So — you’ve gone through all the hard work of creating a design and that’s great, but you’re not done yet! It still needs to repeat.  A fun feature of Spoonflower is that you can set up your preferences on scale and repeat for each type of product (fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap). An image can be large scale for fabric and then smaller scale for gift wrap. We also offer 5 different types (basic, half-drop, half-brick, mirrored and centered) of repeats that let you use one simple element to create a fabulous design. Let’s go over each one. 

This is an example of the basic repeat, which will be the default repeat on the design when you first upload it to your Spoonflower account.

The half-drop repeat will place every other column of your design repeat 50% lower.

The half-brick repeat will place every other row of your design repeat 50% to the left.

view of the design editing page with a blue half circle on the design canvas. blue add to cart button on the right side.
the gray text you see here is a watermark, and will not print onto the fabric.

Your design can be centered on fabric or gift wrap (not wallpaper for obvious reasons!). We will not alter the size or dimensions of the design. If the size of the design does not match the size of product, the space around the edge of the design will be left unprinted.

The mirror repeat will place your image facing edge to edge in a reflective way.

You can also preview various repeat options on wallpaper, too, and get a feel for how they’d look in a room.

You may be thinking… what if I have a more complicated, scattered design where the edges of my elements go off the borders, but I need it to align seamlessly when it repeats? That’s a little more tricky. If you’re quite handy with Photoshop and think you’re ready for a more advanced design task, you can try creating a seamless repeat digitally. Check out our video below to learn one method for achieving a seamless repeat:

Don’t have Photoshop but still determined to create a seamless repeat? It is actually possible to do this by hand, but your design needs to be on paper. Here’s a tried and true method shared by Julia Rothman on the Design Sponge blog. 

Are you hanging in there with us? You can catch up on previous days here to make sure you’re up to speed. Be sure to share your designs with us using hashtag #12DaysofDesign, and ask any questions that come to mind in the comments below!