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!
Like many creatives, I often find myself daydreaming about my next big sewing project even before my current project is complete. Whether in the car, walking my dog or even brushing my teeth, custom fabric projects are always on the brain. While on a trail run, I dreamt up my race bib running top. Most recently, while getting the mail, the lightbulb went off for custom pillows inspired by vintage envelopes.
These pillows look great on Linen Cotton Canvas, Eco Canvas and Heavy Cotton Twill, but I was excited to try Spoonflower’s newest fabric, Lightweight Cotton Twill. This lightweight fabric is both soft and durable, is easy to work with, and is a perfect addition to your couch when made into a pillow.
Looking for ways to make your wedding celebration reflect you and your partner's personalities? Think bunting, banners, napkins, and table runners. Spoonflower team member Jenny here to offer up a few ideas for using custom fabric to make your DIY wedding feel more authentic and unique to you. With a bit of resourcefulness and the chance to show off your creativity and crafting skills, you're just a few fun and easy projects away from curating the wedding vibe of your dreams.
Our favorite wedding and event expert Xochitl from AaB Creates is back on our blog today to share ideas for adding unique touches to your wedding day design. We were introduced to Xochitl last October at The Knot Gala, and were so blown away with how well her team designed the whole event, we knew we had to have her share her secrets with us!
For a wedding or formal event that is bespoke right down to the tiniest detail, custom-printed neckties are a great way to incorporate a focal point, logo, or color to tie (see what I did there?) everything together. Read on as expert event-designer Xochitl Gonzalez of AaB Creates explains how Spoonflower helped her create perfect custom neckties for the Brown University Capital Campaign.
Are you busy planning for your big day and searching for the perfect party favor to showcase your crafty side? Today on the blog, Spoonflower team member Meredith shows you how to use just one Woven Wallpaper swatch to make customizable covers for DIY slap bracelets, perfect for weddings, birthday parties, or your next big event!
Welcome to week two of our Digital Download Day series, National Weddings Month edition! Today's free seamless designs come to you from 2015 Fabric8 Finalist Lucie Duclos of Snowflower. These designs would be perfect for sewing up custom silk ties or pocket squares for groomsmen, small zipper pouches for bridesmaid gifts, or simply for wrapping around your bouquet on the big day!
Just click on the hyperlinked text below to download the high-res version of all three of these designs. Once you've downloaded, you can edit the designs using the graphics software of your choice, then upload them right to your Spoonflower account to purchase on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. Alter them to match your wedding colors, add the name of the bride and groom, whatever your heart desires! These designs are meant for personal use only, please. Enjoy!
We just love weddings around here, and we're always excited to see the personalized touches that folks incorporate with a little custom printing! Have you used fabric or paper to personalize your big event, or do you just love to dream up wedding ideas for fun? If so, share your project ideas in the Wedding Contest over at Instructables! We're offering the best use of paper or fabric for a wedding idea $300 worth of Spoonflower goodness, plus a Spoonflower Welcome pack featuring our new Spoonflower Handbook! Let these lovely projects inspire you, and start planning your dream wedding DIY this weekend!
Photo via Brit + Co
Create a handkerchief map ("handkermap") of wedding events to include in invitations, like these by Kelli Anderson, for a fun (and informative!) twist!
Or add texture to traditional invitations with a custom fabric overlay like these by Harry Canary Co.
Create custom and oh so dapper ties with fabric that fits your theme like these featured on Green Wedding Shoes.
Print a large and lovely menu to give guests a taste of what's being served like Kate Bosworth did for her nuptials featured in Martha Stewart Weddings (shared via MountainSide Bride).
Tell us what you'd make for your dream wedding in the comments! Don't forget also to head over to Instructables for full contest details, and to submit your amazing project for the Wedding Contest. It's an amazing chance to win $300 worth of free Spoonflower fabric and paper!
We've rounded up five beautiful DIY gift wrapping ideas with pretty papers for truly swoon-worthy presents. Whether you dress up your boxes with a simple gift tag or kid-friendly interactive paper, make your holiday season extra special with incredibly wrapped gifts!
This month designer, sewing instructor, and fashion writer Jamie Lau visits the blog to share her journey start to finish from creating her own textile design to sewing up one of her beautiful dresses. In this series, she'll share fabric design ideas and garment sewing techniques that will inspire you to start stitching up your own handmade wardrobe!
Texture, color, and prints are all things I look for when sourcing fabric for my line of dresses. Ever since I started designing and sewing five years ago (and back then it was primarily reversible tote bags), I was always drawn to Japanese textiles– both modern and traditional. This fall, I’m excited to delve into designing my own prints– something I’ve been dreaming up for the collection for quite a while.
Fabric is usually the starting point for me when working on a new dress design, with much of my inspiration coming from Japanese aesthetics. I love mixing basic silhouettes with pops of color, or pairing unexpected prints together.
When looking for textile design inspiration, I immediately turned to my camera to begin the creative process and looked at the images I’ve amassed in the past few years. In my early 20s, I dabbled in photography and worked in a darkroom for a year in college, so in my approach to textile design I naturally tend to think in images and compositions.
I love to document everyday things that catch my eye, including pretty color combinations, textures, and everything from worn interiors with imperfections to nature and minimalist ceramics. A theme I’ve primarily been interested in in the past few years is natural, textured gradients found in nature, and colors and tones that shade into one another for an ombré effect.
I loved going to the paint store as a child because it meant that I could collect paint chips while my parents shopped. I still collect them to this day for color palette ideas, including for my ombré and cherry blossom-inspired handmade wedding last summer (this was truly the ultimate art project!).
The inspiration for our wedding colors came from my idea to have an ombré red velvet and white cake design, reminiscent of paint chips.
Naturally, our wedding invites would have to follow suit. I collaborated with a graphic designer friend to create a modern wedding invite and chose a color palette to create my own paint chip.
As a fashion designer and creative person, I love being surrounded by a colorful work environment in my design studio. Above my drafting table, I have a cork board filled with fashion muses (Françoise Hardy is my all-time favorite), a mix of postcards from around the world, fabric swatches, and vintage buttons. I also love creating mood and beauty boards which are extremely helpful for art direction when I’m producing photo shoots. In addition to sketching with my favorite Copic Markers and chalk-pastel coloring pencils, I also compile themed inspiration books filled with swatches and photos (I love Williams Eggleston’s work) – an extension of the mood board in my studio.
I am constantly adding items to the inspiration board that sits above my drafting table.
I love collecting vintage buttons and fabric swatches as both a source of inspiration and design reference.
I look forward to sharing my adventures in textile design with readers on the Spoonflower blog next week as I design and print my own original fabric for the first time. In my third and fourth posts, I’ll be sharing sewing techniques in a tutorial on how to sew a basic shift dress using my newly printed fabric, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, I’d love to hear where other Spoonflower members find their textile design inspirations. Please comment below to share!
About Our Guest Author
Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, and fashion writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She received a sewing machine for her twenty-fifth birthday and hasn’t put it down since. For her line Jamie Lau Designs, Jamie transforms simple silhouettes into fashion-forward frocks sewn from Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, ikats, and her soon-to-be own original textile designs. In addition to doing custom work (including bridal), she teaches sewing, draping, and patternmaking courses at Textile Arts Center and across the country. Follow her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages for the latest updates and inspirations.