{Friday Feature} Michael Miller’s Backyard Baby and More

I get a lot of questions about my favorite fabrics, where I buy my fabric, and what the differences are between various designers. I thought it would be fun to share a bit of my fabric shopping experience with you every week. And so, the Friday Feature is born.

These posts will feature different fabric lines, designers, sewing books, etc. Next week I think I’ll give you an extensive guide on how and where I purchase fabric (on a budget!).

If there’s one thing we share–those of us who love to sew–it’s fabric. Can I get an amen?

So to start us off, I thought I’d feature a couple of new fabric lines that recently caught my attention.

Fabric manufacturer Michael Miller has been a long favorite of mine with best sellers such as  Sandi Henderson (who can forget Farmer’s Market and Meadowsweet?). MM’s lately come out with some of the most adorable lines for boys and girls. Very whimsical and retro.  My favorite of these is Backyard Baby.

Here’s a quick screen shot of my favorite prints from this collection.

My favorite Backyard Baby prints, compiled using the design wall feature at www.Fabric.com

I am particularly IN LOVE with this print featuring trees.

These birch trees.

Turtles, bees’ nests, lizards, snakes, bugs.

Bugs in jars. Love.

And these polka dots are so perfect. I think this might be my favorite print int he whole line.

And this samara design. Really, isn’t the aesthetic so pleasing?

You can find Backyard Baby here at Fabric.com.

I plan on getting my hands on some of this over the weekend. I’m not sure what I would do with the busier prints, but these bottom two would most surely become burp cloths. Or maybe crib sheets?

Michael Miller also released a collection for little girls at the same time called Bella Butterfly

I particularly love the colors in this collection. The blues and greens nicely balance the butterflies. I can see this print as a little girls dress:

And this might be my other favorite, for some cute burp cloths.

You can find Bella Butterfly here at Fabric.com.

In my experience, Michael Miller fabrics are very soft and easy to work with. Every manufacturer varies in the weight, texture and hand (which means feel) of their fabrics. After I’ve had a chance to work with some Backyard Baby, I’ll let you know how it is.

Lastly, here are some of the prints I’m using for Abby’s birthday outfit(s). I say outfits (plural) because I can never decide on just one. She’ll have to have two or three. 🙂

Here are my favorite prints from Michael Miller’s Children At Play, by Sarah Jane. Can’t you just see Abby in a little dress (perhaps like this one) made with the balloon print?

Michael Miller Children At Play Balloon Aqua

Children At Play Pinwheels Aqua

Children At Play Summer Gardens Cream

Children At Play Meadow Soft Pink

Children At Play Dot to Dot Pink

They also have a very adorable colorway for boys.

Michael Miller Children At Play (boy prints)

Well, there you have it folks! I certainly have a lot of fun ahead of me sewing with some of these prints. I’ll post pictures when I’m done. Have a wonderful weekend!