We've had quite a lot of fun sewing up lots of wonderful projects with Forest Fables, our newest collection designed and digitally printed right here at the shop. The line is a mash-up of two of my favorite fables, the Three Billy Goats Gruff and Chicken Little. The result is a folksy collection with storied elements as well as influences from embroidery and European paper cut designs. Like the folk tales themselves, it's a line for all ages that will stand the test of time, both in color and in form. Told in two color stories, Harvest and Glade, the collection is shown by palette, more or less, left to right. Here we are all set up to welcome our little forest sprites, for some story time of course!
There are so many fun ways to decorate with this collection. Wall Hangings are always a great way to add some color and personality to a room. The harvest ones at left are small canvases that I picked up at Michael's. I used my trusty staple gun to adhere the fabric for instant wall art. The framed art is from my daughter's reading nook in her bedroom. And for the Glade color palette, I went with an assortment of Embroidery hoops, another great idea for instant decor. Of course, you can also embroider onto the fabric for some wonderful heirloom pieces. The folksy designs really lend themselves nicely to adding details with hand-stitching.
But once my daughter and three nieces arrived it was all about the plush books and blocks, and lots of pillows on our new palette couch - the perfect spot for some story time. My daughter Annie and her cousin Adelina are the first to find the soft books. While there are many uses for the squares included in the Forest Fables Panels, available in Glade and Harvest, a really nice option is a soft book.
With a single Panel and 1-3 coordinating Fat Quarters, you can make a really sweet item for the littlest ones in your life. The Harvest palette is great for girls, and the Glade is a nice gender neutral option for both boys and girls. See our step by step tutorial here if you'd like to make one!
Mirroring life itself, it wasn't long before two little curious girls turned into three...
and three became four! The littlest cousin crawled over to see what all the fuss was about. Like her older cousins Adelina an Annalise, we can tell Ava's early life will be all about keeping up with her biggest cousin Annie.
You might have noticed a trend by now that sheds light onto that letter "A" in our little reading nook.
I'm not quite sure how or why it caught on, but each of my in-laws grandchildren begin with the letter "A". It began with my Aidan and Annie, and Charlie's sister and brother carried on the tradition with Adelina and Annalise, and then baby Ava. While keeping the names straight has proven a challenge for some grandparents, the girls at least each got to claim that letter as her own.
But, the "A" theme doesn't stop there folks! Each of the four girls is wearing an Anya Top, a wonderful pattern by Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Design. Cousins Annie and Ava are each wearing fabrics from the Harvest color story, featuring a warm palette of pinks, gold and black.
The top is an easy fit, with three quarter length inset-sleeves for a no fuss piece for children to live and play in. The pattern includes options to make the shirt into a longer tunic as well. Either way, it looks great with a simple pair of leggings for an outfit they'll wear again and again. The pattern is sized 2-6, but these girls range in age from 9 months to nearly 9 years old. The baby in fact is wearing the same size as the two year old, which essentially makes for a tunic style, with plenty of room to grow. Ava here is wearing the Billy Goats Gruff in Harvest.
My own little fair maiden is wearing another one of the more storied prints in the collection, Folk Tails in Harvest. It has a wonderfully rich, woodsy feel, and I love the non-traditional color palette. It's also a lovely nod to Foxy Loxy and the poultry party he finds along the path in the folk tale of Chicken little and Henny Penny.
Annalise is happily modeling one of the Glade color options of that Folk Tails print. This one is also great for girls, or a sweet option or baby boy bedding and accessories.
And finally Adelina is wearing the gorgeous Stitch Floral in Indigo, a fabric that would look beautiful on anyone young or old!
The girls had a really nice time reading the stories and looking at the pictures in the plush books, and the real story book fables as well.
They were so engaged in fact that it took the little ones a while to notice the other fun things we made for them here at the shop. Baby Ava spotted the little blocks that are so easy to make they're a no sew project. Like the wall hangings I stapled bits of the Fabled Text prints to wooden block canvases. The two folk tales repeat in three paragraphs each throughout the fabric. So I fussy cut the paragraphs and stapled them onto the canvases, three blocks for each color palette for a total of 6 blocks. It's fun for the older kids to arrange them in the order of the story, and Annie read them aloud which the girls loved as well.
It's always nice to have some colorful baby safe objects around when little ones are in tow.
And what little one could resist a fun pile of plush Forest Fables blocks!
These blocks offer yet another sweet project to make with our Forest Fables Panel. We alternated the squares of the panel with some squares from the allover designs in the collection.
So together with some Fat Quarters, you can make a lovely set of plush blocks. Along with one of the soft baby books, you have a lovely gift set. Here's a the tutorial we used to make our set of blocks.
I think you'll be excited to know that those panel squares are only one half of each of the Forest Fables Panels. The other half features a large Foxy Loxy Portrait, that we used to sew up those handsome throw pillows! With the borders, these pillows measure 28" square.
With comfy pillows like that it was only a matter of time before the girls decided to get comfortable on the couch. And once there they found the cozy blankets we made, one for each of the color stories. My Annie loves her new Foxy Loxy blanket, backed with some fuzzy Minky.
The throws measure 44" square, a great size for baby quilts, or as a lap quilt for any age. We simply tied the quilt to finish it off, giving it a nice handmade look.
With all of the stories, it was starting to feel like naptime with more than a few pairs of sleepy eyes.
After a while, I think the only alert pair of eyes left belonged to our handsome fox.
Even the biggest cousin started to fade...
Adelina quickly made herself comfortable with a pillow for a tiny rest. I wanted a project to really showcase the Fabled Text and thought a pillowcase would be just perfect. After all, that's just the spot we all find ourselves getting lost in the a world of words before we drift off to sleep.
I hope you enjoyed this look at our Forest Fables collection, and we hope you'll try some of the projects! Be sure to tag them with #ForestFablesFabric and #HawthorneThreads on social media so we can share! And we hope you've followed along with the other Blog Hoppers earlier in the week. If you missed them, visit Brooklyn Pattern Co, Taylor Made Creates, Clover & Violet, and Film in the Fridge for some more gorgeous inspiration.
And just like the other hoppers, we are giving away some Forest Fables Fabric! Simply leave us a comment about your favorite fabric or item featured in this post and we'll select one lucky reader at random who will win a Fat Quarter Bundle of the entire Forest Fables Collection! We will announce the winner here on Wednesday December 16th.
If you've read this far, thank you for indulging such a long post. I love these girls even more than I love the fabric, making me doubly biased! Good Luck and Happy Sewing!
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