Sewing Trends + Free Fabric Friday!

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Melanie from A Sewing Journal joins us with her monthly look at trends in the handmade community. Find more from Melanie at A Sewing Journal, Twitter and Facebook.

Melanie has an impeccable eye and she knows her sewing! We love this monthly look and we hope you do too. Tell us what you think for a chance to win some new fabric; we’ll give away one yard to five winners. What’s your favorite sewing trend? What inspires you lately?

In this month’s trends article, I’m looking at a few trends that have been around awhile as well as a couple of new ones. I think in the handmade community we tend to hold on to our beloved trends because we when we make something we love we intend to continue loving it.

A great look for fall or spring (or anytime, really!), patchwork dresses and/or skirts. Clockwise from top left: Patchwork dress by Life Is Art, Chambray and patchwork skirt by House on Hill Road, Jane Dress by little ticket, Back To School Tunic Dress (tutorial) by Me Sew Crazy for Sew,Mama,Sew!

A big bow on your skirt or dress. So pretty! Clockwise from left: Peetra Sunday Best Dress by white jupiter dreams, 1001 Peeps Enchanted Bow Skirt (free pattern) by Make Something, Bog Dreaming Bow by Pat Bravo, Double Layer Pillowcase Dress (tutorial) by Aesthetic Nest.

We still love patchwork on linen, a trend that is definitely sticking around! Clockwise from top left: The Kidlet tote made by Teaginney Designs from a pattern by Jennifer Casa, patchwork bib by chick chick sewing, Linen Patchwork Potholders by Anita Handmade Goodness, coin purse by i heart linen.

Red and aqua has been a favorite among the handmade community for quite awhile and I see it lasting for quite awhile longer. Clockwise from top left: Pinwheels in the Park (pattern + tutorial) by Four Wise Monkeys for Sew,Mama,Sew!, 14th of July Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew, farmer’s wife blocks by Camille Roskelley, farmer’s wife quilt block by Lovely Little Handmades, Easy as Pie quilt by crazy mom quilts.

Orange is showing up in a lot of the latest fabric collections. Clockwise from top left: Ornate Floral Amber from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, Bandana Blooms Orange from Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O Cake Designs, Striped Daisy Marigold from Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O Cake Designs, Blockade Blossom Amber from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, Hugs and Kisses Scotch from LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner, Leaves Orange from Too Muchery by Helen Dardik, Fiji Orange from Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow.

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365 Responses to Sewing Trends + Free Fabric Friday!

  1. How convenient, I was just reading a book on that 2 days ago @__@

  2. angie cole says:

    The patchwork Jane Dress is adorable, and has inspired me to make one for my daughters. I have several scraps of fabric from projects past, that would work wonderful in this fashion. Thanks for sharing your favorite things!!

  3. Peggy Gibbs says:

    The orange fabrics are beautiful.
    Thanks,
    Peggy

  4. JDMcC says:

    Linen! That’s my favorite trend. It’s earthiness makes colors pop. Love it.

  5. Michelle A says:

    Im loving all the orange Ive been seeing. Im not usually an orange person but I think I want to try something with it.

  6. katevet says:

    That’s gorgeous! I love this orange :)

  7. Michelle says:

    Love the Bog Dreaming Bow! And the orange!

  8. Bev C says:

    Hello,

    Oh I do love the dress with the big material ribbon tie on the back. Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

  9. Holly u says:

    My stash could use some more orange. So cheerful!

  10. ellen says:

    What a nice mix of fabrics. Makes me want to play!

  11. Hetaher says:

    I have found that the color orange has been demanding more of my attention lately. I used to always choose brown and red, but I really love orange now.

  12. donna says:

    i’m loving all the aqua & red these days! we moved into a 1965 rancher last year and settled on a butterscotch and red color theme, with aqua added in the kitchen and dining room. very 50′s/60′s. I’m taking advantage of the current availability of these colors because I know they won’t last forever! Do like the look of that new orange & aqua; it’s like the Fall transition of the red/aqua combination.

  13. Carrie says:

    Orange, aqua, and a little splash of red!!!! Happy colors to help get us through the (pending) winter!

  14. Barbara says:

    I love the trend to mix completely different fabrics and colors. Very bold and refreshing!

  15. Ana says:

    The elegant linen provides artistic manual embroidery. I have saved over time linen fabric with more than 100 years … treated and spun by my great grandmother. It is a pure linen and completely different from the current linen. I’m completely in love with this fabric ^_^ I like to mix the different patterns and textures of this fabric.The Patchwork is like playing with Legos!Dots and stripes, flowers or just plain … cotton or linen, is a therapy!
    I love the natural tones of earth colors! I also really like blue, red and orange.

    xo-xo * * *

  16. Grace says:

    I’m seeing a lot of patchwork around. I love it!

  17. Beth T says:

    I think my favorite sewing trend is the use of orange with blues. This is a huge shock to me, as I’ve always hated orange, really felt strongly negative about that color, but now I am loving it, especially when paired with orange as in Joel Dewberry’s new Heirloom line. I hate to admit that I’ve been won over by something that is now quite popular, but I’m a huge fan.

  18. robin says:

    I love the kids tunic tops I’ve seen on a few websites – too cute! :)

  19. tina says:

    I’m not sure if making bags is a trend, but I love experimenting with bags of all sizes and materials. I’m inspired by my grandmother, who was an avid sewer. She created bag patterns, sewed a bunch, and then drew funny little signs to advertise the “bag sale” for folks in her apartment building! I am currently adapting her shoe bag pattern. Love, love, love orange, and so did Yaya.

  20. Joey says:

    So sweet, perfect thing to bring in the fall with a flavor of spring to come!

  21. Kellie says:

    I love the Back to School Tunic dress at the top. I love the pattern, but also noticed that it uses several of the trends below… patchwork w/ linen, turquoise, orange fabric, etc. I want to make one similar for my daughter to wear to preschool, although I’ll have to pay attention to fabric selection for it to have the same effect.

  22. dyanna says:

    I am really into embroidery lately..on bags, fabric covered corkboard..etc. Love red and aqua too!

  23. Ramona says:

    I have seen alot of yellow and grey. I love the dark gray as a neutral and still love aqua and red.

  24. Jodi Guerrero says:

    I’m loving all the orange I’m seeing lately. I really like the patchwork skirts as well. My Mom sewed my little sister’s dresses and I love seeing all the cute patterns available. I’m happy to see other Mom’s sewing for their children. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

  25. Dena says:

    My favorite sewing trend is simplicity is best with loads of color mixed with neutrals for that extra pop. I’m not sure this is really a trend, but an ongoing effort to simplify one’s life. I’m working on that!

  26. Mindy says:

    These are great trends. I love the orange!

  27. Donna Baker says:

    what fun! I adore Orange lately!!

  28. Dawn says:

    I love the patchwork and linen combination! Linen has always been one of my favorite textiles, and I love the pop of bright color and pattern patchwork can add to it. I’m also enjoying all of the little patchwork projects showing up for the home… coasters, hotpads, travel bags, etc. I want my house to be filled with colorful patchwork-y goodness!!

  29. Lisa M says:

    My personal favorite right now in fabric combos is black (or gray) and white with a pop of color — fuschia or bright blue or red. Classic yet fun.

  30. JennX says:

    Hooray for orange! I’ve had to HUNT for the last couple of years for orange fabric that I love…I look forward to finding it easily now if it’s finally a trend! (obviously I’m ahead of the curve!?!? HA!!)

  31. Betsy says:

    I think it’s motivation that has led to inspiration for me – so many of my friends are having babies, and I have been swept into pseudo-sewing circles since I began sewing this past winter. The more time I spend sewing and talking with my friends, the more I learn and am excited… and I just love perusing blogs and looking at fabrics, colors, and modern, clean lines.

  32. Shannon says:

    The trend that has my attention is classic clean lines in garments: in childrens wear and ladies fashion, it has an heirloom quality. I love bold florals such as luluthi-summertotem and tiny florals that draw inspiration form floursack calicos.

  33. Melissa says:

    Loving the patchwork back to school tunic and orange Heirloom Joel Dewberry fabric!

  34. amorette says:

    i love those bows! but the orange/grey/aqua trend is really catching my attention right now- i love it, and would have never paired them myself.

  35. Jackie says:

    I have to say to say I love those cutes bows on the skirts! they are too cute..Lovely orange fabric are very tempting! I also have a thing lately for Grays!
    Thanks for the chance to win! Good luck to all!

  36. lee says:

    i am not really a fan of the red and aqua – I love the orange! thanks!

  37. Mary says:

    Yay patchwork and linen I love that look. And orange? my youngest daughter loves that colour so hurrah for it being popular! I remember a time 7 or so years ago I couldn’t get hold of any orange!

  38. Anne says:

    I don’t know if it is a trend, but what inspires me are all the great blogs out there that so generously make their ideas available to everyone. I’ve had so many ideas of my own that have been triggered by posts done by sewing and quilting bloggers.

  39. Christy says:

    So many cute fabrics and ideas for girls!

  40. Amanda says:

    My favorite sewing trend is mod or retro styled dresses. When it eventually putters out I’ll still be here sewing the stuff. I can’t get enough of them. And also practicle handmade things. Like the book cover I’m making right now based off of this design:
    http://mairuru.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-to-make-paperback-cover.html

    And I’ve always been inspired by the feminine dainty details such as pintucks, scallops, lace, strategically placed buttons, and gathering. I love specific eyelet fabrics. I love cotton, luckily, being from the south you can’t wear much else in the 100+ heat we’re having.

    Your fabrics are right up my alley because I can’t have enough florals. I’ve been known to use a floral quilting cotton fabric on a dress more than once.

  41. VickiT says:

    Those little patchwork dresses are adorable. The bottom left in the top picture is my favorite. Great colors used in that one.

    I have been seeing alot more orange myself lately and am starting to like it more and more. The Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabrics and their use of orange is my favorite at the moment. I just LOVE those fabrics.

  42. Jeanne says:

    I love the pinwheel quilt and can so visualize one in oranges and lime greens. I am going to be so sad when the fresh fruit fabric colors go away, I mean how can we possibly make it without oranges, yellows, greens, turquoises, watermelon, aquas and one I hope to see added soon “grapefruit”. Grapefruit has a very distinctive color and I would love to incorporate it as the focus of a quilt. Just sayin’ I am inspired by quilting history. Yet another reason I don’t know if I will ever be a Modern Quilter, but I am working on it a bit at a time. Wonky is a word I am learning to like

  43. Addy says:

    I love this feature, especially since she offers links! I’m inspired and ready to try some of these!

  44. Annmarie says:

    There have been lots of pillows showing up in quilting blogs of late. A definite trend and I neeed to get on it & make some for my living room!

  45. June says:

    Have always loved linen, and together with patchwork – - – just perfection!

  46. Erin d. says:

    I still have a love affair with orange and navy, particular. But yes, the orange is popular and really pretty, I think! I never did agree with Reese witherspoon’s character, Elle Woods, who thought it was heinous to consider orange the new pink….I think it is! ;)

  47. Jessica says:

    I love the patchwork on linen, and the orange fabric will be great for fall…

  48. Pattij says:

    I just did an orange and aqua quilt. Love those 2 colors!

  49. Deb Cameron says:

    My favourite sewing trend at the moment are Japanese sewing books – I love their use of natural fibers and simple lines that showcase the fabric – particularly linen and cotton gauze.

  50. Jayne says:

    So many great fabrics, prints and colors! My problem is I want them all…

  51. Barb Colvin says:

    I love the orange with aqua, especially in Heirloom. And those big orange flowers in Treasures and Tidbits are yum! My favorite flower is the marigold (ever since I was just a toddler according to Mom), and my wedding colors were orange and green. I may need to redecorate to incorporate some of the lovely oranges that are coming out. Or maybe I can just pretend I live in an old-fashioned garden :)

  52. Laura R says:

    I am very fond of ruffles right now. I just finished a girly, ruffly, hot-pink and zebra quilt for a friend’s new baby girl. I’m so glad ruffles are “in” right now!

  53. Kristy says:

    I LOVE the orange & aqua & I love the bows!

  54. Mama Lusco says:

    Those reds & aquas are beautiful together!

  55. Kristin says:

    I’m not a huge fan of the red and aqua, but I love all the oranges I’ve been seeing lately!

  56. Celeste says:

    Home dec fabrics are inspiring me lately. We just moved into a new home and I have been so busy sewing–I’m loving the Waverly Modern Essentials line. I’ve found myself planning whole rooms around their color schemes!

  57. Michelle Ski says:

    Love the aqua and blue. Seen this used in decorating rooms and it’s so light and fun! What’s really inspiring me is the idea that it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s guiding my entire life, especially at the sewing machine!

  58. stacey says:

    love the oranges and yellows of fall..maybe a little aqua, too!

  59. Fenju says:

    Love everything I’ve seen on this site =)

  60. Tina says:

    Love the baby bib very cute and the Ornate Floral Amber is so pretty! Aqua and Orange, who’d of thought?! ;)

  61. Lorri says:

    My favorite thing to do right now is also repurposing old clothes into baby stuff. Recently, I’ve been making small touch and feel rainbow quilts out of different kinds of fabric. :)

  62. Glenys says:

    I totally adore the skirt at the top right corner.

  63. Erin Waters says:

    Totally love the girls dress with the gigantic bow on the back by Pat Bravo…anyone know what pattern that is?

  64. I love the orange! Especially paired with aqua or teal.

  65. Shirley Clark says:

    What inspires me lately is having so many choices of coordinating fabrics. I love to be able to trim outfits with fabrics that compliment each other. I do love those aqua and red combinations too!

  66. Tina says:

    wonderfull things – all so beautifull.
    Wish I had more time to sew…

    Greetings,
    Tina

  67. alisha says:

    I love the Back to School Tunic Dress. The kimono style sleeves is a trend I’ve really been enjoying.

  68. AP says:

    I thought pillowcase dresses were just for little girls — then I saw an adult wearing what looked like one as a shirt.

  69. amy woo says:

    some of my favorite things . . .linen, patchwork, and pretty oranges! more please!

  70. Camille says:

    At first I didn’t like the red/aqua combo. After seeing so many great fabric paired up I’m kind of loving it.

    Linen is on my list of things to sew with. I’ve heard its harder because of the looser weave. The linen with cotton patchwork is always so cute.

  71. Andrea says:

    Please stop posting things that I love. Or send me $$. I don’t really have that much self-control!

  72. Ginger says:

    Love that orange is popping up.

  73. Linda Thompson says:

    I love the huge bows….but I wonder if the teachers will the first day of school.

    I really enjoy the clear bright colors of fabric. What a trend.

  74. Sherry J says:

    I love love patchwork. and orange. may have to make that little dress for my granddaughter

  75. Cara says:

    I love all the orange. And, though I haven’t been aware of them, the big bows are darling. I think my daughter’s next dress will have to have one.

  76. Sara says:

    I love the patchwork with the blues and oranges.

  77. Allison C says:

    I’m inspired by gray fabrics! I love the color and am so happy there are lots of fabrics coming out in gray! Now I just need to focus and make something with them!

  78. Lynda says:

    I love aqua and orange! We’re thinking if using these colors in our wedding!

  79. Ashley says:

    I am really into quilting right now…and I love the red and aqua trend. I was actually thinking of redoing my sewing room in those colors. Color is such an inspiration as are my kids!

  80. Emily says:

    I like the orange because I love bright colors. I also like the patchwork but I’ve never tried it.

  81. Shelly says:

    I’m really loving that orange – so bright but still warm!

  82. Margaret says:

    I also love the patchwork on linen. I have a stash of linen that I’m just waiting to find the right project for.

  83. Jessica says:

    My favorite sewing trend lately is repurposing old clothes/sheets/drapes into new things!

  84. MarciaW says:

    I adore Heirloom in all it’s color ways and love the richer colors as approach fall.
    RE: trends — it’s funny because my mother just made “patchwork” dresses and skirts for my grandnieces — and she let them pick out their colors – purples for one and pinks for the other. Both love bright colors.

  85. Lisa D says:

    I really enjoy the orange. It makes me think of happy times in the sun. Thanks for the constant inspiration.

  86. bwilliams says:

    Oops, my iPad spells things for me, it should have said burp cloths.

  87. bwilliams says:

    The combination of natural linen and bright solids or small prints has been catching my attention lately. I am also loving the patchwork bibs that are popping up everywhere. I want to make some bibs and Burbank cloths for my new grand baby due in December.

  88. Daisy says:

    I enjoy using the new colorful fabrics that are coming out, especially the whimsical ones. I’ve been inspired lately by all the different blogs I’m just now beginning to get acquainted with, especially this one! Thank you for all your ideas and fine projects! You are truly an inspiration to so many of us who enjoy sewing!

  89. vicki says:

    I love orange and aqua and made a strip quilt for my daughter with those colors. Right now I’m liking a little less white in my patchwork and more saturated colors.

  90. Teresa Raines says:

    I love all of the orange fabric! I was looking for some over the summer and couldn’t find anything as lovely as these fabrics.

  91. LisaC says:

    I am glad red and aqua are here to stay. I have a stack of red and aqua fabrics set aside for a quilt that I can’t seem to get started.

  92. Grace says:

    Hard to believe that bows are back, but they are! Yikes.

  93. delia says:

    I agree with the whole red/aqua trend. I see it everywhere!

  94. Amy says:

    I love all of the bright colors, and there are some amazing designers out there, so how can you not be inspired.

  95. Kelly says:

    I am a new quilter and really love patchwork, especially the linen tote and quilts shown here. I’m building up my stash and would love to be a winner! Thanks for the opportunity.

  96. Krissy says:

    Love the red and aqua! I just want to snatch all that gorgeous goodness right up!

  97. Maria Bong says:

    Patchwork on Linen has to be my favorite. There is something about the linen that is timeless. Love it.

  98. rebecca says:

    I adore the back to school tunic dress… I actually just finished one in the same vein for my Bean’s fall wardrobe! (Still too hot here for courderoy : )

  99. I love the fun and art patterns that I have seen lately. Lots of great prints for accessories and kids items.

    Debbie

  100. Donna Bowes says:

    Love the orange and the aqua! The back to school tunic is too cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

  101. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been inspired by mixing colors and patterns in clothing – simple silhouettes with wacky color combinations. Good stuff!

  102. Palila says:

    Oooh, the orange and blue! I’ve got some fabric with orange flowers on it that I’ve been thinking about making into a purse, think I’m going to hop on that before it’s out!

  103. Debbie says:

    Love the linen

  104. Rebecca says:

    I am sooooo in love with the orange and it is exactly what I am looking for esp. since I have decided to make an orange inspired quilt for. My mom for Christmas. Thanks for the skirt pattern links also. I bookmarked than already

  105. Lynne says:

    I think the big bow trend is my favorite. I love that pillowcase dress. It’s just gorgeous!

  106. Filipa says:

    Orange is great. It’s like a pre-view of the autumn colors, the leaves changing. The linen and the orange fabric is really inspiring.

  107. carolee c. says:

    I’m an orange girl! It is so cheerful!

  108. Allison says:

    I love all of the orange I see everywhere now! It’s such a great color to coordinate and contrast with.
    My inspiration is always my kiddos. Making them things that they want to wear every day makes my day!

  109. shannon p. says:

    I’m loving all the oranges I’m seeing for fall (doesn’t hurt that I’m royally sick of summer and can’t wait for fall, though!)

  110. Jessica says:

    Patchwork on linen is one of my favorite looks. I think it’s modern without being trendy. It’s a great use for small scraps of gorgeous fabric…if you’re someone like me who has a hard time throwing away even little scraps!

  111. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Love the double layer pillowcase dress! I have made a single layer, but I think the double layer would look so much nicer and better for older girls too. I am going to have to give it a try!

  112. Kerri says:

    Love the orange! I also love the little girls dresses. Just added one to my to-do list.

  113. DianeY says:

    I love the use of color in ways that are non-traditional! It so brings colors alive when they are mixed in different contrasts rather than a more monochromatic look!

  114. Carmen says:

    I just love that sewing has become popular and therefore there are tons of instructions and ideas on the internet to inspire me.

  115. Karin B. says:

    Still loving linen with patchwork . . . But wow those are some fabulous orange fabrics! Great color to go from summer into fall :)

  116. Stephanie S says:

    I love all the orange prints that are coming out. They are fun!

  117. Jennifer says:

    I’m loving the linen mixed with colorful cottons…and the bows and fabric flowers that pop up on everything!

  118. Alana says:

    I love big bows on dresses and skirts and bags!

  119. Crystal says:

    Orange is my absolute favourite color – so I love that it’s back in style! I’d pick orange fabric for every project, if I could. And I love that my 2 yr. old grandson says orange is his favourite too :)

  120. Kristin Del Mul says:

    I love the orange fabric. It reminds me that fall is just around the corner. It’s my favorite season.

  121. Tina says:

    I love these! They make me think of my hippie roots :)

  122. Kathryn says:

    I love all the oranges that are coming out! Lately I am inspired by the weather and our activities: playing in the sun=summer dress. Just thinking of the fall makes me want to work with some knits and felted wool though!

  123. Meganwf says:

    Love the modern quilt trends and the simple but fresh patterns.

  124. Melanie says:

    I’m into a solid medium grey with pops of bright colors… currently working on my son’s quilt with this trend! Always so inspired by the fun fabrics out these days!

  125. Jeannette says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am in love with Blockade Blossom Amber from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry.

  126. Sarah S. says:

    I love the orange and aqua fabric! It’s a perfect blend between summer and fall!

  127. knitsewreadlove says:

    I’m really excited to try the patchwork tunic. I haven’t done patchwork before, but I have so many scraps of fabric left over from other projects that it seems like it’s time!

  128. Shannon says:

    Patchwork anything!

  129. Julie says:

    Fabric alone is inspiring. Sounds silly but certain fabrics just seem to say “use me for _________”. I can’t say no.

  130. Rosalie says:

    Patchwork and embroidery are inspiring me lately!

  131. Elizabeth says:

    I’m inspired by all of the simple paperbag skirts, maxi dresses and simple tunics I’ve been seeing in mustard, navy and small floral prints. Super fun!

  132. I like the re-use recycle trend, making something new out of something old. Just wish I had the time to do more of it.

  133. Becky says:

    I love, love, love, all those bright colors. Who am I kidding I love color..LOL!! Beautiful things to look at here. Thanks for sharing..

  134. orange and aqua I love, red and aqua I’m a bit meh … so it’s a trend I haven’t really touched … love everything else – linen, patchwork.

    I love bows but I’m a little old so in danger of looking like Joan or Bette in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane … however subtle they may be … I think women of a certain age should steer clear! but I love seeing them around …

    I’d like foxes to be a trend but in a modern cute way … not cute cute … I think foundation paper piecing is a big trend, so I’d like to think I could try and get my fox done that way!

    Lovely post … lovely treats!

  135. Brenda says:

    I have not worn a lot of orange over the years but when out shopping the other day I did notice how much of it is out in the shops this season. Think I need some orange.

  136. april says:

    I adore patchwork on/with linen. Lovely!

  137. MissMary says:

    I am totally in on the orange love! I joined my first quilting bee this year and it is orange-themed! I used to hate the color but now can hardly get enough of it!

  138. Jennifer says:

    I love that pinwheels quilt soooo much!

  139. Liz says:

    i’m not sure about my favorite sewing trend–is it a trend that things are going more vintage? i hope so. i like that trend. :)

  140. AnnaPK says:

    I am loving orange for my boys! I recently sorted my scraps, so I am thinking I had better get into the patchwork trend too. :)

  141. Kristi says:

    i love the red and aqua, and also that little linen dress with the bow.

  142. julie h. says:

    I like the maxidress. Soo Coool!!

  143. Amy says:

    It can be hard to come up with a patchwork design that doesn’t look like it’s from the 1970s. I do like the examples you have of the patchwork on linen.

  144. Kim McM says:

    My favorite sewing trend is the way quilt patterns seem to be getting easier and faster to make, with the pattern taking a backseat to the fabric. Simpler quilt patterns with fewer (bigger) pieces really let you focus more on the gorgeous fabrics.

  145. Amanda says:

    Really loving the red & aqua color combination still… It’s just comfortable & happy I think. :)

  146. KarenH says:

    My favorite is the red and aqua color combo, I just love them together.

  147. Megan says:

    I never would have guessed I’d be a fan of orange, but I love all these new fabrics!

  148. Linda S says:

    Orange–yes! Also patchwork on linen. Anything with linen, really.

  149. Annie says:

    I think the bright colors and vintage styles making a comeback are both great trends. I keep seeing such happy fabrics out there, and it makes me smile!

  150. Patchwork + orange materials… be still my heart!

  151. Daneilia says:

    My fave sewing trend right now, would be Ruffles. Can’t ever get enough ruffles! But having a 2 year old daughter doesn’t help that either lol ;)

  152. Jen says:

    Love the orange and blue! Am re-doing my office in those colors!

  153. Carrie L says:

    I like the embroidery/perle cotton trend!

  154. Westin's Mom says:

    Lovin the orange!

  155. Malia Blossom says:

    I love the patchwork! I have recently started sewing again in due to the “nesting” phase of my pregnancy :). I started by making patchwork pillows. I have since moved on to making things for my little one. I just finished a pair of adorable patchwork madras shorts! I have been inspired by my partner who is a wonderful wood craftsman and artist. He has been making lovely things for our expected bundle, and I wanted to do the same. So I dusted of my sewing machine and got to work relearning sewing techniques my mom taught me when I was nine and also introducing myself to new techniques. (The crochet needles have also been getting a workout too!)

  156. Alma says:

    I love the quilts, & the fabric is so beautiful

  157. Nicole Dow says:

    I love all of the colors that are popping up! Orange and sky blue are my current favorite! I remember the first time I saw red and aqua together and I instantly fell in love and thought “Why haven’t I thought of that before!”

  158. Maeve says:

    I’m crazy about the look of modern quilting, all the bright new fabric lines, and reading the many blogs for quilting and sewing. Much inspiration to be found online, esp here at sewmamasew! thanks so much!

  159. Jessica H says:

    Orange is definitely inspiring me. I love heirloom and can’t wait to get started on it.

  160. Rebecca says:

    I love the red & aqua collage! And I’m definitely seeing orange in more of my projects lately!

  161. Lisa says:

    Love, love, love, the orange!

  162. Leigh Anne says:

    I’m all about the red & aqua….thanks for the great lineup of ideas!

  163. Brandy says:

    I am in love with the Ornate Floral Amber by Heirloom. I love the turqious/orange combo.

  164. Mamie Rudd says:

    Love the red & aqua combinations! It is kind of nostalgic.
    Mamie

  165. Dawn says:

    Thanks to Melanie for sharing all these great trends. I especially loved the patchwork bib by chick chick! I’ve spent the last few days trying to make bibs for my little nephew that have bias tape around the edges and have two curved edges that join in the back. It’s been a nightmare trying to sew bias tape around those curves and it’s making me insane. The featured patchwork bib has NO bias tape (yay!) and it still has tons of visual interest without it because of the lovely patchwork on the front. Brilliant! I’m going to make some in that style next. No more bias bibs EVER!! =)

  166. Shannon C. says:

    The bows are awesome. I definitely want to make one of those skirts with the bow in front!

  167. Joelle Lambert says:

    I love the incorporation of linnen into so many projects. It looks wonderful.

  168. Manali says:

    Orange is one of my favorite colors – we’re doing our nursery in orange and teal for our little one that’s due this fall!

  169. Jen V says:

    I’ve been inspired by slouchy bags lately. I have a fabric picked out for it & want to come up with a pattern & design for a roomy, slouchy shoulder bag.

  170. Sarah K says:

    I love the red and aqua!!!

  171. Erin says:

    Still in love with the red+aqua combo, but orange is making me sway a bit now!

  172. Kirsten says:

    I’m new to sewing and have really enjoyed seeing the projects that other people come up with. It inspires me to get more creative and provides some sort of validation that I can do it too! :-)

  173. Helen says:

    I love bows! I remember growing up, it was the one requisite in my dresses. They had to have bows, the bigger the better.

  174. Rachel says:

    Oh how i love orange. I am a little intimidated by patchwork though these pictures are pretty inspiring.

  175. Anne Marie says:

    Love the aqua/red combo so pretty.

  176. Jennifer says:

    I’m a BIG fan of orange, as my pals know well…and aqua is lovely, but I also think deep teal (cf Kona lagoon) needs more air time!

  177. Cary says:

    I still like aqua fabrics, but I do love the orange I’m seeing more of.

  178. Andrea says:

    I’m loving and feeling really inspired by new combinations of colors. The red and aqua is beautiful and I also am really into grays with pops of color.

  179. Cynthia says:

    Patchwork on linen is a huge favourite of mine, especially when paired with some simple embroidery.

  180. Lindsey says:

    I love all the orange that is available in fabrics. So warm and happy. I also think there is a new trend of grey being a more dominant colour in fabrics. I love it mixed with citron and turquoise.

  181. Jen Higgins says:

    I’m guilty of the patchwork trend, I just made a patchwork purse this week!

  182. Lindsay says:

    Still loving that Back to School tunic dress! So cute :)

  183. Jennifer says:

    I love it all, but I am partial to the double layer pillowcase dress. I am a total fabric/sew-aholic!! LOVE it and LOVE this site!! :)

  184. carole whitridge says:

    I’m really keen on lots of white or cream put together with bright colors in a quilt or pillow. I love the contrast. I also love the look of patchwork on clothing.

  185. Jenny says:

    thanks melanie, what a gorgeous selection. love that back to school tunic.

  186. Rebecca says:

    I really like linen and colorblocking.

  187. Joy says:

    I’m loving the red and aqua. And the Farmer’s Wife.

  188. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    I’m inspired in so many different directions, it’s almost paralyzing! For example….

    I’m loving LOTS of colors together.
    Then, I love the simplicity of only 2 colors together.
    Then, I see a black and white (still two colors, but much different than say a red/aqua or an orange/aqua).

    I find the subtle changes that honor tradition to be the most inspiring. The evolution of the bow from the 1950′s housewife standard on every dress to an accent on a little girls dress at the shoulder or oversized at the back of the dress…

  189. Dani says:

    I love those skirts, but I’m not really a fan of the big bow trend. I have yet to work with patchwork but I love the way it looks. I’m inspired now and off to sew!

  190. Alison says:

    I love the gray colour trend. I also love all the recycling projects out there.
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

  191. Caitlin L. says:

    I am absolutely loving the orange fabrics. I’ve always loved orange, and love that everyone else is finally catching on :)

  192. kathyh says:

    The big bows. An 80′s look coming back modernized.

  193. Katie-Lee says:

    I am LOVING the orange theme right now, I especially love the “Ornate Floral Amber” which has the teal blue and the orange together. gorgeous!
    xoxo

  194. Steph Mabry says:

    I don’t know if it counts as a trend but since it’s summer, I LOVE all the bright colors!

  195. Naomi says:

    I LOVE the orange! and am thinking I need to try the patchwork on linen.

  196. Lindsey F. says:

    I haven’t made anything red/aqua yet but I love the combination – it really pops. I also love the warmth of the orange/aqua combo. Thanks for featuring it.

  197. Andrea C says:

    love the patchwork!! i am a huge fan of that

  198. Those are all beautiful pieces! I’m drawn toward bright colors, so I really like all the oranges and bright pinks out there. I also really like florals – so feminine!

  199. Regina says:

    I like patchwork; it keeps me from having to choose just one fabric.

  200. L Pellegrini says:

    My favorite trend is color blocking. I’m still working on the how-tos (sp?) but I think it’s beautiful!!!

  201. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    I love the orange-seems like the perfect color for this season of transition between summer and fall. Actually, some orange patchwork on linen could produce something really awesome and seasonally-appropriate!

  202. Chris says:

    I like the modern twist on patchwork…and love the color trends with aqua and orange. I never realized how much I like both of these colors~

  203. Sheryl says:

    I am loving all the oranges popping up everywhere! Those fabrics shown are gorgeous! Orange happens to be my favorite color and it used to be so hard to find. I am glad everyone is embracing it now!

  204. Belinda says:

    I’ve never been an orange fan (except for Halloween & when attending Clemson football games with my son) but I am finding myself drawn to it more & more. I always look forward to the sewing trends post!

  205. I’m still loving the use of linen in quilts, and now I’m thinking of incorporating some patchwork into some linen clothing thanks!

  206. Jacqueline says:

    I really love the aqua color and patchwork on things you wouldn’t normally think to find them on. Thanks

  207. Ellen says:

    Love the oranges, especially turquoise and orange. As a quilter, I’m already sold on the patchwork trend!

  208. Carmen says:

    I love all of these bright ideas! Makes me kind of sad that summer will be over soon, actually…But then comes home decor and nesting ideas for fall and winter!

  209. Michaela says:

    I am so inspired by all of the craft and sewing blogs that are out there right now. They’ve inspired me so much that I dug out my sewing machine (that was barely touch since it was gifted to me 3 years ago) and I’ve now been using it a few times a week. =)

  210. Joanne says:

    Orange is my favourite colour! Thanks

  211. Tara says:

    I’m all about anything in red and blue hues… love it. I’m really liking linen and patchwork but I haven’t done much with linen. :)

  212. Gretchen says:

    The red and aqua has been my favorite for awhile now. It’s just so cheery!

  213. Christine says:

    Love the orange fabrics. I’ve seen a lot of tunic styles for the last couple of years.

  214. Rebecca says:

    Love the patchwork on linen trend, but am also enjoying the aqua and red trend. Our kitchen is in light blue, red and dark teal and I have been thinking of using that color palette for some patchwork curtains and accessories.

    BTW, LOVE the Jane Dress!

  215. christina says:

    Oh, I love the orange fabric! I just bought some orange with while polka dots last night to make a fun little skirt with! I adore orange! So delicious!

  216. Dwan says:

    Orange and patchwork! Yum!

  217. joyfulT says:

    I’m loving all the pillow tutorials that have cone out recently. I’m currently turning an old pair of my husband’s shorts into dress pants for my five month old.

  218. BARBARA says:

    Love the orange colors. The patchwork trend is something I wish I had more time with. With twins it’s pretty difficult to get to sewing such detailed items. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas.

  219. I have lately been very inspired by hand embroidering. I’ve wanted an embroidery machine, thinking, for some reason, that this was the best way to make pretty embroidery on my clothing, but I’ve discovered how quick and easy and beautiful is really is to do it by hand. Now I’m making things just so I can hand stitch on them! Skirts, bibs, shirts, even some store-boughten socks! :)

  220. Steph G. says:

    That is the cutest pillowcase dress I’ve ever seen.

  221. laura reich says:

    I’m loving the ruffle trend right now. I think it will last a while too.

  222. Love the colors!

  223. all8garden says:

    The red and aqua remind me of my grandmothers and that 1950′s kitchen vibe. Very cute. As fall is peaking around the corner, so to speak, I’m being drawn more to harvest colors. Rich, vibrant, earthy. Fall is my favorite time of year.

  224. sam says:

    Red and aqua trend is one of my favorites. It’s the theme for my christmas quilt!

  225. Kathleen P says:

    I love this patchwork trend, but how are we going to make it work for boys clothes?

  226. Kris says:

    That little coin purse caught my eye! Been noticing more purple in collections than in the past, too, as well as orange.

  227. Sara says:

    I am loving the orange/teal color combo these days as well. Thinking of incorporating that into my living room colors. Thanks for the eye candy!

  228. Lynn says:

    I love all these pretty fabrics!!! I am obsessed with skirts right now!!

  229. Maria says:

    I’m so drawn to the orange and teal. It reminds me of camping plates my sisters and I used to fight over. Teal was the preferred color :)

  230. Sara Upshaw says:

    My favorite trend is the oranges. I’ve always thought of orange as a very bold color, but paired with aqua or turquoise, like in the Dewberry fabrics, it doesn’t seem as jarring. Loving it for fall.

  231. Carol H. says:

    I love the orange colors! The patchwork on the bag and bib has inspired me to get busy on a couple of baby gift projects.

  232. Rita says:

    I can’t get over Japanese craft books, they are the best!

  233. Laura says:

    I love the patchwork! I just don’t have the patience. But maybe I could…with new fabric!

  234. Beth says:

    As Suzie mentioned above, scalloped edges have made a lot of appearances lately. I’ve also noticed Peter Pan collars frequently. Both are darling, I think.

  235. Anta says:

    Yeah, I really like orange, I’m happy to see more of it in fabrics.

  236. Cyndy says:

    Wow so inspiring and such talent. Loved this post. Thank you for the opportunity. Beautiful pics too. Thanks!

  237. LauraH says:

    What beautiful fabric! I’m really into bags right now and a few skirts! I love to sew and create and I love all the wonderful ideas people share! Thanks for the giveaway!

  238. Samina says:

    I’ve got some old madras button down shirts that I haven’t worn in years, but can’t bear to get rid of. You’ve given me some wonderful ideas as to how to rework them.

  239. Amy says:

    I will never tire of linen and patchwork. It’s neutral, subtle and rustic. Love.

  240. Amy G. says:

    That orange is pretty awesome!

  241. Stephanie Perry says:

    i am love with the jane patchwork dress….totally adorable, i made something like that for myself when i was young in high school…it takes me back!

  242. Caitlin says:

    Love the enchanted bow skirt!

  243. Lisa says:

    I am kind of impressed by a quilter’s ability to coordinate such varying prints/solids. I struggle with color choices and I love to see what other artists create as a way to inspire me to branch out from solid + coordinating print. These are great!

  244. Kristin says:

    I’m loving the feminine/vintage style that is popular right now.

  245. Amy A says:

    So, loving the bows… They really take me back to the cute little dresses I wore growing up. Why should little girls have all the fun?

  246. Deanna says:

    The patchwork trend is really neat and quite country looking. Makes for some very unique garments too as they would be difficult to replicate if you were simply scrap busting. I have yet to try it though.

  247. kate C. says:

    The ‘modern’ clean look is inspiring me lately. Now I just need to find time to sew!

  248. Katy says:

    I’m inspired right now by all my friends having babies….so I’ve been making baby blankets, bibs, burp clothes galore! I love using fabrics that aren’t from the baby isle…..and my friends all seem to be excitedly refreshed to get something that has a fabulous print too. :)

  249. Morgan says:

    I’m glad to see orange, too. My orange-haired 2-yr-old looks awesome in all shades. Me? Not so much.

  250. starjumper says:

    i was actually just noticing the patchwork skirts too and thinking that i want one ;-)

  251. Sharon says:

    I like the new orange fabric! Great little girl dress patterns also.

  252. Delilah says:

    I absolutely LOVE incorporating lots of different coordinating fabrics into one garment. And bows! That bog dreaming dress is divine! And I love making my own binding tape in funky coordinating fabrics!

  253. N. Perez says:

    So much beauty to look at! I am loving the patchwork trend that I see here and elsewhere in the community of sewists. Also, I’m continually drawing inspiration from you sew mama sew! I start my day off by visiting you and hope to one day have all the time I need to tackle the projects posted here. Thank you for inspiring and for keeping me up to date in sewing trends :b

  254. Ella says:

    I really like the red and aqua…it reminds me of some of my favorite coral and turquoise jewelry growing up.

  255. Stacey says:

    I’m also inspired by the aqua and red “trend”, although it’s nice to know it’s been around for a while and will hopefully be staying!

  256. Maya says:

    I don’t know if it is a trend but the modern quilt blocks are inspiring me to do more sewing! I love the way the little coin purse just pops up! Cute!

  257. Kathy says:

    I love using multiple color fabrics for the same garment. Love the way it looks.

  258. Megan says:

    I love the patchwork dresses.

  259. Beth says:

    Favorite sewing trend: small projects! Okay, maybe those aren’t really a trend, but at least I can add them to my to do list without feeling overwhelmed. As for color trends, I hope to see more coral in fabrics soon!

  260. Ellen Ban says:

    I’m still loving patchwoerk & linen and am enjoying all the orange and grey in new fabric lines!

  261. Suzanne says:

    I’m loving this patchwork dress, especially with the red and aqua. Awesome ideas for spring!

  262. deirdre_lyon says:

    What’s inspired me lately is how many people are providing tutorials on how to finish seams in really spectacular ways, which makes garments just as interesting and enjoyable to put on and wear as they are to look at!

  263. JLWhite says:

    I love the madras and chambray skirt and the pillowcase dress especially! So fabulous, wish there were more hours in the day!

  264. Amy S says:

    Oh, I love that farmers wife quilt pattern. Super cute pinwheels!

  265. Bonnie says:

    EVERYTHING inspires me! I just started quilting but have been sewing for 40 years! I can’t look at anything lately without seeing shapes and colors and how I can translate that into a sewing project! If something is functional in one material, I want to make that same object into a fabric piece! Talk about the yogic “monkey mind”!

  266. Valancy says:

    I love the fresh fabrics with orange, especially Joel Dewberry’s heirloom. I think my living room is crying out for some accent pillows with pops of orange!

  267. My favorite trend is simple: it’s all about attitude!

    I love seeing younger (ok, maybe I’m giving away too much personal info here) sewists jump in, headlong, and tackle things, whether or not they’ve ever struggled to gain a particular skill set. I think of all the time I spent (and many of my peers, too) stammering and saying, “Oh, a zipper? Oh, no, I’m not ready to put in a zipper! First I have to learn to sew straight lines on … all … these … potholders …”

    Do what you love, right? Is it a patchwork bag that’s calling out to you? Great! Grab your scissors and an armload of fabric you love. Just do it!!

    Are your lines wiggly? Who cares? Are your french seams more like, ummm, “pig-latin seams?” Really … it only matters if it matters to YOU, right?

    This new energy, sharing of tutorials, bright new colors and fresh new approaches to traditional process and structure … I love it. Love It! LOVE IT!

  268. Heidi says:

    My favorite sewing trend is using knit fabrics in apparel sewing. It is so easy to work with and so easy and comfortable to wear. Also, I love the orange fabrics you chose for your post! I think I’m going to try to hunt down some of that ornate floral by Joel Dewberry!

  269. Jess says:

    I have to say that I love so many of the trends shown here. My favorites are the patchwork and the orange fabrics – gorgeous!

  270. SweetPea says:

    Lovin’ it all! Love the turquoise & red… love the linen & def lovin’ the orange!

  271. Amelie Jo says:

    Corduroy has been popular for the Fall! You can find an apron dress I made from corduroy here:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/79961585/girls-apron-peasant-dress-kiss-the-cook

  272. Larissa says:

    I really love red & aqua! When I was getting married a little over 2 years ago was the first time I saw it – it was hot in weddings at the time. I was surprised at how much I like it.

  273. Jocelyn says:

    Some of the new modern fabrics are really fabulous. I am mostly a traditional quilter, but these vibrant colored fabrics are enticing me to add modern dishes to my palette :-)

  274. Tong says:

    I really love these sunny and happy oranges, and yes, I agree that patchwork on linen is quite a timeless combination, you really can’t go wrong with that!

  275. Kacey P. says:

    I like the patchwork trends, especially when combined with the aqua and red! It makes for such a cheery look :)

  276. Kerry says:

    I Love sewing with linen right now and repurposing old clothes into something new.

  277. Melinda says:

    Oh I love that back to school tunic!!!

  278. Melissa M says:

    Love this, especially the dress with the big bow in the back! I really like the fall colors that are starting to emerge right now.

  279. jenn says:

    I love the linen and patchwork. I’ve been doing it a lot lately. I just bought a big linen jumper from Goodwill to re-use in some projects.

  280. Beth says:

    Loving the patchwork dresses . . . but I only have boys to sew for! I am always inspired by clicking around the blog world to see what other creative people are doing!

  281. becky laswell says:

    I’m enjoying the patchwork & linen combination, too. I also like that people are getting back to using solid color fabrics for all kinds of sewing projects.

  282. jen says:

    love the patchwork! I want to sew a pinwheel quilt starting in the fall!

  283. I love the patchwork skirt. Love it!

  284. turtledove says:

    I’m loving the mixing of patterns. Fabrics that otherwise don’t seem to go together somehow work on the finished piece.

  285. Jamie says:

    Loving the peasant style tops too. Perfect for babies and little girls and great for stash-busting which creates that “patchwork look!” (Nice for beginning sewists, like me!)

  286. Sarita says:

    Whether it’s trendy or not, I always love patchwork. I think I always will.

  287. Gorgeous styles. I’m beginning a love affair with linen right now myself. This is great inspiration!

  288. Those dresses are so pretty!

  289. Rohaise says:

    Red and aqua is such a great combination. Long may it last! I also love the patchwork on linen photos you’ve chosen. So pretty.

  290. June S says:

    I love patchwork on linen, or really any linen work!

  291. Caroline says:

    I really love all of these trends! I think it is perhaps the fact that they all lean towards a happy look. joyful, feminine, and happy! Very different from what is out in stores these days…

  292. Kelly E. says:

    I think this display of trend is beautiful. I was taught as a child to sew and just got back into it as a mother. I am learning again tips of the trade through many of these blog sites including sewmamasew. Thank you for that. I think that as far as kids trends goes, bright colors are the rage! I’m also very fond of the unbleached cotton/linen look mixed with a great print.

  293. Stephanie says:

    I really, really love the patchwork dresses. So sweet! Thanks for posting sewing trends; I love to see them.

  294. SewLindaAnn says:

    Thanks for the trend info., can’t say I love the humungous bow, but patchwork is always wonderful and so is orange.

  295. amy says:

    I’m not sure how trendy I am, because I’m running about 50/50 on liking the trends listed here! But I will always love linen, and the orange is wonderful. Hmm, perhaps some orange on linen… :)

  296. kelly jo says:

    My favorite sewing trend is big floral prints – I’m always drawn to them, even if it’s nothing like what I’m actually looking for!

  297. Jess says:

    I love the red/aqua combination, too!! My favorite trend lately is the modern quilting patterns, b/c though I can appreciate traditional quilts they’re just not “my thing” when it comes to decorating my house.

  298. Helen Conrad says:

    Love the big bows. They really dress up a simple outfit.

  299. Caitlin T. says:

    I’m actually in the midst of making my own red and aqua quilt. It’s the first time that I’ve worked with the color combo, but it’s definitely one that I’ve seen around and admired for a while.

  300. Mrs. Not the Jet Set says:

    Red and aqua has been the trend in decor as well. I’m starting to warm up to it!

  301. Anna dykman says:

    I love all the bright colors and vintage feel that all these fabrics have. Looks like something I would find digging through my grandmother’s fabric.

  302. Rebecca says:

    That Bog Dreaming Bow is reminiscent of the bustle. As a bustle fanatic I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  303. Kim says:

    I have to agree with the attractiveness og the aqua and red combo- may inspire me to use more red as I tend to not use it.

  304. Beth says:

    I LOVE the big bow look! My inspiration definitely comes from my 4 year old daughter who LOVES bows, ruffles, lace, bright colors, and pretty much anything I make her. Come to think of it I think I may make her a skirt with a big bow right now!

  305. Nana (Patty Cowherd) says:

    I’m so happy to see the patchwork trend continuing. I love the look!

  306. Annie says:

    I think my favorite trend lately has been the color gray. Far from looking drab, if used well, it makes the other colors look even more rich and vibrant. I’m seeing it more often in fabrics and backgrounds, and I like it!

  307. Carole Ann says:

    I love these posts! Keep em coming!

  308. Lori says:

    I’ve got that enchanted bow skirt bookmarked to make! I love the cute bow!

  309. Nanna says:

    I love the pinwheel quilt.

  310. Valerie says:

    I love the big bows on the skirts–so does my daughter. Although I’m not a big orange person, that orange and teal fabric IS beautiful!

  311. Jamie Neils says:

    I’ve always loved patchwork, especially now after inheriting my grandmother’s material stash. So much great material I just love to mix and match it all!

  312. nikkapotamus says:

    I am so in love with the little patchwork skirt! So cute. Orange is totally in this year and I’ve been busy knitting up some orange bracelets for a little kick to the wardrobe.

  313. Kristy bach says:

    I live the light blue and orange combo for just about everything! I
    ts so light and airy. I’m looking forward to using this color combo in the bedding for our little boy due in January!

  314. Kate F. says:

    Out of today’s featured trends, I love the orange most. I like the trend of traditional blocks with modern flair, like the farmer’s wife QAL and the summer sampler series QAL.

  315. Kathe G says:

    What inspires me is the beautiful fabric and projects everyone is coming up with. Who would have thought orange would look so delicious. I love the modern look in quilts that are being created. My most favorite – at this moment – is linen – who’d a thunk it would look so good with patchwork!

  316. patricia says:

    Love the quilt patterns embeded in the children’s clothing..Time to head for the stash ans start creating for Miss Callie’s first day at school…Great reminders of ideas from the past…Thanks..Have a wonderful day everyone and Sew on…

  317. Mary says:

    Like the red andteal fabric . The orange is owesome!!!

  318. the use of solids in quilts is definately inspiring me. I am also seeing more appreciation for skilled handstitching.

  319. Rhonda says:

    Orange is definitely “in” but I am truly loving the orange and turquoise together! They look great but I would never choose them! thanks for sharing. Oh and I love the patchwork skirt in the top right and corner. Just seen someone wearing one of those the other day and thought “boy that is cute”.

  320. ste says:

    Love all those oranges!

  321. cynthia says:

    Thanks for the great ideas and very cute fabrics. Love the Orange!
    Cynthia

  322. Catherine says:

    I’m still a big fan of patchwork on linen. It’s such a clean style that can look modern or vintage.

    Can’t say that it’s a trend, but lately I’ve wanted buttons on everything…the bigger, the better!

  323. Diana says:

    Love the tunic dress–there might be one in my 5yo’s future!

  324. Hannah says:

    I love seeing all those oranges together.

  325. Jennifer L says:

    I’ve recently redone my kitchen in red and aqua! Maybe not handmade but the trend certainly blurs the lines.

  326. Lynn Lawrence says:

    I love that the vintage style is back in. Magazines,blogs, and facebook inspires me.

  327. Shannon ventresca says:

    love all of the patchwork on linen! Simple yet elegant;)

  328. Suzie says:

    The pop of orange is a trend that I like at the moment. However, i think my favourite is the modern interpretation of patchwork in clothing.

  329. Serena says:

    Orange is definitely a trend I can get behind. I was taking stock of my fabric stash a few weeks ago and noticed an inordinate amount of orange pieces, going back to when I started stashing about five years ago. So I guess it’s not so much a ‘trend’ with me. ;)

  330. Ellen says:

    Orange! I want more orange in my stash. And purple… I’ve had a difficult time getting ahold of nice purples.

  331. kaholly says:

    There are an awful lot of pretties here today! Such imagination and talent working with all the latest beautiful fabrics.

  332. Emily says:

    Im so insipred right now, i’ve just found the blog world (cant beleive I missed out so long) and im incredibly fired up by the wealth of creative people out there. Im trying my hand at all sorts of sewing to find out what I like best and its great to have so many ideas to try!

  333. Angela says:

    I love all things patchwork and 2 in squares tends to new my go-to when I’m stuck for ideas. I’m also loving the red/aqua color combo. I used to be pulled towards more deep & rich colors, but find myself working with (and enjoying!) the brighter, more vibrant colors these days.

  334. gina stewart says:

    I have been asked to teach a young girl sewing, that being said–I have not sewn in earnest in years. So I have dusted off my machine and started looking for projects to teach and have fallen in love all over again with sewing and so many exciting things to make! Things have changed a bit stylewise and the fabrics are so beautiful and up to date–barely know where to start first!!

    I love your site–one of the first I found once I cranked up my machine! I find I am getting lost in your site with so much to learn and dream about making and doing.

  335. Teresa says:

    Patchwork on linen is a favourite ‘look’ of mind so I’m glad it’s not going away for a while. I’m also pleased that orange is getting a look in because it’s my favourite colour.

  336. Elizabeth says:

    Sewing for my 2 little girls- Flounces, full circle skirts and “lettuce rolled hems” in contrast color.

  337. angelina says:

    thanks for the links,,love those linen goodies. !

  338. Sandryte says:

    Right now I have an idea of making a sleeping bag for my child, probably from the flannel, finishing with some nice edge. And very colorful! To outstand the late summer mood :)

  339. Suzanne says:

    I have been inspired by the orange fabrics this summer! They are great for picnic quilts! But the children’s back to school dresses are awesome and I may have to make some/one for DD!

  340. Btrflywmn says:

    I get inspired by seeing everyone’s creations. So much to sew, so little time.

  341. Stacey says:

    Love the patchwork dresses! I am inspired by my baby girl. After 2 boys I am so excited to be sewing pretty things :)

  342. Caren says:

    Right now I’m really big on wrist cuffs -they’re easy to make, easy to make unique, and work for all ages.
    Something else you may not see every day in design/crafty blogs is short skirts over jeans. This is a huge phenomenon with the tween/teen girls around here. I’m not seeing a lot of posts about them (yet) but they’re easy to make (simple elastic waist) and easily customizable! (see one here: cadamscreations.blogspot.com/2011/06/sassy-skirt-over-teen-jeans-skirt.html )

  343. Flying Blind says:

    I am loving an orange and turquoise combo at the moment – never ever liked orange before!

  344. Mamima says:

    We started sewing by making dolls with our children and bags for our friends, but we are inspired by this month’s trends article and soon we need to take a brake in our dolls production to make our first dress (there is a 6-year-old princess will love this Back To School Tunic Dress or the Patchwork dress) and our first bib for our little nephew.
    Thanks.
    http://www.amamima.com

  345. Suzie says:

    What a great round up of trends – they are spot on! I would say that scallop edges have been a recent trend this year in the dressmaking world and it will probably stick around a bit longer as I see it on quite a lot of RTW clothes at the moment too.

  346. Valerie Boudier says:

    My favourite trend is still purple, purple and turquoise – purple and anything…

  347. Melanie C says:

    I love the trend of updating your current clothes by adding trim/flowers or changing the shape of the garment!

  348. Leah says:

    Beautiful patchwork… Thanks for sharing

  349. Sunnybec says:

    Oh…. looks like I am first…..I love the linen, especially the pot holders, have never made any pot holders, must get some done! Linda

  350. Rebmara says:

    I love the aqua and red combination.

  351. Beezus says:

    Lately, the mix of traditional blocks with more modern fabrics has really inspired me. As Melanie says, orange is a big deal these days, too, and I’ve never been an orange fan, but lately, I’m seeing it paired with aqua, blue, pink, for some great color schemes.

  352. jil says:

    Trends…mmm, Let me see, how about the designer pillows with 3 dimensional flower petals, lots of ways to brighten a sofa or bed. I’ve had fun making those and pincushions…so many variations and totally cute too. Working in richly coloured wools and felts or somber grey neutrals with dashs of colour.

  353. Cheryl Korman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabric.

  354. Zena says:

    I find craft blogs really inspiring, seeing the beautiful things other people have made really makes me want to push myself to try new things.

    That red and aqua patchwork is so so pretty, such a bright, fresh colour combination. The orange is wonderful too, very retro, I love it!

  355. CheezyK says:

    Wow, there are some nice things out there at the moment. I’d like a Back to School Tunic in adult sizing please :)

  356. I’m inspired by the designer fabrics I see, especially Riley Blake, Patty Young, and Michael Miller fabrics. :) It’s so much fun to sew for a little girl, too. :)

  357. Quinn says:

    my favorite trend is the patchwork on linen, but i’m not very good at it.

    i’ve been recently inspired by patchwork hexagons and have started my own quilt. the quilt was started in mid-march and is entirely hand stitched – quite an undertaking.

  358. Stacey says:

    I’m only new to sewing but am wanting to do a patchwork skirt for my daughter and another for me, and I love linen bags/purses.

  359. Alethea says:

    I’d like to make some new dining room curtains, and I was thinking of using a yellow and white damask, but after looking over the Heirloom fabric collection, I think this one would work really well too: http://sewmamasew.com/store/free-spirit/blockade-blossom-dandelion-heirloom–HLBLPRBLDNDL.html

  360. Emily says:

    I love the little girls dresses, and I’m also a fan of red and aqua. My girl has been pressing me to make her a new dress for school – wonder if I can combine the ideas and come up with a fabulous red and aqua patchwork dress for her?

  361. Pat V. says:

    I love seeing all the orange that’s cropping up these days — it’s my favorite color! I’m also totally obsessed with the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along (yes, I’ve joined in the fun!)

  362. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I like the maxidresses that are so popular now.

  363. Anna Pfeil says:

    I love the warm orange colors of the fabric and the way it works with aqua. I really like the floral paterns.. so inviting.

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