Trendspotting Report – August 2011

Reported by Jessica Ripley

Each month we spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online.

This month is dedicated to trends that aren’t necessarily new, but that have proven they will be sticking around for the long haul. Spotted in lines at Summer CHA as well as countless projects across the web, these trends are here to stay (and we love it!).

Flag Banners

Not only are flag banners and bunting easy to put together with almost any scraps of paper or fabric you have on hand, they lend themselves to all kinds of crafty applications. Hambly has an adorable new line featuring banners, and October Afternoon’s new Sidewalks line has some adorable banners as well. From holiday specific to adding just the right touch to a project, the celebratory touch they add just can’t be beat.

Here are some great examples of how versatile flag banners can be:

1. Flag Banner 2. Birthday Banner Card 3. Photo Pocket Flag Banner 4. Banner Quilt 5. 5x Banners 6. Red and Aqua Party Pouch 7. Tiny Flag Banner 8. Cake Bunting 9. Bunting Tea Towel


Cute monsters especially have sunk their teeth into crafts and have not let go (and don’t seem to plan to any time soon). They remain popular in everything from stuffed creations to stamps to scrapbooking lines, such as Niki Sivils new My Lil’ Monster. Thanks to movies like Monsters, Inc. and Where the Wild Things Are, monsters are known to be as friendly and cuddly as ever, and as a result welcome in both our bedtime stories and our crafts.

Some ‘too cute to be scary’ examples:

1. Cell Phone Pouch 2. Flabberjabber Square Head Monster Plush 3. Monster Butt Pants 4. Where the Wild Things Are Quilt 5. Beast Bag 6. Monster Birthday Cupcakes 7. Monster Hooded Towel 8. Arbuckle the Monster Coffee Cozy 9. Monster Birthday Card

Retro Dress Forms, Cameras, Sewing Machines…

Apart from dress forms which just feel like they belong in the same category, we can’t get enough of retro gadgets such as cameras, telephones (remember when you had to dial them?), fans, sewing machines, bicycles, etc. Though I keep thinking I might be tired of it, the vintage craze is one of my personal favorites, and I was tickled pink to see this trend still around in Summer CHA releases like Amy Tangerine’s new Signature Line from American Crafts. They give a classic feel to any project that just works.

Here are some wonderful projects using these classic images:

1. Kitschy Camera 2. Typewriter Print 3. Dress Form Fabric Pillow 4. Sewing Machine Pouch 5. Vintage Phone Card 6. Sewing Machine Necklace 7. Felt Camera Case 8. Your Special Card
9. Birthday Card

So, what do you think about the trends we’re showcasing this month? Agree or disagree? Are you tired of any of these yet or are glad they are sticking around? Have you made any projects that fall into these categories? We would love to see them! What cool trends are you spying on StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!

And if you are one of the great crafters who have a project featured in this article, feel free to share this with your friends on your blogs and websites with this handy dandy logo. Keep up that amazing work, we love sharing it!

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6 Responses to Trendspotting Report – August 2011

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    Bast August 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I am happy to see all the ‘vintage’ items coming back I love them. They are perfect for a mini heritage album. I also love all those cute lil monsters. Perfect for a little mini album of my great nephews. TFS


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    Bev August 20, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the Vintage Items (Perhaps it’s an age thing)lol. I also Love all the Banners and their many different shapes and sizes. However, this is just my own Opinion but I just can’t get into the Monster Theme. Well that’s my 2 cents worth said. Cheers again though for your great reviews I love seeing an E-Mail in my Inbox from Craft Critique………..

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    Mamima August 20, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    We also love the monsters. We recently start to make monsters for our kids and all our friends love them. We recently start to share our experience in our blog.
    Thanks for sharing

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    salt_of_the_earth81 August 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    I really love Arbuckle the coffee cozy (they’re all cute) as well as the felt camera case. Is there a pattern for these or are they for sale somewhere? I enjoy receiving these in my inbox!

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    DIY Cabinets August 22, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    My little cousin is loving monsters these days! He had a monster birthday party a few months ago, too bad I didn’t see this before! i’ll definitely try though!