Melanie from A Sewing Journal joined us last month with her take on recent sewing trends. We had so much fun with her post we’re making it a regular feature on the blog! Melanie’s back today, sharing what she’s noticed in the online sewing community, from small-scale florals to mug rugs to boho chic. Find more from Melanie at A Sewing Journal, Twitter and Facebook. Tell us what you think in the comments, and we’ll be back with more Digital Delivery Sewing fun tomorrow…

Join me as I take a look at what the online sewing community has been up to. Also, I’d like to clarify a little something about these trend posts. This is just a fun look at what I find via blogs, Flickr, Pinterest and the like. I do not intend to say that what some people are making is trendy or if they’re not making these things that they are off-trend. I’m really just picking some new things that I see and like and grouping them together. Let’s get inspired and have fun with this!

For Girls: Pretty, small-scale florals are popping up on clothing. Though many of these examples are from the European sewing community, I’ve seen them as a part of the Americana clothing collections here in the U.S. And, of course, small-scale florals are heavily influenced by our love of Liberty fabrics as well! Clockwise from top left: Kleidchen Sommerblumen (Summer Floral Dress) by Hanna Herz made with a pattern from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing book, Pink Liberty Dress by Prosestitch using a pattern from Girls Style Book (a Japanese sewing book), Three Days In January shirt by FuoriBorgo, Sweet Summer Halter Dress PDF pattern by Tie Dye Diva, Anastasia’s Sundress by AshleyJPhotography.

For Boys: Hoodies seem to be all the rage and a great way to add a little variety to a boy’s wardrobe. Clockwise from top left: Charlie Tee & Hoodie sewing pattern by Fishsticks Designs, Beach Bum Hoodie sewing pattern by Patterns by Figgy’s, Reversible Zippy Hoodie by Piccoli Piselli using a pattern by Kitschy Coo Kids, Froggy Hoodie by The Lazy Giraffe, Dinosaur DIY Hoodie (tutorial) by Ginger and George.

For Women: Boho is going mainstream this summer if the D&G Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear collection is any indication. We always see it in the handmade community to a certain extent; here are a few recent examples. From left to right: Simplicity 3803 by Fake It While You Make It using Anna Maria Horner’s fabric brings this maxi dress fully into the boho category, Peace Sign Bag pattern by Sweet Seams Sewing Patterns, Boho Maxi Skirt by longredthread using a cotton Indian scarf, Fashion Formula Skirts sewing pattern by Sew Serendipity Studio.

Quilts: Solid color fabrics are definitely popular in quilts right now. Check out the Modern Quilt Guild’s Flickr pool which is awash in solids, possibly because of a Kona solids charm pack challenge (there is a dedicated Flickr pool here). Here are a few of the many, many quilts I like made with bright, solid colors. Clockwise from top left: Ice Cream For All by Helen Richards Quilts, Wonky Solids Quilt by LittleOliveBranch, Hunting Camp Quilt by Willow Bean Creations, Solids Quilt Top by Sew Kind Of Wonderful, Wedding Quilt for Joseph and Annie PDF sewing pattern by Stitch in Dye.

Mug Rugs: What is a mug rug? You might also call them snack mats– smaller than a place mat but larger than a coaster. People sure are having a lot of fun making them! Check out the Mug Rug Madness pool on Flickr. Here are a few of my many favorites– Clockwise from top left: Bunting Mug Rug by Rags to Bags, “Hexie- bee” Mug Rug by Shape Moth, Flowery Mug Rug by Amy Dunn, Wonky Star Prism Mug Rug by Frecklemama.