We missed our sewing trend posts! Melanie’s schedule filled up and we’ve been looking for just the right person to bring back our monthly look at sewing trends. We’re excited to share that Rachael from imagine gnats will join us each month from here on out, showing what’s new in the online sewing world. Rachael is always busy, creating tutorials, designing PDF patterns for sewing and embroidery and hosting fun events like Merrily We Sew Along and Shorts on the Line.

You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course you’ll have great fun looking around the imagine gnats blog. Enjoy! Share the trends you notice in the comments… We’d love to hear from you.


I can’t get enough of bright and bold color-blocking, and here are some great examples of color-blocked clothing for both grown-ups and the little ones.

Clockwise from top left: Color-Block Shirt Refashion from Grey Luster Girl, Color-Blocked Boy Shorts from Caila Made, Mommy and Me Color-Blocked Skirts from Handmade FrenzyColor-Block Necktie Free Pattern from Petit a Petit and Family for The Sewing Rabbit.


Kids + Sewing
Many of us are finding ways to entertain our kiddos on those long summer days… What better way to pass the time than with some of these fabulous sewing projects?

Clockwise from top left: Hand Drawn Fabric Bags from BuzzmillsSummer Sewing Cards Printable from kiki & companyNo Stress Gifts from Behind the Hedgerow, Hand Sewing with Kids from The Artful ParentMeet Socks and Stripey from Let’s ExploreDIY Fabric Alphabet from onelmon for A Nest for All Seasons.


The ladies of the sewing community have really kicked summer sewing into high gear with tons of fabulous swim suits! If you’re thinking about stitching up a suit, you might want to check out the recent Bombshell Swimsuit Sewalong from Closet Case Files.

Clockwise from top left: Bombshell Swimsuit from Very Purple Person, Vintage Bikini from Melissa Esplin, Betty Boop from fadanista, Bombshell Swimsuit from Lladybird, Chevron Swimsuit from Nicole at Home.


New Triangles
Half-square triangles are always a quilting staple, but some new triangles are showing up lately in quilting circles: the equilateral and isosceles triangles. If you’re thinking of starting your own triangle project, don’t miss Cutting Equilateral Triangles, A Tutorial from Fresh Lemons Quilts.

Clockwise from top left: Equilateral Triangle Baby Quilt from Nostalgic Cafe, Triangle Jungle Quilt from Cut To Pieces, Thousand Pyramids Quilt from sew french, Niquelle’s Quilt from Sew Katie Did, Glimma Triangles from Anything Pretty.


Swimsuits for Kids
We can’t let the adults have all the swim suit fun! Plenty of lucky kiddos are now sporting mama-made suits for all of that pool, beach and backyard water play.

Clockwise from top left: Fun in The Sun Tankini from Sewing for Four, Scirocco Bathing Suit from Charming Doodle for The Sewing Rabbit, Swimsuit Season from Sanae Ishida, Euro Shorts from Casa Crafty.