Give a big round of applause to Kelly aka Weavingmajor, whose Rainbow Crayon Waves design was chosen as this week’s Plum Print top pick. Kelly will receive a shower curtain custom printed with her winning design, courtesy of Plum Print. September’s prompts were just announced, so be sure to join in on Weekly Prompts to come and find out what great prizes you could win for participating! We’ve rounded up a few of our own favorites from last week’s tagged Crayon designs below. Check them out and see all of the submitted designs here.
Back to School
Whether you’re prepping your child for the first day of first grade, high school, or sending them off to college, make sure your kiddo is the coolest in class with 41 of the craftiest “Back to School” DIYs ever assembled!
1. Protect your notebook and make it your own with a DIY custom cover
2. Drawstring backpacks tote everything from calculators to extra snacks.
3. Make a “Cat-n-Sew” pencil case
4. Go “old school” in the classroom with this Vintage USA Map Chart inspired by German Rollkarte.
Congratulations are in order for Elishka aka Robyriker, whose So Many Colorful Books design was chosen as this week’s Plum Print top pick. Elishka will receive a pillow custom printed with her winning design, courtesy of Plum Print. Join in on Weekly Prompts to come and find out what each week’s prizes will be. We’ve rounded up a few of our own favorites from last week’s tagged designs. Check them out and see all of them here.
It’s already August and we can smell the school supplies! But does your kiddo have a cozy, quiet workspace at home to tackle homework and creative projects? Scientific research shows that kids are more likely to do their school work when their desk has fun wallpaper on it. Well, ok maybe it’s not scientific research but we’re pretty sure it’s still true! Read on to learn how you can revamp a boring old desk with Spoonflower’s temporary peel-and-stick wallpaper.
UPDATE: Congrats to Sharon Mathieu who won this giveaway!
This month we celebrate the back-to-school season with our friends at Plum Print. Plum Print is the easy, super smart way to turn the piles and piles of artwork your children create (and perhaps you too!) into custom coffee-table books, digital archives, home décor and other gifts.
From now until August 29th, we’re giving one lucky creative located in the USA the chance to win a 13” x 11” custom hardcover book with up to 30 pieces of your child’s artwork (or your artwork!). $152 value. The winner will also receive $100 in Spoondollar credit.
Brand new school supplies are one of life’s great joys. The smell of a fresh pack of pencils, the feeling of tearing the plastic off a stack of pristine notebook paper. Ahhh. Can we repeat 3rd grade, please? Designer and maker extraordinaire Ceri Staziker stops by the blog today to show us how to make custom, personalized notebook covers so your kid can feel like the coolest in the room on day one. Read on for the quick and simple how-to.
Ceri: This is an easy tutorial for sewing a notebook cover. It works with any fabric, and is a great opportunity for personalization by using Spoonflower to print your own design. This particular design is very easy to set up as it is simply a series of ruled lines, imitating notepaper! [Read more…] about How to Make a Personalized Notebook Cover for Back to School
This month we celebrate the back-to-school season with our friends at Plum Print. Plum Print is the easy, super smart way to turn the piles and piles of artwork your children create (and perhaps you too!) into custom coffee-table books, digital archives, home décor and other gifts. This month, we’re partnering up to offer you great prizes for your fabulous weekly designs!
How it works: To participate, you’ll simply upload your design to Spoonflower, make it “public” and add in that week’s specific tag. Each week will have its own special tag, which is how participating designs will be found on Spoonflower.
You may recognize this week’s winner: Andie was the 2012 Fabric8 contest champion! From fashion to fabric design, she can do it all. You chose her brightly patterned backpack fabric to top this week’s contest. Don’t miss the rest of our super smart designs!
Here are your voting results:
1. 337 votes for Back-pack_to_School by anderson_lee
2. 312 votes for MonstersGotoSchool_Mayes_copy by laura_mayes
3. 280 votes for backpack woodland style by laura_the_drawer
4. 279 votes for Backpacks by mariaspeyer
5. 261 votes for Bike Books Backpack by katerhees
6. 260 votes for School Daydreams by belinda_sigs
7. 254 votes for polka dot backpacks by catalinakim
8. 226 votes for Recent Arrivals by christinewitte
9. 222 votes for We’re All In This Together by runningriver
10. 221 votes for Backpacks in the Cottage by thepaperdrawer
Spoonflower team member Michelle shows us how to sew up a quick pencil case using one of her favorite cut & sew kits from our recent design challenge. Pick your favorite kit, learn how to install a zipper, and fill your new handmade pencil case with back to school goodies!
This tutorial shows you how to create a pencil case using one of my favorite designs from the top ten Pencil Case Cut & Sews from our recent design challenge. Even if you are a little nervous about installing a zipper, these bags sew up fast and easy! I taught students how to whip up these sweet bags in a class our community crafting space, The Greenhouse, this past Tuesday. Even the most apprehensive students walked away with an adorable bag. If you’re nearby, check out the schedule for more fun classes in the Greenhouse!
Once you learn to make a lined zippered bag, you will be dreaming up all of the possibilities– from coin purses to large zippered tote bags!
This month on the blog we’ve been sharing back to school DIYs for a creative start to the new school year. Emma Jeffery, author of Hello Beautiful blog, visits to share a design tutorial for cushion covers featuring your favorite book titles, perfect for your study nook!
Since it’s back to school season, I started thinking about a design that might appeal to teachers and children alike. I came up with the idea to create a book spine image (made to look like books on a shelf) with the authors being the names of children in the class and the titles saying something about the child, their interests, personalities or hobbies. I wanted to make it fun and quirky since I imagine this design being used on cushions in a reading corner of a classroom. I think kids would get a huge kick out of seeing their name on a book cover (even just an illustration of one) and I hope it might inspire a lifelong love for books and reading.
I have been desperately wanting to improve my design skills so that I can make the most of the array of options and possibilities Spoonflower has to offer, but until now I’ve been hesitant at trying my hand at using professional design software. For this project however, I had a clear idea of how I wanted my design to look, and I figured that with its straight lines and simple graphics, it might just be the project that introduces me to the world of Adobe Illustrator.
I downloaded the trial version of Illustrator, available here. The following tutorial is an absolute beginner’s guide to some of the most basic tools of the software, written by an absolute beginner (me). But hey, if I can do it, you can too!