So you think you know Spoonflower, huh? Well we put together this hodge-podge of fun facts and trivia that might just surprise you! For example, did you know that Spoonflower prints more than 740,000 yards in one year? Take a look!
Here in the Southern United States, the heat is blazing and we’re keeping cool with lots of refreshing, icy beverages– and those beverages demand coasters! Today, Spoonflower crew member Theresa stops by to share a quick and easy tutorial for how to make your own personalized drink recipe coasters with no more than a swatch of fabric and a few handy supplies!
Now that the weather has gone from pleasantly mild to hotter than Hades in North Carolina, a tall glass of something cold and delicious on the porch to cool off is essentially part of my daily routine. Is it just me or do drinks look kind of sad and lonely sitting there by themselves? They need coasters! My wood furniture whole-heartedly agrees with me on that. I’m having the family over for dinner soon, so I thought it would be fun to put together some personalized drink recipe coasters for each of them. These would also be great for Father’s Day / Mother’s gifting or birthdays. Using the magic powers of digital printing and some tiles that cost next to nothing, I put each of my family member’s favorite drink recipes right on to their very own coasters. Let’s begin!
Personalized gifts always make the biggest impression. Audrey, crafter extraordinaire and creative author of This Little Street, shares how she used Spoonflower to turn her daughter’s art into dolls to give as party favors at her daughter’s birthday!
For a while now I’ve been trying to think about what to do with the girls best drawings – I really hate to see these pretty pictures pilled up in the box….because let’s be honest, friends, given the industrial amount of drawings the girls make there is no way I can proudly hang them ALL on the wall. Our walls just don’t have that square footage 🙂 I’ve also been wanting to show the girls the many ways that our imagination can come alive, how their pretty pictures can become so much more.
A couple months ago I was playing around on Spoonflower trying to design my own fabric (more on that later I promise!), and it hit me – I realized I could easily just print some of their best drawings on fabric and sew little dolls out of them! Olivia’s birthday was coming up, and I thought these would make awesome party favors for all of her friends.
Happy Friday! The beginning of fall has us motivated to start some new healthy exercising habits, and we can't think of a better way to stay inspired and committed than by DIYing some awesome workout accessories. Take this weekend to check out these tutorials, start a project, and let's hit the ground running (or swimming, or walking, or lifting…) on Monday–because everybody knows that weekends don't count!
Make a DIY Yoga Top from any comfy tank you own–no pattern necessary! Spoonflower crew member Jamie shows you how while whipping one up with our Performance Piqué. (Psst–enter our giveaway this week, and you could win 3 yards of our Performance Piqué + an amazing new sewing book!)
This awesome no-slip running belt is fashionable and functional. Keep your phone and keys secure while adding a lovley pop of color or pattern to your workout duds. The folks at The Sewing Rabbit walk you through the steps with an excellent tutorial.
Skip the pricey home gym system (even though the informercial has us sold, too!) and make your own equipment. Check out 21 DIY Gym Equipment Projects to Make at Home.
Feast your eyes on these gorgeous knitted yoga ball covers by Page Thirty Three. Why not whip up a custom cover for your exercise ball or bolster?
Not ready to tackle a sweater for your yoga ball? Knit these adorable yoga leg warmers to stay cozy while you practice.
Do you have any homemade workout gear or favorite DIYs to share? We'd love to see what keeps you motivated and fit in the comments!
Whether you spend the weekend relaxing or geting a move on, have a so much fun!
Looking for a lovely fabric to stitch up a summer dress or top? Silky Faille is an elegant fabric that drapes beautifully and is appropriate for a variety of different projects. When printed, this 100% polyester fabric features crisp, brilliant color that holds up great in the wash. Its soft touch makes it ideal for apparel, such as dresses, blouses and scarves. Pillows and drapes are also a great way to take advantage of this fabric’s perfect weight and flow. One lucky winner will take home three yards of custom printed Silky Faille to stitch up their favorite warm weather project!
Enter by Tuesday, May 13th for a chance to win! We will announce to the winner on the blog on Wednesday, May 14th. Congrats to Violet Rose, Elisabet Rueda & Erika Eberson da Silva– winners of our Jane Dunnewold fabric design DVD giveaway!
The Tank Dress by Sew Caroline is the perfect summer dress that you’ll want to make over and over. A true summer staple, this dress will fit perfectly into your everyday life. The simple construction leaves room for lots of modifications and “making it your own”. The dress fits to hit above the knee (although there are instructions included on how to make the dress longer OR shorter!), no darts, no closures, and the option for an elastic casing or elastic thread to cinch the back. Enter for a chance to take home your own Tank Dress pattern + custom printed fabric!
Enter by Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on the blog on Wednesday, April 30th. Congratulations to Tracey Pearson– winner of our Simple Modern Sewing giveaway!
This week guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shows us how she turned her grandmother’s handwritten recipes into tea towels for her own kitchen. Read the how-to below, or, jump to our up-to-date video tutorial from Spoonflower member Theresa at the bottom of the post. She’ll take you through each step from Emma’s tea towel concept, so you’ll learn how to edit your scanned recipe in Photoshop, all the way through to how to sew up the tea towel with a finished double-hem.
Emma: For a woman who keeps a newspaper from the day she was born, my mum has surprisingly few keepsakes or handwritten memorabilia from her own mother who passed away in 1999. When I asked her to trawl through her old papers and files, she managed to find three handwritten recipes from my grandmother. They appear to be the only remaining examples of her handwriting left in the world, and they are therefore as precious as they are priceless.
Anyone started working on your Valentine's Day sewing projects yet? Fabric inspiration abounds on Spoonflower! There are a whole lot of designs on offer for the younger Valentines in your life.
From top left corner: Train and Love Whales by Boris Thumbkin, Oh Mon Couer Blanc by Nadja Petramand, Saint Valentine's Day by Heidi Kenney, Line Art Hearts by Oksancia, Cocoa Love by Feathered Nest Studio, Alligator Love by Andibird, Puppy Love by Heather Dutton, and Woo Woo Woofers by Scrummy.
Plenty of fabrics for the more grown-up Valentine, too.
From top left corner, Love and Paper Airplanes (pale blue) by TheBLine_I_ABP, Red Birds (with little hearts) by Verycherry, Snap by BrightonBelle, Rabbit and Heart Linen by Holli Zollinger, Rococo Love (pink) by HappySewLucky, Diamonds and Hearts Red by Zesti, Sweethearts and Blackhearts by Asset68, Be My Valentine by Valentina Ramos, and Very Valentine Envelope Toss by RyanWalsh3457
And don't forget fabrics for your favorite freaky or geeky Valentine!
From top left corner, Skull Candy Box Pink by Ophelia, I Love Zombies by MotleyCruiser, Alas, Poor Yoric by Nalo Hopkinson, Skull Heart 02 by Bleach, I Love You Anatomically by Odkins, 8-Bit Love (Rotate) by LeighR, Cthulhu in Love (pink) by Jenithea, Robot Love II by PoetryQN, and Heart Flourish by MeaganAndSegal.
Happy sewing for your loved ones, everyone–mwah!
Spoonflower folks may be surprised to learn that having ready access to my own fabrics printed by my own fabric printing company has by no means curtailed my patronage of excellent local fabric shops. (Thimble Pleasures and Mulberry Silks, if you want to take a peek.) Great fabric is great fabric, after all, and I go out of my way to support small businesses. I bet you do, too.
So perhaps you’ll be as excited as I am to learn about Project 95, a new database of independently-owned fabric and quilt shops in beta testing mode. I emailed Sarah Moon this morning to add one of my local fabric shops to the map. I also inquired as to whether they also want to add those of you who sell your own fabric designs in your Etsy shops and websites, but who don’t have brick-and-mortar stores. I’ll let you know what I hear, but it wouldn’t hurt to email Sarah Moon yourself if you want to make a case for inclusion–or add an independently-owned shop in your town, of course! (Emails should use “Add a Project 95 Shop” as the subject line.) Thanks to Craft Magazine for the heads-up!