Earlier this year, we were feeling the love when we shared our Personalized Wedding Pillows for Under $10 DIY project on the blog. We received lots of excitement for this project and a handful of requests for a pillow template. The wedding bells must be ringing because today we’re excited to share four different pillow templates, ready for your customized details!
Esther Fallon Lau aka nouveau_bohemian has amassed a serious following on Spoonflower thanks to her whimsical, earthy designs that inspire so many makers. Her animated life takes place in a little, rainforest-like valley in the foothills around the world-famous coastal town of Byron Bay, Australia. Keep reading to learn about Esther’s process and keep up with her life on her brand new Instagram account!
Aside from using it to perfectly match digital RGB hex codes to the printed color of a certain fabric type, did you know that our color maps also make for some pretty amazing sewing projects? Employees of Spoonflower know this better than anyone, as many of us have used our color maps to create everything from pillows to headbands and even guitar straps! Check out a few of our favorite projects below, and pick up a color map of your very own here. The color maps just got a new look with even bigger hex squares, so even if you already have a few laying around at home it may be time to upgrade or try one in a different fabric. Here are a few projects for all of you ultimate color nerds like us out there!
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A big round of applause is in order for Heather Dutton who earned first place this week with her gorgeous springtime tangram design. Heather gets to take home the grand-prize of $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner, Sarah Treu will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner, Elena Naylor will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. See all the top 10 winners.
1. 278 votes for Calliope – Geometric Floral Aqua Pink & Gold by heatherdutton
2. 252 votes for Tangram Kites and Puppies by sarah_treu
3. 239 votes for Tangram goldfish and water lillies by elena_naylor
4. 237 votes for Modernist Owls Warm Tones Large by pinkowlet
5. 233 votes for Tropical Tangrams by designs_by_lisa_k
6. 231 votes for A shoal of tangram fish by ebygomm
7. 210 votes for Boxy Foxy by jenimp
8. 167 votes for Tangram Geishas by juliesfabrics
9. 165 votes for people puzzled by abstracthands
10. 161 votes for tangram town by scrummy [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of our Tangram Design Challenge!
Today we’re going to show you how to sew a custom tank top using a yard of Spoonflower’s Modern Jersey (or something else stretchy) and the easiest pattern around… tracing your favorite tank top! Making your own tank tops is so fun and easy that once you know how you’ll never buy them from a store again. So go rummage through your drawers and find a well-loved tank top…we’re about to make something awesome! And don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more DIY sewing and design tutorials!
April showers bring floral design challenges! After you take a short break during the Annual Employee Design Challenge, that is. That’s right folks, for the first week of April the tables will turn and Spoonflower staff members get to put on our designer-hats to face off in a beloved annual tradition. Inspired by the constant strive for balance, this year’s theme is Opposites Attract. Employees submit designs, and the community votes on a favorite. Take that week to visit some gardens and gather inspiration, because the rest of the month is dedicated to floral designs with a twist. Read on to find out more.
Employee Design Challenge: “Opposites” | Results Announced April 6
It would be an understatement to say the team working behind the scenes at the Spoonflower HQ is a creative bunch. Whether we’re sewing up sample projects to test new fabrics or creating designs for our personal Spoonflower or Etsy shops, the creative juices are always flowing! However, as many of you may already know, Spoonflower employees must hang up our weekly Design Challenge hat once we start working here, as employees are not eligible to enter contests. Enter the annual Staff Challenge! The tables will turn, as designers get to sit back and take a week off while Spoonflower employees go head to head in a creative battle! The theme of our Staff Challenge this year is “Opposites Attract.” The twist is that each employee submits a theme inspired by opposites, then the themes will get scrambled up and distributed out, so each participant is given an Opposites theme that was submitted by someone else. Employees will be given a week to create our designs, then the community (that’s you!) gets to vote as normal. We’re super excited about our grand prize this year, the employee with the most votes will get to have their design printed and turned into a Unicorn bust from Near&Deer! Submissions close March 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins March 30, 2017. See official rules. [Read more…] about Announcing April’s Fresh New Design Challenges
In Sanskrit, the word “mandala” simply means circle. It is known as a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. One of the most well known examples is the sand Mandala – a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. This week’s winner, Julie Goonan of Julistyle captured the colorful joy and spirit of mandalas beautifully with her Mandala Daze design, which took home first place! Julie will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner, Svetlana Prikhenko will receive $100 in Spoondollars, and the 3rd place winner, thirdhalfstudios will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit, and all of the top 25 have been made for sale automatically. See and shop all of the top 10 here.
1. 283 votes for mandala-daze by julistyle
2. 277 votes for Lion Mandala by svetlana_prikhnenko
3. 260 votes for Ani-mandala by thirdhalfstudios
4. 256 votes for Mandala color by camcreative
5. 252 votes for Folk_Art_Mandala by j9design
6. 250 votes for moon and sung (blue) by analinea
7. 245 votes for mandala cirque indigo cream by scrummy
8. 234 votes for Zen Garden by robyriker
9. 216 votes for springtime mandala by vo_aka_virginiao
10. 212 votes for Granny’s Crazy Patchwork Quilt by groovity [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of our Mandalas Design Challenge
Spoonflower’s new Lightweight Cotton Twill is an absolute dream to work with. The weight is the perfect go-to for a multitude of projects, especially totes! The combination of this easy to work with material and its tough weave will ensure that you’ll end up with something that will not just look amazing, but wear well. In this tutorial, Gia from the blog Sew Gratitude will to take you through a simple “hack” using the Lightweight Cotton Twill and an Everyday Tote project from Sprout Patterns. Each Everyday Tote is printed to order on a full length of twill. Which means once you cut out and prep your tote you’ll have a HEALTHY chunk of fabric leftover to work with, almost 400 square inches worth! It’s an amazing deal to have the leftovers to coordinate. Without further ado, let’s jump into the how-to!
Congrats are in order for Julies Fabrics, who will be taking home the grand prize this week! Julie will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner, Camcreative, will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner, Virginia O, will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. Give them all a round of applause, and shop them here!
1. 314 votes for Geodesic Skies by juliesfabrics
2. 308 votes for Geodesic dome pattern by camcreative
3. 246 votes for Save Our Geodesic Polar Bears! by vo_aka_virginiao
4. 241 votes for geodesic scallop – glass by katielee
5. 234 votes for Geodesic Artichokes by sarah_treu
6. 224 votes for dreamsphere by scrummy
7. 219 votes for SOON! Geodesic in Slate Blue by Friztin by friztin
8. 216 votes for Abstract Geodesic Pink Rose Lattice by micklyn
9. 183 votes for Geodesic Terrariums by irishvikingdesigns
10. 175 votes for Geometric Trompe-l’œil by meowandcraft [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of our Geodesic Design Challenge!
Looking for a baby accessory that’s as adorable as it is practical? Well you’re in luck–we’ve been in love with making bandana bibs lately, which is convenient because they’re so easy to stitch up. Whether you need a gift for a baby shower, something for your own little one, or are looking for new projects to stock your Etsy store with, bandana bibs fit the bill. Download the free pattern and follow along with this easy as pie tutorial. Click here to jump down to the video.
One of our favorite things about these bibs is that they’re a great batch project; once you get your pattern printed, you can cut out and sew up three or four in a row without spending much more time than it takes to make one. And since babies are messy, beautiful things, having a lot of spare bandana bibs is never a bad idea. Plus, you can match them with different outfits. 😉