December's upon us, and we couldn't be more excited to start our holiday decorating! This year, we love the idea of creating a calendar that unites the whole family in celebrating the special days of the season. Take an afternoon this week to whip up one of these customizable calendar DIYs sure to delight you and yours. Please do share the DIY holiday calendars you're making by tagging #makeitmonday on your social platform of choice!
Eight Nights of Surprises Wall Hanging by Creative Jewish Mom makes a lovely focal point for the family room.
Create this Dreidel Garland by Scrumdilly-do! with old neck ties!
This DIY Origami Box Advent Calendar by Gathering Beauty is a great way to use any small gift wrap scraps.
Mix and match these ideas to create a calendar of your very own, and please do show us what you're creating with a #makeitmonday shout out!
Last week at Spoonflower HQ, we opened our doors to Spoonflower fans from around North Carolina to party with us for an evening! Why? Well, to celebrate the release of our first book, The Spoonflower Handbook: A DIY Guide to Designing Fabric, Wallpaper, and Gift wrap, of course!
The night was full of cupcakes, local craft beer, plushies, polaroids, and surface design! About one hundred folks turned out to take tours of the Spoonflower factory and pick up a freshly signed copy of the book.
By the end of the night, polaroids and #spoonflowerhandbookselfies were scattered about the lobby. Thanks for the amazing shark plushie, Srummy!
Stephen Fraser, Spoonflower cofounder, spoke about the origins of Spoonflower and gave a playful walkthrough of one of the most popular projects in the book: the Doppelgänger Dog Pillow!
Doppelgänger dog friends hanging out on the couch! Photos courtesy of Marianne Millikan
The launch party and book signing was a fun opportunity to mingle with crafters, surface designers and sewists from around North Carolina, not to mention get acquainted with Spoonflower staff and factory operations. It's a colorful place, and we hope everyone had a blast. We sure did! Thanks to everyone who came out for the party.
Have you started reading The Spoonflower Handbook? What's the first project you're going to tackle? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to enter our #SpoonflowerHandbookSelfie giveaway by posting a selfie with our Handbook to Instagram!
With all the excitement surrounding the release of our new (and first!) book, The Spoonflower Handbook: A DIY Guide to Designing Fabric, Wallpaper, and Gift Wrap, we still have many surprises up our sleeves, we'll have you know.
In addition to the book signing & launch party we hosted last week at Spoonflower HQ, and the #SpoonflowerHandbookSelfie giveaway announcement along with it, we're sharing the excitement with a handful of talented and crafty bloggers around the Internet! They will be giving you a taste of the design and sewing projects found within the pages of the Handbook!
The Spoonflower Handbook contains 30+ projects for the fledgling surface designer, including everything from design how-to's to approachable tutorials for making some of the most unique, fun and stylish crafts you've ever seen.
Over the next five weeks, be sure to stop by the blogs below to find out how they approached their chosen Handbook project with zest and creativity!
Blog Tour Schedule:
Saturday, Sept.12th >>> Sammy K of Just Arting Around… featuring the Recipe Tea Towel project
Tuesday, Sept. 15th <<< Sherri Lynn Wood of Dainty Time featuring the Doppelgänger Dog Pillow
Thursday, Sept. 17th >>> Audrey Smit of This Little Street featuring the Coloring Desk Wrap
Tuesday, Sept. 22nd <<< Kate B of See Kate Sew featuring Photo Panel Wall Art
The very first books in a child's life hold so much importance and sentimental value. If one of those books can be soft, cuddly, and educational– well what could be better than that? Today, Jennifer Wambach stops by the blog to show us how to design and make an adorable cut-and-sew cloth book using basic design skills and custom-printed fabric.
PicMonkey is a great tool for taking your favorite photos and turning them into a collage. By uploading your collage to Spoonflower, you can create an endless amount of projects with added sentimental value of being extra personal. California based designer Allison Kreft uses this tool to create a custom drink tray using vacation photos! Follow along in PicMonkey with your own design to create your own!
Allison: I decided to combine my love of photography and fabric in this design. I was inspired on a trip to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and decided to take as many photos as possible. I tried to capture some of the iconic landmarks to set the scene, then added lots of pictures of the little details that create the beach boardwalk atmosphere.
If you're in the midst of your spring cleaning and battling with the decision to part with your old, sentimental t-shirts, these unique and practical ideas + tutorials will help you cope! Upcycling is the process of converting waste products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Tell us how you upcycle your retired t-shirts in the comments!
Today we’re serving up advice and tips from creative business owners to aid in your own creative entrepreneurial journey. To get started, we’ve collected a handful of articles on topics from important business practices to creating a brand that reflects your personality. Start your week with fresh ideas and perspectives on how to get your crafty business up and running!
Looking for a quick, easy and interactive update to your tired craft table? Spoonflower crew member Allison visits the blog to share how she updated her art room table using coloring book inspired Woven Peel and Stick wallpaper!
My three boys—Jackson (8), Dillon (6) and Maddox (4)—just love spending time in our art room. Collectively, it really is our happy place. The old wooden top table in our space has the marker and paint scars to prove it.
I was hailed “Super Mom” the day I revealed the newly-reclaimed art space to the kids and was exalted to “Best Mom in the Whole Wide World” the day they got home from camp to find our dingy tabletop transformed by designer Diane Frazier’s “Color Me Floral” coloring book design on Spoonflower's Peel and Stick Woven paper.
Note: We found success coloring the paper with Sharpies and other art markers from Staedtler and Uchida.
The maker community is quite an inspiring bunch. We love visiting our local craft fairs to see what creatives in the area are printing and stitching up. Check out a handful of handmade markets happening this summer around the world!
Urban Craft Uprising | Seattle, WA | June 12th & 13th
Renegade Craft Fair | New York: May 18th | Chicago: June 21-22 | LA: July 26-27 | San Francisco: July 19-20
Firefly Handmade | Boulder, CO | July 26 & 27
Handmade Canberra | Canberra ACT | June 7th & 8th
Porter Flea | Nashville, TN | June 7th
Indie Craft Parade | Greenville, SC | September 12-14
Re:Make | San Francisco, CA | September 12 & 13
The Finders Keepers | Sydney: June 6th & 7th | Brisbane: July 5th & 6th | Melbourne: July 25th & 26th
What handmade markets will you be attending this summer?