Summer Sewing ~ Color Me Fabrics

on June 2 | in Products | by | with 117 Comments

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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117 Responses to Summer Sewing ~ Color Me Fabrics

  1. Bailey says:

    This is very cool!! I have been thinking of making quilts for my mom and mother-in-law that were very personal and fun – this looks like the perfect way to do that. 🙂

  2. sangeetha says:

    Strange but this week there have been so many ovberlaps in what I did with what I am reading on blogs (I need an active blog)

    I was working with muslin this weekend and had this really bored little pre schooler on hand – gave him all the little pieces for him to color

    just like the above – very cool concept BTW, kept him entertained for a while

  3. Rohaise says:

    I want to do this!! What a great idea.

  4. Kruszarki says:

    Thanks for news. I Have been google for looking something like this.

  5. Melissa Ann says:

    Makes me wish my girls were just a little bit older… soon enough.. 🙁

  6. Judy Stolz says:

    That is absolutely an amazing idea – my granddaughter will totally love it! She’s my crafting queen, and I can’t imagine what she’ll come up with for these fabrics.

  7. alicia says:

    i think i want this by the bolt! Girl Scouts! Cub Scouts! the things the kids and i can create all summer! thank you for such a super SUPER cool product! WOO HOO!!

  8. Cathy Stroh says:

    Wow looks like such fun. Great project to do with the family.

  9. Renea Goforth says:

    Love this I think I may try it with my grandson.

  10. mary says:

    What a cool idea! Love it!

  11. really says:

    What a post!! Very informative and easy to understand. Looking for more such posts!! Do you have a myspace?

  12. Carolyn P. says:

    This is perfect for summer art projects!

  13. These would be great for my kids! My girls have such an interest in sewing but are too young to do a whole lot!

  14. Andrea P. says:

    This is such a cool idea. My kids would really enjoy coloring their own fabric!

  15. Kathy Myers says:

    What a great idea. It would be great to do with my great-niece, but not sure who would have more fun-her or me!

  16. Danijela says:

    This is amazing!Wish we have this fabric here,perfect for my daughter and summer activities.

  17. Jess says:

    This is so cute! I love the idea of using one of the Color Me panels in the center of a quilt. Or if you had several children you could have them each color one panel and then make them into a quilt for Grandma!

  18. Lor says:

    What a terrific idea! I know it would really please my grand daughter and I’ve already come up with some great ideas to use up the fabric creations.

  19. charlotte says:

    I MUST have some of this!!!

  20. Marcia W. says:

    This looks like a fun children’s project for the summer.

  21. kirsten says:

    I would never have thought of this!

  22. Stacy says:

    Oh those are so fun! I’m going to have to get my son some, he’d love them!

  23. Jesse says:

    that’s a fun idea. my boy has lots of fun with fabric pens on old t-shirts too!

  24. Linda says:

    That is a too fun idea. Perfect for those summer storms that drive you inside.

  25. Sherry J says:

    my grandkids and i would love that fabric. thanks for the info.

  26. Katrina H says:

    That’s a very cute project!

  27. kami says:

    What a fun coloring project for kids! And I love the ironing board cover!

  28. meikjn says:

    my kids are always begging for projects! these are a really cool idea.

  29. Jennifer says:

    What a good idea! My girls would love this.

  30. Basteta says:

    How can you not love this fabric? And now that Sharpie makes their permanent markers in such a wide array of colors…. Even we not so little kids will want to do these summer projects.

  31. Christine says:

    The coloring fabric might be an excuse to have a party and let all the adults color.

  32. Kelly says:

    That looks like so much fun – I know my crew would love it!

  33. Lizw says:

    What a fantastic idea!! This will make great presents for my little nieces & nephews – then I can sew up some cushions or bags for them later. Thanks for the inspiration (again!)

  34. Jessica says:

    Hmmm, this gets me thinking about all sorts of potential projects. I love one person’s suggestion to iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric while you color on it. Brilliant!

  35. Mare says:

    This seems like fun!

  36. EmGabs says:

    This is such a fun idea for kids and adults alike. Love it!

  37. Dee says:

    What a wonderful idea! I love it.

  38. Stephanie says:

    This looks so fun! I’d love to get some to make a special pillow for my great aunt!

  39. kim mcintosh says:

    What a great craft, and intro to sewing, for older kids!

  40. Paige says:

    I’m in love with the Color Me fabrics – my daughter would love it!

  41. Liz says:

    So clever!! My girls would love those!

  42. Kristin H says:

    What a great idea!

  43. wow, this is really neat, it lets kids be fabric/fashion designers too!

  44. kelly jo says:

    What a fantastic idea! My 3 1/2 year old will love doing something like this and then helping me turn it into something special for her! Adorable!

  45. Barb says:

    What a wonderful idea for a child’s project! Makes me wish my grandson was old enough!

  46. Tara says:

    I love these new fabrics!

  47. Mama Lusco says:

    These look like a fabulous craft for kids!

  48. Jennyy says:

    This looks like fun! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as fabric crayons. We’ll have to give this a try.

  49. Shirley Clark says:

    This is so neat! My grands would love to make their names.

  50. Heather says:

    My daughter enjoyed these so much at the sewing expo that she kept going back again and again to color more.

  51. Lorrie Orr says:

    What a great idea!

  52. VickiT says:

    OH my gosh. That fabric is awesome. I know my Granddaughter would love doing that. She is really into coloring so this is a must have soon for me and is definitely going onto my long and growing list of things I want to buy. Thanks for showing this. I had not seen it before now. LOVE IT.

  53. Sara says:

    This is great! So much better than what my sister and I used to do to while away the summer days – we colored the flowers on toilet paper squares!! LOL!

  54. Cassie G says:

    What a clever idea for a summer project! This would be perfect for a kids activity at our family reunion!

  55. Steph says:

    These are so cute! I know my son would love coloring fabric.

  56. Liz says:

    How cool! My kids would love to color their own fabric.

  57. Janet K says:

    I didn’t even know this existed! How much fun is that – my son would love to color something and have me stitch it up with him. He likes to add little embroidery stitches to things too!

  58. Angela says:

    This sounds like so much fun to do with the neices and nephews!

  59. Kathleen says:

    We’ll be working out way through the Sewing School book this summer. How much fun would it be to let the girls “make” their own fabric? What a wonderful product!

  60. My kids would LOVE this! I think I might put this our our summer bucket list.

  61. Rebekah says:

    How fun! What a neat idea. 🙂

  62. ashley scarborough says:

    that fabric looks like a great way to get my kids more interested in sewing this summer.

  63. Christina G. says:

    Love the color-on fabrics. Just might have to pick some up for my kids, they would have a blast!

  64. Tsigeyusv says:

    Wow, what a fun idea. I’ve used fabric crayons once before, to make a mascot flag for the elementary school classes. The kids had a blast. That looks like great summer fun.

  65. jm says:

    I so need an ironing board cover!!

  66. Anne Marie says:

    This is such a neat project!

  67. Amy says:

    Very good idea!

  68. Doris says:

    I would ave LOVED this as summer project when I was a kid!

  69. Kelly V. says:

    My kids would absolutely love this fabric. I especially love the what Paige did with it – the name banner is fabulous!

  70. water works says:

    I love this idea! I gave our daughter fabric pastels for her birthday and I think we’ll have to get a panel or two for summer fun. Maybe the front of an uber-cool nightgown????

  71. Steph G. says:

    This is a fantastic idea!

  72. Tarmy says:

    These are so cute and fun. My 5 year old daughter would love it… but then I’d never hear the end of it because I’d never get around to making something for her…

  73. Liz says:

    This is so cool! I love the name banner idea! I may have to keep my eye out for fabric markers, I have never been a big fan of how the crayon looks.

  74. Sara says:

    What a fabulous idea!!

  75. Margaret says:

    Looks like a fun activity for a lazy summer day.

  76. Melissa says:

    What a great idea! My 4 year old will love coloring her own fabric. I can’t wait to see what she wants me to sew with it!

  77. Megan says:

    This looks like the perfect gift for my granddaughter’s 5th Birthday!

  78. Alice S says:


  79. Margie Bennett says:

    Wow this is a fantastic idea!! It keeps the kids busy & then they feel a connection to the fabric. PERFECT!

  80. Amy G. says:

    Those fabrics are so neat!

  81. Silvia says:

    That is so neat! I’m sure my boys would love trying them out.

  82. Terriaw says:

    These fabrics are such a cool idea! I love it.

  83. Jacque says:

    What fun! I had not seen these before!

  84. Addy says:

    Wow! I’m sure my kids would love to color on this fabric!

  85. Samina says:

    What a neat fabric concept! I’ll have to check it out.

  86. Melissa Williams says:

    Oh my daughter would love this.. then she could have the orange fabric I can’t seem to find!!

  87. Jamie O. says:

    This fabric looks awesome! It looks like the testers had a great time as well. I know a little girl who would love this fabric also.

  88. bess says:

    cute fabric – thanks for the tips!

  89. Suzanne says:

    That fabric is a great idea!

  90. Heather L says:

    Wow…my kids would love colouring on fabric…off to check it out!

  91. Amy says:

    I saw these fabrics a while back but didn’t realize the frames were so large. PERFECT for pillows…or even a quilt! I hope to see more color-me designs in the future, this is such a good idea.

  92. Tammy says:

    Very fun!

  93. Sara says:

    wow that looks really fun! i don’t have kids but i want to try it out.

  94. charlotte says:

    That fabric is kind of awesome! My borrowed children (daycare) would love that!

  95. Katie says:

    This fabric is too cute! I’m going to need to get some for me & my nieces to play with!

  96. Suzi says:

    Walmart is our only “fabric” – so sad – but I did find some decent cotton fabric for a couple of summer dresses for myself. There was one selection I liked but it was all black circles on a white background. It reminded me of a plate of bubbles but it reminded my husband of “an old lady’s dress” (which is what I am but. . .). After reading this blog, I’m going to go back and pick up some yardage in the fabric and hand it over to my grandchildren and use this idea. I think we’ll all have fun – them coloring, me sewing, and what a great keepsake. Maybe I should get extra and make a couple of matching dresses for the twins?

  97. Nicole C says:

    That’s such a neat idea. My 5 year old would really get a kick out this.

  98. Beth says:

    What a genius idea! I wish I was a kid so I could make a project with this.

  99. Sandi says:

    Try ironing freezer paper to the back of the fabric to keep the it smooth and flat for writing or drawing. That’s what I do with quilt labels.

  100. Josephine says:

    What a great idea. Fun for kids and adults.

  101. Michelle says:

    This type of fabric is so great!
    My daughters would absolutely love this!
    I’m off to buy some!

  102. Karen Comton says:

    These fabrics look like lots of fun. Are there tips for making the colors permanent? Any special markers or crayons used?

  103. Mhairi says:

    These look like such a great idea. An individual fabric product that can be made into anything for your children. Love this idea.

  104. Sherri says:

    This is some GREAT stuff! My daughter would flip for this. She is 6 and quite the aspiring artiste lol. Thank you for sharing!

  105. Lorena says:

    TIP! If you iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric it’s much easier to colour it in. It also stops the pens bleeding through to your table top!

  106. MamaBee says:

    Ooh, those fabrics look like such fun!

  107. This sounds fun!

  108. Cynthia I says:

    What a fun idea! We have used plain fabric and fabric pastels to make a quilt before but this gives me some new ideas to do this summer!

  109. you know, these fabrics keep jingling around in the back of my head – and I have been wondering just how they work. Assumed fabric paint – good to hear crayons work too! It would definitely be a great Summer project, as well as a good teaching and bonding experience over sewing for and with them.

    Just might have to go ahead and take the splurge now 🙂

  110. Amy says:

    How AWESOME, this is a perfect project for little ones!! I might get some sewing done while they are “working” and thinking of ideas all the while developing better fine motor skills!!

    Must get some of this fabric!!
    Thanks for opening the craft world up a little more to our family!

  111. this is cool! and I love that retro looking ironning board cover!

  112. Amy says:

    I need to get that for my girls. The 7 year old is just starting to sew and she would love this.

  113. Asta says:

    Oh this is such a great idea. My little one is still a bit young, but not long now! Custom made fabric- so cool!

  114. Steph says:

    I just love that colouring fabric…what a great idea!

  115. Trisha says:

    My daughter and I love the fabric. Can’t wait to get some for ourselves!

  116. cindy kuhns says:

    I don’t think that coloring ever leaves us as adults…I love to color , I love to sew and when we put those to gether our minds will run colorful..our moods will comeout, our minds will go crazy inventing !!! Give me fabric to color on and I will write you a fabric book!

  117. Beth T says:

    What a fun idea. Summer days can be long, and this would really get my nieces excited. Thanks for the suggestion about taping the fabric down…I doubt I would have thought of that.

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