my post-baby belly. πŸ™‚

  60. Elizabeth says:

    It does sometimes seem as though the entire sewing community went out and bought a gathering foot for their sewing machine. πŸ™‚

  61. Jen S says:

    I’m loving your post on current trends. They are all pretty spot on. Happy to see cross-stitch make a comeback. My mom’s been doing it for as long as I can remember. Her pieces look like inked or painted pieces from afar they are so detailed and vivid.
    Trends I’m seeing:
    Birds: especially owls.
    Buttons: as adornments for fabric flowers to bags to knitted hats.
    Steampunk: more of an overall craft than sew only. Hats, goggles, skirts, vests, and jewelry.
    Miniquilts: mug rugs/snackmats. So much I’m making one now for my desk.

  62. Jody says:

    Flounces-less ruffley than ruffles but still the idea

  63. Erin says:

    I am totally loving the painterly trend in fabric.

    The trend I have been seeing is hand printing on your own fabric or painting on your own fabric and then using it. Just adds another layer of creativity and I love it!

  64. I’m noticing lots of focus on vintage fabric and clothing, everything from new fabrics that look like vintage prints to repurposing thrifted clothing to designing new clothing that looks vintage-y. Even interior design and decorating feature items for home decor with a vintage flair. I’ve begun to do more embroidery so I’m noticing that everywhere now that it’s on my radar. Anne, yourmainestamper

  65. Ashley says:

    I enjoy seeing all of the intricately pieced blocks that seem to be popular — like houses, stand mixers, umbrellas, etc.

  66. Sarah Chase says:

    I love the grey with yellow but also with orange and teal. It’s what I have been drawn to lately and am using it in my daughter’s room and with the new baby coming in May.

  67. Olga says:

    Ruffles are everywhere!

  68. Susan says:

    I have definitely been noticing the ruffles and pinwheel trend. And I absolutely love them both. I have been thinking of starting a pinwheel quilt. And I have plans on making a shirt with ruffles.

  69. Jen says:

    Oh how I love the ruffles! I’ve been seeing so many unique pillows lately…maybe that’s because of the pillow challenge that just ended. =)

  70. Sherry J says:

    I’ve noticed pinwheels are all over the place, i love all the stitchery trend too, lots of wonderful patterns out there. I love the birds too. Yellow has always been my favorite color so i’m excited about this new trend.

  71. Emmmylizzzy says:

    Melanie is right on! And of course – put a bird on it!

  72. jackie says:

    I like the yellow trend, I personnally have never made a quilt with this color, but I will do so very soon.

  73. Morgan says:

    I’ve been seeing more stretch fabric and clothing patterns — keep it up! I <3 knits.

  74. I’ve totally gotten into the ruffle craze…even spending a fortune for just a yard on that ruffle fabric website. I’ve also noticed TONS of wreaths these days with fabric flowers.

  75. Kristin says:

    I have been seeing a lot of hand embroidery…one day I am going to have to try it myself.

  76. Elizabeth says:

    I like ruffles on large projects (ie, gorgeous curtain), but in clothing it’s a toss-up. Sometimes I feel like I’ve seen designers skimp on an actual structure and do unfinished ruffles to cover up area. I like them as a design element, rather than a design. And I like the balancing gray with the brightness of yellow, but it doesn’t match anything in my home, so I am wary of actually using the color scheme on anything big!

  77. LeeAnn says:

    I’ve noticed the new twist on cross stitch recently. I like what’s going on with that.

  78. Helen says:

    I personally love the ruffles trend and have been dying to make a ruffled shower curtain for myself. I’m really glad someone’s done a tutorial so I don’t have to waste fabric trying to figure it out.

  79. Ramona says:

    I don’t think I am great at seeing trends but I agree birds have been very popular as are hand work and I have seen alot of people using grey as a neutral which I personally love.

  80. Kathy says:

    I think that combining yellow with gray creates a cheery, but soothing effect. Compare the effect of yellow with white, and yellow with black. With yellow and white, think bright sunshine, warm, bright sunny days. With yellow and black, think sunflowers and bumble bees. Yellow paired with gray remains bright and cheery, but not so glaring, resulting in a soothing feel. Gray is being paired with other bright colors such as pink, yellow-green, and orange with similar effect. I think the introduction of gray with bright colors is a welcome trend that is here to stay.

  81. I love the fabric that looks painted. It is so beautiful!

  82. Natalie says:

    Ruffles ruffles and more ruffles- I love em! I also love the simplicity of the yellow and grey. It makes a quilt look fun and modern. I think the biggest trend that’s growing is the community of bloggers that can influence SO MANY people: me included!

  83. Sarah says:

    I love the ruffles…though the yellow and gray seems like it’s been around for a while, and I still love that too!

  84. Thanks for featuring my Yellow and Gray quilt block! I was really happy with the way it turned out, and I hope my partner in the 3×6 bee loves it, too!

  85. Maria says:

    I rarely consider myself as trendy (given my age), but I am delighted that cross stitch is on the up swing again…..of course, I’ve been a stitcher for 40+ years!

  86. Beth T says:

    Martha Stewart Living recently featured very simple cross-stitch patterns. The solid color silhouettes looked both retro and modern at the same time–I suppose the context would decide.

  87. leela says:

    i love the ruffles, especially for children’s clothes. Fun article.

  88. Kay says:

    Yellow & gray is one of my favourite combinations! So glad to see it here.

  89. Anne Marie says:

    ‘Am so glad cross stitch is making a come back.

  90. Christina says:

    I think I might need more ruffles in my life

  91. Virginia says:

    I think she totally hit the nail on the head!

  92. I’ve been noticing ruffles on clothing too And I like it!! I’m thinking of making something with ruffles on it, cuz I just gotta have it! lol

  93. April Hurley says:

    I have noticed that the trends around the blogs are moving to more appliques on quilting. ANd in clothing!

  94. Paula says:

    I’ve noticed a lot of the retro look lately in the sewing world. I’m not a big fan of 40’s or 50’s retro, but my favorite style (one I made up myself) I call Updated Edwardian. I love the feminine look of that period, so I just update the look with shorter skirts (about 6″ off the floor), but keep the lovely feminine look with ruffles, lace, and embroidery on batiste or handkerchief linen.

  95. Sherri S. says:

    Lots of ruffles everywhere, that’s for sure…I really want to make a quilt, inspired by all I see in the blogosphere.

  96. Jen says:

    I have to say, I am excited by these trends, but sick of ruffles!

  97. kathyh says:

    I have been seeing a lot of grey as a neutral in home dec. The latest was pillows done on a grey shantung with metallic stitching motif in the center.
    The ruffles have been percolating to the surface over the last couple of years and I think they might be fading as a trend. Although, sewing with elastic thread in the the bobbin was totally rocking my boat these last few months.
    Elephants and dragonflies are coming on strong.
    And I agree with the upcycling. I’ve been doing it for years as 1. can’t always afford new fabric & 2. yesterday’s fabric is sometimes way nicer than what you can buy today.

  98. Joy says:

    Maybe it’s just the craft sites I visit, but I’m seeing “use your scraps” projects everywhere. Also lots of embroidery to embellish/personalize projects.

  99. Jane says:

    I like the cross stitch comeback.

  100. Muireann says:

    I can’t get over how many ruffles are everywhere! I really like ruffles, but sometimes worry I’ll look like a child in them. I have to try and limit my ruffles it seems!

  101. Marcia W. says:

    Trends – stitchery and patchwork included in a quilt where the stitchery colors match those of the patchwork.
    Colors – more solids being used – continuing the theme of Cherry Quilts – lots of gray mixed into prints
    Clothing – more black white and red with a French twist
    Quilting – smaller quilts rather than bed-sized
    I’m glad that there are more colors than pink in fabrics
    Thanks for the giveaway – as on a fabric diet need to win to keep my fabrics replenished for sewing. Have a wonderful weekend All!

  102. Amber H says:

    I’ve been seeing a ton of small quilted projects such as mug rugs and the such with contrast stitching. And of course, RUFFLES! I love ruffles, and I plan on making a few ruffled tops when my little guy is born and they are going to be nursing style tops. I’ve also been seeing a ton of orange around too… which isn’t a bad thing at all since I LOVE LOVE LOVE orange!

  103. Linda S. says:

    Yellow is not my color, but for some reason I find the yellow & gray quilts really appealing. Nice.

  104. Amy S says:

    I love the yellow and gray combination! It’s such a fun, bright combination, perfect for Spring!

  105. Karen says:

    I haven’t noticed that cross-stitch is back, but embroidery definitely is! Whether it’s redwork or silk ribbon embroidery or crewel…hand work is back! Yea! I have noticed more gray and yellows in different tones, like mustard. I can’t say I am crazy about it…neither are my favorite color. Pinwheels…yes, their so easy and quick to do. Ruffles…yeah, baby…love the ruffles. The painterly fabrics? Well, there are a lot of pizzazy florals out there but the colors look washed out to me. And I think I will get tired of all the “in your face” patterns. The 1940’s fabrics were that too, and some in the 1970’s. One trend you didn’t mention is all the prairie style bohemian style clothing for children with the big pattern fabrics. Although I don’t see many children in the South wearing them. I have made some for my granddaughter but because the fabric is 100% cotton and wrinkles badly, they are a real booger to iron, thus my daughter-in-law is not as crazy about it. It will be interesting to see where that latter trend will go!

  106. Ellen Ban says:

    I’m seeing a lot more interest in solids and linen fabrics.

  107. Jacque says:

    I love all of the yellow that is popping up everywhere. It is fresh and springlike…especially like it paired with some of the grays and teals that are out now.

  108. Sandy says:

    It’s so great to see pinwheels making a comeback in a new and fresh way.

  109. beverly says:

    It seems to me that quilting, in general, has become more forefront in the sewing world. Maybe it’s just what I’m honing in on, but it seems to be everywhere.

  110. Virginia says:

    I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing ruffles!

  111. I’m loving the ruffle trend… Especially as spring is coming, it’s fun that clothing styles are incorporating this girly and flirty trend!

  112. Becky says:

    I’m OVER gray! Sorry just had to vent that. It’s been a trend for a while and as lovely as it is, when every single quilter or seamstress is using it, it just isn’t as much fun anymore. I’m noticing a lot of hand-stitched details and embroidery showing up on everything from clothing to quilts. That I love, because even if everyone is doing, they’re all doing it differently so it maintains its appeal:)
    beckymac1 at hotmail dot com

  113. I’ve just recently re-discovered my love for pinwheels πŸ™‚ simple with great impact.

    I’ve also liked the new ‘plus’ sign quilts I’ve been seeing…

  114. i love the sewing scene. it’s such a sense of empowerment to make something beautiful for yourself or a loved one. all that time and love inside every stitch, cheesey but true!

    as for trends, yellow and gray fabrics seem to be big, and while i’m not a big fan of orange, orange seems to be having a come-back as well.

  115. Keri says:

    I’m loving the ruffles.

  116. Roberta says:

    Redwork is still my favorite embroidery and I’m loving all the ruffels and grey and yellows poppin up everywhere in home decor.

  117. ~Michelle~ says:

    Of course, Melanie is spot on… the other trend I’ve noticed lately has been star blocks (which often use half-square triangles)!

  118. Missy says:

    Ooohh they’re all so pretty! I need to start sewing more so I can build up my skills to tackle some of these trends!

  119. anna dorothy says:

    I concur for the grey and yellow!
    Also, along with ruffles are pastel and nude shades…i love it!

  120. rose says:

    I’m liking the greys & yellows as well!

  121. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been thinking about doing pinwheels for a while now. I just might get started today!

  122. Deanna says:

    LOVING the ruffles. So feminine. I hope the trend lasts a long time!!

  123. Seanna Lea says:

    I’ve definitely been seeing the ruffles everywhere. Along with that, I’ve also seen a fair number of bows and all kinds of hand embroidery (not just cross-stitch, though cross-stitch is my favorite).

  124. Marci Girl says:

    I feel all of these trends are spot on! Good job!

  125. Rebecca says:

    Love the ruffles. I have been doing more hand stitching as well. Not cross stitch, but just simple embroidery patterns. I love how it gives just the right touch to everything.

  126. Kami Biedenstein says:

    Oh I love the ruffles, but the gray and yellow quilts are fantastic.

  127. Steph W says:

    Love those ruffles, and thanks for the trend spotting!

  128. Patricia says:

    Oooohhhh … the ruffles are lovely!

  129. Elisabeth says:

    In clothing trends lately I’ve noticed a lot of lace and open-work fabrics, particularly in white and neutral shades for spring/summer. Very pretty!

  130. Laura W. says:

    I love love love the ruffle trend, especially because I’m pregnant with a baby girl. Thanks for the great post!

  131. Sarah J says:

    I’ve noticed a lot of re-purposing sewing at the forefront due to recession and emphasis on environment. also, retro prints reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s. i’m working on getting educated on quilting – so I’m glad that SMS has so many great tutorials and fabrics!

  132. Kim O says:

    Embellishments! To shoes, old shirts, hairbands, etc. etc. etc. I love them!

  133. I’ve been admiring the ruffles on a lot of the little girls’ skirts this season. I can’t wait to try out the technique.

  134. Lisa says:

    Great overview! I love the ruffles that are showing up everywhere.

  135. Gabrielle says:

    I agree with the yellow and grey, I am actually planning a yellow and grey quilt right now! As for trends I have noticed, I am seeing more and more zakka style projects. These usually combine natural fibres such as linen, with colourful print patchwork and some handstitching embellishment. It is a very personal, handmade but modern touch and I love it.

  136. Blossom says:

    Oooh, I love the pinwheels and the ruffles! I love clothes with feminine accents like ruffles, florals, and rosettes.

  137. Casey says:

    I’m loving the ruffle trend. Ruffles are so feminine and fun. I also think there is a bit of a fabric flower trend going on. Fabric flowers are everywhere, from jewelry to clothes to home decor.

  138. Jocelyn says:

    I love the ruffles everywhere. So fun and girly!
    I have always loved to embroider, so I’m glad those things are in style right now.

  139. odessa says:

    I love the upswing in crossstitch!

  140. Annie says:

    I’ve noticed lots of flowers and bows as embellishments, as well as lace. Yay for pretty and girly!

  141. Rachel Tidd says:

    Homemade gifts or sewing for the home and family is really hot right now. I just made a braided rag rug and they have been popping up everywhere it seems!

  142. Jennifer says:

    Fabric flowers everywhere! Scrappy, pretty, sweet, edgy – you name it, somebody’s come up with a way to make it πŸ™‚

  143. Alethea says:

    I like pinwheels, ruffles, and “painterly” fabrics, but I don’t think I will ever like yellow and gray together and I really don’t want to go back to cross-stitching. My mom did a ton of cross-stitching in the 1980s and our house had a lot of country decor. Cross-stitching just says “country” to me and I just don’t want to go back to the country/folksy look!

  144. Mel Pi says:

    Ruffles, ruffles, everywhere! At first, I was very ‘meh’ about it, but I guess I’ve seen them enough that they’ve seeped in to my brain and my plan for today included trying to make a ruffly shirt.

  145. sarah says:

    Yes, I’ve gotten on the pinwheel bandwagon too! I was surprised to see the yellow and gray here though– I actually just finished a yellow/grey quilt but had no idea it was trendy!

  146. Michelle says:

    I Love that younger women are sewing! The pright colors in the new fabrics are so exciting!

  147. Courtney says:

    I LOVE the yellow and gray trend as well as the ruffles. I just bought several different yellow fabrics…not sure yet what to make with them but I loved them so much I had to buy them!!

  148. Wendy D. P. says:

    I’ve been seeing lots of hand quilting (instead of machine quilting) in the blogging world lately!

  149. Kate says:

    great overview, thanks Melanie! I love the yellow and gray too… Planning some throw pillows in this scheme and maybe a quilt too!

  150. Ammie says:

    Many of thees trends appeal to me, mostly because of the clean, fresh look they give. The quilting pinwheels and the cross stitching are set off by plenty of clean negative space, and I think that the grey and yellow color combo–one of my faves–does the same, like sunshine from behind clouds. Also, I can’t get enough of the gorgeous ruffles!

  151. Anitah says:

    Thanks! I really enjoyed reading this!

  152. Megan says:

    This was a really lovely post with tons of food for thought. What a great collection of ideas for spring!

  153. I love the little girl’s ruffled dress. Adorable!

  154. janimal says:

    The ruffle trend isn’t new – ruffles have been cropping up all over for at least a year. Grey and yellow furniture and accessories filled Anthropologie back in ’07-’08. These aren’t NEW trends, they are lingering trends.

    So what IS new? It’s easy to see what has already arrived on the scene, it’s harder to know what is emerging now as hot. Birds seem to be everywhere these days – is that new?

    Upcycling is common – is that about to hit a bit upswing as cotton prices climb?

  155. Jane says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how talented people are! I love what they did with the old T-Shirts. love it, Love It, LOVE IT!!!!

  156. jessieaucoin says:

    i had also noticed the grey and yellow color combo in quilts and had wondered if it was happening because grey/yellow was really popular in home deco last year–so now, some time later, all the quilters have had time to finish their projects befitting their newly remodeled rooms/homes.

  157. erika says:

    LOVE dimensional quilts – that’s my favorite trend to explore with my quilting – including ruffles, pocketed flying geese and prairie triangle pinwheels!

  158. Cassie says:

    I have also noticed the ruffles as a trend. Yellow and grey area also colors I have been seeing together in fabric. Thanks for the links to the different tutorials – always appreciated!

  159. Chrissy says:

    I’m loving the ruffles. Just ordered some fabric to make a skirt for my daughter. Can’t wait to get it.

  160. Jan says:

    Oh I want to make a ruffled apron! I have the pattern(well just basically squares and rectangles) and just need to get to the fabric store and find those just right fabrics for it!

  161. Mary says:

    I like the ruffles that are popping up everywhere. In moderation, its the perfect feminine touch without being too fussy. I’m not quite brave enough to hop on board quite yet when it comems to clothing though! I’ve been contemplating the ruffled t-shirt idea for a few weeks…

  162. Rachel says:

    I remember yellow and grey being a really hip combination back in the ’80s. I had a yellow sweatshirt (that I made in home-ec class) and a pair of grey cords – so cutting edge! haha

    I really like the combination and I’m glad it’s back. Grey is the best neutral, in my opinion.

  163. Since I had my daughter, and only since then, I have been loving Ruffles! They are so much more than just vintage looking to me, they are very 1920’s. I need to make a ruffled shirt and get a period inspired (time period, crazy people) head piece. I could go pull it off.

  164. ~Heather says:

    I like the painterly best of the four – never did like the ruffles much, but I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to the feminine type of clothes.

  165. Joey says:

    I’ve been using ruffles everywhere thanks to the ruffler foot I picked up while thrifting. I need to try some of these other “trends”.

  166. Cassandra says:

    I have noticed a lot of ruffles. I love the ruffled t-shirt tutorial by Tea Rose home.

  167. Becky says:

    I’ve been seeing the ruffle trend a lot also. My favorite trend, however, the pinwheel pattern. I’m ready to do a baby quilt and it looks like a fun one to work with.

  168. I love seeing more yellow being used! it’s my favorite color. And, right on trend I just finished making a gray and yellow apron! So nice for spring. Another trend that I like that’s going on right now is more solids or solids only being used on quilts. I think it appeals to greater audience, especially men and boys!

  169. Debbie says:

    I love the look of the ruffled shirts and keep thinking I’ll try one. Maybe with the tutorial she posted I’ll give it a shot. Have also always love the yellow/gray combination.

  170. Shelly says:

    I love yellow and gray together. They look so fabulous and modern. It’s great that the combo is showing up in quilts.

  171. Jenn says:

    I’ve only recently taken up sewing again so I don’t know if anything I’ve noticed is actually new but I certainly have seen lots of the yellow and gray mentioned above (which is lovely). I’ve also noticed what seems to be a concerted focus on sewing for boys.

  172. Jessica h says:

    I’m in to yellow and gray fabric myself these days.

  173. Becca says:

    I’m loving the ruffles – I watched a how-to on Youtube the other day about adding drapey ruffles to the front of an old tank top and I can’t wait to give it a shot.

  174. kelli says:

    I was going to say ruffles too! They are everywhere! In the quilting world I’d say smaller projects like mug rugs, pot holders, pillows, and doll quilts are all the rage because they are so much quicker to finish!

  175. Brenda says:

    I have definitely noticed all of the ruffles in the crafts blog. Lots of really nice t-shirt make overs using those. T-shirt make overs have come a long way and now result in T-shirts that are beautiful, feminine and sophisticated. I think In fact I am inspired to go make one now.

  176. Beth says:

    I have been seeing a lot of vintage or vintage-inspired sewing in the garment sewing realm. I love when I see someone take a vintage pattern or style and make it look modern, not costume-y.

  177. Mary Claire says:

    Seems like I’m seeing more and more dresden plates cropping up these days in the modern quilt world? Zig Zags seem to be everywhere too! I love seeing everything; so much fun!

  178. Rachel says:

    I love the ruffle trend, I hope it doesn’t end too quickly.

  179. Robin Romanow says:

    Everything is so light and spring-y! I especially love the ruffles! I would love to find a maternity shirt pattern with some ruffles incorporated!

  180. Kate says:

    Handsewing has really been taking over too. I see a lot of people with projects that are both quick and portable. It’s been really helpful for me to encourage new sewers in my life.

  181. Christine says:

    I love all the ruffles I’ve been seeing for little girls, older girls and home accessories, especially those made from t-shirts. What a clever use of leftovers. I can’t get enough of sewing for my granddaughters(eleven of them under ten!).I’m even hoping Spring comes a little late this year so I can keep creating!

  182. Sally W says:

    As with all trends, some I like and some I don’t…..

  183. Kelly says:

    Love the ideas here. I think I will have to try some of the ruffles. I know my DD would love them. Thanks so much:)

  184. christi Rhyne says:

    Oh and I forgot. Birds. I mean they are everywhere!

  185. christi Rhyne says:

    The trends I see as a newbie is do it yourself sewing, from tshirts or thrift store finds. I even found a site with vintage sheets. Sheesh, if I had known that I would have saved all the old stuff from my Mom’s over full linen closet.

  186. Yay! Cross stitch is back! Long ago, in the early 90’s, I had my first taste of needle and thread with a cross stitch ornament kit I bought at Walmart lol That ornament still hangs on our tree every year and I love all crafts fiber related.

  187. SewLindaAnn says:

    In my blog world experience from viewing blogs, flickr, etc. I see so many more trends coming in than ever before. More sites make exploring more exciting, such as Zibbet and Artfire. I definitely see a trend of more incorporation of stitching, whether it be some interesting hand quilting with fabulous threads or embroidered scenes. I noticed this after seeing so many people doing those hoop swaps.I think people are blending colors like never before without inhibition. It can only get more fun and interesting from here with the freedom of expression and so many people taking a bite of something and expanding it on their own.

  188. Deanna says:

    Trendy or not, I always enjoy pinwheels. Maybe I am leading fashion?

    Personally, while I enjoy ruffles, particularly on little girls, pleats give a crisp and interesting finish that gives a slightly different look to a project.

    Thanks for your insights.

  189. Lori says:

    Ruffles is a huge one! And yellow/gray is everywhere. I’ve also noticed that the owl has bowed out to make room for the hedgehog. Birds are still going strong though.

  190. Michele says:

    those pinwheels are so pretty! thanks for this. always nice to see what people are doing out there in the world!

  191. Tasha Roe says:

    I love that quilting is back with a vengeance. AND it’s not your grandma’s quilting either.

  192. Calli says:

    Oh boy how many cross stitches did I do when I was a girl back in the 70’s and 80’s… and haven’t done one since. I’ve been thinking of teaching my girls who are 9. I’ve been making ruffles though… I guess I was being stylish and I didn’t even realize it.

  193. Audrey says:

    I love pinwheels! They always make me think of WWII and Victory Gardens, sweet and nostalgic.

  194. Tiffany says:

    I have been drawn to pinwheels lately, too! And I REALLY want to make myself a ruffle shirt now! Thanks for finding us a great tutorial!

  195. I love ruffles and want to try my hand at embellishing some plain t-shirts by adding ruffles. I wasn’t very fond of the gray/yellow color combo when it first started popping up, but it’s really grown on me.

  196. KJL says:

    Over here in France, ruffles are big too. Both on blogs and in the shops. As are florals, both prints and rosettes/donuts. Oh, and especially Liberty prints! Lots of French bloggeuses showing off gorgeous creations in Liberty fabric. And the company itself seems to be doing partnerships with everyone – I found a great men’s shirt in Liberty print at the French clothing chain Cyrillus and the European chain Zara has a ton of Liberty items (towels, sheets, clothes, sandles) in their spring/summer kids’ collections. All of these have Liberty’s tags on them, they’re not knockoffs. Fun and inspiration…

  197. Heidi says:

    I guess I’d say I’ve noticed a trend to vintage or things from the past. The fabric that always catches my attention is the vintage ones.

  198. lifeasamama says:

    gulp. i think i’m due to try pinwheels – but they intimidate me. maybe i should just try them… i just really like squares!

  199. jennifer says:

    I really love ruffles and use them wherever possible! My husband isn’t so sure about home decor having ruffles, though.

  200. monica says:

    For some reason, I keep seeing mushrooms on everything lately. It’s the new trend for sure!

  201. Tara says:

    I love that the ruffles are “in” – my heart immediately is drawn to those items when I see them. I think that since the “boutique chic” thing is in for decorating it flows naturally into our clothing, home accessories etc.

  202. Lisa uotinen says:

    Love the pinwheels in quilting!

  203. Cherri says:

    I love ruffles-thanks for the link for the great shirt tutorial!!!

  204. Jasmine says:

    Well, I don’t know that I’ve considered myself a ‘trend follower’…but I just started learning cross stitch! Hee.

  205. Jessica S. says:

    I have been noticing the ruffle trend & loving it! I can’t wait to try a ruffle project myself….either ruffle dresses for my toddler girls (2 & 4 yrs) or ruffle pillows. Love!

  206. karen cole says:

    I love the gray and yellow trend–such a tranquil color combo.

  207. lou says:

    i noticed the ruffle trend as well thought that’s not so new. ruffles were all over the place last summer and i think they rock. it’s a good trend. together with the grey/yellow color combo. i didn’t know that was a trend but definitely understand it. really really cool.
    i didn’t notice any particular trend actually though i’m around sewing blogs a lot. everyone trys to be as individual as possible. maybe THAT’S a trend πŸ™‚

  208. jenny says:

    I love the new modern motifs for cross-stitching!

  209. Deb Joseph says:

    Yesterday, I read V&Company’s blog post and her tutorial about pinwheels and I thought…I could do this. She also wrote about a friend’s blog Tea Rose Home and I read her tutorial about making an ordinary tee shirt “girly” with ruffles and I thought again…I can do this. I am feeling “trendy” since two of the things that caught my eye yesterday are on your blog today πŸ˜‰

  210. Emily says:

    I’m loving the ruffles!

  211. Becky m says:

    I love all of these trends and laughed as I was reading them beause I’ve recently done all of them except the yellow and grey and painting fabric! Must go and make a yellow and grey quiltnow!

  212. priti says:

    a trend i see everywhere is nautical.i have made nautical bags this season.Every designer has launched a nautical collection this season!

  213. Marge says:

    I’ve been seeing ruffles on women’s clothing in the stores but have been just too afraid that I am just too old (sigh) but seeing the little girl dress (above) makes me realize I should at least ruffle her up. Also, I love Khristian Howell’s fabrics!

  214. Toni Spencer says:

    I think the precut strips and square are pretty popular trend right. Like the Bali pops.

  215. Erin says:

    What I love about this is that these are all old things that are coming back. I really enjoy watching this community take old ideas and revitalize them and make them current. It makes me feel grounded to my own heritage.

  216. I just went to a quilt show and there was the most amazing tone on tone gray quilt. I think gray itself will be a trend too!

  217. Shonie says:

    I absolutely love the trend of ruffles! I’m trying to incorporate them everywhere! I also like pinwheels. I’m using them on my scrapbook pages and cards.

  218. Skye says:

    I’ve only just discovered your blog through one of my regular blog subscriptions, but I have loved reading through the trends and the information contained in this post. As someone new to the crafting and sewing scene, it’s great to have lots of information, ideas, and inspirations and have now added Mel to my watchlist as well.

  219. Pamela S. says:

    Have been out of the sewing scene for about 5 years so now it’s fun to come back and see what the latest trends are. Thanks for keeping us up to date on your blog!

  220. Betsy says:

    I’m new to sewing, so I don’t know what is a “new trend” or “new to me” but I see so much repurposing and remaking going on, as seems rather fitting economy-wise. It’s a whole new level of creativity!

  221. Tea Potty says:

    Here in Britain folk patterns are a big fav, especially following such books as Sew Scandinavian by Nadja Knab-Leers, Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman and Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs. I love this trend as the patterns vary from very colourful Russian dolls to retro-minimalism (just google “scandinavian tea towel”).

  222. Alice S says:

    I have to say that I love the trends with ruffles, pinwheels, and the gray/yellow color combo. Maybe I should make a pinwheel quilt in gray and yellow with a ruffled edging.

  223. Toni says:

    I love the yellow & gray quilts!

  224. Judy W says:

    The ruffles are really hot! I’m also noticing them everywhere. Also big is the fabric flowers. Love the pinwheels. Makes me want to get busy!

  225. Lisa Hunt says:

    One of the biggest trends I’m seeing in sewing at the moment is upcycling! I think with the economic climate being what it is, and with environmental concerns a hot topic right now, that people are seeing advantages of re-fashioning old items rather than buying new! I also think that these factors have a lot to do with the recent upsurge in interest for sewing in general.

  226. Jennifer L says:

    I’ve also spotted the yellow trend. Not just in quilting but in home decorating in general. As it’s my favourite colour, I definitely welcome the trend.

    On the wave of Mad Men, there has been an increase in vintage and vintage styled clothes as well.

  227. Kerry Green says:

    I have definitely seen a lot of yellow and grey in quilts- yellow generally with other neutrals too- a slightly urban feel to it maybe?

  228. Vera says:

    Those grey’n’yellow quilts are marvelous!
    Sometimes I feel that looking through the web, does not find trends but create trends. When I feel like “ruffels”, my attention is drawn to ruffels and “magically” they appear everywhere round in little blog-world. That is’nt a bad thing just my two cents about finding trends.
    What I found latly ist that more and more crafters are drawn to make lovely things from recyclied fabric. Not only quilts …
    Now guess why I “found” that trend *ggg*
    have a nice, grafty day!

  229. Dana S. says:

    A friend at church croched a baby afghan in yellow and grey. Still not sure I really like it, but I guess it’s trendy! πŸ™‚

    I really am into the ruffle thing though. It’s amazing what you can do with ruffles when you use a ruffler foot!


  230. Valerie Boudier says:

    Haven’t noticed many trends over here but I do love ‘modern’ quilting

  231. alice says:

    I definitely agree with the cross-stitch and ruffles coming back. I see lots of that on certain blogs that I love to follow. Thanks for all the good ideas.

  232. Melissa says:

    So glad cross-stitch is making a comeback! It was the first real craft I took up on my own (aside from sewing which i did with my mom) when I was 8 years old.

  233. Melanie says:

    I am loving all of the various ruffle tutorials. I am also noticing lots of previously used clothing refashioning. Seems to be a lot of tutorials and projects for using t shirts.

  234. i love the ruffles, always great to use or my scrapbooking!

  235. Ellen says:

    I love how fresh pinwheels look with modern fabrics, I agree gray really seems to trending in the quilting world, and I think pom-pom trim is making a great comeback! πŸ™‚

  236. Christy Dixon says:

    I agree that quilting is making a comeback. Not just pinwheels but everything! The more retro the pattern the higher the demand these days. I also agree about ruffles. I think boutique apparel is coming back huge and the financial situation is taking moms back to the 1950s and if you want your sweet little one to have the adorable clothes, you’d best learn how to sew! This is bringing back ruffles, dresses, pinafores, apron covers and lots of smocking! I LOVE it! Great article!

  237. Crafty Mummy says:

    Love the pinwheel trend – I’ve just started a pinwheel quilt too!

    I’ve been noticing lots of quilts with white or pale plain backgrounds lately. I love the way they make the colours pop out from the background.

  238. Sara says:

    I keep seeing simple (and often unexpected) hand stitched embroidery using the hoop as the frame.

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