To kick off our monthlong series dedicated to DIY weddings, we wanted to share some lovely handmade wedding projects to inspire you in creating your own. Check out our Pinterest Board for unique ways to add a little something special & handmade to your wedding day!
Guest writer Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shares a handful of ideas for simple projects using Spoonflower wall decals to add fun and color to your home for the new year. Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m continuing to have fun thinking about ways to use Spoonflower decals and I’m excited to share a few ideas I came up with to add colorful detail to our home. For some of these projects, I’ve used my Fiskars Fuse Creativity System, which is a new die-cutting machine designed not just for paper crafters but for anyone interested in using all kinds of materials and textures in their crafting and home dec projects.
For other projects I’ve used scissors, but I can also recommend cutting the decal material with a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler– there’s nothing better for cutting perfectly straight lines when you need them.
I started with a simple set of coasters that are very quick to make up. I’m thinking of making a set for every holiday and special occasion throughout the year in a variety of fun colors and designs. These decals were designed by Ravynka from her April Rain collection.
To make my coasters, I used a sheet of cork, purchased from the craft store. After adhering the decal material to the cork, I ran the two layers through my Fuse Creativity System, using the circle die– which is the PERFECT size for coasters. And FYI, the 5” x 5” small decals will conveniently fit most of the medium Fuse dies.
Another fun project I worked on had me making up some magnetic frames that I’ve stuck to my refrigerator. They are a great way to neatly display photos, notes or keepsakes. As with the coasters project, I simply stuck the Spoonflower decals to magnetic sheets and ran it through my Fuse using the frame die. I used designs by Studio Fibonacci, Art Is Us, Holli Zollinger and Leighr.
For my next project, I used this cute owl design by Holli Zollinger. My 6-year-old daughter loves the sweet owls that are so popular at the moment, and these decals make it easy to brighten her room.
These decals are easily removed, leaving no sticky residue, so that in time the owls can be removed and replaced as her whims change. I cut out the owls using a small pair of sharp scissors with non-stick blades. If you do something like this, consider positioning them in a variety of ways. We really love the little owls who look like they are peeking around the corner.
It’s amazing to see what a big impact a little color makes to a room. I brightened up our plain white kitchen backsplash tiles with decal squares stuck to their surface. I used the square die with my Fuse to cut these, but you could of course use a rotary cutter and ruler on a cutting mat. I recommend using pattern weights to hold the decals flat whilst cutting.
About Our Guest Blogger
I’m an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they’re not absolutely perfect. And though I’m no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.
We’re seeing some terrible, devastating images coming out of New York and New Jersey now in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. This monster storm has affected people that we personally know and love, people we know through work, people we feel like we know online, many Spoonflower customers, and millions more. It seems out of place somehow to run our usual giveaway today so instead, Spoonflower is sending a $200 donation to the American Red Cross to aid in their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
We really hope that all of you affected by this awful storm will be able to recover and get back to normal lives soon.
Last week’s winner of the drawing for two yards of cheater quilt fabric is Robin Ihnat. Congratulations, Robin!
Here’s a pretty transitional piece for crisp autumn weather. I combined gauzy voile with flannel to make a scarf that’s light as a feather, yet nice and warm. As a little bonus detail, it’s hand-quilted with variegated thread, which creates a lovely stitch pattern on the flannel side. (If you think hand-quilting is hard, I promise my video will change your mind!)
These designs were pulled from Heather’s new book, Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs Plus 20 Projects to Get You Started, a book we’re very excited about at Spoonflower. Along with plenty of project inspiration and gorgeous photos, the book comes with a disk of more than 50 of Heather’s out-of-print designs and her permission to print them at will for all sorts of lovely paper and fabric projects.
We’ll have some good news about Heather Ross’ book coming up soon that we can’t reveal just yet but while you wait, do check out the CreativeBug/Heather Ross promo going on right now. Enter your email address on their site between now and 10/1 and enjoy a free Heather Ross workshop and book preview, plus be entered for a giveaway of Heather’s book, a 3-month subscription to Creativebug, and $50 of Spoonflower fabric. Good luck, everyone, and happy weekend!
Guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful offers a tutorial for an easy summer maxi skirt.
I’m trying to think ahead and get ready for the summer season by making a few items which will be perfect to wear in the summer sun. It seems like maxi skirts are still a hot trend this year and Spoonflower’s cotton silk blend is the perfect fabric to create a soft and floaty skirt with an elegant drape and a beautiful sheen. I’ve sewn with this fabric a few times before and it’s very user friendly even for the beginner sewer. With a brand new needle, it sews up just as easily as cotton. [Read more…] about Make an easy summer maxi skirt
Yesterday, Spoonflower staff took the afternoon off to enjoy our first annual staff spring picnic. There was a whole pig for pickin’, loads of good food brought by staff (who seem to be a foodie as well as a crafty bunch), and a bouncy house for the kids (and for certain staff members who seem to be a bouncy as well as a foodie, crafty bunch). The staff picnic came up recently on one of our social media spaces and one of you visionary folks made a comment to the effect that, “I’ll bet they’ll have tons of gorgeous quilts to sit on at the Spoonflower staff picnic!” Crickets chirped around the office that day. Sadly, despite sewers wildly outnumbering non-sewers around here, we don’t have a ton of gorgeous quilts lying around for picnicking purposes. Yet.
Plenty of fodder for picnic quilts on our new Pinterest board of Picnic fabrics, though–green clover, blue skies with white clouds, strawberries, ants, grumpy pigs, and butterflies and bugs galore. I don’t know about the rest of the Spoonflower staff but next year, I’m totally eating my picnic on a Spoonflower quilt, not a rented chair!
As I get ready to take the weekend off, with the office already half empty, I am reminded once again how lucky we are to have found such a talented, enthusiastic, creative and fun community of people in Spoonflower — both customers and staff members. It is a real joy to be here every day. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being here with us.
- If you’re still doing some last minute shopping (like me), our friends at BurdaStyle are holding a giveaway today for a $100 Spoonflower credit. You can enter here.
- We’ve also got Spoonflower gift certificates available through Paypal here.
- And if you’re still just hoping for a little something for yourself, you’ve got until Tuesday to enter our drawing for a subscription to either Fat Quarterly or Selvedge Magazine. Enter for a chance to win here.
Last, but not least, we put together a little video holiday greeting yesterday. Hope you enjoy it. Keep Christmas well.
Friends, I don’t know if you watch Project Runway, but tonight’s challenge was for the designers to create their own fabric. Over and over, they said things like, “This is an opportunity that most designers only dream of” and I wanted to say, “Not so! Don’t you know about Spoonflower?”