Posts Tagged ‘kate riley designs’

Spring Fabric Collection Lookbook!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Hello all and happy Easter weekend to you! I pulled together a Lookbook of the eleven new fabric patterns, I’m really excited to share it with you. This is yet another way I love to express my creativity, through the design, styling, and photography of original fabric patterns. I hope you’re inspired by all the color and print combinations!

spring fabric collection kate riley designs

Here’s the Spring Collection Lookbook published on Issuu, enjoy!


I’ll be uploading more pictures to my portfolio site on Friday if you’d like to browse more styled shots of the fabrics, wraps, and wallpapers. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the process. Enjoy the Lookbook!

xo ~ Kate

Brushstrokes Print + Fabric Storage Buckets

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Greetings friends and happy April Fools Day, watch out for tricksters! Today I’m sharing another print from the collection I created for spring, this is a bold brushstrokes print called Wild & Free! There are three vibrant colorways and I had a lot of fun designing this one too. I even made a dress out of the navy and pink version I loved it so much!

This pattern is an expression of purposeful imperfection – the lovely thing I’ve discovered on this fabric design journey is I can create a repeat with imperfect details (like these brushstrokes) yet within it there is symmetry and rhythm so the imperfection continues on and on through the yardage and as it flows throughout it becomes something truly beautiful in itself and I just love that.

wild and free fabric kate riley

Remember that campaign desk I painted Kelly green years ago? I’ve still got it and won’t ever part with it, the desk is one of my favorite thrift store finds! It’s getting moved to my son’s room which will be the perfect next space for its history in our home.

brushstroke fabric buckets on desk

I made these charming little storage buckets with one yard of the Wild & Free fabric in the Leaf colorway in heavy cotton twill. It’s best to use a heavier weight fabric like twill, canvas, or denim for this project.

twill brushstroke buckets

To recreate, here’s what you’ll need: 1 yard of heavy cotton twill, denim, or canvas fabric in 58” width, 1 cheap flexible plastic binder, 8 ½” salad plate (for measurement), Sharpie pen, thread, scissors, flexible measuring tape, sewing machine.

Step One: Use a Sharpie to outline a salad plate on both sides of your cheap plastic binder then cut out the plastic circle. (I used plastic instead of cardboard so that the bins are washable.) Yes you’re sacrificing a perfectly good binder for a greater cause!

cut circle

Here’s the diagram of the cuts of fabric on a 58” wide piece of twill, denim, or canvas fabric to make two buckets. Use the plastic cut out to guide cutting out the fabric circles allowing for ½” fabric beyond edge of circle for sewing.


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