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KCW FEB 2016: toy fabric inspiration

MORE TOY FABRICS: by sarah from sarah cosper textiles

Hey Sewing world, Sarah here to talk more about fabrics printed with toys. Today we will look at building toys, games and toy characters based on books.

As Meg mentioned in the post last week, KCW has been a great inspiration to me and encouraged me to sew more than just a “one time wear” fancy dress or costume for my kids.  One year, KCW and the knit series on Made-by Rae encouraged me to try more kinds of everyday sewing and I hope this season we can inspire you to do the same!


Building Toys: Blocks, Legos, Teepees and Forts

One of my kids is a builder; Zip lines, forts, fairy houses and LEGOs are her thing.  Wouldn’t a Roller Skate Dress made in the Zip Line Rayon be a great everyday dress?


1. Brownstones  2. Interlocking Brick Wall   3. Zip Line   4. Best Fort Ever


Don’t forget the knits! Knits are a favorite of mine to sew because they are forgiving and comfy. Here are some toy themed knit fabrics that either slightly echo the idea of blocks or scream the idea of building. Make these into comfy stretch pajamas, t-shirts, skater dresses, hoodies and more.


1.  Green Modern Squares    2. Wildland TeePees   3. Mod Confetti Blue 



The sweet cherries remind me of Hi Ho Cherry O! What a lovely tunic that would make in the drapey Rayon! Parsley Pants made out of that card print for a kid that loves playing magic and card tricks would be kind of awesome.


 1. Cherries in Rayon  2. Black Playing Cards

Melody Miller and the Cotton and Steel team have so many great fabrics that lend to the toy theme. I encourage you to explore all of their fabrics, including the basics for all of beautiful colors you find in our favorite toys.

Melody’s Jacks and Viewfinder prints are so colorful and fun, they beg to be a detail on someone’s clothes. Imagine a coat made out of Anna Maria’s Baby in the Hood jacket with Viewfinder or Jacks as the pockets and some Wordfind as the main fabric or other details.  One in my size please.


1. Viewfinder   2.  Wordfind   3.  Jacks   

Video games

Meg’s amazing season banner with included the game controller and had me thinking of the days of being a little sister watching Super Mario and Zelda… eagerly waiting to have a turn (and as the youngest sibling, always a Luigi, never a Mario).


1. Super Mario Characters  2.  Zelda   3.  Super Mario Blue 

Toys based on Book Toys

Lastly I would be remiss not mention that there are many fabrics available now based on book characters – some of our kids’ first toy friends.  These fabrics make me all weepy and happy at the same time as I think of my kids growing up and growing out of these old friends. (You may have picked up that I am indeed, a sap).


1.  Knuflle Bunny    2. Polar Bear  3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus  4. Paddington Bear 

So there you go for today.

You can do this! Make one garment or make ten! Remember, the sewing community is one of the most encouraging out there and our kids are THE BEST sewing audience. They think we create everything from nothing. They compliment us when that one part is all “twisty and cool like that” when you make a mistake. So start planning. I can’t wait to see what is to come!




KCW FEB 2016: toy fabric inspiration

TOY FABRICS: by anne from sofilantjes

Hi Everyone. It’s Anne from Sofilantjes. I am here today to share some inspiration. This winter season the theme is Toys. Toys can be incorporated in to clothing is so many ways. You’ll see 😉

Today I will share how to add toys to clothing by using fabric. Fabrics are a very easy way to give your garment a certain look. It doesn’t matter if you are going for bold, sweet, mature or little. There are so many great fabrics out there that can help you get that one look you desire. But in the jungle of fabrics it can be hard to choose. I will help you a little with that.

First boys fabrics.

Boys Collage

1. Skateboard for big boys and girls. 2. Boats for the little one. 3. Sirens, you can never go wrong with those. 4. Excavators, because you will be the coolest mom.

Not all of us who sew have boys to sew for. A lot of us have both or only girls. Here is a little girly inspiration for you.

Girls Collage

1. Masks, I love them. 2. Matroujska, we all know what those are.  3. Paper boats. I loved playing with them when I was little. 4. Paper planes, oh yes more childhood memories here.

You might wonder about how these fabrics will look great on a garment. Or what sort of garment you should sew. Anything is possible. Color block. Sew a whole garment out of one fabric. Make a blouse for your son or a beautiful dress for your daughter. Match them by using the same fabrics for both clothing items. Sew pants. Use a print for only the pockets. Line the hood with toy fabric.

Here’s some inspiration for you.

fabric Collage

1. Dolls on a shirt. 2. A jumpsuits can be cool. Even on bigger boys. 3. Boats jumpsuit, for the little ones. 4. Bicycles are toys in our country. At least for the little ones they are. useful toys.

One more and then I will stop I promise.

toy Collage

Panels and printed fabric both work. Didn’t Karly do a great job on these?!

I hope I was able to inspire you a little. If not, there is another post on fabrics coming. There is so much more to show you and there are so many more places for you to look. Don’t stop at prints though. Have you ever thought about using actual toy fabrics to sew a nice fur vest?

Thanks for reading. I had fun. Off to sewing…


feb 2016 KCW contributors!

meet the february 2016 contributors

feb 2016 KCW contributors!

1.   Sarah 2. Karly 3. Jolanda 4.. Anne 

The new contributors are here! The new contributors are here! I love getting to work with a new group of women each season. Their energy and excitement make KCW feel like the best thing in the world! And whose to say it isn’t?

jolanda from jurken en shirtjes

1. jacket from a woolen blanket 2. busy, busy 3. totally zsazsa

First up is Jolanda from the Netherlands. Jolanda started her blog, Jurken en Shirtjes, two years ago, but she has been sewing her whole life. She writes in Dutch, but you don’t need to speak the language to see the gorgeous things she makes. Jolanda sews clothes for her three children and for herself as well!

karly from paisley roots

1. sew the show 2. sewing for kindergarten 3. you are my tornado 

Karly is our next contributor. You might know her from her popular blog, Paisley Roots. Karly is a force to be reckoned with! She has 5 kids and not only homeschools them all, but sews for them all too! Karly is a whirlwind of energy and ideas!

anne from sofilantjes

1. tinny returns 2. minons 3. the sweatdress 

Anne is a lawyer who also lives in the Netherlands. She is the mother of two beautiful little people and the owner of one pattern shop,  Sofilantjes Patterns. Anne taught herself how to draft patterns and now who has a shop full of amazing patterns that you can sew too. Obviously, there is not much that Anne cannot do:) 

sarah from sarah cosper textiles

1. pink puffer coat 2. supergirl and batgirl dress 3. fox banyan tee 

Last, but of course not least, is Sarah.  Sarah sews clothes for her two daughters and also makes beautiful, modern quilts. She loves to sew costumes (and we love when she does!).  Sarah said, “KCW was the biggest influence several years ago that encouraged me to take a chance and start sewing clothes for my kids. I hope we inspire you to do the same.” 

That seems like a good place to leave it:) These amazing women have so many wonderful ideas that they want to share with you. They will no doubt inspire you to sew this KCW season.