Blog Tour: Sewing MODKID Style by Patty Young

Designer Patty Young has further rounded out her already-impressive resume with her new book Sewing ModKid Style, published by Wiley Craft. I am excited to play hostess to her blog tour today. Now, there have been books about sewing for girls, but Patty’s is unique in that it focuses on sewing with knits for girls. Sewing ModKid Style has 20 patterns in all, featuring full-size pattern sheets (no printing/cutting/taping, hooray!). The patterns range in size from toddlers (sizes 2T-5T) to girls size 10, so you’re set from preschool through elementary at least. In the book, Patty tells you everything you need to know about working with knits, and don’t worry, you don’t need to run out and buy an overlock machine or serger to be able to make these patterns — they can all be made on a regular sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch option.

The hostesses before me have already given great glimpses inside the book. In my emails with Patty she mentioned that she gets lots of queries about where to buy knits, so I thought I’d try to help out and list every source that I could think of. These are culled from the top of my head and by looking through my own archives. Please comment with YOUR favorite place to find knits. I’ll draw one name randomly to win a copy of the book on Friday (April 20, 2012), courtesy of Wiley Craft. After the list, there’s breaking news about Patty’s next fabric collection …

The Fabric Fairy: Contributed fabrics to Patty’s book. Primarily kids’ prints. All kinds of knits, from blends to basics to Liberty of London.
Girl Charlee: Shop focusing on cotton knits with prints for all ages/genders.
Banberry Place: Primarily kids’ prints, and the place to go for European brands.
Gorgeous Fabrics: Has an ever-changing assortment of fashion knits.
Vogue Fabrics: Another major fashion fabric seller with a great selection of knits.
Denver Fabrics / Fashion Fabrics Club: Ditto! The online outlet of the famous Michael Levine in the L.A. fashion district.
Harts Fabrics: A rare shop that has a great selection of designer quilting fabrics, home dec, and fashion fabrics.
Bolt 44: A little shop with some great knit solids.
Kumquat: Another little shop selling fabric leftover from their kids’ clothing brand.
Ottobre Store: Get the knits you see in Ottobre’s wonderful magazine.
FabricYarnKit: Solids in every color of the rainbow, in interlock, rib knit, and jersey flavors from an eBay power seller.
Znock Design (Sweden): Great knit prints by an indie designer.
Crafty Mamas (Australia): All kinds of kids’ sewing fun, European fabrics.
Vermiljoenshop (Belgium): Some sweet knit prints await those of you who can read French or Dutch.
Ikasyr (Finland): Ditto, but for Finnish!
Myllmuksut (Finland): All kinds of supplies for kids’ and maternity sewing. Offers an English version of the site, but (I think) only ships throughout the EU.
NearSea Naturals: Organic knits in colors and basic stripes that you won’t find elsewhere.
Nature’s Fabrics: All kinds of natural fiber fabrics and all kinds of knits.
PM Organics: An organic fabric shop that grew from a cloth-diaper-sewing co-op.
Organic Cotton Plus: Natural (undyed) knits and Harmony Art solids and prints.
Stitch Simple: Harmony Art knits, pre-washed/pre-shrunk for you!
Pure Fabricz (Netherlands): Organic knits solids for the EU.
Spandex House: for cotton lycra and all kinds of stretch fabrics.
Spandex World: lots of cotton lycra in solids and prints.
and remember you can get custom-printed cotton knit fabric through Spoonflower and other digital fabric printing services!

Also: There are a few designers who have knit fabric collections produced by quilting cotton manufacturers, and therefore tend to show up in quilting cottons stores. It’s easier to Google them individually then to list all the stores in which they are carried: Patty Young of course, Nani Iro, Oliver + S, Jay McCarroll, Valori Wells, Michael Miller (solids and basic prints), Freespirit (solids)

And now, you-heard-it-here-first … Patty’s next fabric collection will be named:

Making its debut at Spring Quilt Market, Heaven & Helsinki will be printed in both wovens and knits. As the name suggests, it’s a Scandinavian-inspired line with a nod to Mid-Century Modern design. Patty says “I am madly in love with it and sewing up a storm for its debut in a month or so. The knits will be printed on a new-to-us quality: it’s a cotton/poly/spandex blend with 0% shrinkage! (yes, zero! I know that will make everyone out there jump for joy!) The fabric is super soft and smooth, and has enough stretch and recovery to be used for bottoms, like our leggings and yoga pants, and for bindings, like the neck and arm bands on our tees and dresses. I cannot wait to get these out there in the market!” Keep an eye on Patty’s blog, well, all the time, but in particular in the next coming weeks as she’ll post the first images of the collection.


Follow the Tour:

Monday, April 2: Wiley Craft Blog
Wed., April 4: A Sewing Journal
Friday, April 6: Pink Chalk Studio
Monday, April 9: Melanie Dramatic
Wed., April 11: Stop Staring and Start Sewing
Friday, April 13: Generation Q
Monday, April 16: Lil Blue Boo
Wed., April 18: True Up
Friday, April 20: Paige Hill
Monday, April 23: Boutique Café
Wed., April 25: The Long Thread
Friday, April 27th, 2012: Sew Pretty Dresses
Monday, April 30: Prudent Baby
Wed., May 2: Our Busy Little Bunch
Friday, May 4: Fat Quarterly
Monday, May 7: Making It Fun
Wed., May 9: MODKID blog


  1. Lily says:

    I love the knit fabric you can buy here:
    They have some designs that never fail to make me smile.

  2. Candace M says:

    The Fabric Fairy! :)

  3. Sarah says:

    My local fave, especially for low cost knits to practice on, is M & L Fabrics in Anaheim. When I’m all practiced up, I splurge at Harts online.

  4. Jennie says:

    I love using thrifted knit fabric or clothing for children’s clothes.

  5. Erin Waters says:

    To buy knits I usually look at the Fabric Fairy, but otherwise, thrift store & garage sales

  6. Tonya says:

    I’ve been very pleased with the knits at

  7. Christine says:

    I don’t have much experience sewing with knits yet, but I love wandering the fabric aisles at Hobby Lobby.

  8. Dusty Atterberry says:

    My favorite place for knits is the yard sale section on the sewing forum I frequent. would be a close second.

  9. Colleen says:

    I have not sewn with knits so I don’t have a favorite place to buy them…..yet.

  10. Lauren J says:

    My fav selection of knits is from the Fabric Fairy and Girl Charlee!

  11. jen bradford says:

    My favorite place locally is Hancock’s! I would love this book!

  12. robin says:

    I live in the land of no knits but the only place I’ve “shopped” for them is on a forum I frequent. That new line sounds fab and thanks so much for your list as I’m looking for cotton/lycra to make my daughter belly bands.
    Thanks for the giveaway! cokelush at gmail

  13. Cathy Lane says:

    I haven’t done much knit sewing since the (ahem) 80′s. I have done some with thrifted items. Love the idea of new knit fabrics that don’t shrink. Thanks for the list of sources.

  14. Loretta says:

    I love to look through Fabric Fairy (I have it saved to favorites!), but I haven’t purchased there yet. I also like to look through Patty Young’s prints, because they are so fun! One of my favorite stores to buy from is F&M in Bakersfield. It is more of a surplus fabric store, but their prices are very fair and there is so much to choose from it is easy to get pulled in and loose a lot of time!
    I have never sewn with knits but love to wear them and love them on my girls! Would love to win this book, but if not it is definately on my purchase list!

  15. Becky M says:

    I don’t have a favorite place yet to buy knits. I’ve only sewn with them once because I”m scared of them. I think this book will be the perfect thing to help me get over that. Sounds like it’s really instructive!

  16. VickiT says:

    Wow. Thank you for the amazing list of shops that carry knits. Definitely something to save. I have Patty’s book on my wish list already because I LOVE her designs in clothing. Super cute stuff! The info you just gave about her next line definitely sounds very interesting. Zero shrinkage sounds wonderful. I’ll be keeping my eye out for more info about that for sure.

  17. Autumn says:

    I love using old t shirts for my knit fabric but I also love buying from Girl Charlie. Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Lisa P. says:

    I have no great sources for knits, but thank YOU for listing some. The ones I’ve been tempted by have been those produced in tandem with quilting cottons. I’m very interested in her new fabric line and I’d love to look at the book.

  19. Joan says:

    I have not bought knits in a long time. Thank you for a list of places to buy them.

  20. Jennie P. says:

    I like to sew with knits but the pattern that is my “go to” calls for 4 way stretch knits with 40% stretch and I have the hardest time finding them in patterns I like. So I can’t say I have a favorite place to buy them yet.

  21. Leigh says:

    Craftymamas is a fantastic site for knits and patterns. Super fast postage too;-)

  22. Cheryl says:

    The last knits I bought were a bundle of Patty Young knits from the Fabric Fairy. They were beautiful.

  23. Carmen says:

    I would love to win this book – there are such cute ideas in there!

  24. Amber Hunter says: and the thrift stores in my area :)

  25. Dorothy says:

    This book looks really cute! I haven’t made anything with knit fabric yet, but i would love to start and this book looks like a great place to start. I do check out Hawthorne Threads, they have lots of cool fabric.

  26. Nelissa says:

    Lately, I have been “shopping” in my husband’s closet for knits. Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. grace says:

    my favorite place to buy knits are, thrift stores, superbuzzy and my local fabric stores. though, i have to say that banberry place carries some wonderful prints!

  28. liz f says:

    Thanks for all of the resources to get knits. Most of mine have come through, old t-shirts, and girl charlee. I can’t wait to see Patty’s next line.

  29. Rae Ann says:

    I love chezami for knits as well as upcycling. :)

  30. Jessica says:

    So far my best knits have come from the thrift store. Either t-shirts, bedsheets, or fabric cuts from some old lady’s stash. Although one time Walmart had a HUGE bin of 5 yard bolts of assorted fabrics. For $5 each. $1 a yard!

  31. Shannon H says:

    The Fabric Fairy has been mentioned but is also where I have purchased it before. also has a good selection of knits. Boy would I jump for joy if I won this book :) . I have two girls that would love some knit outfits!

  32. Jodi G. says:

    Looks like a great book with some awesome projects. I have not sewn with knits since high school home ec. but I’d love to try. I don’t have a place to recommend for buying knits so I appreciate your posting some above. Can’t wait for Patty’s next line and what a great name for it.

    Thank you and Wiley Publishing for a neat giveaway and a chancce to win.


  33. KerryQ says:

    Thanks for the great sources! I haven’t had a lot of luck finding cute knits before. I just bought some from Banberry Place! Thanks!

  34. Carol H says:

    I’m new to sewing with knits so don’t have a favorite place to buy them yet. Patty’s book might change that. Love all the patterns.

  35. trish says:

    I haven’t used knits a whole lot…but I’m anxious to do so after reading this book!

  36. Mary says:

    Fabric Fairy for sure!

  37. Audrey says:

    I have bought knits from, and I am looking forward to finding new places from your list!

  38. Mary says:

    I don’t have a favourite place to buy knits :-( , they are not widely available in the UK, I’ve only started sewing with them this year so am reluctant to spend much money on them while I’m still a novice! So I’ve been upcycling old adult t-shirts for my little boy. I have recently discovered this site in the UK
    thanks for the chance to win

  39. I love the quality of the knits at Chez Ami.

  40. tamara says:

    As I can’t find a local source in Montreal (maybe it exists, but not that I’ve seen), I do a random internet search & order online as the whim hits. This looks like a cute book with lots of good ideas.

  41. Angela says:

    I haven’t done a lot of sewing with knits so I don’t have a favorite source…although up cycling is a great deal of fun and lets you keep some of those factory finished edges ;)

  42. MarciaW says:

    I want to return to sewing and make some knit clothes for my little grandnieces. Attempted one skirt using some older knits that had on hand. So, do not have a source. Would like to win this book so can use Patty’s tips and directions to make some of her modkid outfits.

  43. Amanda S says:

    I don’t have a lot of experience with knits yet so I try to just upcycle clothing that I am not wearing much anymore. I did find some jersey knit at my local wal-mart the other day and at $4 a yard on clearance I figured I could practice on that a bit to try out some other patterns. I do have my eyes on some that I saw at after I get a little more practice though.

  44. Marlena says:

    I have bought very good quality knits from Chez Ami.

  45. robyn says:

    i haven’t had too much experience buying knits. so far most of the stuff i have sewn with them has been from my old recycled t-shirts!

  46. Jan Richards says:

    I am just getting back to knit sewing and love all the new sources.
    Thanks for such a long list and thanks for a chance to win this
    great book.

  47. Kathy says:

    This would be an extremely lovely book to win. thanks, kathy

  48. Sharyn says:

    I am always checking out what Lisa has in stock at Crafty Mamas!
    P.S. I need some new patterns to bust my stash with.
    xoxx s

  49. Kate Brown says:

    I just got a serger and am really looking foward to sewing with knits, would love to win this book so I know where to start. thanks :)

  50. Lisa says: has cute knits!