Hi, fabric lovers!
As you may know, I’ve been having such a kick talking about fabric on the blog lately. Although I can talk about prints all day, there is one type of fabric I’d love to talk about that some of you may not be aware of. It’s all about fabric panels! So, today we are going to answer some questions we get all the time and show you some of the panels that Art Gallery Fabrics has to offer!
What is a fabric panel?
There are many kinds of panels out there, but AGF creates large designs on the WOF 44-45” and a 36’’repeat. Instead of a traditional repeat, these panels have unique designs in different sections that are big enough to make wall hangings, quilts, wall-art, totes, and more!
No, not all the panels from AGF are the same, some include 6 sections with different patterns, some with one large design, and double bordered panels.
What are the different fabric panels?
There are many types of fabric panels to choose from! It all depends on what you plan on making next for your project. Luckily AGF sells over 20+ fabric panels in all different types of styles, from painterly florals to bright summer prints, and even tons of options for kids, there is something for everyone.
Let me show you some of the different panels that AGF has!
*Featuring You Are Magic Panel from Spooky ‘n Sweet fabric collection
Here is one example of a 6 section fabric panel! For each section, you can cut 14x18-inch rectangles to turn into individual projects like some trick-or-treating tote bags, decorative pillows, or cute kid’s t-shirts.
*Featuring Roads to Flowerhouse panel from the Bloomsbury fabric collection
This is an example of a double-sided panel which I believe is so much fun to work with! It’s just calling to be made into a border of a quilt or even a wrap-around skirt. Depending on the time you have, this is a great option to experiment with cutting out different shapes with this fabric and experiment on the direction that you sew them together.
These single-designed fabric panels are the perfect go-to if you don't have enough time to piece a quilt! You can use this as the centerpiece of a baby quilt and go straight to the fun with the quilting. But don’t let these big designs limit you, with these panels you can cut up and turn into a quilt, wall art, pillows, and more!
*Featuring Above & Beyond knit panel from the Stargazer Capsule fabric collection
AGF also carries KNIT PANELS! We currently have 3 available, 2 of them from our Stargazer collection and 1 from our Nest fabric collection. Some have a repeat of 24 inches but it’s still the WOF which is larger than our cotton at 59-60 inches. Making it easy for blankets, pillows, and apparel.
What can I make with fabric panels?
Time for the best part- the meat and potatoes of having fabric panels, all the lovely projects you can create with them!
Due to its large pieces, you can create fast and easy projects. From quilts to apparel, here are some of my favorite free patterns using PANELS.
*Circle skirt featuring Roads to Flowerhouse panel from the Bloomsbury fabric collection
*Wall hangings featuring Born To Be Wild panel from Pacha Capsule fabric collection
*Cradle Arranger Featuring Enjoy The Little Things panel from Pine Lullaby Rediscovered fabric collection
*Pillows featuring You Are Magic Panel from Spooky ‘n Sweet fabric collection
*Tote bags featuring You Are Magic Panel from Spooky ‘n Sweet fabric collection
*Bed Runner featuring Bear Hug panel from Pine Lullaby Rediscovered fabric collection
*Quilt featuring I Love You A Llama panel from the Pacha Capsule fabric collection
*Quilted blanket featuring Above & Beyond knit panel from the Stargazer Capsule fabric collection
I hope these projects sparked your sewing mojo! Even if you are new to the quilting fun, I believe fabric panels are a great way to start. Here at AGF, we are trying to create more content that you enjoy, especially videos that can help improve your sewing game. This is a quick introduction to panels, so if you’d like to see some sewing tips or more information on this, let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,