Who will take home the blue ribbon prize? Vote for your favorite entry in the Science Fair Design Challenge.
Archives for March 2014
The growing season is upon us and as someone seriously lacking a green thumb, I'm always on the look out for fun and simple ways to get my garden on! Check out these easy DIYs to add a little life to your weekend.
CREATE hanging planters to add a little green to any space.
STITCH up your favorite sewing project using a veggie-insprired fabric!
UPCYCLE tired copper canisters in to beautiful planters!
CREATE a garden on the go!
HAVE your cake and cover it in flowers, too!
The Spoonflower staff had just one hour and a collection of mystery materials to create their fabric designs for the Staff Design Challenge!
We've been on pins and needles waiting to find out whose design got the most votes….And we're very excited to announce that Allie Tate of the marketing team has taken top prize with her minty floral design! Want to know who else made the cut? Check out the this week's top ten designs.
Here are the voting results:
1. 727 votes for Fancy Floral! by atate
2. 636 votes for Julienne by brainsarepretty
3. 529 votes for Fiber coral! by janetm
4. 513 votes for Staff Challenge – Eloisa by natitys
5. 456 votes for Paper Spring by kellyw
6. 446 votes for Springy Sprang It Right by kristaanne
7. 346 votes for Duct Tape Snowflake by jamiepowell
8. 321 votes for Erik_Berg-ch by erikberg
9. 296 votes for Treads- Kelly Baugh by kellymarieba
10. 264 votes for Miami-1984 by elizabeth
This week we are excited to giveaway a copy of Cloth: 30+ Projects to Sew from Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool and Hide— a brand new beautiful book released just yesterday! Handmade cloth items always have a story, and many of us spend our lives hunting and gathering precious pieces and scraps to add that final touch of life to a special room or outfit. Cloth is an inspirational guide to the beauty, history, and utility of natural textiles. Woven throughout the five main sections—cotton, wool, silk, linen, and hide—are more than 30 breathtaking sewing projects that make the most of each textile’s properties.
One lucky winner will take home a copy of Cloth along with five silk crepe de chine fat quarters to sew up silk scrap wheat bags, a simple project included in the book and shared below!
Head over to the Melanie Falick site for more great book releases and news!
Enter by Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 for a chance to win! The winner will be announced on the Spoonflower blog on Wednesday, March 26th. Congratulations to Layne Weldon– winner of our spring fat quarter bundle giveaway!
Want to learn how to turn your own sewing patterns into digital files to print full-sized on high quality paper? Today, independent clothing designer and Spoonflower team member Jamie Powell visits the blog to show you how to take your own hand-drafted patterns and create digital files to print on a roll of inexpensive gift wrap either for your own garment making or to sell your pattern designs.
This tutorial will walk you through the process of turning your hand drawn sewing pattern into a digital file using Photoshop. Some basic knowledge of Photoshop is helpful, but there are only a handful of tools that are used in this tutorial, so you don’t need to be an expert. The example I use is a raglan sleeve shirt pattern that I’ve been interested in offering for sale. Digitizing your patterns is a great way to get them clean and professional looking, and even if you’re not trying to turn your projects into profits, it’s a great way to preserve your patterns and make them easy to share with friends.
This past weekend, we were delighted to be a part of the annual Make A Blanket Day put on by our local chapter of Project Linus in Raleigh, NC. Project Linus is an organization devoted to comforting kids and teens facing serious illness and trauma with a gift of their own handmade security blanket. Since our local chapter was founded by Susie Holmes in 1996, area "blanketeers" have donated over 27,000 blankets to local agencies and hospitals. Their recent Make A Blanket Day was a huge success, and we were so excited to present our finished quilting bee blanket created by members of our Greenhouse community!
Local Project Linus coordinator Susie Holmes accepts our Greenhouse blanket.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We're celebrating by browsing the luckiest green and gold fabrics in the Marketplace! Take a peek at 13 of our favorite festive St. Paddy's designs.
Sure and Begorrah, it's Leprechaun Laundry Day by Vo_aka_VirginiaO
Shamrock Shuffle by Verity Maddox
Linen in Butterscotch Gold by Joan McClemore
St. Patrick's Hide and Seek by Leighr
Horsing Around: Sunshine by Nadia Hassan
Green with Luck by Sparegus
Flowers+Leaves by Heleen Van Buul
Lucky Four Leaf Clover by Roz Robinson
Polka Dot in Gold Glitter by Sparrow Song
"A Moi la Fortune" by Nadja Petremand
Lucky Clovers by Oksancia
Shamrock Shower 2011 by Nikky
Drown Your Shamrock by Cherry and Cinnamon
If you find yourself in Raleigh, NC this weekend, come visit us at the Vintage View Quilt Show! Presented by the Capital Quilters + the Carolina Longarm Association, this year's show features over 400 quilts, 40 vendors, lectures, demonstrations, and lots of amazing prizes.
This morning to start the event, we were honored to see our good friends from Quilts of Valor presenting three veterans with quilts to honor their military service. With so many friends from our local community particpating this weekend, we're so excited to spend our weekend at the show. Please do stop by and say hello!
Veterans receive Quilts of Valor to honor their military service.
A bird's eye view of the Vintage View Quilt Show.
An amazing array of antique + vintage quilts on display.
We're loving these DIYs full of lucky clovers! These shamrock crafts are simple enough to make this weekend just in time for St. Patrick's Day, and each project is just right for grown up revelries and kid-friendly parties alike.
Giant Shamrock Streamers | Studio DIY
Giant Geometric Wall Shamrock | Oleander and Palm
Shamrock Drink Stirrer | The Merry Thought
Easiest St. Patrick's Day Garland | A Subtle Revelry
Lucky Clover Crown | Small Friendly
It's our turn to design, and your turn to judge. The Spoonflower crew was given mystery materials and just one hour to create and upload their contest entry. Pick your favorite fabric designs!