Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shades of Rose

Today, I’m excited to be able to share one of Free Spirit Fabrics’ newest lines, Shades of Rose, by one of my favourite designers, Tanya Whelan! Please, pop over to the Free Spirit  blog for the Artist UnSEWn series and more.

Shades of Rose is now available to purchase, but I was lucky enough to receive some yardage in advance, so that I could do some secret sewing with it. ;o) What a pleasure to be sewing with these gorgeous, romantic fabrics! I love the vintage, yet modern feel to Tanya's designs. Shades of Rose is soft and feminine with a shabby chic flair to it, which I love.  A great line to start with, if you're new to Tanya's designs, as well as being a great line to add to her other collections.

 I selected four fabrics from the red colour way to sew up a few projects of my own design.

My kiss clasp coin purse design is compact, yet roomy - it will hold more than just coins! The fabric rose on the front is fastened by a brooch pin, so it is removeable.

 Shades of Rose seemed like the perfect fabric to debut a couple of coin purses that I designed several years ago (and always intended to turn into a pattern). My first coin purse with the attached fabric rose brooch, has Trellis for the exterior and Falling Rose for the interior. The fabric used to make the brooch is Toile.


The coin purse with the pocket, has the exterior made from Toile with Trellis for the interior, while the pocket flap is fussy cut from Falling Rose.




I couldn't resist sewing up my favourite gift bag design using Shades of Rose and adding a couple of extra details to it.  Perfect for tucking a gift or two into! The drawstring bag features Wild Rose and Toile for the exterior and Trellis for the interior.


I used some fussy cuts from Falling Rose and Trellis combined with scraps of linen and twill tape to make two different "tags" for a special detail.  The rose prints work so well for fussy cutting!


Speaking of fussy cutting... I didn't stop with making tags for the gift bag! I also made some individual gift tags featuring fussy cut roses stitched onto canvas and then backed the canvas with more Shades of Rose (**I used my tag die in my Sizzix Big Shot to cut them out of canvas & fabric which allows me to make multiples quickly and easily. However,  you could draw or trace a tag shape you like and then you can cut tags by hand).

For gift giving, I can either stitch or stamp the recipients name onto the tag - or more often, I use either a fabric pen (which is permanent) or a Frixion pen (which is removeable when heated by iron - just be aware that ink will reappear if subjected to below freezing temperatures ;o). 

Simple gift tags made from fussy cuts stitched to canvas and backed with interfaced Shades of Rose.

The final simple project I made were sweet notecards, that use scraps of Shades of Rose along with assorted haberdashery (scraps of lace, ribbons and odd buttons work wonderfully for this!).

Notecards made from scraps can be stitched onto the card or as in this case, secured using double sided tape.

I had the most fun creating with Shades of Rose and I hope you will find some inspiration in what I've shared today.


Be sure to check out the Grey and the Turquoise fabrics in the Shades of Rose collection (there are six prints in each of the three colour ways). 

GIVEAWAY:  update: winner is Marta!  Congratulations!  I know you will enjoy creating with Shades of Rose! 

Comment below for a chance to WIN a bundle of  Tanya Whelan's Shades of Rose fabrics (the ones that I used in my projects) from Free Spirit Fabrics!
  • Contest will run through 6pm PST on June 23, 2017 and is open worldwide.
  • One entry/comment per person, please.
  • Winner will be contacted via email (please, leave your email in your comment) and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
The giveaway and the fabrics used in this post are both sponsored by the friendly folks at Free Spirit Fabrics!


Thank you so much for visiting and special thanks to Free Spirit Fabrics!

52 comments:

  1. So pretty and fresh looking.

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  2. Wow you sure had fun with those fabrics.. I have bit seen any of hers to buy lately so didn't know she was still designing...... I do love those florals though.........and you made gorgeous projects......

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  3. Oh, Katherine, so cute work! I like combination with linen - very good idea!!!

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    1. Congratulations! You have won the bundle of Tanya Whelan's Shades of Rose!

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    2. Oh, that's unbelievable :-O I'm so happy! I´m sending you a mail :) Thanks so much for this giveaway!

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  4. Oh my goodness Katherine, all these makes are soooooo beautiful!!! I love the coin purse with the removable brooch, it's gorgeous! And I also love the gift tags and handmade notecards. What a clever idea to use fabric scraps and they're so pretty. Wow! really beautiful makes!!!

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  5. Oh my goodness, that first coin purse is soooo darling!! I would love that pattern!!

    Happy sewing ~ Tracy

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  6. What fun and versitle fabrics these are. Not to mention the pretty shades of rose. You came up with so many fun makes and uses for these fabrics. Inspiring!

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  7. Your projects are lovely!! Thank you for sharing them with us and for the giveaway!

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  8. Your projects are gorgeous and that beautiful fabric, Wow!

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  9. I have been eyeing this fabric line and waiting for its release. Seeing what you've created with them has me so inspired, and loving it even more than I thought I originally had!!! I would absolutely SQUEEEEAL loud enough for you to hear me all the way in Canada if I won! Keeping all the body parts crossed for this give away... lisaleb28@aol.com

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  10. So pretty! I love her fabrics!
    Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  11. Lovely pouches and drawstringbag!
    You really make shore to use every bit of the fabric you get, didn't you?
    Creativity stöld be your secondhand name.😊
    I Think the fabrics are cute and Will look after them when I'll go fabricshopping.
    KRAM Maja

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  12. Roses are my favourite flowers, so I love this beautiful fabric! Your projects all look so pretty!

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  13. Love the projects you made with this beautiful fabric.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  14. Those roses are so lush and cheerful to brighten my day. It is mid winter here so I loved seeing the warm colour.

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  15. Eeeek! Love everything Tanya designs!

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  16. I love this!! It would look beautiful in my daughter's room :)

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  17. I have always been smitten with the classic Tanya Whelan designs, and these are exquisite. I adore your choice of projects to showcase them also, your coin purse is so sweet and those gift tags are perfection. Beautiful work.
    sewdarnezy@hotmail.com is my email, hoping I am lucky enough to win :) thank you

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  18. What a beautiful set of fabrics. Hope I can find the sale site.

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  19. What pretty fabrics and fun projects you created. Feel blessed if I am lucky to win a sample bundle. Thank you

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  21. I'm a huge fan of TW's designs and I'm loving what you made with them! You're so talented!

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  22. This is beautiful. So refreshing. Love it.

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  23. Lovely work and lovely fabric! Bethany@bethelbabywear.com

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  25. I love all of Tanya's fabric!!! I use it every day...baby blankets, bubble rompers, carseat canopies, dresses, etc.... <3 khkooiman@netzero.net

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  26. Love everything you made with these delicious fabrics.TW is one of my faves can't wait for this release.
    My email is mysweetviolet29@gmail.com

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  27. I love all you beautiful projects and the vintage vibe of the fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  28. That's super adorable!! I love your projects and now a wonderful giveaway as well! I just adore Tanya Whelan's fabrics, can't imagine making most of my personal projects without them to be perfectly honest, lol. Best of luck to all! greatghia2012@gmail.com

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  29. There is always room in my sewing room for a Tanya Whelan fabric bundle. Fresh, modern, vintage, clean all at the same time! Janetalker@yahoo.co.uk

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  30. Adorably pretty projects and what a gorgeous and versatile range from Tanya Whelan - she never fails to inspire me <3

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  31. I have been in love with Tanya's designs since I first discovered her in 2014! This release is another beautiful vintage beauty! I would love to get my hands on some!!
    Metzler0407@gmail.com

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  32. Beautiful fabric and such lovely projects!

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  33. Just gorgeous as per usual!!
    ktgiles20@hotmail.com

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  34. Oh, How do you keep coming up with so many glorious fabric designs Tanya, They are all so pretty. leanne@nepeangrounds.com.au

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  35. Tanya's prints are in my top 5 favorites. Lovely.

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  36. oh my these are gorgeous. We just painted our house after having builders white since 2001. These would match one of the colors perfectly. Tishakitty8@gmail.com

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  37. Your patterns really show off the fabric.

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  38. Amanda_daws@hotmail.com
    these fabrics are so beautiful

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  39. The fabrics are so sweet and dreamy! Perfect for my girls dresses projects. fadzlizamdfadzil@gmail.com

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  40. I love all of your projects! I am kinda new to sewing and looking for ideas to try. I flipped when I saw the fabrics you are using and am totally OBSESSED with the most gorgeous Toile I have ever seen! I seriously want it on a wall, bedspread and well, I just want it in every color for everything! XOXO susansettle50@gmail.com

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  41. Ooh yes please! LOVE these prints!!

    Laurel Lainio

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  42. Would SEW love to win......so beautiful.❤️❤️❤️

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  43. Just adore everything about this post! I love the fabrics! Gret photos and love the sewing machine ornament! Thank you for sharing.

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  44. I'm in L❤️VE with these prints, Katherine! I'm a sucker for Shabby Chic design! 😊 Your makes are so beautiful & romantic! 🌹

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  45. Ooooh, just under the wire, I hope!!!! Such a super sweet batch of fun projects!!! Tanya is queen of roses, isn't she!!!!

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  46. Wow! You certainly WERE inspired! LOok at all that beautiful eye candy!

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