When I was little, my parents gave me a book called Clever Gretchen. It was a collection of traditional folk and fairy tales in which the girls saved the prince/saved themselves/outsmarted the villain/fought the dragon. I loved it dearly, but I can't help but love non-girl-power fairy tales, too. If nothing else, they're great for inspiring a discussion, and for inspiring charming fabrics. This modern, independent 32-year old woman needs a pillow made of that Sleeping Beauty fabric, stat. • Heather Ross created a Princess & The Pea print that I adore, and she has designed some pretty adorable fabrics as well. This Sleeping Beauty fabric is my favorite- the colors are perfection, and the illustration is daintily delightful. She's dreaming sweetly under lilies-of-the-valley!
• Her Snow White fabric is quite charming as well, with little vignettes such as the dwarves chopping wood, Snow White sleeping, and little laundry out to dry.
• Speaking of the seven dwarves and their laundry, Heather has created an entire fabric around that motif, with union suits and plaid shirts out to dry- and a mischievous owl stealing their polka dot underwear!
• Cean Irminger designed The Black Forest fabric at Spoonflower. It appears to be a mash-up of Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, and a story I don't recognize involving a girl riding a bear.
• Wendy G's Little Red Riding Hood fabric at Spoonflower is intended to be used to make a L.R.R.H. costume, but I think it's too good not to use for other projects, too. It also might be a bit scary for some kids, but it is definitely stylin'.
• I'm not sure if Heather Ross's Under Water Sisters pattern for Free Spirit Fabrics is based on The Little Mermaid, but for our purposes I'm going to say that it is. It is definitely cute.
• Lisa H.E. sells this Little Red Riding Hood linen from Japan in her Etsy shop. It comes in a few different colorways, and I appreciate that it's a less ominous take on the story- and Little Red is absolutely darling.
• There are lots of fairy tale fabrics from Japan available on Etsy, and the Hansel & Gretel versions are particularly kawaii. This one is from Matatabi's shop, and features pretzels in trees, cygnets, hedgehogs with parasols, and other delights.
(Images: As credited above.)