what to do with novelty prints?? here in the shop, we haven’t been able to say no to so many of the great lines with fun, colorful, and sometimes off-beat novelty patterns lately! but we also know that sometimes these are the very prints that sit in our stashes, just waiting for the perfect project to come along… so, i thought i’d share some fun ways to sew with your favorite novelty prints.
the dress above is one of the new spring patterns from Oliver + S, the roller skate dress (pattern currently available in the shop). the main dress fabric is a lovely denim from Robert Kaufman, which i also used for another roller skate dress for my own daughter… this lighter weight denim is perfect for spring dresses and made a great base for the raw-edge appliqued hem.
using this raw-edge house applique template and tutorial from the Oliver + S blog and some of my favorite fun novelty prints, i created a rainbow town border that has me wondering what this would look like in my size!
*we’re now featuring mini fabric packs of these novelty prints for only $6.99 each!*
what other kind of fun can you have with novelty prints? well, here are links to some of my favorite finds:
be inspired by i-Spy quilts, building blocks, and story book project ideas from Care of Obsessively Stitching (for crafterhours).
this i-Spy hexie quilt from Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts is a fun take on the traditional charm-square-style i-Spy quilt, and the Circle Time Toddler quilt pattern from Among Brenda’s Quilts is another fun take on the traditional i-Spy style.
Ellison Lane’s quick and easy kindle case tutorial is the perfect way to feature a coveted favorite print, while Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts made these quilted pillows to showcase some lovely Heather Ross prints.
the fun chair print on this snappy toddler dress from Prudent Baby would make any toddler (or parent) smile.
Jenny from The Southern Institute recycled novelty t-shirts into pillow covers, which is a perfect project for beginners.
what have you made with novelty prints? share your favorite project ideas in the comments, and don’t forget to share pictures of your projects in the sewn studio flickr group.