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Llamazing! design ideas for any season

What’s better than a super-cute llama to embroider on your bag or décor piece? How about two?!

If you couldn’t get enough of our adorable spring-summer print Llama-Rama or our fun holiday products featuring this little critter, you’ll be happy to hear that our embroidered Holi-Llama Icon-It™ is sticking around with his springtime Llama counterpart for even more fun! Whether their friendly faces grace a tote, pillow, thermal or gift bag, these cute critters are sure to give you a warm feeling this winter.

Behind the design

According to Katie Ritchie-Caulk, a senior designer at Thirty-One, llamas are the new unicorn when it comes to novelty animals. After the popularity of Llama-Rama in the spring collection and seeing llamas popping up in Christmas décor, Katie says it was a no-brainer to keep the llama character in the holiday line – and beyond.

“There were so many fun things we could do with him, like putting a winter sweater on him and some hats and scarves,” Katie says. “It just felt like a great transition from the spring print!”

Fully customized critters

Both beautifully stitched designs are incredibly detailed with a blanket, neckwear and colourful tassels.

The original Llama Icon-It™ lets you choose one colour for the llama and one to complement the Sunset Gold details (set thread) on his blanket and poms. Try a Caramel llama with Kelly Green details for a natural look, or Taupe with Hot Pink for a girly twist. It’s fun to mix and match your perfect design with our personalization studio: just choose your favourite utility tote or Statement Canvas piece and click the big “personalize” button to start playing!

Or choose the adorably adorned Holi-Llama design, all bundled up for winter fun! This little guy has white fur (set thread) and looks great in his snuggly winter gear. And the best part is, you get to choose BOTH detail colours for his blanket, scarf and hat! (Trust us, we’ve been having a blast dressing him up for the personalization studio!)

What will you choose?

Katie says her team saw a lot of folks decorating their holiday-print totes and bags with Holi-Llama in Red and Green thread colours. But there are so many ways to enjoy this furry friend all season long! 

What print will you choose as a backdrop to feature this cuddly critter? For a pop of colour, Katie suggests putting the Icon-It™ on a tote in Green Cabana Stripe or Playful Pop. For a more neutral option, try Starlit Stripe, Deco Dots or Stepping Stones – or our best-selling Charcoal Crosshatch. And Sierra Stripe nods to the llamas’ importance in many South American cultures. 

On to thread colour: the options are endless! How about dressing up your llama in sorority, fraternity or university colours? Add a line or two of text to highlight a name, motto, class year or sport. 

We can’t wait to match our favourite fall/winter sports team – think football, basketball or hockey. Cheer them on in style with your fan gear packed into an Essential Storage Tote or Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote. And how cute will it be to keep team snacks cool in a Picnic Thermal Tote or Fresh Market® Thermal with a chilly llama on the front? 

Want a fail-safe approach? Just pick your favourite colours! We’re partial to the (Thirty-One–friendly) combo of Powder Pink and Hot Pink with a fun winter phrase, like:

  • Sweater Weather
  • Snuggle Up
  • Cute & Cozy
  • Let It Snow
  • Knit faster!

Have fun designing your own llama-tastic solutions, and snag even more great ideas on our personalization pages!