Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Riley Blake Designs Flannel Showcase Blog Tour: City Gym Shorts

We are so excited to be part of the Riley Blake Designs Flannel Showcase Blog Tour! I have been selling Riley Blake Flannel for years in my shop and can't say enough about the superior quality and fantastic designs Riley Blake Flannel has to offer.

I have had my eye on Purl Bee's City Gym Shorts free pattern for awhile and thought this Blog Tour would be a great excuse to try it out. My daughter and her 3 cousins all play soccer and spend LOTS of time running around in soccer shorts. They find them so comfortable, they often sleep in them. So I thought, why not make some flannel pajama gym shorts?
I am so glad I tried this pattern out in flannel! The shorts have a classic retro feel to them and allow for mixing and matching of fabrics. The girls absolutely LOVE them. I offered to make some up in cotton, too, but they said no way; they love the flannel!
I was surprised how easy this pattern was to sew. Once you have the fabric pre-washed and cut, the actual sewing takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

The bias trim finishes all of your visible edges, giving the shorts a crisp, finished appearance, and a pop of contrasting color.
I made the shorts one size up because I knew these would be used for pajamas, and wanted to be sure these were roomy and comfortable. 
I chose prints ranging from vibrant primary colors to soft, muted pastel, to reflect the girls' personalities.

 You can find a huge selection of Riley Blake Flannel in my Shop.

Thank you Riley Blake for sponsoring this fabulous blog tour! I hope our readers are getting inspired and seeing all of the fantastic projects that can be made with flannel!

Here are some of the projects the other blog tour participants have come up with:
Riley Blake Designs: Jump Rope Dress in Flannel Gingham

Quiltscapes: Pajama Pants & Pillow

Fishsticks: Reversible Button Bibs

The Stitching Scientist: Toddler Nightgown

The Sassy Quilter: Patchwork Dog Bed


Simple Simon & Co: Flannel Pajamas

Fabric  Mutt: Patchwork Seat Cushion


 Just Let Me Quilt: Flannel Nightgown & Cape

Jedi Craft Girl: Easy Flannel Blanket & Burpers 

Rose and Odin: Christmas Pillowcase
Sew We Quilt: Newborn Nightgown

Haberdashery Fun: HST Baby Blanket

Leigh Laurel Studios: Personalized Pet Bed

Riley Blake Designs: DIY Chenille Baby Blanket & Pillow

and still yet to come are stops at Lucy Blaire on 10/31 
and a final post and giveaway from Riley Blake Designs on 11/4. Be sure to follow Riley Blake Designs on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter for all of the latest scoop!


  1. Such a superb idea, I've made the City Gym shorts for both my girls for everyday wear but hadn't thought of for pyjama's! Putting them on the list right now!

  2. Cute, cute shorts and with them only taking 30 minutes to make it's even better...sweet!

  3. totally cute , how talented you are....they would be wonderful as they are washed over and over...nice and soft work out shorts...we need these for us too..

  4. Oh, how very cute and fun - thanks for the link to the free pattern! Adorable prints, and how cute to contrast the front and back. Love these.


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