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.
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!
As of this morning, all of you on the Spoonflower Beta waiting list should have received an invitation link that allows you to create an account. If you signed up at any point before last night and have not received an invite, then the email we sent may well have ended up in your spam folder. That’s ok: you can request a new one by entering your email address here [be sure to check your spam folder for the password reminder if you don’t see it]. We’re planning to open up the site to ‘instant’ registration in the next week or two, which will be a big step — so please wish us luck!
On another note, if you haven’t admired the fabulous Flickr pool lately be sure to check out photos of some of the amazing projects being made using fabric printed through Spoonflower, including the work of Bari J., who makes and sells fabric handbags among other things. Happy Monday.
1. Create your own design—just upload an image to get started.
Choose a design from the Spoonflower Marketplace, where indie artists earn commissions from every sale.
2. Choose a product
Apply your design to the fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrap of your choice.
3. We print it to order
We make each item just for you. After we print it, the Spoonflower team hand cuts, processes, and packs your order.
4. Spoonflower ships all over the world
5. Receive your custom fabric and start sewing!