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Fabric Spotlight: Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Fabric Spotlight: Cotton + Steel Fabrics | Little Fabric Shop Blog

Cotton + Steel fabrics is a popular fabric line within our shop and the quilting industry. Known for their high-quality fabrics and contemporary designs, this fabric is a favorite for quilters and sewists alike. This fabric brand was founded in 2013 by designers Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Knight, and Sarah Watts. They worked together to create fresh modern fabric collections that highlighted their individual talents while still working and coordinating together.

The founders left the company in 2018 to form their own new brand – Ruby Star Society. New and innovative surface designers, illustrators, and graphic artists have since joined Cotton + Steel to continue the original mission of creating contemporary fabric lines while maintaining the high-quality cotton and screen-printing standards that Cotton + Steel is known throughout the industry for.


Our Cotton + Steel Fabrics & Designers

Little Fabric Shop carries over 200 different Cotton + Steel fabrics. We love these fabrics for their quality, beauty, and design. Check-out all our current fabric collections and designers below.


Cotton + Steel Basics

The Cotton + Steel Basics collection is filled with simple designs and modern colors that are perfect for backgrounds, quilt backings, trims, blenders, and a great substitute for solid colors. This collection has been expanded and the fabrics just arrived in the shop!

Cotton + Steel Basics Fabric Collection


Canyon Springs - Ash Cascade

Another recent arrival to our shop is the Canyon Springs fabric collection by designer Ash Cascade. This beautiful line is inspired by nature. Hiking through the forest, picking wildflowers, and enjoying the beauty of outdoors are all represented in this lovely new fabric line. We can envision a quilt in this fabric that you can cozy up in during an evening bonfire after a day of exploring.


Bon Voyage – Rifle Paper Company

We chose our favorite prints from the new Bon Voyage line designed by Rifle Paper Company. These fabrics continue the tradition of hand-painted illustrations and distinctive color palettes that are the heart of Rifle Paper Company. These beautiful floral designs and simple striped fabrics coordinate with the Rifle Basics collection. We even have a stunning canvas called Meadow in the color flax. A Squad Tote bag would be adorable in this fabric.

Cotton + Steel Bon Vonage Fabric Collection


Good Vibes

The Good Vibes fabric line is a collaborative collection featuring various modern graphic designers from Cotton + Steel. Cheerful colors of blue, purple, teal, and poppy round out the color palette. There is both warmth and calmness in this collection. Only good vibes here.

Good Vibes Cotton + Steel Fabric Collection


Garden & Globe – Paper Raven Company

Paper Raven Company was created by Erin McManness. The original focus of the company was creating environmentally friendly stationery and paper goods. She has since grown her company to include licensing for gifts, fabrics, and home décor. Paper Raven Company is known for hand-lettering and floral prints. The new Garden & Globe fabric collection continues the beauty and design that is at the core of Erin McManness’s work.

Garden & Globe Paper Raven Company Cotton + Steel Fabric Collection



The Nightfall fabric line is a collaborative collection of designers from Cotton + Steel Fabrics. These fabrics feature lovely neutral tones and patterns. A few fabrics within this line will include soft, metallic prints to add a subtle sparkle. This collection is perfect for blending with bolder prints or creating a project of gentle hues.

Nightfall Cotton + Steel Fabric Collection


Penny Cress Garden – Megan Carter

The penny cress plant was the inspiration for the stunning Penny Cress Garden fabric line. Megan Carter is a British artist. The beauty of nature, florals, and soft colors are all featured in this beautiful fabric collection.

Penny Cress Garden | Cotton + Steel Fabric Collection


Under the Apple Tree – Loes van Oosten

Loes van Oosten is an illustrator and pattern designer from the Netherlands. She is inspired by nature and the beauty of everyday life. The Under the Apple Tree fabric collection features farm fruits – apples, blueberries, strawberries, pears, and cherries. The soft color palette highlights her simple, yet elegant print designs.

Under the Apple Tree | Loes van Oosten | Cotton + Steel Fabrics


On A Spring Day – Loes van Oosten

Another Loes van Oosten fabric collection is On A Spring Day. These fresh floral designs and cheerful colors have us dreaming of spring. We have a few fabrics left in this popular collection.

On A Spring Day | Loes van Oosten | Cotton + Steel Fabric Collection


The Rain in Spain

Our final collection is The Rain in Spain fabric line. Cotton + Steel fabric designers collaborated to make the red, white, and blue color palette. This is a loved fabric collection and we have a few fabrics still available.

The Rain in Spain | Cotton + Steel Fabric Collection


Future Fabric Sneak Peak

We have two more Cotton + Steel fabric lines arriving in the shop later this year. Below is a little preview of what we are expecting at in the future.


Flowers for Madeline – Megan Carter

The Flowers for Madeline fabric collection is expected in the shop in November 2022. Megan Carter has designed a mod floral line featuring bold colors and mid-century motifs. There are so many sewing possibilities with this fabric – quilts, bags, garments, and home décor to name a few.

Flowers for Madeline | Cotton + Steel Fabric Collection


Myth + Dream – Mercedes Cortes

The Myth + Dream collection designed by Mercedes Cortes is expected to arrive in the shop this December 2022. This is a magical fabric line. Fabric prints include an enchanted forest, metallic butterflies, charming snakes, and even a strong ox.

Myth + Dream Fabric Collection | Cotton + Steel Fabrics


Sewing Projects Created with Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Cotton + Steel fabric is just a dream to sew with. Here are some of the many projects we have created with this beautiful fabric.


Squad Tote Bag

The Squad Tote bag pattern is designed by Erica Loomis, owner of Little Fabric Shop. It was sewn using On A Spring Day fabric. This bag was created as a thank you gift for girlfriends that helped her out with a local craft show. We all need to have a squad helping us out!

Squad Tote Bag Pattern | Little Fabric Shop


Campfire Glow Quilt

When Then Came June introduced her new Campfire Glow quilt pattern, she held a sew along. We were one of the sponsors of this event. We also sewed along using Cotton + Steel Basics fabrics. We have one kit left if you would like to create this beautiful quilt pattern.

Campfire Glow Quilt Pattern | Then Came June | Little Fabric Shop


Travel Jewelry Organizer

The Travel Jewelry Organizer pattern is also designed by Erica Loomis. We used Rifle Paper Company fabric to create this pouch. This bag is perfect for travel. It features see-through storage zipper pockets, soft batting interfacing, and can easily tuck into a suitcase or carry-on.

Travel Jewelry Organizer Bag Pouch Pattern | Little Fabric Shop


Pie Trivet

In celebration of National Pie Day, Little Fabric Shop created a Pie Trivet sewing tutorial. We used Under the Apple Tree fabric to make this adorable trivet.

Pie Trivet Round Sewing Tutorial Pattern | Little Fabric Shop Blog


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