Whenever we’re at a loss for what to sew next we always know we can count on our creative community to help us find our sewjo! Whether you’re looking to add a quick update to your home, stitch something up for your daughter or whip up a custom garment for yourself, they’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at eight projects created by a few of our favourite Australian makers to inspire your next me-made.
Perfect for chilly winter days or cool summer nights, this pullover stitched up by Katie of Katie Makes a Dress using a colourful print on Fleece designed by amyjpeg is great year round. Stitch up one, or five, for a new playful staple in your wardrobe! [Read more…] about 8 Australian Makers Inspiring Our Next DIY Project
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.
It’s hard to believe it’s been close to two years since our last update from the Berlin team. We’ve been hard at work completing the space, growing the team, expanding marketing efforts and internationalizing pages on the site!
Our Berlin team now consists of 30 crafty individuals from 20 different countries. From New Zealand to South Korea, and South Africa to Bulgaria, we have rounded up quite a diverse group of folks who help with everything from printing orders to writing code. Members of the Berlin team speak 23 languages and while we come from various corners of the globe we all unite around the common goal of craftiness and creativity! [Read more…] about An Update from our Berlin Office
Hey y’all. Spoonflower’s social media and blog manager Theresa here. Usually I address you all as Spoonflower, but today I want to use first-person. It’s not often we get personal here on the blog, but I simply could not leave without saying goodbye! After five years with this amazing company I have decided to pack my bags and head west to Colorado to find a new adventure. Saying goodbye is never easy. Back in fourth grade I was the last kid to leave the classroom because I refused to let go of my teacher, Mrs. Howard — who I had quite literally become attached to. Today I find myself in a similar situation, although my fourth grade teacher is Spoonflower and this incredible community.
Before I go, I mainly just want to say thank you. In my time here I have been astounded, humbled and deeply inspired by all of you designers and makers who follow along with Spoonflower. It has been an honor to create and source content that inspires you. Watching this community grow and discover your own personal super powers has been a unique privilege I don’t take lightly. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world and learn from you.
In the spirit of reflection, I want to look back and share some of my fondest memories with you all. While I will carry countless memories of Spoonflower with me when I go, these are the five that stand out the most.
1. Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” Quilt for the 2013 Staff Challenge
Never will I forget the year I was on Team Hey Girl for the Staff Design Challenge back in 2013! I don’t think the majority of us at Spoonflower had actually ever properly quilted anything in our lives, and yet we were all faced with the challenge to work with a team to both design and sew a finished quilt using Spoonflower fabric. So we set to work and my team ended up taking third place with our Ryan Gosling Pixel quilt! Not bad for some quilting newbies! You can read all about the experience here and even buy the quilt top / back if you feel so inclined (still waiting for Ryan Gosling to come pick up his yardage).
2. Halloween 2013 Costume Contest Champions: Crafting Zombies
My first year at Spoonflower, I was told the company takes Halloween very seriously and so I knew I had to step up my game! Together with a couple of my Customer Service cohorts we pulled together some truly terrifying zombie crafter costumes — death by horrible crafting accidents! Complete with zipper face, pins coming out our faces and heads, we ended up winning the Halloween costume contest that year, which completely made up for the hours spent gluing a zipper to my face and undoubtedly scarring a few people for life. [Read more…] about My Journey With Spoonflower
At Spoonflower, we’re all about collaboration. Whether we’re working with our talented community of Marketplace designers to create whimsical projects like the chocolate milk tent or partnering with companies like Bucketfeet for weekly design challenges, the thought of bouncing around ideas with other creatives fills us with excitement! So, when we were contacted by Snap Pea Catering, a local catering company that focuses on wildly creative concept dinners in surprising locations, we knew this would be the tastiest collaboration to date. Although, we must admit, at first we were left scratching our heads as to how executive chef and owner, Jacob Boehm, would transform the Spoonflower HQ, a fully functioning factory, into a pop-up restaurant for three nights in March…
We love a good year end round up post. So much so, in fact, that it was hard for us to narrow down all the things we wanted to share. We settled on a smattering of our favorite blog posts, designs, and happenings in Spoonlandia. We’ll revisit big news for us from the past year (hint hint, the launch of our second sister company, Roostery, definitely makes the list) as well as fabric launches, design trends, and more. Let’s dive in!
Blog posts that make our hearts sing
While these aren’t just from 2016, these are the posts we keep coming back to again and again. No matter how many dresses we make or pillows we stitch together, these are the projects that stay in our minds and in our crafting rotation year-round.
Still one of our all-time favorite projects, these tea towels are the perfect personalized gift. Not only are they easy to stitch up, but since they’re made from a fat quarter, they’re affordable, too. We made a video tutorial this year to help people create their own tea towels, from designing it in Photoshop to hemming it up once it arrives printed and pretty from Spoonflower. If you haven’t checked them out yet, now is the time. Ahem, now would also be a good time to ask you to subscribe to our Youtube channel, if you haven’t already! We have a team working hard to keep bringing you helpful tutorials just like this one on a regular basis.
This past October, with the help of Marbles Kids Museum, Spoonflower got in the Halloween spirit at the annual Kooky Spooky Halloween party. Just two months later, Marbles was getting into the holiday spirit transforming the museum from a haunted mansion into a winter wonderland for Evening with Elves. Today, the Marbles team visits the blog to give you a closer look inside the transformation and show how they used Spoonflower’s Performance Pique and Fleece to make it all happen.
Big congrats to Cynthia Frenette, who has been killing it with our Design Challenges lately! Her design, “For the Love of Spoonflower” was both our popularly voted first place winner, and the design Spoonflower employees internally voted as our pick for our new 2017 t-shirts! Cynthia will receive $500 in cold hard cash, $250 Spoondollar credit and a free t-shirt printed with her winning design. The design itself may continue to be available for sale in the Marketplace where she will earn up to a 15% commission. Congratulations to Cynthia, and to the entire amazingly crafty and wonderful top 10 who will also be taking home some amazing prizes including Videri chocolate!
1. 306 votes for For the Love of Spoonflower by cynthiafrenette
2. 301 votes for create and grow by cjldesigns
3. 277 votes for Spoonflower Makers Make! by vo_aka_virginiao
4. 262 votes for spoonflower by gaiamarfurt
5. 232 votes for Design Sew Create Spoonflower TShirt Typography White Aqua Green by heatherdutton
6. 212 votes for Spoonflower: Ignite the Spark T-Shirt by pennycandy
7. 209 votes for Sew Vintage // by petite_circus // sewing machine black and white by petite_circus
8. 197 votes for The Craftroom by jenimp
9. 187 votes for Periodic Table of Spoonflower by sew-me-a-garden
10. 179 votes for Happiness is Spoonflower by designs_by_lisa_k
[Read more…] about Announcing the Winner of our Spoonflower T-Shirt Challenge!
Over the years, we’ve learned so many things about our creative community but one thing that has really stood out is the way this community comes together in the wake of tragedy. After the Boston Marathon bombings, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild organized To Boston With Love, an installation of peace and love flags to be displayed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. After the Nepal earthquake in 2015, Spoonflower employees got together and created Blankets for Good, a quarterly employee sew-in supporting those in need.