Warning: this week's #Spoonflowered post contains cuteness overload! We've rounded up a handful of handmade goodness shared using the hashtag #Spoonflowered. Take a peek at our favorites and share your projects using #Spoonflowered!
Spring is in the air with these lovely projects created by our community from Spoonflower fabrics! Be sure to show us what you're making using #Spoonflowered on your social media platform of choice!
This week's #Spoonflowered photos are sure to delight! We love seeing projects being sewn up with our fabrics and new designs for the Marketplace. Keep on creating, y'all–and don't forget to share using hashtag #Spoonflowered!
We’re starting to get in the holiday spirit here at Spoonflower HQ, and what better way to celebrate the season than with holiday crafting, gift wrapping, friends and festivities? Please join us on Saturday, December 13th from 2-4 in the Spoonflower Greenhouse in Durham, NC for a Spoonflower Holiday Party extravaganza!
We’ll have make-and-take crafts, refreshments, tours of the Spoonflower facility, and even a gift-wrapping station with all the paper, trimmings and supplies you need to wrap your presents–far away from prying eyes and interruptions!
We’ll also be collecting toys for the Softies for Mirabel project, so bring any soft toy you’ve knitted, crocheted or sewn and we’ll send it to the collection center in Australia. (More details for our Softies for Mirabel Handmade Toy Drive here.)
To RSVP to the holiday party and see more details, check out the Meetup page. We look forward to seeing you in the Greenhouse soon!
We love to "sew for good" in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at the Spoonflower HQ, and we are so excited to announce a sew-in to support Quilts for Kids! Quilts for Kids is a national organization that sends patchwork quilts to children in need, donating 30,000 quilts annually. That's a lot of sewing, and we're ready to help!
If you're in the North Carolina Triangle area, please do join us in the Greenhouse to sew quilt tops on Saturday, September 20, from 10am-1pm. Our local chapter will be bringing 100 pre-cut kits to create simple patchwork quilt tops. Our chapter organizer, Bonnie, will take all of our completed tops to quilt with her team of longarm quilters. All ages and all sewing levels are welcome at this event, and you can come when you can and stay as long as you like! Head over to Meetup for full event details and to let us know you're coming!
If you can't make our sew-in, you can still help! Head over to the Quilts for Kids website to find a local chapter, make a donation, request a kit to complete at home, or volunteer.
The generosity of the crafting community never ceases to amaze us, and we can't wait to see you here in September to sew for a great cause!
Thanks so much,
Siblings Together is a UK-based charity that promotes positive contact between siblings who are otherwise separated by the foster care system. They organize summer camps and monthly activities throughout the year to allow siblings to catch up and enjoy some quality time together–there's even time for scrapbooking so the kids can remember their experiences.
Siblings Together activities allow brothers and sisters to catch up and have fun!
The work that this organization puts into creating these meaningful experiences and helping children develop and nurture these bonds with their families is nothing short of amazing. When Lynne Goldsworthy of the blog Lily's Quilts learned about Siblings Together, she realized that a homemade quilt, warm and stitched with love, could act as a constant reminder of time spent with loved ones for these campers. Kicking off an effort to collect quilts for each and every camper, Lynne created a Flickr group and put a call out on her blog for donations. Two years into this effort, the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
A camper receives her very own quilt after Siblings Together summer camp.
Quilters from all over the world have sent beautifully made blankets to support this rolling effort, and this year's drive is in full swing. If you're interested in contributing, please head over to Lily's Quilts to find out how you can help send some love to Siblings Together. You can also visit the Flickr group to see the beautiful quilt donations as they're finsihed.
Each quilt is finished with love and a label to make the gifts extra special.
The generosity of the makers in the Spoonflower community to create handmade expressions of love and support for those in need has warmed our hearts time and again. We are inspired by the work of Siblings Together and the Siblings Together Quilt Group, and we are so thankful that they have allowed us to be a part of this amazing effort by printing up custom labels for each lovingly stitched quilt.
*If you'd like to learn how to design your own custom quilt label, check out this tutorial by Spoonflower team member Caitlin of the Salty Oat blog.
This past weekend, we were delighted to be a part of the annual Make A Blanket Day put on by our local chapter of Project Linus in Raleigh, NC. Project Linus is an organization devoted to comforting kids and teens facing serious illness and trauma with a gift of their own handmade security blanket. Since our local chapter was founded by Susie Holmes in 1996, area "blanketeers" have donated over 27,000 blankets to local agencies and hospitals. Their recent Make A Blanket Day was a huge success, and we were so excited to present our finished quilting bee blanket created by members of our Greenhouse community!
Local Project Linus coordinator Susie Holmes accepts our Greenhouse blanket.
Please join us in the Spoonflower Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here in Durham, NC, to sew Pillowcase Dresses for the Philippines. We're inviting community members to come and sew with us on Saturday, February 8, from 1-4pm, to support the efforts of a friend who is currently working to open an orphanage in in Tacloban City, Leyte, one of the areas of the Philippines hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. We'll be sewing "pillowcase" sundresses to stock this emerging orphanage with lovingly sewn handmade clothes for little girls.
With hands-on instruction from expert seamstress (and friend to those working on establishing this new facility) Carmen Baugh and pre-cut dress kits, we'll provide everything you need to create a perfectly finished pillowcase dress for a little girl in the Philippines.
We'll be using the "sausage roll" technique for creating the perfect edge to a pillowcase with no exposed seams, so you'll even learn a new versatile sewing skill while constructing these precious dresses.
All ages and all skill levels are welcome to attend, so feel free to bring your kids and your friends! There is plenty of cutting, ironing and pinning to be done in addition to simple sewing, so you can help this effort in any way you like.
This is a floating event, so please come whenever you can, stay as long as you like, and bring along your sewing machine if you have one. We'll provide all materials needed to make these dresses, but feel free to bring any fabric you have that would make a cute dress, too! These come together very quickly, so you might have time to whip up several while you're here– we'd love to send as many dresses as possible!
We can't wait to see you here to sew for a great cause!
Thanks so much–
Have you heard? The Spoonflower Greenhouse has its very own Facebook page! We're delighted to have another way to connect with our community and share the fun we're having at our classroom and community space here in Durham, NC.
Want to learn a new skill or connect with fellow crafters? Hoping to time your trip to visit the Spoonflower HQ with a little community crafting? Well then check out our new Spoonflower Greenhouse Facebook page for an up-to-date list of our upcoming classes and events, and join our community of movers, shakers, DIYers and crafters!
We're excited to have this space to connect and share proejcts, inspiration, and opportunties to get your craft on. In addition to having information about upcoming Greenhouse classes, we'll also be able to share opportunities to create, craft, and shop in other venues– it's a big wide world out there, after all!
Feel free to drop us a line, share photos of works in progress, or just say hi. We'd love to hear from you, and we certainly hope to see you at a class or event soon!
Thanks so much–
This Saturday we were delighted to have so many of our local friends stop by to craft in celebration of our first year of classes and gatherings in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space at our Durham, NC headquarters! It was so exciting to catch up with old friends and meet new faces as we enjoyed fully stocked crafting stations to dye, collage, and embellish wooden holiday ornaments and toured Spoonflower's printing operations.
New friends striking a pose in front of our "photobooth" created by hanging two rolls of matte gift wrap printed with our Greenhouse logo and affixed to the wall with washi tape!
I've said it once, and I'll say it again– time flies when you're having fun, and this past year of classes, workshops, sew-ins, and craft parties in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space, has been a blast!