Benartex: Let’s Play

I spotted this playground print on someone’s blog today (please let me know in the comments if it’s you! Usually I can locate these things through the magic of Google Reader’s search function, but not today). This reproduction-looking print is so cute, but a closer look reveals several things make me cringe as a modern mom (Cowboys and Indians … and that slide totally doesn’t meet safety regulations), yet at the same time make me wistful for a time when playground equipment wasn’t so, uh, cushiony. It’s from Benartex (who we don’t usually see around these parts! Hi!). The collection is by an in-house designer and is called “Let’s Play.” The collection also features a light blue and light green colorway with yellow — see it all here.


  1. Amy Menges says:

    Yea, that playground equipment may not be up to code, but it sure brings back memories. The playground at my grade school looked just like that, monkey bar cage, slide, teeter-totter, everything. My cousin and I used to wax the slide first with the wax paper that our sandwiches came wrapped in. Weeee!

  2. Kristin says:

    Looks very much like a MM print from five or six years ago. Love that abacus print.

  3. Quite possibly my favorite collection in YEARS. Love it. The abacus print nailed it for me.

  4. I had some of that playground print. I bought it like four years ago. I thought it was an Alexander Henry fabric. I will definitely be getting more of it.

  5. mo says:

    I had the same reaction to that print — so cute, but also so enforcing stereotypes that I don’t want to perpetuate. :( Darn. Other than that a really cute collection.

  6. Teri says:

    I still have a bit of this from 2004. It is by Alexander Henry and is called “playground”. Super cute!