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 :
Looking for creative and festive ideas for spicing up your holiday table? Mica May, founder of May Designs, visits the blog today to share how she created a lovely DIY Thanksgiving table using Spoonflower fabric and gift wrap!
Pull up a chair and join us for a Thanksgiving DIY Dinner! Here’s an inside look at how to use May Designs and Spoonflower at your holiday table this season.
To start things off, we chose a color palette that we loved and stuck with it. We wanted something different than your typical bright orange & olive green, so we went with a more subtle fig, gold, and cream with lots of natural elements that added great texture.
In today's tutorial guest blogger Emma Jeffery of Hello Beautiful shares a sentimental gift idea just in time for the holiday season.
What do you give that favorite teacher, dedicated youth leader, fun soccer coach or loved band leader this Christmas? Why, a personalized, heartfelt tea towel, made with love and group collaboration, of course!
In today's tutorial, Spoonflower team member and artist Eloisa walks us through the simple steps to create custom gift wrap on Spoonflower using free printables (downloadable graphics). Eloisa, Natitys on Spoonflower, created some lovely snowflake designs for you to download and she'll show you how to customize these designs (or any free printables) to your heart's content for your own holiday wrapping paper!
We're loving these simple buntings, banners and garlands for a festive fall made from the humble and handy crafting supply, paper. Visit our Pinterest board for more DIY fall projects and find the perfect fall wrapping papers to make them in the Spoonflower marketplace of independent designers.
One of my very favorite materials to work with when coming up with design plans for my furniture, is wallpaper! I absolutely love the way wallpaper completely transforms furniture and the art quality that is achieved.
I have had my eye on this fox paper for quite some time, and I could not wait to use it for this project. Here is how I went about transforming this drab oak to fantastic foxy.