Ed Emberley Fabrics

The books of Ed Emberley, children’s author/artist/drawing-teacher-to-millions, were a huge part of my childhood. Japanese companies have been licensing his work for a while now, putting it on all kinds of textiles, stationery, accessories, etc., including fabric yardage. I featured this fabric a while back, and now there’s a new mini-collection being sold by This and That From Japan. (Not sure of the manufacturer, though.) I managed to snag some of the Make a World print below before it sold out (at least I think it’s sold out), but the others are still available as of today.

I’ve also been thrilled to see more (and more accessible) Ed Emberley products popping up: an iPhone/iPod app Shake & Make from Night and Day Studios (the folks who also brought you Peekaboo Forest, featuring the art of Charley Harper, and My Very First App, featuring the art of Eric Carle). Also, Cloudy Collection recently released a very limited edition of letterpress prints by Emberley and “14 of his biggest fans.” Among this amazing group of artists is Heather Ross! All the prints pay tribute to Emberley in subject matter and color palette, and a portion of the proceeds go to Heifer International and the Central Asia Institute.

Lastly, you should know that Ed Emberley is on Twitter!


  1. rebecca says:

    I LOVE these little prints, I wish they hadn’t included Ed Emberley’s name in the pattern through, I think it looks a little weird.

  2. Terri says:

    I adore Ed Emberley’s books and drawings, so I was excited to see all these prints featuring his artwork. Thanks for the tip!

  3. kristin says:

    how adorable! we thrifted an ed emberley book recently – how to draw animals using basic shapes – dots for ants, etc. my daughter loves it!! these prints are super cute :)

  4. Jill B says:

    Wow! Those images evoke some serious nostalgia! I was a huge Ed Emberley fan – all of those pictures look so familiar :) . Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sarah says:

    Now why has no one thought of this before? This is genius! I love Ed Emberley and would have no artistic ability without having had his books in my life.