Spread some love this Valentine’s Day with custom-wrapped treats! Eloisa from the Spoonflower team (Natitys on Spoonflower) has created some great printables for you to download and customize to print on paper or a roll of our gift wrap for an inexpensive way to personalize gifts for your valentines.
It's officially the Year of the Horse, and we're looking forward to a year of luck and good fortune. Take this weekend to channel your inner strength, focus, and unbridled passion for life by paying homage our animal of the year with these horse-inspired projects.
SEW this sweet pair of pillows for your bed or couch. What a perfect project for celebrating the friendship and love in your life– you could even give one away like a friendship bracelet…
CRAFT lovely lids for your jars, and keep your supplies organized and easily accessible. Not only is it easier to be creative when you have your tools at hand, but this way you can also make your "hoard" an artful display!
HAND-STITCH a lavendar sachet to keep your closets smelling fresh, and get a jump on your spring cleaning.
I know I'm personally looking forward to completing all of these crafts to the tune of the 30 Best Horse Songs of all time, so here's to a year of creativity and making!
With love and ponies,
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.
I'm not an expert sewist, so I get really excited when I find a sewing tutorial that uses simple techniques, and will take an hour or less to complete. While I love sitting down to make something with my hands, I can get a little frustrated or overwhelmed when I take on a big project, and the hours drag on and on.
This weekend I'll be making three quick items that are sure to be sweet and easy. When I'm done with my sewing shindig, I'll have a whole new outfit to wear to work on Monday.
SEW an origami market bag. Just one peice of fabric (no cuts) and a few seams.
SEW a slouchy cardigan you can wear 4 ways. Use a big peice of soft knit, cut some arm holes, and sew on sleeves.
SEW a slouchy dress, with just two seams!
LEARN new techniques with Garmenter's incredible illustrated sewing instructions. (Grab a new pattern while you're there, too!) Great when you have a, "Now I'm supposed to sew the what to the what!?" moment.
DANCE your heart out like this amazing little lady, once you've finished your projects.
What's up, long weekend?! I try to do at least one creative project every weekend. Sometimes it's as simple as paper garland, while other weekends I'm a bit more ambitious. This week I've pulled together five inspiring projects or stories to kick-start another handmade weekend!
LEARN about the history of the American textile industry and be inspired by these beautiful photos!
STITCH a quilt after laying out your pattern digitally!
SHOP for a new sewing machine by following these tips!
COZY UP with a handmade blanket.
SEW a pillow in three simple steps!
What is your creative weekend inspiration?
Sew up a simple quilted drawstring bag with some of your favorite fabric scraps. The quilting not only gives your bag unique look and texture, it also makes it sturdy enough to protect your treasures.
A fresh calendar for the new year is a perfect opportunity to add a piece of functional artwork to your space. If you need a little inspiration to kick off a creative 2014, try one of these beautiful calendars to DIY or buy from indie designers:
Tea towel calendar | Fly Trap
2014 tea towel calendar set | Aldea Wood
Instrument calendar tea towel | Andrea Lauren
Stitch the Stars calendar tea towel | Heather Lins
Language of Flowers calendar | The House That Lars Built
Little Bears calendar | Gingiber
Minerals calendar | Lindsay Jones
Free printable calendar | Amanda Shoemaker
DIY Instagram calendar | High Walls
Free printable calendar | MiniReyve
Simple DIY calendar | The Merry Thought
Watercolor calendar DIY | Simply Semplicitá
Five things to make and share this weekend
Here at Spoonflower HQ, I'm inspired every day by the Spoonflower community of designers and makers, and this year I'm on a mission to do more making. All week long I've been bundling up a few favorite projects to try this weekend:
MAKE a Mountain Clock with this tutorial from Say Yes to Hoboken.
PRINT a new calendar. Observant Nomad's free printable features photos from San Francisco, Moab, Morocco, Ireland, and Mexico.
HACK your bike with Brit + Co's round up of DIYs to trick out your ride.
BECOME a Wardrobe Architect. Join Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns on a mission to design and build a small wardrobe that reflects who you are.
LEARN hand embroidery stitches with Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino in her new Craftsy class.
What are you making this weekend?
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!
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 :