The folks from the technology news site Techcrunch stopped by our office on a visit to Durham a couple of weeks ago. They produced a terrific video tour of Spoonflower, which you can see below or on their site: TC Makers: A Return To The Textile Economy At Durham’s Spoonflower
Archives for April 2013
This week for our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower team members Abbey and Sharon share how they created simple Cotton Silk and Kona® Cotton pocket squares for the groom and groomsmen.
When thinking of DIY wedding projects, we thought about what we would love to make with Spoonflower resources for our own weddings. We decided that custom pocket squares for the groom and groomsmen would be a nice, personal touch that is relatively easy to do.
One of the best aspects of Spoonflower is the variety of fabrics you can choose to print on, so we decided it would be fun to show the same personalized design on two different fabrics: Cotton Silk and Kona Cotton. Cotton Silk would be suitable for a more formal wedding and the Kona Cotton suitable for a less traditional wedding.
We’ve based the design on the invitation of our fabulous, fictitious couple, Keira and Matthew.
To start your pocket square design, open up a new Photoshop document. We wanted a small repeat so our image size was 0.5” x 0.5” at 150 DPI, RGB color.
When you are done designing your motif to be repeated on the pocket square, don’t forget to save your file as a .jpeg image.
After setting up your design, follow the directions to upload on Spoonflower and select your repeat. We chose the half-brick repeat to make it look more like a pattern.
When ordering, keep in mind the size of the pocket square that you want as well as how many you will need for your wedding party. We recommend cutting a 16×16 inch square for the Cotton Silk, and a 13×13 inch or smaller square for the Kona Cotton, since it is a thicker fabric. You can fit four 16×16 inch squares on one yard of Cotton Silk, and six 13×13 inch squares on one yard of Kona Cotton. If you only want one pocket square, feel free to order a fat quarter!
Once you get your fabric, iron it and then cut it to size with a seam allowance of half an inch. If you have a hem foot on your sewing machine, it’s easier to hem the pocket squares, especially Cotton Silk. Simply iron a quarter of an inch seam allowance and feed it into the foot. If you don’t have a hem foot you will want to fold it over a quarter of an inch twice as narrowly as you can and straight stitch for a rolled hem. You’ll want a thin hem for pocket squares.
Once sewn, the finished pocket squares should measure approximately 15×15 inches (Cotton Silk) or 12×12 inches (Kona Cotton). Iron the pocket squares again, choose your favorite fold, and add your dapper groom and groomsmen!
About Our Guest Bloggers
Abbey and Sharon are good friends who enjoy crafting and eating lunch together. Abbey enjoys traveling with her husband, designing things for friends, and drinking chai lattes to get her creative brain in gear. Sharon spends most of her time thinking of what and where to eat, making paper crafts, and exploring Durham. Together they share fruit snacks daily, as Sharon eats the red gummies and Abbey enjoys the blue ones.
Today the Spoonflower crew — including Jaysen here — took turns training to use a fire extinguisher. We hope we don't ever have to use one, but it's good to be prepared!
Here in Spoonflower's home state of North Carolina, spring is in full swing this week. For many of us, that means getting outside and digging in to one of the season's great joys: gardening. So this week's contest is for fabric designs featuring gardening tools. Vote for all your favorites!
This week's contest participants are:
1. A Garden Plan by
2. A gnome without his
gardening tools isn't home without his shovel, pitchfork, hoe, spade, rake,
shears, trowel, watering can, basket, bees,and birds to sow the seeds by
3. AJ_s_Garden_Shed by
4. Animal Vegetable AND
Mineral by amazinart
5. April Showers by
6. April Showers Bring
May Flowers and May Bugs by edsel2084
7. Ashley's Garden by
8. bag_fabric by
9. Bench in a Garden
Collage by anniedeb
10. Big Girls' Toys –
Garden Tools by glimmericks
This week's contest has given us a set of ten unbelievably cute fabrics, all of which include baby animals. If you're not at least tempted by this week's limited-edition fat quarter bundle, then you need to get your heart checked. Our winner this week is talented Dutch designer Heleen van Buul. Congratulations to Heleen and the rest of the top ten!
The vote totals this week were:
1. 611 votes for Woodland babies by heleenvanbuul
2. 480 votes for Babes of the Forest by mag-o
3. 403 votes for Sweaters by natitys
4. 382 votes for Jungle Babies by maudie&ma
5. 368 votes for Funky Savanna ! by demigoutte
6. 362 votes for Antarctic Baby Animals 45 x 45 cms by teja_jamilla
7. 352 votes for Baby Jungle Animals by katrinazerilli
8. 351 votes for Safari Baby! (contest entry) by pattyryboltdesigns
9. 345 votes for Happy Little Friends by kimsa
10. 337 votes for Baby Elephants by mymagicmom
Today we're beside ourselves with excitement as we announce the official launch of custom gift wrap on Spoonflower! As of this morning, you can upload your own design and have it printed on a roll of custom wrapping paper for only $15. Spoonflower designers can also choose to make any of their existing designs available for sale on gift wrap.
Those of you who follow Spoonflower probably know that we did a trial run for custom gift wrap in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We've taken what we learned from that trial run and created what we hope is a fully-hatched set of features around gift wrap. The satin finish wrapping paper, for example, is slightly lighter than the paper we offered in the fall.
Spoonflower Gift Wrap:
- 26in wide x 6ft rolls of gift wrap (66cm x 1.8m)
- 48 lb satin and 26 lb matte high-quality paper
- Full-bleed printing from edge to edge
Our custom gift wrap is perfect for creating unique wrapping paper using photos, kids' drawings, or your own designs! It's also great for scrapbooking.
You may note that at the moment there is no shopping page for buying your favorite designs on gift wrap. Once the Spoonflower design community has had an opportunity to have a crack at gift wrap and to make a library of designs available for sale, we'll launch the shopping page. It should be up in a week or two!
As part of our DIY Weddings April, this week we're giving away a $150 gift credit for The Green Kangaroo, a fellow North Carolina business that sells unique wedding invitations and stationery, including DIY wedding invitations. Fill out our entry form, via the link below, any time between now and Tuesday, April 16th and we'll announce a winner on Wednesday the 17th. Good luck! And congratulations to last week's winner of the DIY Wedding Book Bundle, Kathy Hanley!
Next up in our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower staffer Laurie shares an easy technique for creating unique, handmade wedding invitations using both Spoonflower decals and fabric.
In this DIY wedding tutorial, I'm going to show you have to make beautiful handmade wedding invitations using Spoonflower decals and fabrics.
- 1 sheet of 30×30” Spoonflower decal with your own custom invitation design
- 1-2 yards of Spoonflower printed fabric (upload your own design or choose a pattern from our marketplace)
- Coordinating ribbon and thread
- 20 Blank 5"x7” greeting cards (cut in half at the fold to make 40 5"x7” cards)
- Scissors and a sewing machine
Yields 40 invitations
Next, we need to design our decal. The decal is where all the wedding information is going to go. The design of your invitation is up to you, but I am giving you measurements to use that will ensure that your final invitation sizes right.
Next, we need to repeat the design to print on a 30" x 30" decal. So, with your flattened file still open, go to Image > Canvas Size then change your canvas size to 3.75" x 5.75", make sure white is your border color, then click OK. This border will make it easy to cut out the decals.
About Our Guest Blogger
In addition to being a fabric-obsessed Spoonflower employee by night, Laurie Shipley is a freelance graphic designer, surface pattern designer and illustrator, a mom, writer, crafter and cook. Her work is not limited to a medium or genre, although her current focus is a meticulous juxtaposition of simplistic and intricate pattern illustration for textiles, wallpapers and package design. She dwells in Durham, North Carolina, in a continuous creative environment with her son and two cats. Follow her on Twitter and check out her work.
Newest Spoonflower team member, Erika, experienced her first fabric semi party this Friday afternoon led by Paula, who clearly showed her how to have a great time! For anyone who wonders what we do with any excess or flawed fabric, we put it all in a semi-trailer behind our office that, once full, gets shredded and recycled.
What could possibly be cuter than baby animals? How about a baby animal wrapped up in baby animal fabric? There are some really cute prints in the running in our latest fabric design contest. So go, vote for as many as you like and then tune in next week to see the top ten. Have fun!
The participants this week are:
1. Playful Baby Owls – bright
yellow/gold with clouds by martaharvey
2. 5 little ducks went out to play
3. Animal friends black and white by
4. Animalpattern by grafiklieschen
5. Animals multicolor by pimpa
6. Animals play hide and seek
(color1) by vannina
7. animalsrepeat by jenniferdenty
8. Antarctic Baby Animals 45 x 45
cms by teja_jamilla
9. Arctic Hug by fledgling
10. Awww Babies! by joojoostrees