Whatever the weather, there's nothing quite like the vastness of the sea to inspire awe and restore perspective. Dive into your week headfirst with these ocean themed designs, and check out even more beautiful ocean fabrics in the Spoonflower Marketplace!
In the wise, ocean-inspired words of Jon Kabat-Zinn,"you can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf," and I hope these lovely prints will float you through your Monday!
Here's to a lovely week ahead,
Summer's on, and we're ready to soak up the sun. What's more tropical fever-inducing than pineapple fabric to make up a sweet sundress, outdoor party napkins or a cushy throw pillow to bring some of the sunshine indoors? Enjoy these quirky prints by independent textile designers, and check out even more pineapple fabrics in the Spoonflower marketplace!
It's officially summer and the recent 90 degree days here at Spoonflower HQ have certainly felt like it! While I try to spend as much time outdoors as I can, the heat of the day can be the perfect excuse for a little indoor sewing & crafting. Check out this collection of the warm weather DIYs and summer-inspired fabrics from the Spoonflower community!
Summer Fun Tea Towel | Heather Dutton
Colorful Night | Sansan
Summer pom pom throw | Sugar & Cloth
Dappled Swimming Pool | Candy Joyce
Shuttlecocks garland | Kittenhood
Summer Ice Cream Cone | Little Smile Makers
Coconut milk smoothie popsicles | Henry Happened
Bicycles with Baskets | Lori Craffey Design
DIY natural citronella candle | Poppytalk
Poolside | Tuppence Hápenny Vintage
Share your favorite summer DIYs in the comments below!
Father's Day is coming up this weekend, and to celebrate all the dads, we've rounded up some of our favorite dude-friendly fabrics by independent designers in the Spoonflower Marketplace. These manly fabrics might be just the thing for DIY gift making year-round!
Somehow I always find mysef looking at food fabric on Spoonflower! Here are some tasty and freaky (and freak tasty) looking donuts from the Spoonflower Marketplace.
^ How I usually feel after eating too many donuts.
Here's to a happy and sweet weekend. Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there!
'Tis the season for the Queen's Official Birthday, and these five crown fabric designs have us ready for a royal celebration!
Here's to you, Queen Elizabeth II, with wishes for a very happy birthday celebration!
Recently I became a volunteer at my local animal shelter—Orange County Animal Services. It’s a wonderful facility that is clean and modern, but it’s still a shelter: there are a lot of dogs there that need a loving home (and will convince you with kisses how sweet they are!).
In the past I’ve made several bandanas for my dog, Albatross, to wear (in order to raise her cuteness rating!), and I realized a sweet bandana might be just the thing to help some of the shelter dogs get adopted.
Because I wanted to use a fabric that would be both eye-catching with bright colors and wash and wear well, printing on Silky Faille was the perfect choice. For subtle branding, I took the colors from the Orange County, NC seal and created a design that would look great on any dog, no matter if they were white, tan or black.
Using Illustrator, I created a single image and exported it as a PNG. Once I uploaded my design, I chose the "half-drop" repeat to get some variation in the pattern.
To stitch up the bandanas, I used a fantastic tutorial from the blog Gleeful Things. I love Julie’s post because it was very easy and I could adjust the size for all different dogs—from chihuahuas to great danes! One quick tip if you choose to use this tutorial: topstitch another seam to create a tube for the collar, so it stays put on energetic canines!
The dogs are loving their bandanas—they make them look like little superheroes! They have been wearing them both at the shelter and on outreach field trips, like the one we took this Saturday to Woofgang Bakery in Chapel Hill.
They looked super cute and dressed up with their neckerchiefs and when we walked by a group of people, everyone immediately knew they were available to be adopted and would stop and chat with us.
Franklin was very happy to be out and about!
Making these bandanas is a very simple way for both shelters and rescue groups to make a big impact and give their pups some pizzaz with a subtle message! Why not get together with a group of friends and whip these up this weekend?
Caroline works formally as the graphic designer for Spoonflower and in a freelance capacity for her firm, Brains Are Pretty. Besides volunteering at her local shelter, she is also an avid chef, likes to take boxing classes and is an amateur dog trainer. Check out some of Caroline's other surface designs in her Spoonflower shop.
Today's quick design tip-- how to change colors in your surface design using Adobe Illustrator-- is brought to you by Spoonflower help team member Theresa!
Some of our favorite Spoonflower design challenges are those where designers are asked to use a particular color palette to create their designs. Individual artists' interpretation of the contest theme and use of the color palette create suprisingly unique and creative fabric designs.
Top 10 designs from the Bedtime Design Challenge
Curious woodland creatures provide crafters with endless inspiration and I think hedgehogs are the cutest of them all! Check out these fun DIYs created by the maker community and some of my favorite hedgie-themed fabrics from the Spoonflower Marketplace.
Hedgehogs - Light Grey/ Saffron fabric designed by Andrea Lauren
Hedgehog Costume | Andrea's Notebook
Camping in Hedgehog Land fabric designed by Happy to See
Hedgehog pincushion | Makerland
Hedgehog Pink fabric designed by Lauren Dahl
Hedgehog pom poms | Molly Moo Crafts
Nelly the Hedgehog Plushie cut & sew fabric designed by Shiro
Harry the Hedgehog | Milo & Ben
Hedgie with Flowers fabric designed by Vo aka Virginia O
Hedgehog mask | The House that Lars Built
DIY Message Cake Toppers | Paper and Stitch
Ambrosia Bites Tea Towel | Binkta
Mom's Kitchen Sink Advice Tea Towel | Sheri McCulley
DIY Dipped Kitchen Jars | This Little Street
Breakfast in Bed Ideas | The House that Lars Built
Handwritten Menu | At Home in Love
Coffee Filter Garland | 31 Bits
Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel Tutorial | Emma Jeffery
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and celebrating!
Busy DIYers rejoice! Today's design tutorial for cheater quilt fabric gives you the look of a traditional pieced blanket without the time commitment. Spoonflower help team member Theresa is here to teach you how to create your own cheater quilt design by combining a few of your own favorite fabric designs into one single file for printing onto a yard or two (or more!) of fabric to sew into a lovely quilt.
Theresa: Blanket weather may be over here in the Northern Hemisphere, but a fantastic custom made quilt is something that never goes out of season. Piecing a quilt by hand truly is an art form, but unfortunately not many of us have the time or --let’s face it, the patience-- to piece together a quilt by hand. This is why I absolutely adore a good cheater quilt!
Growing up on a farm in rural North Carolina provided me with an endless supply of creative inspiration. Take a look at a handful of my favorite farm-inspired textile designs from the Spoonflower community and head over to the Marketplace for more pastures, veggies and animal-themed fabrics!
In the Farm designed by Valentina Harper
Farm Share designed by Susan Polston
Countryside Architecture designed by Holli Zollinger
Happy Chickens designed by Robyriker
My Garden Sketchbook designed by Patty Rybolt
Old Cupric Farm designed by Siya
What's That Lying With the Sheep? deisgned by Cean Irminger
Tomato Polka Splat designed by Roz Robinson
While browsing the Spoonflower site this week, I came across some Easter bunnies that were too cute to keep to myself. Enjoy these happy rabbit fabrics, plus five easter egg DIYs to do before Sunday.
Funny bunny love a float spring by Stacyiesthsu
Grafitti Easter eggs on Paper & Stitch
Cestlaviv bunny ebony by Cest_la_viv
White paint on natural brown eggs on Kaley Ann
Jade moon rabbit - duck egg blue by Bee&lotus
Crocheted Easter eggs on The Style Files
Clover patch by Katherinecodega
Dye Easter eggs with silk ties from Relish.
Have a happy and creative weekend.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, I wanted to create something special to celebrate one of the coolest ladies I know--my grandmother! We share a passion for textiles and sewing so when she showed me one of her vintage machines, I thought a photograph of it would be really interesting printed on fabric. A sewing machine cover has been on my to-sew list for a while, so I put two and two together and voilà-- a custom sewing machine cover featuring my grandma's vintage machine!
If you're enjoying the warm spring weather and feeling the urge to plant and garden like we are, these succulent and cactus fabric patterns by indie designers are just the thing to infuse a little freshness into your sewing projects! Check out even more succulent fabrics, wallpapers and wrapping papers in the Spoonflower marketplace.
Cacti by Mayabeeillustrations
Succulent Stripes and Stars by Kerisadenison
Succulents by Oksancia
Lithops (teal) Nekineko
Succulent Tea Towel 2014 Calendar in Pink by Emilyannstudio
Cacti by Siankeegan
Green Garden Succulents by Laurenmholton
Succulents ditsy by Emuattacks
Hen and Chicks by Arianagirl
Succulents by Sarahrobbins
Warm sunshine, and spring buds popping up here in North Carolina makes me want to sew up some fresh projects worthy of the spring's first soiree. These garden party-themed fabrics are my favorite picks for this season's sun dresses and picnic blankets. See even more spring-flavored fabrics in the Spoonflower marketplace of indie designers!
Bonnie greens by Wolfie_and_the_sneak
Party 1 by Kristinnohe
Succulent Succulents by Emilyannstudio
Tennis Racquets Black by Freshlypieced
Bush Seed-pods by Doopsdesigns
Daffodils in Pink by Aprilmariemai
MQG // Modern Quilt Garden by Sammyk
Fujing Spring by Joybucket
Happy spring sewing!
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