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Inspiration Challenge: June {Fabric Patterns}

I never imagined that when I became obsessed with cookie decorating that it would lead me to meet some wonderful friends that share the same love and obsession for cookies that I do. One of these friends is Stephanie from Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies. Stephanie and I like to cookie for our friends and family. I guess you could say that we are hobbyists when it comes to cookie decorating. I expressed to Stephanie how sometimes it is hard to get motivated to make cookies just for fun and she came up with this great idea that we do a 12 month inspiration challenge. Each month we pick a theme and challenge ourselves to make cookies based on the theme. It will give us an excuse to make cookies and it will also challenge us to think outside the box as decorators.

For month one of the inspiration challenge we decided the theme would be fabric patterns. Since Father’s Day is this month I wanted to translate my pattern onto neckties. I went to different stores snapping pics of neckties and when I got home I thought that I had enough pics to be able to choose one pattern. Well after looking through the pics I decided that I just wasn’t happy with what I had. I scoured the Internet looking at fabric patterns and most were too busy or just not the look I was going for. After a lot of searching I finally found a pattern that I liked.

The pattern is simplistic but I really like how it turned out. Here is the inspiration fabric pattern.

Image Source: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65715867/leaf-tea-towel-leaves-flour-sack-towel?ref=sr_gallery_12&ga_search_query=leaf+cotton&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

Although my design is simplistic this first challenge was challenging. Free handing is not my forte. I’m just not that good of a drawer. I wanted to challenge myself to not use my Kopykake. I decided to go with a wet-on-wet technique because it would force me to not think too much because you have to work quickly before your icing starts to dry. For more info about the wet-on-wet technique please see this post.

So do you want to know the most exciting thing about this challenge?  We want you to participate. I will be hosting a link-up party {at the bottom of this post} where you can share your cookies with us. The link-up will run for the whole month of June. All you have to do is find a fabric pattern and translate the pattern onto any cookie. I hope you will participate in this challenge and we look forward to seeing your designs. Each month we will share a new challenge and give you the opportunity to participate and post your creations. Next month’s challenge is “Home Decor”. Grab your camera phone and head over to HomeGoods, Target, or even Pottery Barn and find your inspiration.

Please be sure to check out Stephanie’s challenge design here. She turned a pattern from a dress into cookies. If you like this idea please be sure to thank her for coming up with it and if you want to share your designs on Stephanie’s page you can do so by leaving a comment with the link to your design. She will add your link to her post. This is our first challenge so we’re still working out all the details. Finally, if you don’t follow Stephanie already please look through her blog and see her designs. She inspires me. You can find her on Facebook here.

Let’s get this party started!

Comments

  1. Those look awesome!!! I am so proud of us! Now take a deep breath, another month til we do this again :) (Funny how we wrote almost the same exact things too, lol)

    • Lol! It is funny how we had similar ideas of what to write. We find out how much we have in common more and more every day. I tweaked my title and added what next month’s challenge is going to be. I love your writing style :)

    • You two are amazing…I had no idea you two were up to something…ya’ll can sure keep a secret…great job….and I think I have a fabric inspired cookie on my blog…and would you believe it is a puzzle pattern?

      Hugs to you both…looking forward to the next challenge!

    • Thanks Kim! We kept it on the down low because we had to work out the details. It’s hard to coordinate with everyone in our group because of everyone’s busy schedules. We figured we would go ahead with our post and then just invite everyone to participate when they can. I hope you can participate and I look forward to seeing what you create :)

  2. Came here from Ellie’s Bites and so glad I did. Your Father’s Day cookies are lovely and I’m enjoying viewing some of your amazing work in earlier posts. I’m a new subscriber for sure :)

  3. Those are amazing, Melissa! I love that you incorporated Father’s Day into the challenge!!

  4. What a fun idea MELISSA!!! So cute what you two came up with. I love patterns for cookies.

  5. So the cookies I posted were inspired by towels I saw at Kohls.

  6. Awesome Melissa!

  7. The black and white looks so sharp and stunning!

  8. Awesome job! So proud to know you ladies!!!

  9. This is terrific!!!!!!! So much fun!!!!!

  10. Dana (Sweet Butter Blooms) says:

    I’ve never posted an image before on a blog, so I hope I did it right! My cookies were kind of a rush job but I HAD to make my daughter’s shirt into a cookie too, it was just begging me to do it! I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one who gets inspiration from her kids’ clothes LOL! I love the ties, what a great idea, and the black and white is perfect! Beautiful job!

    • Thanks Dana! I’m so sorry to be replying to this so late but sometimes I get overwhelmed. I clicked on the image you linked and it is not directing me to where you have your picture posted. Where is your picture located? Facebook? Flickr? You need to copy the link of where your pic is located and use that.

    • Dana (Sweet Butter Blooms) says:

      LOL I am currently overwhelmed myself! Just got this message and am trying to corectly post a link to my photo. Thanks!

  11. I love how these look! I gotta play!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I made mine after a bath towel.lol. Hope that counts as fabric. It’s one of my favorite things to pattern after.
    Thanks so much for this.;o)
    Jacinda

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