A handmade tote is the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season. Jamie Lau, Brooklyn-based writer and designer, shares how to create a lined and reversible tote that's perfect for transporting gym clothes, your farmers market haul or everyday bits and bobs!
One of the early sewing projects I worked on when I was first learning to sew was a lined, reversible tote bag. This is a great beginner project for those still getting familiar with their machine, or looking to perfect those straight stitches and backstitching. Or, if you are brainstorming handmade projects for the upcoming holiday season, this is a great opportunity to personalize your gifts using your own textile designs printed on Spoonflower fabric. For the exterior of the bag in this example, I selected the Eco Canvas using my Electric Cranes print. For the lining, I chose Cotton Poplin printed in the vermilion colorway of my Silver Ribbons Star print (for additional colorways, click here).
Shake off that turkey-induced haze and start crafting your way into the next round of holidays! These DIY holiday decorations are simple to make and add a huge dose of personality to your space. Take this weekend to gather your supplies and start planning your masterpiece mantel.
Feathers add an unexpected element to holiday crafts. This DIY turkey feather wreath by Make + Haus goes straight from Thanksgiving into the holidays. If you don't have space for a wreath, stitch up versatile table linens with Luxe Feathers in Plum by Sparrowsong for a sophisticated twist on a traditional table setting.
We are so thrilled to be gathering with friends and family this week to celebrate the abundance of the season and give thanks. Whether you're hosting a feast in the coming weeks or thinking up a thank you gift for your hosts, these handmade holiday decorations and fabrics are sure to add a special touch to the occasion.
This Turkey Tea Towel by Wild Olive is sure to delight any host who's spent the day in the kitchen.
Whooo can resist this snow owl print by >>MintPeony<<?
This DIY Christmas Tree Advent calendar by Tell Love & Chocolate does double duty hiding treats and brigtening a mantel.
Woodland Trees white on mint by KleaBaby makes a lovely gift of craft paper.
These Retro Fabric Christmas Lights on KoJo Designs are perfect party lights perfect for any room!
Pink Lights on Snow by JuliesFabrics is a festive pop of pink!
This DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe by Classy Clutter allows for endless personalization for any holiday celebration.
Christmas Snowglobes by Rutherbrad makes a cozy accent for holiday crafts.
This weekend take some time to stitch, glue, or wrap up a few handmade goodies. We've rounded up five creative yet simple projects you can whip up this weekend for a variety of people on your gift giving list!
CREATE a handmade felt flower wreath--prefect for the hostess with the mostess.
WHIP UP a super easy necklace for your favorite fashionista.
SEW a simple apron for the chef in your life.
MAKE a cute cord organizer for the tech-lover on the go.
STITCH UP this adorable little hat for a precious little lamb.
A shower curtain is the perfect gift for a friend, or yourself, that will be enjoyed year round! Read on to learn how Spoonflower crew member Eloisa created an engineered shower curtain using Silky Faille!
Looking to make a shower curtain, a mural, or any project with an image wider than the fabrics we offer? If so, this tutorial is right for you! With these instructions, we will teach you how to break up your image so we can print multiple pieces of fabrics that, when pieced together, will complete the large image. We chose to make a shower curtain, but these instructions can be easily adapted to wall murals, one-image duvet covers, etc.
We've rounded up five beautiful DIY gift wrapping ideas with pretty papers for truly swoon-worthy presents. Whether you dress up your boxes with a simple gift tag or kid-friendly interactive paper, make your holiday season extra special with incredibly wrapped gifts!
There's nothing quite like snuggling up in a cozy pair of winter pajamas. As the seasons change and we head into the holidays, it's the perfect time to create your own set of custom-printed jammies with our newest fabric.
Our new Satin is a silky, lightweight 100% polyester woven fabric that is perfect for projects that benefit from high sheen and a soft hand. This luxurious fabric is easier to work with than other satins, its hand softens with washing, and its crisp bright colors hold up very well through repeated laundering. The hardest part is deciding between zombie donut or bacon PJs!
We're closing out the second week of November, and we're on a roll in prepping for a handmade holiday season! These quick handmade gift DIYs can be completed in no time, so spend this weekend making gifts for family and friends...or yourself.
This embroidered Carved Heart Ornament by Flamingo Toes uses a jar lid as a mini frame--brilliant!
DesignMom's Painted Boxes are pretty to look at and oh so useful.
This DIY Beginner Sewing Kit by Smashed Peas and Carrots is a perfect package for any sewist.
We're gearing up for the holiday season of giving, but sometimes the best gifts are those that we can use throughout the year. This week, form meets function as we round up handmade holiday DIYs that will surely get use into the seasons ahead.
Dress up your table with this beautiful appliquéd + quilted runner from the Purl Bee and celebrate every meal.
Beets by Andrea Lauren is the perfect fabric to take you through the bounty of several seasons.
These homemade journals by A Beautiful Mess are perfect--we can always use a place to keep our musings, to-dos, and reminders (i.e. write thank you note for journal).
Retro_Deer by Bethan_Janine wallpaper makes the perfect any-occasion journal cover.
This little zippered bow pouch by I Heart Naptime is fancy enough to double as a purse!
JoanMcLemore's Linen in Persimmon is the perfect print for this versatile pouch--no matter how you use it!
This holiday season whip up a handmade garment or accessory for a special guy in your life. We've rounded up five of our favorite menswear patterns-- stitch up one or all five for a complete outfit!
What's better than an awesome DIY idea and a lovely fabric design to match? We're rounding up our favorite handmade gifts ideas now to save any last minute scramble when it's time to enjoy the holidays! This DIY tool roll is the perfect gift for the Mr. or Ms. Fix It in your life, and whipping it up in this tool box fabric would be adorable!
Finding a gift for a guy can be quite a challenge. Lyly, a member of the Spoonflower help team, shares how to stitch up a quick and quirky bow tie for the dapper dude in your life. Read on for the full how to and add a little handmade goodness to your gifts this holiday season.
Bow ties make great gifts, so why not make your own. Beginning sewers, don’t be shy, this bow tie tutorial is for you too!
It's November, y'all! In an effort to steer clear of too much last minute DIY gift making, I've started deciding what I'll be making for whom and creating lists for a fabric order and trip to the local craft store. Having trouble deciding what you'll be whipping up this year for your loved ones? All November long we'll be sharing our favorite ideas for adding a little handmade holiday goodness to the gift giving season. First up, a handful of creative gift ideas for dudes with fabrics from the Marketplace!
Spoonflower crew member Emma visits the blog to share how to create a fabric poster-- perfect for conferences, meetings and lectures!
Tired of hauling an unwieldy paper poster in a giant cardboard tube to conferences, lectures and meetings? Using Spoonflower, you can print your poster on a lightweight, wrinkle-free fabric that’s easy to tuck into a suitcase or toss into a backpack! Your fabric poster will have crisp images and vibrant colors, travel easily, never crease or tear, and can be used again and again… for less than the price of a traditional paper poster!
Happy Friday! We're wrapping us this week of gift inspiration with 5 adorable accessories to top off any occasion's presents. From felted acorns to box-top forests, these DIY gift toppers are gifts on top of gifts! The best part is, they use supplies you can find lying about your house (or yard!) and are super simple to finish. Start your holiday stockpile of gift toppers this weekend, and happy crafting!
Squirrel away some acorn tops this fall to make these precious felted acorn toppers.
Snip your way through these 5 paper gift toppers for a perfectly coordinated set of gifts!
You can find the lovely Kate Zaremba gift wrap used in this tutorial on Etsy!
Repurpose the cuff of an old tee to create a lovely double ruffle gift topper.
Fold beautiful paper scraps to create origami bows.
Use any string you have laying about to create these awesome tassel toppers.
Use your fabric stash to wrap gifts in a creative and unexpected way for your favorite textile lover! Spoonflower crew member River visits the blog to share a few fun ways to use fabric to wrap your holiday gifts!
Furoshikis are a simple and fun way to package everyday items. Wrap up your lunch for daily use or a rare bottle of wine for a special occasion. If you take a brown paper bag to lunch on the daily, consider a more sustainable lunch bag and try one of these tutorials. A furoshiki is easy to wash and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many different styles you can find to show your creativity. Don’t be shy- most fabric lovers will clap with glee for a hemmed square of carefully selected fabric and that joy can touch the hearts of all others because really it’s the thought that counts. Here are a few simple tutorials to get you started!
There's nothing quite like a heartfelt gift to make an occasion memorable. When a gift's wrapping is a delight for your eyes, it's like two presents in one! This week, we're celebrating lovely prints from the Spoonflower Marketplace and personal touches that make giving a gift as enjoyable as receiving one.
Learn how to create a custom pillow using MS Paint from Spoonflower team member Eloisa!
You don't need a fancy design program to create basic fabric designs! Although some programs are better, easier and more appropriate than others, MS Paint is an easy program to start off using and to get your feet wet in the surface design life!
MS Paint is a simple program that is included as part of your Windows based computer. Like any program, it has different versions depending on the Windows version your computer carries. For this tutorial, I am using the latest version of MS Paint for Windows 8. The biggest challenge when working with this program is that it's pretty basic-- therefore some features are not available or need some sort of work around.
MS Paint has a few great tools you can use, such as the paint bucket, colors, shapes and brushes. You can also reposition and resize your design elements by using the selection tool and dragging them towards the desired area. Here is an explanation of all the tools.
About sizing your image:
In Spoonflower, you will need to create an image with a minimum of 150 pixels per inch. MS Paint has a set resolution of 96 pixels per inch. Unfortunately, even opening a high resolution image in Paint and saving it with this program will default to 96 pixels, but you can check out Spoonflower's resources regarding sizing here.
For this tutorial, I will create an image the size of a Faux Suede fat quarter, so I will start off by opening a new image sized 4050 pixels wide by 2700 pixels high.
STEP 1: Open MS Paint, and click on File - Properties
STEP 2: A screen will pop up, enter the desired pixels there. In this tutorial, we are using 4050 x 2700.
Now it's time to create! For this tutorial I will be using the following tools:
STEP 4: Make sure you are paying attention to the two color blocks on the top menu, select COLOR1 and a window will appear with color options. Choose the color you would like for your background. For this tutorial, I use a pretty turquoise. Make your selection and click the OK button.
STEP 5: Click on the white background with the paint BUCKET TOOL that will appear automatically, this will change your background.
STEP 5: Add your design elements!
STEP 6: Save your file! Note: you can save your file as a JPEG or PNG.
Once you've placed your fabric order and stitched up your pillows, you'll have lovely custom cushions to enjoy!
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