Trendspotting Report – September 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.


Such a classic way to add a homey touch to a project, and such a wonderful way to use up fabric scraps, patchwork patterns are a crafter favorite. We saw this firsthand at CHA Summer 2011 at the Sizzix booth. And if you use the Westminster Fabric Dies, which work with the Sizzix Big Shot so well, adding cute patchwork touches to your creations has become easier than ever. Here are some adorable projects which show that patchwork is not just for quilts anymore.

1. Cushion 2. Quilt Cake 3. Doll 4. Flowing Skirt 5. Patchwork Card 6. Bear Sleeping Bag 7. Patchwork Pouch 8. Baby Shoes 9. Pin Cushion Caddy

Nesting Dolls

We’ve spotted these cuties (also known as Matryoshka dolls) in everything from kitchen items to clothing lately, and can definitely see why they have become so popular. Their simple shape make them a perfect accent to a project, yet they are adorable enough to stand out on their own too. Below are some projects we’ve found online, and we are certain they will be popping up in all sorts of crafty media in the near future.

1. Necklace 2. Flat Dolls 3. Pillow 4. Fabric Covered Journal 5. Pirate Pin 6. Felting Tool 7. Card 8. Baby Booties 9. Cross Stitched Button

Vibrant Colors + Brown

The authority in all trends color, Pantone predicted the hot combo for Fall 2011 would be vibrant shades mixed with browns. I love a deep chocolately brown, and love even more the way it pops next to these rich colors. We saw examples of manufacturer’s interpretations of the combo at CHA Summer in the booths from Prima, Jillibean Soup, and American Crafts to name a few. Here are a few great projects showing examples of how well brown and these vibrant shades compliment each other.

1. Golden Posh Pin 2. Altered Clipboard 3. Felt Owl Cushion 4. Drawstring Bag 5. Knit Scarf 6. Crocheted Purse 7. Gardening Apron 8. Bird Brooch 9. Felt Flower Corsage

So, what do you think about the trends we’re showcasing this month? Agree or disagree? 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!

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