Stores and online sellers that carry fabric let us know that spring has indeed arrived when they set out bolts of Popsicle and watercolor prints, the typical muted spring shades revealing the softest lavenders, pinks, blues and greens, as well as garden party flowered prints.
The PANTONE® Fashion Color Trend Report for spring 2018 features their selection for the top 12 colors for men's and women's spring fashions. With trend colors so named – Meadowlark (buttercup yellow), Cherry Tomato (bright red), Little Boy Blue (icy blue), Chili Oil (subdued purple), Pink Lavender, Blooming Dahlia (dusty rose), Arcadia (intense aqua), Ultra Violet (Pantone’s Color of the Year), Emperador (think brandy color), Almost Mauve, Spring Crocus (traditional violet), and Lime Punch (energetic lime/yellow), sewers cannot help but embrace these uplifting shades that influence fabric collections.
It is hard not to get excited about sewing for a new season with such beautiful fabric colors and prints. Consider a few quick and easy spring sewing ideas:
Scrappy fabric wreath – there are numerous online websites showing how to make a scrappy fabric wreath. Not difficult at all, just some time to cut or tear fabric into strips about 1 and ½ to 2 inches wide by approximately 6 inches long. Cut LOTS of strips for fullness. Tie to a wire wreath form, add a bow, wooden letter ornament, or just about any design element then hang on front door to welcome visitors or admire over a fireplace mantel.
Decoupage terra cotta flower pots – plain clay pots take on a breath of spring air by cutting out flower motifs from fabric, then decoupage onto the sides of the clay pot. Great for an indoor window sill herb or flower garden.
Wall art using embroidery hoops – easy to make wall art using a favored spring fabric stretched onto a simple wooden embroidery hoop. Make several of different sizes then arrange on the wall to brighten a kitchen or sewing area.
Pinwheel whirligigs – make for great baby mobiles or patio decorations. Cut 2 squares of fabric any size desired and 1 of fusible interfacing. Layer the fabric with right-sides facing out and the fusible sandwiched in between, iron to fuse, then cut diagonal lines from each point almost to the center. Insert a threaded needle from what will be the back through the center and tack down each cut corner to meet at the center. Hang several spaced on lengths of ribbons for a patio decoration or several pinwheels tacked to ribbon streamers can be hung from an embroidery hoop to form a mobile.
Garden flag – adds instant curb appeal or brightens any garden or pathway. Pretty fabric flower motifs can be cut out and sewn onto sturdy canvas, then use clear adhesive shelf liner to cover the flag front and back to make it mostly moisture resistant. Sew around the edges to keep all together then hang from an ornamental flag bracket or attach to a wire hanger to hang from a fence or gate.
Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palettes
Garden Flag Ideas from Pinterest.com
Sew happy, sew inspired.