Spoonflower team member and independent designer Jamie Powell teaches us how to sew up a soft and stretchy jersey raglan tee using her own pattern and shares tips and techniques for sewing with our brand new Modern Jersey.
This great basic baseball style shirt is one of my favorite patterns, and I recently made myself one using the new Modern Jersey fabric from Spoonflower. I’m in love! This lightweight, super soft jersey fabric has just a touch of spandex stretch, making it perfect for tops, dresses, skirts… the list goes on. You can find the pattern here with printed instructions, but I'm going to share some extra tips for sewing this pattern with Modern Jersey.
For this scarf, you’ll need two yards of Spoonflower’s new modern jersey. You can make two scarves with this yardage, but note that you cannot make one scarf out of one yard. You need to make full use of the length that two yards gives you, to make a scarf. You’ll also need to work on a large table or even a hard floor so that you’re able to fully lay the fabric out. You don’t want the fabric to hang over the edges of a small, narrow work surface, as the weight of the overhanging fabric could pull the rest of the fabric down and you won’t be able to cut straight lines.
Lay your two yards of jersey on your work surface folded in half with the wrong sides facing (I used Linen diamonds by Mrshervi). The fold will be along the imaginary 1 yard line, so you have one yard of fabric laying on top of the other.
Find the halfway mark perpendicular to the fold you just created and cut the fabric in half. If you have a patterned print like I do, it’s best to cut one layer of fabric at a time, following the pattern for a straight line.
You will now have two separate cuts of fabric each measuring 72” x 18” and each can be sewn into a scarf. One for you and one for a friend!
Next, trim the excess white fabric at the edges of the print. I recommend saving these for future sewing projects; they are great for sewing sleeve cuffs or neckbands on tops and tees.
Take your fabric and fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Pin the two long raw edges together and sew down the entire length to create a long tube open at both ends. Keep the tube inside out with right sides together.
Now, bring one short end up towards the other by rolling the right sides of the fabric against itself. It’s probably easiest to reach down into the tube, grab the bottom edge with your hand, and pull that end back up through the tube and match up the two raw edges. Pin the two edges together around the circle, matching up the seam.
When pinning, leave a 4” hole that will remain unsewn. To remind myself not to sew over the hole, I place my pins in an X shape either side of the hole I want to leave, and start/stop sewing at those marks. Sew.
You’re almost finished. Turn the scarf right sides out through the 4” hole you left. You’ll be able to pull the entire thing through the hole.
Machine stitch (or hand stitch for a neater finish) the hole closed.
You’re done! Your scarf can be worn loose by looping twice around the neck, or more snugly by wrapping three times around. Enjoy!
Hi! I'm Emma, and as well as working on the Fiskars Design Team, I blog over at hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com/
I'm an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they're not absolutely perfect. And though I'm no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.
One of our favorite things about the Spoonflower Marketplace is the variety of incredibly cool fabric you can find. Here's a selection of designs that celebrate the best meal of the day–breakfast!
I think these designs would make a fun collection of scrumptious napkins. What would you make out of your favorite food fabric?
Learn 10 quilting design techniques from Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts! We were so lucky to have Nicole teach a series of modern quilting classes in the Spoonflower Greenhouse this past fall and winter, and she graciously created some modern quilt block tutorials to share with those of you who couldn't make it, like her Modern Half-Square Triangle blocks, Free Piecing blocks, and Modern Log Cabin blocks. Now she's back to help you finish off those lovely quilting projects with 10 different design techniques and tips for choosing the best design for your project.
Choosing a Modern Quilting Finishing Design
At the end of many quilt patterns, you will often find the words, “Quilt as desired.” You may already have ideas about how to quilt a pieced top, but what if you don’t? This tutorial will review things to keep in mind when selecting a quilting design. I'll review ten different machine quilting designs that will hopefully inspire you on your next quilting project.
Remember these amazing map throw pillows from Emma Jeffery's how-to? She created these gorgeous and personal cushions with Google satellite view images of the countryside near her home in England, and shared how to design your own one-of-a-kind treasure.
This January she's created a new map cushion tutorial, using the Google map view instead. In this how-to Emma created for the Fiskars blog, she teaches you how to prepare and upload your file to print at Spoonflower, and even how to sew up a neatly finished cushion with piping and an invisible zipper!
Use either of Emma's great step by step tutorials to create a pillow that celebrates your hometown, a great trip, or for a unique gift for a friend!
Time is ticking away, but it's not too late! A few of our favorite ideas for last minute gifts, festive home DIYs, and unique gift wrapping:
Last minute gifts
DIY dog bandana for your faithful friend | A Pair of Pears
Printable art for framing | Printable randoms on Etsy
Leather photo iPhone case | Country Living
Mismatched cloth napkins | A Beautiful Mess
Dip dye tassel napkin rings | Hank & Hunt
Rosemary place cards | Spoon Fork Bacon
Snowball garland | Two Delighted
Whiskey punch | The Bitten Word
Tree origami | Nurin-Kurin
Instagram gift tags | Say Yes to Hoboken
Furoshiki fabric wrap | Design*Sponge
Pom pom + photo wrap | Cambiando Strada
Printable snow gift wrap | Mr Printables
Printable safari animal gift tags | Sweet Paul
Settle in for the holidays and make some festive ornaments. These simple DIYs take just a little time and have big room for you to put your stamp on these festive bits and bobs. String them on your tree, make into garland, or pop around the house for a bit of holiday cheer.
Fabric + Felt
Stuffed fabric ornament | MummySam
Felt ribbons | The Purl Bee
Cross stitch | also on the Purl Bee
Felt trees | Handmade Charlotte
Fabric scrap trees | Noodlehead
Paper + Printables
Star map origami | Saltlabs on Poppytalk
Origami diamonds | Sinnenrausch
Geometric printables | The Red Thread
Wintry printables | Minieco
Paper straw himmeli | Nalle's House
Sparkle + Shine
Glitter drop | Ohoh blog
Angled starburst | Studio d. Sharp on Poppytalk
Clay states | A Living Space
Glitter tassel animals | A Subtle Revelry
Gold dipped feathers | Honestly WTF
With the holidays right around the corner the Spoonflower crew is abuzz printing and shipping fabric for your last minute gifts. In their spare time, this creative bunch is crafting up a storm of handmade gifts for friends and family. Take a look!
Guest writer Emma Jeffery of Hello Beautiful visits the Spoonflower blog again this week for another sweet and simple holiday gift idea for family and close friends, a festive photo throw pillow featuring a Christmas letter for a fresh update to a well-loved holiday tradition.
The lovely tradition of sending Christmas cards and annual Christmas letters has been around for centuries, but this year I changed things up and will be sending a personalized Christmas pillow -- complete with a holiday photo on the front and a handwritten letter on the back! I’m a huge fan of using handwriting rather than typed text at any opportunity. It’s so much more personal and meaningful, and childrens handwriting in particular captures a special moment in the life of a rapidly growing child.
This Christmas letter pillow is bound to become a cherished gift for absent relatives, and since it can be brought back out year after year, it has more longevity than a card. (Though cards are nice too!)
Here’s how to make your own :
Our dear friend Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts is sharing her quilting knowledge all this fall in the Spoonflower Greenhouse with a series of modern quilting workshops. For those of you who can't make it to learn and stitch with us here at our North Carolina crafting and community space, Nicole is kindly offering her workshops in the form of simple block technique tutorials here on the Spoonflower blog. In today's tutorial, Nicole will demonstrate the modern half-square triangle block using the stitch and flip technique. Enjoy!
We celebrated our one year anniversary of crafting and community in the Spoonflower Greenhouse this past weekend, and all November long on the blog we're cozying up and crafting simple fall party decor projects. Today we've gathered up some of our favorite DIYs for fall parties, feasts, and festivities. Check out even more DIY inspiration on our Pinterest board and find the perfect autumn fabrics and papers to make them in the Spoonflower marketplace.
This month we're sharing some simple and unique ways to infuse a little personality into your space with DIY home decor projects using custom printed fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. Today Mariah from Everything Golden visits the blog to show us how to update an old lamp with just a little custom printed fabric featuring one of her favorite landscape photos.
Crispness in the October air here in North Carolina makes us want to freshen up our homes with a little DIY love. Check out these gorgeous project ideas that require just a little-- wallpaper scraps for a beautiful gallery wall-- to a little more-- design fabric from a photo you love, print it on Spoonflower to sew up a simple throw cushion-- to inject a little color and personality into your home this fall.
Spoonflower team member Michelle shows us how to sew up a quick pencil case using one of her favorite cut & sew kits from our recent design challenge. Pick your favorite kit, learn how to install a zipper, and fill your new handmade pencil case with back to school goodies!
Once you learn to make a lined zippered bag, you will be dreaming up all of the possibilities-- from coin purses to large zippered tote bags!
Get inspired to hit the books with these creative Back to School DIYs. Check out more school-themed projects on our Back to School Pinterest board, and share yours with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #backtoschoolDIY!
1. Notebook lunchbag | 2. Neon + pastel desk space | 3. Bookplates | 4. Chalkboard notebook | 5. Blackboard lockers | 6. Drawstring backpacks | 7. Fabric book covers | 8. Textbook illustrations as wallpaper | 9. Geo box storage
Good monkey fur fabric is hard to find! We were so excited to help our friends at Paperhand Puppet Intervention print custom fabric suitable for the monkey costumes in this year’s performance, Invisible Earth. Paperhand Puppet Intervention has been entertaining, educating, and inspiring NC's Triangle since 1998. Co-founders Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Berger spend the summer working with volunteers, interns, and performers in their Saxapahaw, North Carolina studio to create an annual Giant Puppet Pageant that incorporates giant paper mache puppets, stilt walkers, and live music to explore and celebrate the intricacies of life on earth. This year, “Monkeys of the Modern World” will be leading the narrative of Invisible Earth, and we were thrilled to help dress them!
Unable to find the right shade of gray for their monkey costumes, Paperhand volunteer Brooke suggested they design their own fabric to fit their vision. Jan whipped up a quick fur pattern on a scrap of cardboard in the studio.
Brooke snapped a digital photo, and a friend “wise in the ways of Photoshop” uploaded the file to Spoonflower.
We printed a sample to see if the fur design would indeed make a suitable monkey suit, and I was lucky enough to visit the Paperhand studio to see how the artists work!
While Jan and Donovan tested the Spoonflower monkey fur, the rest of the studio was abuzz with interns and volunteers painting scenery and bringing the long extinct wooly mammoth back to life!
Satisfied that the fur print would work for the monkeys, we were able to print the yardage needed for the costumes in time for our sew-in in the Greenhouse!
Brooke, a Paperhand volunteer and frequent attendee to Greenhouse events, rounded up materials and patterns, and we put out the call for volunteers to help sew through our Meetup group. A couple of Sundays ago, we enjoyed a delightful afternoon in Greenhouse assembling animal robes, cutting fabric for stilt-walker pants, and drafting patterns for monkey costumes. It was so exciting to see everything come together!
Thanks so much to Paperhand Puppet Intervention and their awesome volunteers for letting us share this part of their creative process! If you find yourself in the Triangle this summer, be sure to check out Paperhand’s 14th Annual Giant Puppet Pageant, Invisible Earth! The show opens August 9th in Chapel Hill’s Forest Theatre, and performances run every weekend through September 8th. Check out www.paperhand.org for showtimes and information!
Becca McCoy spends her free time exploring Durham with her dog Clyde, planning craft projects and sometimes finishing them. Learning to quilt is her favorite new skill of 2013, which is really helping manage her ever-growing fabric stash.
Enjoy a little DIY inspiration from the Spoonflower community with one of the ultimate Spoonflower Hacks, cut & sew patterns, engineered sewing patterns printed right on the fabric!
1. DIY goodie bag | 2. Michigan oven mitt kit | 3. Fox + elephant pillow panels 4. Retrotastic camera bag pattern | 5. Riviera tee cut & sew patterns | 6. Sachet kit | 7. Succulent tea towel calendar | 8. Owl apron pattern | 9. Monster Cheater Quilt |
For the last of our Spoonflower Hacks, DIYs that use crafting goods in an ususual way, Elizabeth Ramos, founder of Indie Craft Parade, stops by to share how to make book binding cloth with Spoonflower decals!
In traditional bookbinding, book cloth is often used for book spines. Even the best selections of book cloth and cloth tape are available in solid colors only. Using patterned Spoonflower decals in place of standard book cloth tape opens up an entirely new world of options when it comes to making books! This project will show you how to make a simple journal using Spoonflower's decals as book cloth. Spoonflower decals are somewhere between fabric and paper, with the benefit of adhesive. They're very easy to work with, (they're actually repositionable!) and in this project, they help reinforce the spine and binding of our journal. The material is versatile, and it cuts well with an X-acto knife, a rotary cutter or scissors.
· paper for the interior of the book, 20 sheets
· card stock for the cover
· Spoonflower decal in your favorite pattern
· needle, thread and awl
Step 1. Cut and fold your interior pages to the correct size. I used 20 sheets of vintage grid paper for my pages. The sheets were 8.5 x 11 and I folded them in half, for a finished book size of 5.5 x 8.5.
Step 2. Cut cover to correct size and score down the middle. This score mark will help us align our spine later on, and also allow the thick sheet of paper to fold easier. Think about using wallpaper scraps, wrapping paper, or other recycled materials for your cover.
Step 4. Apply spine to cover. Mark 1.5" on either side of your spine at the top and bottom.
Trim off any excess at the top and bottom. Your cover is now finished!
Step 5. Prepare your book for sewing. Insert your interior pages into your prepared cover and lay open flat. Mark holes on the inside of your signature on the fold line as shown below. To get the triple stitch on the spine of my book, I left 1" at the top and bottom, then spaced out three 2" intervals, with 1/4" of space between.
Step 7. Bind. Beginning on the inside, stitch your book together from the bottom to the top, weaving the thread in and out of every other hole. Leave a tail hanging at your first stitch.
When you get to the opposite end, tie your threads together and trim.
Here's how the outside of the spine looks.
Make it your own. Vary the size of your book, mix and match patterns and solids, be creative with your stitches, etc. Experiment and have fun with this idea!
My name is Elizabeth Ramos.
I have a fascination with most things handmade — whether that means a homecooked meal or carefully handcrafted goods. I’m a graphic designer by trade, living in the beautiful city of Greenville, South Carolina with my husband, Andrew.
You can also find me online here: Twitter, Pinterest,Instagram
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