You know how it is. You open the catalog and see the dress of your dreams. You want to purchase the exact royal blue color the model in the photo is wearing. But royal blue is sold out, and the only colors left are sage green and tomato red. Both of which are lovely colors, but you really had your heart set on the blue.
There’s a similar problem that arises when you write a book. Since books are photographed long before they’re released, the fabrics that were used to make the samples are often unavailable by the time the book comes out. Which means that you can’t make the bias-trimmed apron exactly as it’s shown in the book. I know.
When I started writing Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, I wanted to avoid this dilemma. So I designed several of the prints to be used for the book’s photos, and we teamed up with the lovely folks at Spoonflower who generously printed and supplied the fabrics.
Now you can purchase those same fabrics at Spoonflower. That means you can make the bento box carrier, the art smock, and the bucket hats exactly as you see them in the photos without searching high and low for the same fabric and the same colors.
You can also choose the fabric quality to match the project (look at the fabric description in the book for suggestions): quilting weight cotton, organic cotton sateen, upholstery weight cotton twill, linen-cotton canvas, etc.
To celebrate the publication of Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, Spoonflower is giving away a copy of the book. You can enter the drawing here. And once you’ve entered, check out the fabrics from the book that they are now making available.