Anna Maria Horner is one of our favorite fabric designers, and general textile designer of all things amazing, with prints inspired by her Greek heritage and artist parents – her vibrant use of color in her playfully bold designs are awe-inspiring at first sight. In addition to her fantastic fabric (we can’t get enough of it!) she shares really fantastic tutorials and projects created to compliment her bold prints in the best way, and we’ve gathered 5 great projects for your sewing pleasure that range from kids to adults, gifts to decor!
First up, the Figure 8 Scarf, really luxurious scarf made with a combination of a Anna Maria Horner’s voile — a silk-like cotton created on a very fine feather-like weave, and her velveteen — just the right amount of texture and smoothness for a thicker fabric. This combination gives even more dimension to the twist in the scarf, and it combines some machine sewing and hand sewing to make it picture-perfect.
Anna Maria’s Patchwork Prism Pillow Sham (and Quilt!) is the perfect pattern to show off the variety of bold colors in her fabrics, bringing the beauty of a stone prism to fibrous reality. The great thing about the size of the triangles that make up the sham is that you can dig into your scraps for a lot of the piecing, so you have room for more!
The Paper Fan Dress is one of our favorites, implementing simple pleats for a special design element while not distracting for the large fabric patterns. It’s best to use such a large pattern in a design that won’t hide it, so you can show it off in the way it was intended. If you’re worried about sewing up a dress in the winter, pair it with some tights and a cardigan for an instant cold-friendly frock.
The Flirting the Issue Skirt Pattern allows for great flexibility in size & length of the skirt, so you can alter it for adult or child. The elastic shirring at the top allows for size fluctuation as well, a great option for kids that can’t stand the rigidity of a skirt top, and the flat top is an attractive alternative to straight elastic bunching.
Inspired enough yet? Head to your machine and get working on a fantastic project! You can find Anna Maria Horner’s incredible fabrics and other textile products & kits at her online shop.The Wild Flower Pincushion is another project that perfectly shows of the vibrant hues of Anna Maria’s fabrics while getting use out of some of your smaller pieces from your stash. They’re great to make for a gift for your crafty friends or relatives, and the tutorial offers great instructions that can be used in any project you’re working on that requires a rounded shape, essential knowledge for anyone that sews.
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