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Hovea Planning Template

Hovea Planning Template

The design & planning part of sewing is one of our favourite parts, especially where Hovea is concerned. When deciding on the design of a quilted jacket, we find people tend to approach it in one of two ways…complete free-style improv; or careful and strategic planning. If you fall into the later group, or if maybe your style includes a little bit of both – well, today’s post is for you. We’re talking about using our Hovea Planning Template to plan out your next Hovea quilt/patchwork coat! Available to all newsletter subscribers (you can subscribe here if you’re not already), all you need to do is print it out and get creative! Let’s go through a few ideas on how to use the template!

Jot everything down on the page

If you’ve someone with a wholeeee lot of wonderful ideas swirling around your noggin like us, but are struggling to narrow them down – best thing to do is jot them all down! With them all jotted down, you can prioritise the ones you’re most excited about, start to group ideas together – spotting trends in the flow of your ideas to find the themes you keep going back to and to find different things that might be able to be combined into an even better idea!

Take Inspiration From Everywhere

If you’re looking for inspiration, we have a wealth of amazing images saved on our Hovea Pinterest board to get you started or if you’re wanting to see some awesome, already made Hoveas your fellow sewers have been working on, check out the #MNhovea tag on Instagram!

But inspiration doesn’t have to just be from already made things, but can be found anywhere! Dig through old sketch books to find interesting squiggles you might turn into a stitch pattern or look through your scrap pile to find colour combinations your might want to try. Look in unexpected places and you will find unexpected ideas. And that’s where the planning template comes in – to help you collect these little scraps and tid-bits that will eventually evolve into a fully fledged idea!

Get the coloured pencils out

Scissors, glue, pencils, photos, paint. Pull out the craft drawer because these planning templates were meant to be sketched on, collaged over and completely covered in your wonderful ideas! Working on a small scale with just tiny swatches of fabric or snippets of photos you’ve cut from magazines gives you the opportunity to experiment with a huge range of ideas before you commit to anything.

Looking to do some quilting?

Once you’ve zero’d in on the general colour palette and style you love, have a think about the different quilting stitch options you might use to compliment a patchwork design, or be the feature on a plainer fabric. Did you want a geometric look? Perhaps you were hoping for a simple straight line pattern or a free motion design? The options really are endless! Before you put needle to fabric, sketching out your design on the template will give you a great idea of how it will look on the jacket.

Using a vintage quilt?

Take an overhead photo of the quilt to see what you’re working with! With a clear view of the whole thing you can isolate different sections of the print or patchwork design to use for different garment sections and by printing out the photo to fit the scale of the size of your Hovea template, you can collage the pieces of the quilt onto the template! It’s fun to play with the positioning of different focal points, experiment with symmetry and asymmetry and is super handy to match up blocks of colour & seam lines to create interesting design flow.

Vintage Quilt HoveaSometimes the planning and inspiration process isn’t as simple as – look for ideas, find an idea, make the idea. Sometimes you’ll circle back round to things, start making something then decide to cut it up and sew it together differently, then have an idea come out of left field and send you in a whole new direction! That’s ok, just enjoy the process and go with the flow. Wearing things you’ve made is awesome, but at the end of the day, the process of making and the fun we have while doing it is the real reason we sew!

We hope you love the template and that it’s useful for your next Hovea make! If you’d like to use the Hovea planning tool yourself, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get more information on how to access the Resource Library. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments!


Here’s the full list of Hovea inspiration and ideas:

Here’s the full list of Hovea tutorials & Hacks:

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About Author

Anita is the Operations Manager here at Megan Nielsen Patterns, and happily works on multiple areas of the business in any one day! Anita is the first port of call for any of your customer service enquiries, manages daily operations and oversees all pattern production, graphic design, website maintenance, inventory management & drinking all the coffee/eating all the cookies in the cupboard.

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