Rachael from imagine gnats is here with her monthly look at the latest sewing trends! Rachael shared her free Sewing Sayings Embroidery Pattern at Sew Mama Sew this summer, and she continues to design sewing and embroidery patterns for her shop. Rachael’s most recent pattern, the Bess Top, features great sleeves, a “hi-lo hem” and is available for sizes 2-20!

Find Rachael on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, and let us know what you think about the latest sewing trends in the comments. Are you sewing ruffles? Have you made a plus quilt? Do you have back to school sewing to share? Add links in the comments!

Back to School Bags + More
Complete with handmade totes, bags and backpacks, back-to-school season is in full swing.

Clockwise from top left: First Day of School! by Sanae Ishida, DIY Back-to-School Mini Tote by Living on Love for Camperoo, A New Backpack by Buzzmills, Foldover Tote Sewing Tutorial by Make it Handmade for The Sewing Rabbit, DIY Rectangular Backpack by Petit a Petit and Family.

Thrift Store Remix
Upcycling is certainly nothing new, but the clever charm of these projects take the traditional thrift store remix to a new level.

Clockwise from top left: Girl’s Paper Bag Skirt by Maker Mama, Burlap Bag by Steph Chows, Upcycled Sweatshirt Refashion by Rae Gun Ramblings, Thrifted Dress to Tabbed Skirt by Bored and Crafty.

This season’s ruffles, bold with a hint of sophistication, are appearing on accessories and garments alike. For more ruffled fun, check out see kate sew’s ruffles series.

Clockwise from top left: Ruffle Clutch Purse by So Sew EasySimple Ruffled Sundress by Straight Grain for see kate sew, Mystery Fabric Ruffle Challenge by Alida MakesBubble Ruffle Shorts by Frances Suzanne for see kate sewLook no.2 by The Sewing Rabbit for Dear Stella, The Date Night Dress by April Rhodes.

Plus Quilts
Plus quilts have been really popular lately, and it’s easy to see why. Whether you create something completely new, remix another pattern (like this marcelle plus quilt), or choose one of the great patterns available (like the Arithmetic Quilt and Sew Positive Quilt patterns), a plus quilt is a great addition to your collection.

Clockwise from left: Baby Quilt by JeliquiltsFlax Plus Quilt by Film in the Fridge, Pink Pluses Quilt by Everyday FraySew Positive by Kitchen Table QuiltingMax’s Quilt by snips snippets, Modern Plus Pillow Tutorial by In Color OrderBaby Plus Quilt by Jaffa quilts.