Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pees and Carrets

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Being a Nana to 6 awesome little people,
I am constantly amazed by their
skills and abilities.
They are all so wonderful
and different at the same time.
The Sunday before last,
my oldest grandson Elijah
showed me a drawing he made.
I asked him if I could have it and he said yes :)
I quickly scanned it and went online to to have it made into fabric.
If you've never been to Spoonflower,
you have to check it out.
You can design your own fabric (super easy)
as well as purchase designs made by others.
Pretty stinkin cool,
but not cheap.

It's $18.00 a yard (the most I've ever paid for fabric)
 but for special projects it's totally worth it!
I had visions in my head of new grocery bags
as soon as I saw his drawings.
When I opened the package from Spoonflower,
I'm pretty sure I squealed out loud
because the dog looked a bit startled :)
I couldn't wait to start sewing!!!
I used green canvas for the bottom of the bag
and green polka dots for the lining and handles.
I used my all time favorite grocery bag pattern
I have several of these that I use every week
and people always ask me about  where I got them.
I love using them and I love sewing them.
Totally an FTS pattern!!!
These make great gifts too :)

Here is Elijah's original artwork.
I love everything about it.
I love his spelling.
I love his eraser marks.
I love his little arrows.
I just love love love it.

I know that I will be the envy of everyone at Sprouts!!!

I ordered another yard of fabric
using this artwork but I made the graphics smaller
and staggered the layout.
I should have it next week and I'm thinking  new placemats :)
I can't wait for my fabric to arrive.
Now that I know how easy it is to have fabric printed
I'll be watching out for more masterpieces from the grands
to use in projects for my home.


  1. Oh my goodness, it's brilliant! I *love* the spellings! :oD

  2. Karen it is fabulous! so well worth the money.

  3. Wonderful! you are a great Nana!

  4. That is the best drawing! So authentic and totally adorable. Your idea to turn it into a fabric grocery bag just takes it over the top. Prepare to meet many more people in the checkout lines! Seeing this made my day.

  5. wow such a nice idea the fabric is awesome!

  6. That is a great way to share artwork!! I'll have to remember that.

  7. That is such an awesome idea! I love that bag pattern too... it holds so many groceries and is really sturdy.

  8. The fabric totally looks like Elijah's drawing. He is 'sew' creative!

    You are an awesome Nana :-)!

  9. That is the most adorable fabric ever! Love the bag.

  10. That's the cutest thing I've seen in a long time!

  11. That is just so cute, and a lovely way to keep the artwork. You're inspiring me!

  12. pretty neat! Sometimes I give my daughter pens for fabrics and she draws on it. It's not so great as printed fabric but cheap and fun too.

  13. Love his picture and the bag is great...I went to purchase it and realized that I already own it!!! I think I bought it when you showed us another bag that you had made.

  14. That is so awesome! I will totally have to check that website out! I have some drawings from all of my kids that I would like to make into something to keep. Thank you for posting! I know that the people at Sprouts will be in asking you where you got the bags. I have an old bag from Germany and I get asked that every week when I go there. Most people just carry the ones they sell in the store! Happy sewing and shopping!

  15. Karen that is soooo AWESOME!!!!! Great idea! Has he seen it yet? I'd love to see his reaction! You always have the bestest ideas! Wish I was as cleaver as you are! :)

  16. Such perfect fabric for your bag! Thanks for linking up to wip Wednesday this week, where I've had the pleasure of guest-hosting!

  17. Sew cute. I have never used spoonflower, but I'd like to if I find the right inspiration. Was it easy to do? Thanks for sharing this. Your grandson is quite the artist.

  18. so adorbs! I'll bet he is SO PROUD!

  19. $18 dollars a yard is not expensive here in England. We pay on average £12 a yard which is over $19 a yard for normal fabric and there is next to nothing for under £10 ($16). Looking at your bag it is worth every penny - really cool.

  20. A lovely idea to use your grandsons designs to make some fabric. It loos absolutely gorgeous!