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Sewing with Nature's Fabrics Panels

I'm going to let you in on a little secret... I had never used a panel before! I had seen them used in sewing groups, and seen them for sale on websites and destash pages, but I had never actually tried one. There are some really cute ones available, and I have no idea why I had never used one, because they're just regular fabric with a cute print. So it's not like sewing it would be more difficult or anything, right? You just have to find the right pattern and right coordinates to showcase your panel. That's all... maybe it requires just a tiny bit more thinking, but you get a super cute new outfit, so worth it, right?

These Panels and Fabric:

I used the wolf and sheep panel from Nature's Fabrics for these outfits. Isn't it ADORABLE? It took me a little bit to figure out what to make with this panel. I was trying to decide whether or not I should make something for Luke or for Daniel. I decided I would show it to Daniel when it arrived and see who he thought it should be for. But when it arrived, to my surprise, the panel that measured 29" X 30" and had TWO wolf and sheep print sets on it. So, I realized that if I planned creatively enough, I could sew something for both of my boys! What a win!

These panels are printed on organic cotton spandex (made up of 92% organic cotton and 8% spandex) so basically, they're super soft and stretchy.  These are 4 way stretch and perfect for children's clothes!

I was also given some green cotton spandex to work with. It was also soft and stretchy. I really loved it, and the color! The color matched the green on the panel almost perfectly.

The Patterns I Used: 

The print was wide, and I wanted to be super creative with cutting so that I didn't lose much of it. For my 3 year old, it was a bit easier because his clothes are a bit larger. So I didn't have to worry too much about losing much on a tee shirt for him. I decided to use the Brindille and Twig Basic Tee, because I have quite a few Brindille and Twig patterns, and you never can go wrong with them for your knit sews. I cut the front, sleeves, and neckband from the Nature's Fabrics panel. I used the solid green for the back.

For his shorts, I used the Brindille and Twig Pocket Shorts. I used the solid green for everything except for the pockets. I cut the pocket pieces from scraps I had left over from the panel. I like the little pop of a different color that you have in the pockets.

Luke's romper is also Brindille and Twig. I struggled a bit to find a pattern wide enough for his. Like I said, I didn't want to cut too much of the picture off, so I measured and tried a couple of things before settling on this. And I'm SO glad I settled on this! I color blocked the bottom front of his with my green fabric (because my panel wasn't long enough to go down to the crotch snaps). I think the color blocking worked well on this because the green I used is almost the exact same color as the green bush on the picture. I was able to use scrap pieces from the top of my panel for the neckband and armbands, and I used a different green that I had on hand for the back. I think it turned out so cute! In fact, I'm thinking that this is one of my favorite outfits for Luke right now! I really love bubble suits on babies! I did modify this pattern the tiniest bit... I really just left off the snap placket at the chest. It's not needed, because the fabric is stretchy to pull over the head, and since I had this pretty picture printed on the fabric, I was afraid that the snap placket would take away from it.

Aren't their outfits SO CUTE?

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Link to the Nature's Fabrics Website

Link to the panel I used

All Available Panels on Nature's Fabric's site (And they're on sale this week only!)

Here are all of the beautiful cotton/spandex solids available at Nature's Fabrics

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