While many claim December to be “the most wonderful time of the year”, the sewing community will argue that May is easily their favorite time of the year for one very special reason — Me-Made-May! This month-long challenge is “designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe.” What started as a personal challenge for maker Zoe Edwards, Me-Made-May is now in its eighth year and is an invitation to the entire sewing community to make a me-made pledge throughout the month. Whether it’s wearing only handmade for the entire month, reviewing your wardrobe and seeing where you need to fill the gaps, or even wearing the handmade dress that’s gotten buried in the back of your closet, there’s something for everyone.
Looking through photos of Kristin Nicholas’ home, you can’t help but feel a sense of happiness wash over you. Kristin, the author of Crafting a Patterned Home: Printing, and Stitching Projects to Enliven Every Room, has captured how bold patterns, one-of-a-kind textiles and bright colors can liven up your home without overwhelming your space. Following her eight tips below, you too will soon be able to incorporate colors and designs you once thought could never make an appearance in your home.
Kristin: When I first began learning to decorate, I was a bit fearful of mixing patterns together. I had seen it done in interior design magazines, but when it came to doing it myself, I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. Then I did what I always do, I jumped in and gave it a try. And that is what you should do too. Here’s an easy way to begin: [Read more…] about Master the Art of Mix & Match with These 8 Tips
We love seeing what our creative community around the world is making and our friends in the UK never disappoint. Here’s a look at seven incredible DIYs whipped up using Spoonflower fabrics (printed and shipped from our factory in Berlin!) by a handful of our favorite British crafters and just in time for Me Made May.
Strolling through the halls of North Carolina State University’s College of Design, it’s easy to see why you can’t help but feel inspired. Between students working busily on the final touches of their end-of-year collection to the construction of a new installation, there’s no shortage of creativity coming from this design school local to Spoonflower’s headquarters.
Earlier this year we partnered with the party planning experts at Black Twine during the Off to the Horse Races design challenge to help us find the perfect patterns for a derby inspired party styled by Cherry Blossom Events. After seeing Cherry Blossom’s Earth Day celebration, we knew they’d make the winning designs come to life. See the complete party blueprint here (you’ll find everything you need to recreate the look) and be sure to review our five tips below before you start planning your next celebration.
When looking at a one-of-a-kind gown created by JoEllen Elam of Firefly Path Bridal, you might just think you’re dreaming. Blending reality with fantasy, JoEllen has mastered the art of fantasy gowns for brides-to-be and cosplayers across the world. Today JoEllen is visiting the blog to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the dress every cosplayer needs to see: a stunning Twilight Lily Chiffon dress featuring an ombré design from her Spoonflower shop. Keep reading to find out how this dreamy dress became a reality.
Spoonflower strives to ensure that our fabrics are good for you and good for the earth. From our low-waste digital print process and organic fabric options to paper options certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), we seek to provide products made safely and sustainably. While the textile industry is rife with sustainability problems, see how Spoonflower has worked hard to reverse this direction.
To set the stage for an eco-friendly gathering, we turned to our pals at Cherry Blossom Events, who have an eye for throwing themed parties with a sustainable edge. Their team was inspired by Spoonflower designs that evoked nature in all its finery–from ocean waves and bold botanicals to playful tree prints. Keep reading to find out the five ways you can throw a greener party.
Today our friend Sophie, writer and creator of the most beautiful sewing blog Ada Spragg, visits the blog to share two of her favorite me-made summer weather accessories. Get out your sewing machine, grab some colorful fabric, and get ready to turn up the beet because you’re going to want to stitch up both of these projects ASAP!
Whether you’re getting ready to liven up a living room with a do-it-yourself upholstery project or looking for a fabric with that coveted worn-in look, Cypress Cotton Canvas will be the answer to your home dec dreams. While we could go on for days listing the reasons why we love this fabric, we’ll limit it to just five!
1. It’s a true upholstery weight fabric.
Cypress Cotton Canvas is a 100% cotton upholstery and home décor fabric featuring a sophisticated basketweave structure. If you’re not ready to commit to completely recovering your couch, start with a small project like a cover for your ottoman.