Ready to set the table with stylish and sustainable dinner napkins? Here at Spoonflower HQ, we make every effort to be an eco-friendly company with sustainability as a top priority. In order to live that “reduce, reuse, recycle” life, we try to cut down on waste and limit what goes into our landfills. We compost and recycle everything possible–perhaps the most beautiful sustainability effort–we use cloth napkins! Want to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle? Spoonflower crew member Crystal shares two easy ways to create your own finished cloth napkins–mitered corners and pillow case style–for a quick and easy DIY way to start reducing your carbon footprint.
Fat Quarter Projects
Lately we’ve been super inspired to make new projects and try new techniques as we combat the never-ending fabric hoarding stash! As we strike-off all the projects on the list of things to make, we realize the list is getting too short and as the scrap fabric pile grows ever larger! To combat both issues, we’ve rounded up 8 projects that require no more than a fat quarter of a fabric.
Shevonne gets ready for yoga in her Sport Lycra headband with design Delf_Conversational by Stacy Iest Hsu.
You’ve just sewn up your Sport Lycra leggings and you’re ready for yoga class when it strikes you–your freshly sewn yoga pants need a matching headband to keep the hair out of your eyes during those downward-facing dogs! With the bonus moisture-wicking feature and quick sew time, a headband is the perfect accessory to add to your athletic wardrobe. Join Spoonflower team member and self proclaimed athletic apparel advocate Meredith, as she shows you how to turn a fat quarter of Spoonflower’s Sport Lycra into a headband, ideal for sweating it out at the gym or just preventing a bad hair day.
- 1 Fat Quarter of Spoonflower’s Sport Lycra (I used Jennifer Sanchez Art’s ny1329. The colors in her designs really pop on the Sport Lycra!)
- Fabric shears or rotary blade.
- Sewing machine/thread
PicMonkey is a great tool for taking your favorite photos and turning them into a collage. By uploading your collage to Spoonflower, you can create an endless amount of projects with added sentimental value of being extra personal. California based designer Allison Kreft uses this tool to create a custom drink tray using vacation photos! Follow along in PicMonkey with your own design to create your own!
Allison: I decided to combine my love of photography and fabric in this design. I was inspired on a trip to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and decided to take as many photos as possible. I tried to capture some of the iconic landmarks to set the scene, then added lots of pictures of the little details that create the beach boardwalk atmosphere.
Whether you're traveling or the sun is shining just a little too brightly on a lazy Saturday morning, a soothing eye mask is just the thing to improve your quality of sleep. Making your own eye mask is a great way to bust your fabric stash, or use up some of those test swatches you have lying around. Elizabeth Harrington stops by the blog today for the how-to!
Here in the Southern United States, the heat is blazing and we’re keeping cool with lots of refreshing, icy beverages– and those beverages demand coasters! Today, Spoonflower crew member Theresa stops by to share a quick and easy tutorial for how to make your own personalized drink recipe coasters with no more than a swatch of fabric and a few handy supplies!
Now that the weather has gone from pleasantly mild to hotter than Hades in North Carolina, a tall glass of something cold and delicious on the porch to cool off is essentially part of my daily routine. Is it just me or do drinks look kind of sad and lonely sitting there by themselves? They need coasters! My wood furniture whole-heartedly agrees with me on that. I’m having the family over for dinner soon, so I thought it would be fun to put together some personalized drink recipe coasters for each of them. These would also be great for Father’s Day / Mother’s gifting or birthdays. Using the magic powers of digital printing and some tiles that cost next to nothing, I put each of my family member’s favorite drink recipes right on to their very own coasters. Let’s begin!
Today, Spoonflower crew member Teri visits the blog to share a tutorial for a soothing neck pillow with a removable cover.
When my boys were little, I often repeated the adage, “The days are long, but the years are short.” For Mother’s Day, I wanted share a tutorial for making a soothing neck pillow, perfect for relaxing after a day of chasing those adorable little ones or trying to keep up with teenagers on the go.
I prefer to use 100% cotton for the pillow because polyester could melt if the microwave gets too hot. However, it’s nice to have something snuggly next to the skin, so I use soft Minky for the removable cover. This also means the cover can be washed. For the fabric design, I selected Flower Pattern by kostolom3000. A handful of dried lavender adds a soothing scent. To prevent the flax seed from drying out with repeated use, spritz the pillow with a bit of water before heating in the microwave.
‘Tis the week to celebrate all of the love in your life! These fabrics and DIYs have us inspired to show the ones closest to us how much we care.
Valentine Hand Warmers by Armommy has perfectly-sized warmers and tags on just a fat quarter!
No time to stitch? Chickoteria’s Cross Stitch Pink design incorporates all of our favorite things, no hoops or needles necessary.
Seal your next project with a hug and a kiss with LittleSmileMaker’s XOXO Love and Kisses.
Or get cozy under a quick and easy quilt with a yard of Cynthia Frenette’s A Robot in Love Cheater Quilt design.
Hi there, it’s Mariah from Everything Golden here to share another project idea using Spoonflower’s Eco Canvas fabric. I really love the texture of the fabric and how the print translated.
Finding a gift for a guy can be quite a challenge. Lyly, a member of the Spoonflower help team, shares how to stitch up a quick and quirky bow tie for the dapper dude in your life. Read on for the full how to and add a little handmade goodness to your gifts this holiday season, or to update his New Year’s Eve celebration outfit!
Bow ties make great gifts, so why not make your own. Beginning sewers, don’t be shy, this bow tie tutorial is for you too!