Pre-printed panels are lengths of fabric that are printed with a design intended to be assembled into a specific type of project such as an apron or wall-hanging or other item. They can be printed on cotton or fleece depending on the use. Most fleece panels are used for making throw blankets. Some people call them “cheater” panels, but I find them to be a fun way to simplify the sewing and crafting process. Several years ago, I picked up some panels to make a large Santa wall-hanging and I made one for my mother-in-law and it is one of her favorite holiday decorations. The body and arms were cut out and sandwiched with batting and a backing. After the pieces were all quilted, the arms were attached to the body.
There are several categories of panels that are available online and at your local fabric or quilting store. I will show you examples of what is available and maybe you will be motivated to try one out for yourself if you haven’t sewn one before.Aprons are a popular item this year and they make nice gifts especially for a hostess or teacher. They are nice to make up ahead of time so that you never have to show up at a party empty-handed. There are numerous seasonal options as well as vintage style apron panels available for purchase. Some of the options are shown below.
Panels & Patchwork: Quick Quilts for Kids
This book has wonderful ideas for combining pre-printed panels with patchwork to create unique projects. It also includes some holiday projects.