Finding fabrics to use for older boys is hard. They’ve outgrown cowboys, trains and robots but aren’t old enough to appreciate anything to swirly or flourishy despite the colours. Because GIRLY, mum! This means having to play mix and match, sorting through different fabric collections to find the right prints in colours that will grow up with your boy.
Classic colour combinations for boys are classic for a reason. They work. They’re masculine and timeless. They usually start with navy and grey and add pops of colour. These pops can be any colour really, except pink of course! Red, orange, yellow, green, light blues… they all work.
My friend Lisa is planning on making a quilt for the first time for her son who is fast approaching teenager-dom. Having just turned 10, she is struggling to find suitable fabrics for her young man and asked if I could help. I had already spied this picture on her boys’ bedrooms Pinterest board when she mentioned that she was thinking navy, not-tomato red, dusty blue and a beigey/grey (aka greige). A quick play on the Play Crafts Palette Builder picked out the colours and then it was time to hunt. I used Hawthorne Threads because of their ability to search fabrics by colours.
Lifesaver in Navy | Chicken Wire in Navy | … and Old Lace in Indigo
Chains in Red | Kelp in Red | Painters Canvas in Red
Optical Origami in Shine | Banner in Blue | Oval Elements in Powder Blue |
Drake in Grey | Marmo in Ivory | Square Tile in Sand |
Nothing flowery, nothing girly swirly yet still some fun prints to use as a focus. They would make a most handsome quilt that will grow with Lisa’s son as he does.