Thursday, June 6, 2013

Winner of the 2013 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition

There is something about this entry that has struck a chord with us and the judges. This photo captures a real moment of delight ... a child playing, the vibrant resounding colours against a grey day at the beach, with hair blowing in the breeze.

Congratulations Cate (Fabri'cate) on being chosen as the Winner of the 2013 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition.

Some of the things the judges said were that they loved the Fish Puppet as it looks original, contemporary and useful and is beautifully shot and that Cate was really able to stretch her trimmings pack, sewing several pieces together in order to have enough fabric for the tail fin. The 3D fins are such a good way to show off all of the little pieces... Ashley from Film in the Fridge said a she would like one for her son.

Cate had this to say when she sent her entry in:  "I took your advice from the other day and just made something with my trimmings pack instead of agonising over what would be the best thing/s to make. Thanks for the opportunity to push/stretch myself creatively and to play with your lovely fabrics."

Cate made her Fish Puppet with an Umbrella Prints Super Girly Trimmings pack. It is amazing what you can do with such a sweet tiny packet of fabric, some broad cloth and your imagination!

Thank you to Lianne Rossler, Jodi Levine, Fiona Dalton and Ashley Newcombe for being our discerning judges this year... it is always such a treat to have a helping hand on the not so easy task of choosing a winner from all of the amazing projects that have been made.

Most importantly Umbrella Prints would like to give a big hug to everyone who entered, without your amazing support and creativity this would not be one of our favourite months of the year when we get the pleasure of having these sweet and amazing projects pop up in our inbox everyday.

We will follow up this post over the coming weeks with a few special mentions as it seems a shame to not take a closer look at the hard work that has gone into all of the projects you can see here on the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2013 Pinterest board. We look forward to seeing you all back here next year for the 2014 Competition but remember you can grab some inspiration and Umbrella Prints fabric all year round.


  1. What a great choice the judges have made. The pictures of the child and her bright fishy puppet are delightful. Cate's colourful creation cleverly constructed from Umbrella Prints fabulous Super Girly fabric Trimmings pack, is a wonderfully worthy winner.
    Well won Cate....Congratulations!

  2. Congratulations Cate! Such a creative and wonderful idea, and so beautifully captured...

  3. Well done cate...I thought you should win!!

  4. Thank you so, so much Carly and Amy, I am way beyond thrilled to have won! I sew nearly every day and absolutely love it but it is really lovely to find that other people like what I make too. I bet it was tough for the judges to choose though, your competition attracts so many beautiful entries every year. Thank you both again for hosting this fun creative challenge!

    1. Thanks for saying Cate it is a lot of work but we love it xxx!

  5. Oh, how fantastic!! Such a gorgeous entry. Congratulations Cate! :-)

  6. Gorgeous! I voted for this one beautiful!! love it! x