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Bring a storybook favourite to life with Create and Craft’s

PETER RABBIT FABRICS ‘Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.’ Who could forget the famous opening lines of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, read to us by our parents when we were little? We were all captivated by this naughty little bunny who tries to steal vegetables from Mr McGregor’s garden, with many of us growing up and sharing the story with our own kids! Unsurprisingly, the book is one of the best-loved in the history of children’s literature, with beautiful watercolour illustrations that have inspired all kinds of heirloom memorabilia. Now, Peter Rabbit is behind an exciting collection of fabrics from Create and Craft – perfect for indulging in some serious nostalgia!

Celebrate your love of Peter Rabbit with a themed party, complete with bunting!

Story time Now over 150 years old, Peter Rabbit is just as popular with youngsters today as he was in 1893, when Beatrix first wrote about him for the five-year-old son of her former governess, Annie Moore. The boy, Noel, was ill at the time so she sent him the illustrated story in a letter to cheer him up – the main character was named after her childhood pet rabbit, Peter Piper. Noel enjoyed the tale so much that Beatrix wrote more letters for him and his siblings over the following years. In 1900 at Annie’s suggestion, Beatrix decided to turn these stories into children’s books and expanded her original Peter Rabbit story. Unable to find a buyer at first, she decided to publish 250 copies herself in December 1901 for friends and family. The book came to the attention of publisher Frederick Warne & Co, who saw its potential and agreed to publish 5,000 copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit in October 1902. The first print run sold out immediately and 20,000 copies were purchased during that year alone!

Love that bunny Beatrix went on to write and illustrate 22 more children’s stories, introducing characters such as Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. The entire series has remained in print around the world to this day and adapted for film, television and even a ballet production. Although all of Beatrix’s characters are wellloved, little Peter is the most popular – he even has a theme park dedicated to him in Nagashima, Japan! You can also buy all kinds of Peter Rabbit merchandise but it’s more fun to make your own, using Create and Craft’s Peter Rabbit fat quarters. Made from 100% cotton, there are six pretty designs in pink, blue and yellow. They are perfect for all kinds of projects – what’s more, Create and Craft is offering an exclusive discount to Sew readers (see opposite). Why not use your fabrics to make a child’s quilt, or perhaps some bunting, napkins and a table runner for a celebratory party? Here’s to another 150 successful years Peter – just don’t let Mr. McGregor catch you!

Why not use your fat quarters to make a cute zipped bag?

A first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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