Natalie+Cheryl at Sprout and Spoonflower


The photo and message above say it all: WEARABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS from Sprout Patterns.

  If you read this blog and my Craft page regularly you will probably be aware that for some time I have been sewing with fabric based on Cheryl Orsini’s illustrations for our books. Our collaboration with Sprout Patterns is an extension of this, and above, you can see my beautiful niece Leah Mei modelling a Sprout T-Shirt Dress by designer Brindille and Twig, in Mrs Mancini fabric. 

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  The idea behind Sprout is ridiculously simple and clever. First, you choose a pattern from Sprout’s collection of patterns by independent designers. Select the correct size, and the fabric type and design of your choice from Sprout’s sister company, Spoonflower. The page displays a mockup garment and cutting layout for your approval. When you’re happy with everything, place your order, and Sprout prints your pattern pieces directly onto the fabric of your choice. The picture to the right shows partially cut out Sprout project, for a Mrs Mancini tote bag. (You can see that several different fabrics have been used for the front, and sides of the bag. The lining fabrics are Coco and the Toadstool House from the Fairy Dancers, making the bag reversible).

  With a Sprout pattern, there are no paper pattern pieces to pin, no mucking around with finding the right line to cut,  and no accidents with cutting out. Everything is right there, printed on the fabric. All you have to do is  cut the pieces out and sew them according to the downloadable instructions (which include a bonus pattern if you fancy making the project a second time.

  Here are some Sprout projects I have already made up:

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Mrs Mancini’s Bakeshop Apron and Mrs Mancini Toteabove,  (made from the project shown half cut out), and below, Manhattan Top in Fairy Dancers Floral.

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  In my next post, I will explain the Sprout process in more detail as I make myself an Asaka Kimono in Mrs Mancini fabric. (Yes—there are patterns for grown ups, too!) Meanwhile, if you visit the Natalie+Cheryl page at Sprout, you will see a large number of sample projects already available to order. And don’t forget, fabric yardage is available from Spoonflower.

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