Spending more time cozied up inside against the winter weather? Take this time indoors to update your space with fresh and bright new prints from the Spoonflower Marketplace! No need for a huge project–whip up quick pillow covers for the couch or frame swatches as art for your walls. This week we're bringing you ideas for small projects that can totally transform the way you see and use your living space, starting with these 5 bright fabrics to get you inspired!
Designing for Embroidery
So, you’ve got a chance to get a totally awesome coordinating embroidery design to match your fabric! How exactly do you go about it? Well, first you work on your fabric design as usual, but you’ll want to keep in mind that one design in that pattern might become embroidery. What that design looks like is part of what you’ll need to plan for. Developing an embroidery design requires you to consider a few things to make sure your concept can be translated into stitches…
This holiday season, add a little hand-crafted goodness to your gifts by creating a cute and cozy felt gift bow to add to the top of your perfectly wrapped presents. – See more at: http://blog.spoonflower.com/page/2/#sthash.PCnnlysr.d
Looking around for design inspiration? Don’t just look to flora and fauna. Inspriation can be found in many places—even the human body!
The Marketplace is full of creative and amazingly talented designers. We are constantly impressed with the variety of designs and truly beautiful art added each day. In reflecting on the past twelve months, we've rounded up the community's favorite designs. Take a peek at the 10 designs that gained the most likes this year!
It's said that experiences make us happier than things do. Traditionally, this is the time of year when many of us search for that perfect something, often getting stressed out and unhappy in the process as we rush to the finish line and around the mall.
Why not try something a little different this year? Give an experience, gift an animal food or shelter, or make something fabulous for those less fortunate. Read on for some suggestions that are sure to bring exponential amounts of comfort and joy.
Plan regular art projects with children.
Don't just give crayons and paint to kids—work with them to create artwork! This brilliant design "Baby ice penguins pink" was a collaboration between Jasmine and her mom Sharon (Scrummy).
Make a tax-deductibile donation to a non-profit organization.
Discover organizations like Farm Sanctuary, which works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.
Help dress girls around the world.
The mission of Dress a Girl Around the World is to elevate the esteem of girls around the world by making sure every little girl has the dignity of owning at least one dress. "Girl Flower Power" by Amel24 is just one design that would make a very cool dress!
Quilt or knit a blanket for a sick child.
Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. The Spoonflower Greenhouse used designs from designer Leanne's Hello Spring! collection.
Plan a regular cooking night with friends and family.
Making a meal together can be a lovely bonding experience. It's a time to relax, experiment and indulge! Try scheduling one night a week or month to cook at home with family and friends instead of going out. Get inspired by Kayajoy's yummy The Dinner Thief!
Help shelter animals get adopted.
There are many ways to help shelter animals find their forever homes. If you don't have time to volunteer, you could sew some cute bandanas to let people know they're available for adoption.
12 months = 12 picnics.
Summer, winter, spring or fall; any time is picnic time! Picnics are a wonderful way to get out in the fresh air, explore parks, city nooks or just some cool spot around the corner. Picnic for Bear by Mayavenue reminds us to take time to relax, have a snack and perhaps fly a kite!
About Our Guest Blogger
Caroline works formally as the graphic designer for Spoonflower and in a freelance capacity for her firm, Brains Are Pretty. Besides volunteering at her local shelter, she is also an avid chef, likes to take boxing classes and is an amateur dog trainer.
The holiday season is in full swing, but taking a time out to make the gifts and decorations that add flair to your gatherings is a great way to reflect on the blessings and abundance of the season. We've rounded up some lovely (and simple!) DIY projects that you can easily finish before Hanukkah celebrations begin tomorrow.
This holiday season whip up a handmade garment or accessory for a special guy in your life. We've rounded up five of our favorite menswear patterns– stitch up one or all five for a complete outfit!
It's November, y'all! In an effort to steer clear of too much last minute DIY gift making, I've started deciding what I'll be making for whom and creating lists for a fabric order and trip to the local craft store. Having trouble deciding what you'll be whipping up this year for your loved ones? All November long we'll be sharing our favorite ideas for adding a little handmade holiday goodness to the gift giving season. First up, a handful of creative gift ideas for dudes with fabrics from the Marketplace!
There's nothing quite like a heartfelt gift to make an occasion memorable. When a gift's wrapping is a delight for your eyes, it's like two presents in one! This week, we're celebrating lovely prints from the Spoonflower Marketplace and personal touches that make giving a gift as enjoyable as receiving one.