Melanie from A Sewing Journal is back with her monthly look at sewing trends. Melanie has such a knack for finding gorgeous collections full of our favorite things! Visit A Sewing Journal for more from Melanie, and find her on Twitter and Facebook too.

Have you sewn a new bucket hat this month? Do pastels say “Summer” to you?! Are you seeing arrows everywhere? Let us know what you think about recent sewing trends for a chance to win a new book this week!

Join me as I take a look at what we’ve been sewing!

Patchwork Totes! We love them for using up scraps or small cuts of fabric. Clockwise from top left: Pink Penguin Lunch Bag by Clover & Violet for Sew Sweetness, Belted Tote Bag by Sew Chatty, Sun + Sea Patchwork Messenger Bag by imagine gnats for Sew,Mama,Sew!, Patchwork Wheel Block Tote by Maureen Cracknell Handmade, Quilted Tote by Plum and June, Patchwork tote by 1/4″ mark, Stella diaper bag by Clover & Violet. 

Bucket Hats for are great for boys or girls! Clockwise from top left: double bucket hats by skirt as top, Oliver + S Bucket Hats by Seven Pretty, Ruffled Bucket Hat from a T-shirt (tutorial) by Joyfoolery, Persimmon in the Sun by a little gray, Bucket Hat with hand-stamped bicycles by things for boys. 

Pastels: I love the pastel colors popping up on fabric. Clockwise from top left: Trees Cream from the Pretty Little Things fabric collection by Dena Designs for Free Spirit, Jada Pink from the Pretty Little Things fabric collection by Dena Designs for Free Spirit, Market Stalls Pastel from the Monkey’s Bizness collection from Alexander Henry, Chevrons Peachy from the Simpatico ORGANIC fabric collection by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics, Straws Pinkish from the Simpatico ORGANIC fabric collection by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics, Jada Aqua from the Pretty Little Things fabric collection by Dena Designs for Free Spirit.

Arrows are a popular motif in design right now and they are making appearances on quilts as well! Clockwise from top left: Every Which Way quilt by Melanie Dramatic, Pow-Wow by Cluck Cluck Sew, Straight as an Arrow quilt by Not Your Run of the Mill, Trust Circle do.Good.Stitches by Love Old Houses (Kristy Daum), On The Go Baby Boy Quilt (tutorial) by Happy Quilting for Moda Bake Shop.

Kid Pants: Cute pants for kids with great details. Clockwise from top left: Figgy’s Banyan Pants (pattern) by fabri’cate, sailboat pants by sewing for four, elephants pants by probably actually, Men’s Trousers reinvented into Boys’ by mary emmens, Fishy Pants by Caila-Made.

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Win a copy of Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots or Sewing Modkid Style. Learn more about the books in our June Book Giveaways post.