KID ART: art-like fabrics

KID ART: art-like fabric

Hi there ! Sophie here all the way from sunny France! I am so honored to be a contributor for this summer KCW and I hope to help you get ready for this season’s KCW. When I heard about this seasons’ s theme: KID ART, I immediatly thought of how it would apply to fabrics and prints. This theme was enough to fuel my creativity and it opens the door to a huge amount of  prints!

I went on a hunt for you on the internet to find the coolest prints for this season. I have selected a few themes : kids favorite characters, doodles, paint and watercolor. I also have a special Nani Iro section.

So let’s dive into my favorite prints for this season’s theme:


Kids love to paint, they love brushes and water and even painting with their fingers! Here are some fun paint patterns I found for you:


#1 A fabulous Spandex nylon print! it is saying “sun and sea ” to me!! Love it!

#2 I could really see a girl’s swimming suit in this print ! don’t you? Spandex knit fabric sold by Girl Charlee

#3: Bloom: this print is perfect for summer and spring: paired with solid white , it would make a lovely girl’s dress.

#4: By Andover, this print comes also in a lovely purple and a bright yellow: How much fun is it? It would work perfect as a solid in combination with a busier and lighter print.


Our kids love to doodle colorful arts and I think there is something very genuine and touching about these happy drawings. The following prints are spot on this season’s theme!

doodling #1  On track would be perfect for a boy’s shirt, like the  Mulberry tunic by Willow &Co .

#2: This P&B Textiles print really hits the theme!

#3 This fabulous print is a favorite of mine and I think I would like to use it for a girl’s dress bodice.

#4 Ed Emberley designs some of the best kids prints ever: this Scribbles is perfect for backgrounds and boys garments.


Princesses, horses, unicorns, animals of the jungle… all these are some of our kid’s favorite characters. Taken from there bedtime strories or straight from their imagination they make great prints for both boys and girls. character#1: The whole Far Far Away collection is a delight! Heather Ross did wonders and who could resist this princess and the pea print?? wouldn’t it be perfect on a bed spread or even on a dress?

#2 Those snails have my heart: designed by Made by Rae, this collection is perfect in terms of design and colors.  This print is great for boys garments: hats, shorts… I am inspired!

# 3 I have this print in a different colorway and am planning to sew a Caroline party dress for my own girl with it during KCW.

#4 Ed Emberley is the best illustrator for kids animal prints.

I made Parsley pants for my son out of this other Ed Emberley print:a favorite in our home:




Nani Iro ‘s fabrics are made in Japan: they are amazingly rich in textures and colors ; the prints are etheral and poetic. I had to highlight these amazing prints: brush strokes, uneven large dots, splatters of neon colors, these have got to inspire you. #1, #2 and #3 were found on Miss Matatabi, an Etsy shop selling absolutly amazing fabrics. I encourage you to go and visit this shop: you are bound to find a print matching this season’s theme.

nanicollage#1: How modern is this!

#2: This print is simply amazing: it looks like an actually piece of Kid Art!

#3: Small uneven dots, so lovely!

#4: This Nani Iro print was found in a french online shop : Cousette. It is the perfect combination of brown and neon pink and it is made out of a soft flannel. Just a hint: this fabric is on my cutting table right now!!



Of course, I could go on like this for ages!! Fabric is addictive and this season’s theme is so inspiring. I could not give you a complete list of my favorite prints … But let’s just have just two more of my current favorite:

#1  Jeni Baker Dreamin Vintage collection: so fresh, so happy, the prints all remind me of some naive kid’s drawing. Who could resist this floral print, really?

vintage#2 Wild collection by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella: I am in love!


Now, are you inspired? Are you itching to start searching your stash or even add more to it? This list is in no way a closed list! Quite the opposite, it just a way to inspire you as you search for the perfect print!

If you are shopping online, use the “search” engine in your favorite shop and enter words such as ” painting, drawing, watercolor, children ..” and just enjoy!

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  • Reply Lisa June 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Great fabric choices!

  • Reply Becky June 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I didn’t realize that the Kid’s Clothes Weeks had themes!

    • Reply sophie June 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Hi Becky ! There is a theme for each season : this season is KID ART! But it only something to add spice to the fun! You don’t have to follow the theme! Enjoy this season!

  • Reply Annika June 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    oh, i love your fabric choices (which doesn’t surprise…). I’m waiting for my first parcel from miss matatabi to arrive. sooo excited!

    • Reply sophie June 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Annika!! wow! I love this shop too! Can’t wait to see what you bought!:)

  • Reply Kristi June 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I am SO inspired!  I already ordered a few kid art inspired fabrics, but might have to have a few of the prints you found too.

    • Reply sophie June 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Kristi! looking forward to see what you sew with your kid art Fabrics!

  • Reply Hillary June 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Some great finds!  Congrats Sophie.  They are lucky to have you.


  • Reply Lightning McStitch June 25, 2014 at 6:34 am

    that all looks like great fun Sophie. I especially love the last fabric with the cats and rabbits which looks like you can draw in the outfits yourself (or perhaps let your kids do it).

  • Reply Rae June 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Hey thanks for featuring my snails!! And that pair of lion parsley pants has to be one of my all time faves!!! Love the selections here! Xoxo

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