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!




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