Fabric Suggestions for 304 Nursery Days

This pattern is made up of five projects: quilt, pillow and sham, a bed jacket, bonnet, and a teddy bear.  All of these pieces have great potential for customization with fabric choice, added embroidery, or applique.  And, the pattern teaches these handwork techniques!  Kids love gifts with their name or favorite things featured on them.  And the quilt would make a nice throw for anywhere in the home (not limited to cribs)!  So, we have put together some great fabric options for making the pieces in this 304 Nursery Days pattern.  Make one, or all, for a special child in your life, or for yourself!

PLEASE NOTE: These suggested fabrics are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written, and may go out of stock from store at some point.  If link is invalid for specific product, look for a similar fabric you can substitute.

The quilt calls for three fabric colors and binding. The colors can of course be solid and you can use the pattern's stencil or embroidery patterns to embellish the solid blocks (or even the printed blocks). You could choose one fabric with a pattern and alternate with a solid. Or, mix it up with two patterns!  The sky is the limit.

Celestial Dreams

For the quilt: these three are all Ruby Star quilting cottons from Hart's Fabrics.


Midnight Forest just sounds magical. What a sweet and dreamy print.


Add field sunshine to contrast as the second color if you wish.


This subtle print could be used for the second color or for the quilt back.


Dreaming of Adventures 

Here are a few cute fabrics from Stonemountain and Daughter fabrics that would sew up an adorable quilt also.  


I love this safari life print as one of the primary fabrics. 

This sunshine print would be very cute as the second fabric or the quilt back.

This simple aqua Kona cotton will pull from the water depicted in safari print and complement the yellows very vividly.


For the Bed Jacket and Bonnet

Most cotton, linen, and linen/cotton blends will work for the bed jacket and bonnet.  Many of the fabrics above would be suitable for either garment (see descriptions in links to determine), but here are a couple simpler and neutral fabrics that would be lovely.

This mariner cloth from Bolt Fabric Boutique comes in vivid colors with subtle stripes.  It is also suitable for quilting if you are looking to coordinate with bed clothes!

For a more traditional gown, use a neutral linen cotton blend.  This fabric can be found at Vogue Fabrics.


Teddy Bear

The teddy bear calls for fake fur, plush, terry or traditionally felted mohair. Seeing as how felted mohair may be a little more challenging to find, I have listed a few options below.  Any quilting cotton or tight woven linen can be used as well. A Liberty of London print would be very sweet and gorgeous.   

This faux fur from Michael Levine Fabrics would make a very nice bear. 

Going for the safari dreams motif? Why not have a giraffe print teddy bear? This fabric is available at Vogue Fabrics.

Here is an organic cotton/ hemp terry from Organic Cotton Plus.  They carry a variety of natural fibers and batting as well.