Sunday, May 27, 2012

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012

Earlier this month I caught wind of a little competition going on and decided to take part.

I have purchased a 'Trimmings Pack' previously and enjoyed making the most out of all the little pieces I received, so I figured I was up for a challenge.

I selected a 'Cool' colour option...

This is what I received.

I photographed the pieces in different ways to see how they might go together.

And then I mixed them with other fabrics until I came up with combinations I was happy with.

And here are the finished items...

A bit closer...

There are 6 items in total

Back row L - R ... A little Glass Jar for special things, A vendor's Apron and a Fabric Bucket

Front row L - R ... A Fabric Envelope Clutch, A Visual Diary / Journal Cover and a Loyalty / Business Card Wallet.

The Vendors Apron

Displayed on a model which is a wee bit slimmer than I am...

But that's OK cause I made it adjustable...

I used three of the blue heart pieces from the trimmings pack for the front pocket.

I challenged myself and tried out something new ( for me ) - a zippered welt pocket.

I googled how to's and checked out the info here Ikat Bag and here Sew Mama Sew.

I am quite pleased with the result.

I have a space for a pen and my phone...
 and the loop on the left can be for...

 Scissors or...


The Fabric Envelope Clutch

I have made this the right size to pop a favorite pattern ( or two ) in...

And it has a little pocket too...

The Visual Diary / Journal Cover

The Elephant Fabric is such a wonderful statement piece.


I first learnt the technique I have used to construct this journal cover from a friend, Thanks Heather for showing me this, I have used it so many times and even tweaked it a bit to involve even less sewing! 

The Fabric Bucket

Scrappy raw edge applique on the front.

Handles on each side.

Red spotty fabric on the inside - I love spots.


The Back, featuring a little piece of selvedge from the Elephant Fabric.

It says Australia and has the Umbrella Prints logo.

Loyalty / Business Card wallet

This is very Japanesey with the colours and the sashiko stitching.

Inside - nine roomy card pockets.

I have stitched the fabric name - Grand Hearts - from the selvedge of one of the pieces, onto the inside bottom right, I should say, that this fabric was just like the blue hearts pieces I used on the apron pocket only much larger.

Opened out.

These were the most challenging of all the pieces, but I am quite pleased with the end result. I like the organic look of the shapes and the red stitching.

Decorative Glass Jar

There are two Elephant Fabric selvedges sewn together with a plain linen selvedge piece along with a scrap of hessian, stitched onto stripey paper and wrapped around this decorative glass jar.
I have finished it off with a chipboard flower embellishment and a button.

And a bit of bakers twine around the lid.

I have created all the pieces using my own measurements and calculations to suit the 'Trimmings'.

From what I understand this is how the competition will work...
I submit my photographs to Umbrella Prints ( via my blog ) - who will pin them here Pinterest - Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012 on the 31st of May.

The public or I should say the Pinners get to view all the competition entries and the entrant with the most repins wins the people's choice prize,
there is also to be a special guest judge prize.

You have one week to 'repin' starting from the 1st of June.

Here is the link to view last years entries Trimmings 2011

Wish me luck!


  1. Once again I am enjoying your creativity! Beautiful work and I hope you win!!!

  2. gorgeous! Loved how you used the larger prints as abstract shapes on the business card holder :-)