On my first day working at Spoonflower, I learned our core values of creativity, customer focus, authenticity, resourcefulness, fun, and trust. These values are exemplified in daily office life. When you experience the unique, warm atmosphere throughout the office and operations floor it is not hard to understand why The Triangle Business Journal voted Spoonflower one of its 50 Best Places to Work in 2015.
As Spoonflower has grown from two families working together in Mebane to over 170 employees working in both North Carolina and Berlin, we have wanted to give back and help serve our local community in a more meaningful way. With this goal in mind, we established our Volunteerism Committee in December of 2015. So far, the committee has found wonderful projects for Spoonflower to support including adopting a family for Christmas, donating children’s books to Book Harvest, and sponsoring JUST TRYAN IT, which provides assistance to the families of children with cancer. Beyond these wonderful organizations, Spoonflower also offers its employees paid time off specifically designated for volunteering with any nonprofit of their choice.
Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, we have found some fun projects to help you waste less, grow more, and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors! From reusable totes that hold your groceries to a hammock that holds YOU, check out these DIY projects and make the most of what you've got this Earth Day.
Make an Everyday Tote by Sprout Patterns
Right now at Spoonflower Headquarters, spring has sprung. Everywhere you look a new flower is blooming and trees are filling back up with leaves we’ll need for shade once our steamy North Carolina summer hits. Everything is fresh and beautiful and it reminds us in the most magnanimous way why we have dedicated ourselves to protecting our environment and being a sustainable company.
In April of 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal and left many homeless. Across the world in Durham, NC, Spoonflower’s own Anitha Kothandaraman wanted to do something to help. Anitha came up with the idea that the employees of Spoonflower could use its resources of remnant fabric and energetic, creative employees to sew blankets for Nepal. Just like that, Spoonflower’s Blankets for Good program was born.
Meredith, Spoonflower’s Community Outreach organizer, sews a RARE Bear to be given to a child living with a rare disease.
If you know a little something about the team over here at Spoonflower, then you probably know we sure do love a good furniture DIY project! We especially love a project that gives a piece of furniture once considered prime-for-the-dumpster a new life with a little tender loving DIY care! Today on the blog, we’re showcasing five of our favorite furniture upcycling projects from around the web.
Barb Blair, author of Furniture Makes the Room and Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More could easily be considered the “Queen of Refurbishing” in our eyes. Whether she’s using Spoonflower wallpaper to turn a drab dresser into the dresser of your dreams, or working her magic with a bucket of milk paint, Barb has taken upcycling to the next level.
Welcome to April, the month when we devote a little extra time to celebrating our beloved planet Earth. All month long on the blog, we'll be featuring projects, tutorials, and inspiration for how to lead a more eco-conscious life, as well as highlighting all of the unique ways Spoonflower puts sustainability first. This is an issue close to the heart of designer Vicky Webb as well, and today we are excited to have her stop by to share a simple project for using up all of your white trimmed selvage and other fabric scraps! Textile waste makes a huge contribution to landfills all over the world, and we are always looking for ways to help divert even the smallest of fabric scraps from hitting our trash bins.
Vicky: Hi there! Vicky here, AKA crumpetsandcrabsticks. I am a surface designer dabbling in anything crafty, I especially love experimenting with scrap waste. As most of you will know by now, when buying digitally printed fabric, there is an unavoidable amount of selvage and white trim left over from the printing process. Especially if you're buying a swatch sampler collection of 8” swatches. If you've yet to buy from Spoonflower, here is an example of the waste fabric from one single yard. Altogether it measures approximately 4.5m in 3cm wide strips (15ft by 1 1⁄4 inch) You'd get a lot more from a yard of 30 swatches depending on how you trim them.
Design featured here is 'love in the mist' by CrumpetsandCrabsticks
Nothing warms our hearts and souls quite like a handmade blanket! We were so delighted to join our friends at Project Linus over the past month to sew for their annual Make A Blanket Day! Last Saturday, volunteers joined forces to sew, tag and stitch poems onto over 530 blankets to be donated to children in local hospitals throughout the Triangle area.
When choosing a new sewing project or simply packing your lunch for work, do you ever stop and think about the impact you’re making on the environment? Spoonflower strives to ensure that our fabrics are good for you and good for the earth, and over the past year, we put lots of new efforts into making our workplace event more sustainable. With January coming to an end, we look back on what we've accomplished through our employee-led sustainability committee as we look forward to advancing our mission to lessen our environmental impact in the new year.
Blankets for Good
Earlier this year, Spoonflower team member Meredith showcased one of Spoonflower’s newest employee crafted initiatives: Blankets for Good. This quarterly employee sew-in uses returned marketplace fabric (don't worry, we will never use your private fabrics!) to make blankets for those in need. In 2015, we sewed over 70 blankets, preventing over 140 yards of remnant fabric going to a landfill. That’s enough to cover almost half of the eiffel tower!
The temperatures are officially dropping here at Spoonflower HQ in Durham! Which naturally means our heating bills are headed straight through the roof. In our constant effort to be a more eco-conscious and sustainable business, we’ve had our eyes out for simple DIY projects to help us reduce our energy dependence and stay warm all at the same time. When our friends at Etsy told us about the adorable draft snakes their employees are making for a sustainable sew-in, we knew it was right up our alley! We are so excited to welcome Lizzie from the Etsy team to the blog today to walk us through how to sew up a quick and easy draft snake. Order your own cut-and-sew template featuring Etsy’s unique designs and join us for the most adorable eco-friendly DIY ever!