Tuesday 8 December 2015

Pantone 2016 Colours of the Year Inspiration For Bag Makers

Hi Everyone!

Pantone just announced its 2016 Colours of the Year, and it's the first time ever that there are two: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue!   Since this announcement,  I have seen a lot of people are not really happy with the Pantone colours for 2016 on social media. I however am really happy with them - Pink and Blue are some of my favourite colours and colour combinations! I want you all to see the positive side of these colours too...so I'm going to share some bag inspiration with you all, and I hope by the end of this post, you are loving these colours just like me :)

So what is all the fuss about?  These are the colours, they are named "Rose Quartz" and "Serenity Blue"...

What do you think of them?  Are you on the fence?  Not for much longer...have a look at these!

Obviously this bag is not handmade, I mean it's a "Valentino" ;) but I think you could make a great handmade version of this bag using this Chris W Designs pattern that would help you replicate this fabulously pretty bag!

Look at these beautiful vintage style bags that I found, to me they look just like Swoon Sewing Patterns 'Donna'*...what do you think?

Now who doesn't love a saddle bag?!  Again, this particular bag isn't handmade...but you could easily make it with I Think Sew's Lacey Bag or Swoon Sewing Patterns 'Sandra'* :)

This beautiful satchel bag is almost a perfect match to Mrs H's Satchel bag pattern, should you want to make one yourself....the similarities are almost uncanny ;)

This is a really pretty one that I found...and with a few small adjustments to Emmaline Bags Totes-ma-tote pattern you could have a similar bag to use when you go out to coffee with your friends ;)

But these bags were all made with leather/vinyl and I prefer to make bags using cottons...never fear my friends!  Here are some great fabrics I have to show you, that will help you make your bags in this years colours :)

Kate Spain's ranges Canyon and Aria are just perfect...see...

Now if your a Tula Pink lover...the "Sorbet" colours in her "Bumble" fabric range are a perfect match for Rose quartz!

I know some of Tula's ranges are hard to get...but I happen to know Clair's Fabrics has some of this range!  If you are a fan of Tula's other ranges, this print from "Elizabeth" is worth a look as is this print from "Eden"  and this one and this one...they all use Serenity Blue AND Rose quartz too.

Katarina Roccella's Range Skopelos has a couple of great prints that work for Serenity Blue AND Rose quartz...

Have a look at Paparounes PastelKladi under LightGreeka Roz and Ble just to name a few (there are more that work as Serenity Blue and Rose quartz from this range too!)

Now if your not satisfied with these?  Have a look at these prints I've found that work too!

Top row (L-R): 1, 2, 3
Middle Row (L-R): 1, 2, 3
Bottom row (L-R): 1, 2, 3

So did it work?  Are you a convert?  Don't you just love these colours!   I'm really looking forward to seeing how you might incorporate these colours into your bag making in 2016 :)

Now, this will be my last post for the year :(   I know sad right!
...BUT, I have some super exciting news coming for you all in the new year and I have had such trouble keeping the secret from you all, with only a few more weeks to wait  I think I'll be alright now ;D

I hope you all have a great holiday period, happy sewing!
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Saturday 5 December 2015

Run & Play Bag Sew-Along Winners!

Hi everyone,

By now you will have heard about my new pattern the Run & Play Bag, and hopefully you seen my recent posts about the sew-along we have been having!

I'm here today to announce the winners of the sew-along! 

Rachel and I would like to thank everyone who joined in, we really appriciated :)

If you didn't manage to finish your Run & Play Bag in time to enter, please still post a picture of it on facebook (in our group or to my page) or on Instagram (#runandplaybag) when you are done - we would love to see it!

On to the winners...drum roll please....
1st. Janet

2nd. Maria

3rd. Lindsey

Congratulations Ladies!

Please email me at emma@formylittlemonster.com to claim your prizes :D

Happy Sewing!