What happens when you combine Spoonflower’s Cotton Spandex Jersey, the brilliant mind of SammyK, and the winter cold and flu season? An adorable tissue-cozy swatch project, that’s what! Spoonflower friend and designer Samarra Khaja (SammyK) stops by the blog to bring you a swatch project that’s adorable, practical, and you can finish it up in just a few quick seams. Enjoy!
Today’s tutorial comes from our creative friend and textile designer Ceri Gwen. She shares how to stitch up the sweetest hand strap clutch using an engineered design she created that fits perfected on a fat quarter of fabric. Whip one up for an upcoming holiday party or make a few as gifts for friends!
Ceri: Recently I’ve been seeing more and more clutch bags with hand straps and think they look so good–what a neat and practical idea it is! I wanted to try and make my own version and came up with this quick and easy pattern. It’s a compact clutch but easily accommodates all of your essentials.
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.
Fall is on our minds here at Spoonflower HQ and the changing season is the perfect excuse to do a little organizing and cleaning. Our sewing spaces can always use a good purge and straightening up, and who doesn’t love something beautiful to help get the job done!? Our friend and neighbor Sara, creative author of Radiant Home Studio, visits the blog to share a simple sewing tutorial for creating a fabric wall organizer.
I love decorating my home with handmade accents. It makes my house feel more cozy and adds pops of color in unexpected places. Today, I’ll show you how to make this simple hanging wall organizer using 4 coordinating fabrics.
The pockets are designed to hold standard size file folders. You can use it in the kitchen to organize mail, the craft room to organize supplies, or the kids’ room to organize toys. It’s versatile enough to work anywhere in the house!
Who doesn't love a good pair of leggings? They're the perfect garment for layering, relaxing and getting active! We all have a favorite pair that fits better than all the rest. Today, Emma Jeffery, creative sewist + maker behind Hello Beautiful, visits the blog to share how she replicated her daughter's favorite pair of leggings using a funky design printed on Sport Lycra!
Leggings are a wardrobe staple for my daughter–pulling on and off with no buttons, zippers or other annoying closures. They are every girls’ must-have and with Spoonflower’s new Sport Lycra fabric, I can sew up some extra fun pairs for her dance/play/sports activities. These leggings will take about 30 mins to make and you don’t need a pattern. All you need is a pair of existing leggings that you like the fit of, and you can make these using the same method, for adults and children alike.
Decorating a space that feels totally unique and fresh can be a struggle with what’s available at local shops. Our friend and super crafty lady Lia Griffith visits the blog to share how she created a custom duvet cover using Spoonflower fabric!
As you gain excitement for sewing your own clothes (or clothes for others!), you'll eventually want to make your first basic button-down shirt. Why? Because button-downs look good on everyone, and they're great for days when you want to feel a touch more put together. After you find a design that gets you excited, it's time to choose your fabric for the project! We recommend using our Cotton Lawn Ultra or Organic Cotton Sateen – they're both soft next to the skin and lovely for shirting. The Cotton Lawn Ultra is the lighter-weight option of the two if you want to wear the button-down in warmer months. Finally, pick a pattern below that fits your style – we've selected some great patterns in this round up of basic button-downs!
Collette Aster Sew Along | Sewalongs with Colette Patterns
Stitching up a simple throw pillow is a fast, low effort way to spruce up any space. Our amazingly creative friend Lia Griffith shares a simple video on how to make your own zipper pillow–an easy project for sewists of all levels.
With every craft skill we have to start somewhere, and approaching your first sewing project can be daunting. One of the best first projects to attempt on your sewing machine is a simple pillow with a zipper opening so that it can be removed and washed. It comprises two pieces of fabric, straight line stitching and a zipper – it could not be more simple. And you get the benefit of making something new and fabulous to add to your home or to give to a friend.
Create your own zipper pillows using this same fabric designed by Lia by heading over to her Spoonflower shop!
There are clothing and accessories for dogs and cats that are helpful and fun, and there are those that are likely to just embarrass your dog friend. We've compiled five sew projects that we think have utility and merit to them, in addition to being unbelievably cute. Summer is a great time of year to hang out next to the air conditioner and get started on those winter holiday gifts for friends and pet companions alike!
Hound Dog Hoodie DIY | Urban Threads
Dog Bowtie tutorial | Ammo the Dachshund
Dog Coat tutorial | Sew Doggy Style
Sew Your Own Dog Boots | Domestik Goddess
Booties are good for protecting from hot summer pavement or cold winter ice and salt. Plus, here's a helpful tip for "boot training" your dog!
DIY Dog Bandana | A Pair of Pears
Sewing your own clothes can be a little intimidating. Spoonflower friend and fashion designer Jamie Lau visits the blog today to share a step-by-step guide to making and sewing bias tape! Follow along as she explains a simple way to give your handmade garments a professional finished edge.
With summer upon us, I chose to work with Spoonflower’s new lightweight Cotton Lawn Ultra fabric for my latest design.
One of my top-selling dresses is a relaxed fit ikat midi dress with short kimono sleeves. I wanted to create a new style in the same silhouette using my Striped Blue Gradient print, as featured in these linen-cotton canvas shorts.