We’re loving the Color Me fabrics from Studio E, new in the shop! In addition to yardage and panels with cute frames, we also added Fat Quarter Packs with a collection of four fat quarters. You can color this collection with crayons, fabric paints or another favorite medium and we think it’s the perfect Summer Sewing project to do with kids. Washability depends on the medium you use as some fabric markers and crayons are permanent. Fill vacation time with some fun; kids can color the fabric and then you can sew something together!

We asked a few Sew,Mama,Sew! readers to try it out:

Joelle’s girls are three and five, and they used fabric crayons on the fabric which they’ll turn into pillows for the girls’ beds.

Joelle suggests that for younger children a fat quarter would be just the right amount for coloring. Her five year old is showing the picture she drew in one of the frames on the Color Me panels (also included in the Color Me Fat Quarter Pack).

Sybilla’s daughter started coloring one night and woke up the next morning eager to start up again! Sybilla writes, “She had so much fun coloring this fabric and figuring out how to combine the colors. She spent the whole time talking about all the things we could make with it.”

Sybilla suggests that if you use fabric markers you should use a light touch so the ink doesn’t bleed, and she had a lot of success with taping the fabric down to provide a good work surface; this way the fabric didn’t wrinkle as her daughter colored.

Paige from Where Women Create used her Slice Elite to cut Emma’s name out from the fabrics.

The boys got in on the coloring action too! Emma picked out all of the flowers and colors on this cute banner made from the Daisy Natural and Allover Floral Natural Color Me fabrics.

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