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A Look Back: On Track Fabrics


On Track Hat

This is part of a little series looking back on events that I always wanted to tell you about, but never did.

Towards the end of last year, I had the opportunity to sew a few items for my neighbor, Jill McDonald, a very successful and talented children’s illustrator and designer. Her blog and website are full of all the adorable products and designs she has created. (Can you believe I live right next to her? I know!) Jill’s designs can be found on products at Land of Nod, Oopsy Daisy, and Barefoot Books. She also has her own product line which is sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, and boutiques across the country. I first noticed Jill’s artwork when I worked with her mom as a para-educator in her classroom 7 years ago. (Small world…). Jill’s posters caught my eye because they brought so much color and fun onto the otherwise blah, brick walls.

We collaborated on some items to be sewn using her On Track fabrics. It’s a great fabric line for boys, of course, but as you can see by the cute little girl’s dress it is versatile.


Girl’s Dress:

Fabric- Drive Brite in white, pink duckcloth

Pattern- Ellie Mae Designs Kwik Sew K3940


Fabric Bin:

Fabric- Drive Brite in white, Crosshatch-back in black, Metrogeometry in red

Pattern- Ellie Mae Designs Kwik Sew K0107 Stash Basket (medium) with modified handles



Fabric- Hustle and Bustle in blue, Metrogeometry in blue, Out of This World Circles in black (out of print)

Pattern- Betz White Isabella Tote (larger size)

Lucas' Hat


Fabric- Crosshatch-back in white

Pattern- Eddie Cap Tutorial by Mushroom Villagers

He isn’t always so serious, I promise! I think he was thrown off by the camera. I haven’t used the dSLR in awhile. I need to remember to get it out more. My iPhone is convenient and takes good pictures, but not great. Oh yeah, my phone is also easier to use “secretly.” If Lucas thinks you are taking a photo or video, he will either a)stop the cute thing he is doing and ask to see the picture or b)refuse to have his picture taken.

As part of my collaboration with Jill, I also did a pair of pants for Lucas using The Right Direction fabric in black. They are super cute, but still a little big on him. I made the 2-3T size because I wanted them to fit for more than a few months, but he is a little guy (the shorts in the picture are size 18-24 months and I’m pretty sure he could still fit into some of his 12 month shorts which he wore last summer). Look for pictures of the pants in the fall!