What’s cuter than a baby wearing handmade leggings? A baby wearing handmade leggings with a coordinating handmade onesie! We’ve grown to love making clothes for the littles ones in our lives because they’re perfect stash busters and most projects can be easily made in under an hour. Using just one yard of your favorite knit fabric and our free pattern, you’ll be able to sew two onesies in no time! Bonus: these make great baby shower gifts!
If you’ve been following the blog, by now you’ve learned how to turn your drawings into a seamless repeat in eight easy steps, seen how to design a seamless repeat in Procreate with Anda, and how to take your drawings from paper to pixel with Photoshop. So what else could there be to learn? We’re so glad you asked! Today we’re welcoming Liz Brown, one member of the dynamic duo better known as Thin Line Textiles in the Marketplace, and Spoonflower team member, to share how to create a seamless repeat on your iPad with Pixelmator. This design tool is x one-stop-shop for creating, editing and enhancing your images.
Can we taco ’bout the colorful entries that found their way into this week’s Tacos and Burritos Design Challenge? One look at the top 50 and you can see why we’re looking for any excuse to throw a party at the Spoonflower HQ. We’ve got all the fiesta fixins we need thanks to the winning design, Mexican Taco Fiesta by helenpdesigns! This is Helen’s first time taking home the design challenge grand-prize, a $200 Spoondollar credit. Joining Helen in the winners’ circle are camcreative (second place) and oliveandruby (third place) who will be receiving a $100 and $50 Spoonflower credit respectively. Hungry for more? Get your second helping of tacos and burritos with the entire top 10!
1. 397 votes for Mexican Taco Fiesta (black) by helenpdesigns
2. 351 votes for Spicy taco by camcreative
3. 333 votes for Taco Tuesday by oliveandruby
4. 298 votes for Happy Taco Garden by nanshizzle
5. 252 votes for Viva La Taco by dorinus_illustrations
6. 252 votes for Mexican food calaveras tacos burritos2 by kostolom3000
7. 249 votes for Taco fiesta by roofdog_designs
8. 246 votes for Viva El Taco! by julesmooredesign
9. 232 votes for I’m taco kind of gal by livwan
10. 213 votes for veggie tacos-01 by laura_may_designs [Read more…] about Announcing the Tacos and Burritos Design Challenge Winners
Have you ever wondered how designers in the Spoonflower community create the adorable cut-and-sew projects you’ve been eyeing in the Marketplace? From the purrrfect zipper pouch (see the how-to here) to a giftable hedgehog plushie, the only limit to creating your very own cut-and-sew project is your imagination. To help you get started, Spoonflower designer Ceri Staziker–cerigwen in the Marketplace–is sharing seven design tips for successfully creating a cut-and-sew project. By the time you’re done, you’ll never underestimate the power of a fat quarter!
The perfect pants for summer don’t exist, you say? Here to prove you wrong are these wide leg pants made with Spoonflower’s Lightweight Cotton Twill and Burda Style Pattern 6966. We can’t get enough of the flowy and relaxed fit. Customize with your favorite Spoonflower pattern and get to sewing with our video and step-by-step tutorial below.
This week in our Meet the Designer series we’re highlighting one of our community favorites; Crystal Walen of crystal_walen. Over the last seven years, this Southern California-based artist has built a following in the Spoonflower Marketplace for her gorgeous watercolors. Within her shop of over 640 designs, you’ll find geometrics such as chevrons and ikats softened with hand-painted stripes, and roses and cacti composed in dreamy, romantic color palettes. Love that old-world meets new-world aesthetic too? This is one designer you won’t want to miss: her design style is both eternally timeless, yet unequivocally modern. Keep reading for a glimpse into how Crystal has built a successful career around surface pattern design.
When did you get started designing?
“I started designing patterns in high school which prompted me to study textile design in college. I have always been drawn to prints especially in terms of fashion. Growing up thrift shopping with my grandma for clothing and other vintage wares, I was often attracted to rich colors, prints and soft unique textiles.”
Did you know that tea towels originated in 18th-century England? We’re celebrating this classic kitchen accessory–and Marketplace favorite–with a Spoonflower tradition: tea towel design challenges! For five weeks, we’re challenging you to design a tea towel that you’d proudly put on display in your kitchen, gift to a friend or use to kick off the new year. Our friends at Roostery are helping us celebrate this Spoonflower tradition with the Special Edition Spoonflower Tea Towel.
Like previous years, all tea towel entries will automatically be previewed on a Special Edition Spoonflower Tea Towel during voting. Jump ahead to learn more about the ins and outs of formatting your entry to ensure a picture-perfect preview!
The second Lake design challenge ended in a frenzy of delicious designs! Congratulations to this week’s winner, heatherdutton, who took home the grand prize with her entry Pizza Night. In addition to a $200 Spoonflower credit prize, Heather was hand-selected by Lake to be featured in the Spoonflower coloring pack on the Lake app, available August 23. Joining her in the winners’ circle and coloring pack are baileyknudsen (second place) and pinkowlet (third place) who have received a $100 and $50 Spoonflower credit respectively. But that’s not all! Our friends at Lake loved the entries so much that instead of featuring the top eight winning designs in the Spoonflower pack as originally planned, they’ve chosen a top nine! See how you’ll be able to bring these designs to life on the Lake app here and don’t miss the entire tasty top 10.
1. 258 votes for Pizza Night – Coloring Book Black & White by heatherdutton
2. 248 votes for Food Frenzy by baileyknudsen
3. 243 votes for fruity felines! by pinkowlet
4. 208 votes for Fresh vegetables and pickled veggies by heleen_vd_thillart
5. 201 votes for colourfood by gaiamarfurt
6. 198 votes for Funki Fungi by seesawboomerang
7. 197 votes for Sushi Coloring by marketa_stengl
8. 186 votes for Pomegranate garden by dariara
9. 185 votes for I love toast! by littleknids
10. 183 votes for Vegetables by julia_gosteva [Read more…] about Announcing the Food Frenzy Lake Coloring Book Design Challenge Winners
Are you tired of rooms in your home that are more “blah” than “huzzah”? Introduce style and function to your family’s most cherished spaces with Roostery’s Plymouth Curtain Panels. Four fabric choices allow you to filter out just the right amount of light, and each panel is constructed with two hanging options for a casual or formal finish. Complete the look you love with a design from the Marketplace or create your own.
By now, you probably already know that you can sample a single design on any fabric for $5 (or wallpaper for $5-$7.50), but did you know that you can also sample dozens of designs at once on a single piece of fabric for a great price? We’ll walk you through two ways to do that below so you can start saving money to make money in the Spoonflower Marketplace!