Catch & Release Project Party

Today is my stop for the Catch & Release Project Party and I’m so excited to share my make with you!


Mathew of Mister Domestic recently released his third fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics, and it is such a beautiful line.  Mathew has a talent for designing fabrics that appeal to a wide audience – each line includes something for everyone. Some of his fabrics are beautifully layered prints with rich colors and delicate shapes. Others are striking in their simplicity – two color, geometric prints that are great for background or binding.

Catch & Release was inspired by days Mathew spent with his family at their favorite local fishing spot. IMG_5373

I had fun brainstorming what to make for this project party. The prints are perfect for so many things – bags, quilts, toys, garments…the list goes on. I love to challenge myself to try new, sort of unexpected projects here and there.  I thought, how fun would it be to create an umbrella with any print or design you choose?! The answer – super fun, and relatively simple.


I knew I wanted to make one umbrella with a single print. I chose to use Blue Bank Flora for that one. I made another umbrella with a horizontal stripe pattern using River Rules along the bottom, Reflectors in the center, and Rowing on the top.


I purchased two umbrellas, with the intention of using the frame as the base of my project. I took the umbrellas apart, careful to save the canopy for use as my pattern.


I’m so glad I chose Blue Bank Flora for one of my umbrellas. The rich colors and gorgeous field of wildflowers make it the perfect all over print for a project like this.  The dark fabric will provide cooling shade on sunny days, and will be lovely protection from the rain in the coming winter.


The horizontal stripe pattern on my second umbrella was enhanced by the saturated hues of River Rules along the bottom edge of the canopy, and the geometric lines in Reflectors that creates the stripe across the center. The octagon of Rowing on top is the perfect focal point to tie it all together.



I hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventures in DIY umbrella creation with Catch & Release fabrics. Be sure to check out the other makers at the party. So many inspiring projects have been shared, and there are many yet to come!