category: bonnie christine design

hexagon situpon pattern by bonnie christine

the next pattern on my list to share with you is called the hexagon situpon, and it’s my all time favorite project! mom and i had so much fun making this pattern and sewing the samples (for more on our collaboration, you can read this post). i keep the two shown above stacked in our living room, and they are so useful! they provide extra seating for guests, or a comfy foot rest for us while we lounge (especially useful if you’re short, like me!). after stuffing them pretty tightly, they are comfy and cushy, but still keep their shape. of course, bear loves to jump on them, too!

another reason i love the hexagon situpon is because it’s an easy way to add a pop of color to a room, and it’s a great way to show off your favorite fabrics! this sewing pattern is beginner friendly, though a little sewing experience would be beneficial. we chose to do straight line quilting for ours (we include an easy tip for this in the pattern), but you could choose to do any quilting you like, or none at all! it can be easily made in a full day of sewing, or in two afternoons. we used both winged and sweet as honey for the ones shown here, but of course you can use any fabric you like!

which reminds me, do you use spotify? they have a music station called ‘the perfect crafternoon‘. it’s great for all those crafty afternoons!

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though i’ll be sharing more about each of them in detail over the next few weeks, you can see all of our patterns here (they are available in both PDF and hard copy formats).

wholesale info: we are also happy to set up wholesale accounts for shops and resellers! if you’re interested, please email me for more info. we look forward to working with you!

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though i’ve peppered their names throughout several blog posts over the last few months, it dawned on me this morning that i’ve never really taken the time to introduce to you my new pattern line! the bonnie christine pattern line consists of 6 patterns that my mom, maxie makes, and i have collaborated on creating for sewist’s and creatives of all kinds. over the next several weeks, i want to introduce each pattern so that i can tell you more about the inspirations behind them and share with you the photos and samples we’ve made of them.

working with my mom on this project has been so fun and exciting! maxie has been sewing for over 50 years and has owned a beautiful quilt shop for the past 10 years called A Stitch in Time. She has written hundreds of patterns and has had several published and distributed around the world. when i have an idea for a pattern, i toss the idea to her and she begins working on a concept and pattern. once we’re happy with it, we make several samples and i begin illustrating the pattern. then comes the fun part – photographing the projects and debuting the pattern!

the first pattern i want to share with you today is called the slouchy backpack. it’s a beginner-to-intermediate friendly project that can easily be made in an afternoon. the slouchy straps make this  back-hugging backpack super comfy to wear or throw over your shoulder. you can mix and match fabrics for the straps, flap, lining and pocket, or keep them all the same for a stream-lined look (we used both winged and sweet as honey for the ones shown here). with a cinch pull and pocket inside, it makes a great hands-free purse for school or a run to town.  

we created the slouchy backpack because i love having a hands free bag to do all my errand running with. it’s especially helpful while juggling a baby!

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though i’ll be sharing more about each of them in detail over the next few weeks, you can see all of our patterns here (they are available in both PDF and hard copy formats).

wholesale info: we are also happy to set up wholesale accounts for shops and resellers! if you’re interested, please email me for more info. we look forward to working with you!

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shop restock today at 2pm!

December 9, 2014

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thank you so much for your incredible support for my wee camera strap shop! i’ve been hard at work creating another batch of camera straps to launch this afternoon over at bonniechristine.com. several straps + 6 new designs will go live at 2:00pm EST today!

about the camera straps:

>> each strap is handmade using extra soft cotton fabric i’ve designed myself for art gallery fabrics.

>> straps are made with durable + washable vegan ‘leather’, hand tea-dyed strapping and brass slides. 

>> straps are comfy to wear and measure 32″ in length with an additional 7″ of adjustability via the strapping.

visit the new shop now! >> bonniechristine.com <<

you can also use the code ‘GRATEFUL‘ during checkout to receive free USA shipping or a flat rate of $5 for international shipping!

ordering as a gift? be sure to order the dates below to ensure delivery by december 24th.

camera straps by bonnie christine

i also have a few custom listing orders still available which gives you the opportunity to choose your own fabric from over 60 options!

thank you again so much for your support of my small crafty endeavor! love, bonnie

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my new shop! camera straps

December 2, 2014

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you guys! if you’ve been following along on instagram, you know i’ve been a busy bee making a small batch of camera straps to sell over in my brand new shop, bonnie christine. i was blown away by your response to my opening yesterday. thank you so much for your support!

i’ve done a little restocking (and changed my shop url!) so in celebration, i’ve extended the sale and am offering 20% OFF + free shipping on any order placed before 9pm EST tonight (12/2)! just use the coupon code ‘HELLODECEMBER‘ during checkout. the first 50 orders will also receive a beautiful 8×10 art print (it’s hang-worthy, i promise!).

these straps package beautifully and would make a perfect gift for the creative in your life. they are such a simple way to dress up a camera, and an outfit!

about the camera straps:

>> each strap is handmade using extra soft cotton fabric from the collections i’ve designed for art gallery fabrics.

>> straps are made with durable + washable vegan ‘leather’, hand tea-dyed strapping and brass slides. 

>> straps are incredibly comfy to wear and measure 32″ in length with an additional 7″ of adjustability via the strapping.

visit the new shop now! >> bonniechristine.com <<

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for a limited time only, i’m also offering a special ordering opportunity. grab this custom listing to choose your own fabric from over 60 options! there are only 25 custom orders available, so be sure to snag one early if you’re interested.

thank you again for all your support for my small crafty endeavor! i’m off to start filling orders and working on another batch of straps! xox, bonnie

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surface design blog tour recap

November 11, 2014

design surface patterns from scratch blog tour the design surface patterns from scratch blog tour (whew!) ended a few weeks ago, and i wanted to give a special shout out to everyone who participated. each of you are so talented and i ended up learning A TON from your tips, tricks and tutorials! i loved getting a glimpse into how everyone worked and shared their stories and collections. it was all very inspiring!

below, i’m highlighting a few of the posts i think you might enjoy reading and learning from. you can also see the entire line up from the tour with everyone’s posts here. have fun!

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learn how to turn watercolor artwork into repeating patterns with sofia’s post. it’s so beautiful!

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take a look into emily’s process from inspiration and sketch to color and pattern!

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grab this free art download from the cloth parcel, and see their beautiful collection called facets!

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learn (my new favorite) trick for using the rotate tool from designnest. no more math!

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learn how to make a repeating pattern in photoshop with this tutorial.

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giggle your way through this post on the perks of being a surface pattern designer!

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learn how to bind a book (perfect for a portfolio!) with heidi ahmed’s tutorial.

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learn how to make patterned washi tape in adobe illustrator with andi’s video tutorial from beets and okra!

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have fun naming your collections with honizukle’s post!

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learn the popular afghan, blanket and comforter sizes with this darling infographic from carolyn clark.

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4 creative questions

November 6, 2014

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i’m so happy that sasha from paper plane blog nominated me to join in this creative blog hop a few weeks ago. i’ve had so much fun diving into everyone’s posts and learning more about their creativity. now, it’s my turn!

1. what am i working on?

oh, so many things!

a feast in the forest: this weekend, i’m hosting a friendsgiving which i’m affectionately calling a ‘feast in the forest’. we have friends coming together to celebrate all the things we’re thankful for. complete with a bonfire social and diy hour! join us over on instagram to see the evening unfold. :)

a new website: probably most exciting, going home to roost is getting a new look! the amazing jo klima (who also did this design over 6 years ago) is doing a complete redesign for us. i saw the first glimpse of it just this week, and let me tell you it’s amazing!! you’re going to love it. i just want to curl up and live in it forever. we’re aiming to release the new site right around the new year, so stay tuned!

skillshare: i’ve been hinting at it, but want to officially let you know that i’ve started recording for a two-part skillshare series on surface pattern design! i’ll unfold details as we  go along, but the course is set to launch mid-january. be sure to ask for adobe illustrator and wacom tablet for christmas! ;)

fabric: though my next two lines of fabric haven’t even started shipping yet (hello, bear will ship in january and cultivate will ship in april), it’s already time for me to dive in to designing my next collection. i’m in the early stages so i’ve been gathering inspiration, creating a moodboard, picking colors and doing a few preliminary sketches. it’s going to be simply luscious!

2. how does my work differ from others of its genre?

i think my work is unique by the way it tells a story. each pattern collection i create is based on something in my personal life and each piece has a very special meaning to me. i like to let the entire collection tell a story, but not a very obvious one. i want the viewer to dive in to each piece, read the story behind them and each pattern’s name to really allow the story unfold.

i also love to work with color and detail. my color palettes are sometimes bold, but retain a sweetness about them. i also like to mix the simplicity of geometrics and hand drawn lines with more delicate, intricate work. i love big florals and organic repeats!

3. why do i write/create what i do?

i’ll answer this question from a blogging + roost tribe perspective. i started going home to roost as a way to share the creative things i was doing in my life with the world. though i still do that, my mission has changed over the years. many of you know my journey to becoming a surface pattern designer. it was a long one, and when i started trying to learn the industry and adobe illustrator, no one was sharing or teaching about it (that was about 4 years ago). since then, i’ve set out to teach what i know. learn >> teach >> learn >> teach >> learn >> teach. you know?! so, i created the roost tribe as a place to share all my secrets. i share them there because i believe in valuing what you know and what you do. though being a member is incredibly affordable ($5/a month!), i believe in investing in your future and discussing the finer details of creativity with those who know it’s value. i don’t want to keep what i learn to myself. instead, i want to share it and in doing so, support and encourage other creatives to follow their dream. it’s a beautiful thing!

4. how does my writing/illustration/creative process work?

(and i’ll answer this one from a design perspective!) i am absolutely in love with each step in the design process. i usually begin by choosing a theme to work around and gathering bits of inspiration. i like to make a moodboard and collect things that will inspire the collection. my favorite way to do this is to take my own photos. if i want to draw a horse, i visit a farm. if i want to illustrate bits of the forest, i go for a hike. then, i can design off of my own photographs and pull colors from the for the collection as well. after i have lots of inspiration pieces, i like to roughly plan out on paper the ideas i have for about 12 pattern pieces – knowing all along that a few won’t make it and a few will be created by accident along the way. then, i start to draw. this step can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, but i draw and draw until all my ideas are on paper. next, i import all of my sketches into the computer (either by scanner or iphone snapshot) and begin illustrating them. once i have all of the motifs finished, i begin building patterns (FUN!). finalizing patterns and their colors can take a while, but it’s the most fun part! then, i send them off to art gallery fabrics and we wait for strikes offs from the mill to arrive so that we can do color corrections. once the colors are perfect, they go to production and my heart sings.

who’s next?!

though it’s not mandatory, i would love to hear these questions answered by elizabeth olwen, leah duncan and sharon holland. if you’d like to join in, please do so! just answer these questions and tag a few other creatives to join the fun. be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments section here so we can join along!

photo by the laura b.

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winged blog tour

November 3, 2014

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are you ready to be ultra-inspired?! i’m tickled pink to announce the winged blog tour! join us each day for the next month as talented makers from all over the world share their projects made from my fabric line, winged. check out the full schedule below to see who will be posting each day.

want to join the fun? share you own projects on twitter and instagram using hashtags #wingedfabric and #wingedblogtour. we can’t wait to see what you make!

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>> blog posts will be linked daily as the are posted <<

Monday November 3rd – Erin Stewart | Poppy Quinn
Tuesday November 4th – Whitney Surane | Madly Wish
Wednesday November 5th – Erica Jackman | Kitchen Table Quilting
Thursday November 6th – Bonnie Christine (that’s me!) | Going Home to Roost
Friday November 7th – Michelle Wooderson
Monday November 10th - Lee Monroe | May Chappell 
Tuesday November 11th – Jennifer Harrison | Hopeful Homemaker
Wednesday November 12th – Jessica Stewart | Snicker Doodle Stew
Thursday November 13th - Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
Friday November 14th - Jennie & Clara | Clover & Violet
Monday November 17th – Tara Larson | Rad&Happy
Tuesday November 18th – Rossie Hutchinson
Wednesday November 19th – Amber Carrillo | One Shabby Chick
Thursday November 20th - Katie Convertino
Friday November 21st – Caroline Hulse | Sew Caroline
Monday November 24th – Holly Hughes Reid | Holly Gets Quilty
Tuesday November 25th - Karen Davis | Celebrate Life with Us
Monday December 1st – Jo Avery | My Bear Paw
Tuesday December 2nd – Corey Yoder | Little Miss Shabby
Wednesday December 3rd – Taylor Urban | It’s Taylor Made
Thursday December 4th – Kelley MacDonald | The City and Us
Friday December 5th – Brooke Crook | Oliver’s Fancy
Monday December 8th – Rachael McKeeman | The Floral Suitcase
Tuesday December 9th  – Brandi Blowers | BNB Designs
Wednesday December 10th – Edith Minne | Renaissance Ribbons
Thursday December 11th – April San Pedro | I am Artisan
Friday December 12th – Heather Andrus & Megan Jimenez | Quilt Story
Monday December 15th – Sarah Wilson | Crinkle Love
Tuesday December 16th – Jera Brandvig | Quilting in the Rain
Wednesday December 17th –  Gwen | Tillalili, LLC
Thursday December 18th – Maria Hennlein | Villastoff

Friday December 19th – Final Recap

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quilt market recap!

October 30, 2014

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hello, friends! we’ve just returned from quilt market and we had such a wonderful time. i’m so happy to be a part of this amazing community- i think quilters and sewers just have the sweetest spirits! being a part of art gallery fabric‘s family is so special, too. everyone is incredibly supportive, creative and energetic. AGF also won the 2nd place award for multiple booth design during the show. it is one happy place to be!

since i was debuting two new collections (cultivate and hello, bear), i was able to have two booths! we spent the entire day on thursday setting up, attended the ever-so-crazy sample spree thursday night, and then welcomed thousands of sewists to the show friday, saturday and sunday. i was able to meet so many wonderful people (hugs to you if you’re one of them!) and came away with some exciting opportunities in the works, as well.

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above is my booth for cultivate- a new flower garden inspired fabric line that will ship in april, 2015 (just in time to start gardening!).

for this booth, we had a moss manikin, sunhat, dreamy quilt, kneeling board, fabric covered keds shoes and more. all of these projects will be popping up on going home to roost over the next several months, i’m sure!

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hello, bear is my special edition children’s line inspired by my son, bear, of course! it will begin shipping in january, and i can’t wait to start making more projects with it. it’s not only for children, as i have several home decor and women’s clothing projects i want to make with it as well!

for this booth, we made a bean bag, cloud pillow, feather headdress, triangle quilt, a few stuffed animals and more. it was so much fun seeing it all come to life!

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lastly, i had a Q&A session with the roost tribe this week regarding tradeshows. here are just a few of the questions we discussed (you can join the roost tribe to receive the full session!).

What is your check list of things to bring when you exhibit?

oh my, so many things! but, on the top of my list:

– all samples
– promo materials: biz cards, postcards, flyers
– booth supplies: staple gun, glue gun, double sided table, hooks, small nails, vinyl decals and paint (depending on the project)
– comfy shoes and clothes to set up and break down in!
– notebook for taking notes and orders
– paypal or square iphone attachment to swipe for payments

In your opinion or from your personal experience what makes a successful booth/exhibit at a trade show?

it’s always important to be present in your booth. you could miss a great opportunity if you’re not there! clearly showing your work and having something for a potential buyer to take with them is also a great way to be memorable.

How do you decide how to decorate your booth? Do you have a sewing marathon leading up to Quilt Market to have samples to show?

ideas for the booth are always based around the inspiration for the collection (hello, bear = children’s woodland theme | cultivate = gardening). it’s so much fun! and, yes! we usually get fabric 2-3 weeks before market, so as soon as it arrives the sewing marathon begins!

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