Creative Community Spotlight
A party should always include the following: friends, food, and of course, a good dose of festive flare! In the midst of all the details that go into party planning, DIY elements can sometimes take a backseat. Lucky for us, Annie Parsons, aka anniedrawsthings in the Spoonflower Marketplace, has created a beginner-friendly cut-and-sew project that is guaranteed to level-up your party planning prowess: DIY Party Pennants! The best part about these pennants? You can make a complete set in under 30 minutes and they come in two sizes, fat quarter and yard, and three different styles.
Are you ready to see why you’ll be cheering “Hip, Hip, Hooray” by the end of this project?
Whenever we’re at a loss for what to sew next we always know we can count on our creative community to help us find our sewjo! Whether you’re looking to add a quick update to your home, stitch something up for your daughter or whip up a custom garment for yourself, they’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at eight projects created by a few of our favourite Australian makers to inspire your next me-made.
Perfect for chilly winter days or cool summer nights, this pullover stitched up by Katie of Katie Makes a Dress using a colourful print on Fleece designed by amyjpeg is great year round. Stitch up one, or five, for a new playful staple in your wardrobe! [Read more…] about 8 Australian Makers Inspiring Our Next DIY Project
We love seeing what our creative community around the world is making and our friends in the UK never disappoint. Here’s a look at seven incredible DIYs whipped up using Spoonflower fabrics (printed and shipped from our factory in Berlin!) by a handful of our favorite British crafters and just in time for Me Made May.
Caitlin Topham is the owner and quilter behind Salty Oat, an online quilt shop and blog dedicated to the art of patchwork goods. With her modern take on an age-old practice, she curated the bedroom look featured below that is both contemporary and timeless–the centerpiece of which is her beautiful handmade queen-sized quilt. Grab your coffee and cozy up to learn more about today’s heirlooms from the expert herself.
Is anyone else scratching their head asking how it’s already time to head back to school? It feels like spring just turned into summer and our handmade swimsuits aren’t quite ready for storage. As much as we’ve enjoyed a summer of fun, we would be lying if we didn’t say we’re looking forward to big yellow buses and brand new school supplies because it can only mean one thing… fall weather! We’re kicking off August with a Back-to-School blog hop featuring some of our favorite bloggers and their go-to DIY projects. Each day we’ll update this post so you can see what they’re making.
Today, we’re starting the blog hop right here with a little help from Marketplace favorite, Robin Szypulski (aka Kritter Stitches). Keep reading to see her adorable customized mini bookbag sew-along!
BACK TO SCHOOL BLOG HOP SCHEDULE
Wednesday, August 2 | Robin Szypulski | Kritter Stitches
What do you get when you mix a Spoonflower designer, five eager students, and the cutest handmade shop? Thanks to designer and maker Leah Gaeddert, leahfayegaeddert in the Marketplace, you get a one-of-a-kind hands on fabric design workshop! We’re often asked how to teach a fabric design workshop and when Leah told the Spoonflower team about her class, we knew we had to find out more! If you’ve ever wanted to see how you could share your design skills with your local community, this is the post for you. Keep reading to find out the keys to teaching a successful fabric design workshop by the teacher herself.
Leah: A few weeks ago I hosted my first fabric design workshop at a new Wichita, Kansas shop, Liv + Work. Olivia Grant is a local Wichita maker who just opened up her shop full of handmade goods this past April and regularly hosts workshops out of the back!
Samarra Khaja, or SammyK as she’s known on Spoonflower, is not only a designer and community favorite, she’s also a talented pattern-maker (see this and this), has a much-loved class on Skillshare and consistently finds ways to inspire other designers and makers. Much of Samarra’s own inspiration is centered around New York City—in fact, if her two-story house grew legs and stood up, she’d be able to see the Empire State Building from her upstairs office. (She’s still waiting for it to do that.) Enjoy our candid chat with Samarra below!
My day starts with:
“Coffee, getting my kids ready to go to school, coming home to my studio and plotting what’s next on my never-ending to-do list. I also typically forget to eat when I should and always seem to hatch new creative brainwaves moments before I’m supposed to leave the house. Always!”
What do you get when you combine the season 15 winner of Project Runway, a maximalist artist, and endless amounts of creativity (paired with custom fabric, of course!)? While your first thought may be a one-of-a-kind dress featuring an intricate design, would you ever think it would be a design concept that could make you think more about the country, or even the world, you live in? At Spoonflower, we have so much pride and respect for our design community and the designers who use their creativity to stand up and speak out. Today, we’re sharing an exciting collaboration with Project Runway winner, Erin Robertson and artist Jordan Piantedosi. You may have seen Erin’s use of Spoonflower fabric during her time on Project Runway (we are all about the Poly Crepe de Chine dress she made), but follow along as she and Jordan showcase their most recent project, a custom fabric design that empowers you to wear your voice as you raise your voice.
After finding inspiration from the design work and textiles inside the Taj Mahal, emerging designer grant recipient R’Bonney Nola searched far and wide for fabrics to replicate these intricate patterns for The Pin Show, a Dallas, Texas based event that provides a platform for both emerging and established designers. As her search for this particular fabric left her empty handed, she quickly took matters into her own hands and put her semester of learning Adobe Illustrator to work by designing her own fabric. R’Bonney is visiting the blog today to share her experience as an emerging designer and what inspires her most.