It may not occur to most people that this year’s college graduates stand at the leading edge of fashion design. In fact, as parents drop their children off at a specialty summer camp, they may not realize that their child is helping decide next season’s wearable trends. The next generation has an incredible amount of technology at their creative disposal. Today, we connect with two fashion design programs offering unparalleled access to digital technology and advanced design instruction. Justin LeBlanc, professor at North Carolina State University and runner up on Project Runway All Stars, discusses how his students are pushing innovation in the fashion world, and Rob Younkers, co-founder of STITCHED youth fashion camp, shares the incredible talent he discovers in his young designers.
We’ve all had the experience of seeing a beautiful surface design on Spoonflower and thinking… “gosh, that would make a beautiful… pillow, tea towel, tablecloth maybe even a chair!” Then life gets in the way, and we just don’t get around to actually starting… or finishing the project we envisioned. Or for others, you may be after a custom product but lack the sewing skills to actually make it yourself (hey, we can’t all be good at everything!). Here at Spoonflower, we are excited to share that we have a small team that is working to help bring your unique home dec projects and ideas to life, no sewing skills required.
Get a Free Swatch of Spoonflower's brand new soft and stretchy natural fabric: Cotton Spandex Jersey!
- 24 Hours Only
- Between 10 AM EST Thursday, January 21st through 10 AM EST Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Log into your Spoonflower account to get a free, custom-printed swatch of our new Cotton Spandex Jersey fabric, along with free shipping.
For 24 hours, one and all can get a free 8 in. x 8 in. test swatch of Cotton Spandex Jersey printed using any design available in the Spoonflower marketplace, or using your own design. Open to US and to non-US customers. Shipping will also be free. Woot!
HOW DOES IT WORK? This offer is limited to one free swatch per customer and household. To activate the discount, log into your Spoonflower account and use the Go For It button (visible on each fabric design page next to the Free Swatch Information) to add a swatch-sized piece of Cotton Spandex Jersey to your shopping cart between 10 AM EST on Thursday, January 21st and 10 AM EST on Friday, January 22nd, then proceed to checkout. The discount will be subtracted from your cart total automatically. Note that in order to receive your swatches, you need to log into your account and follow the transaction through to the order confirmation page. [And yes, shipping is free, too.] This offer works for your own designs or for any of the designs available for sale in the Spoonflower marketplace. Multiple orders from the same household and/or customer will be disqualified.
What happens when you combine Spoonflower’s Cotton Spandex Jersey, the brilliant mind of SammyK, and the winter cold and flu season? An adorable tissue-cozy swatch project, that’s what! Spoonflower friend and designer Samarra Khaja (SammyK) stops by the blog to bring you a swatch project that’s adorable, practical, and you can finish it up in just a few quick seams. Enjoy!
Photo by Devon Hicks
When it comes to your holiday shopping, do you find yourself searching for the perfect indie market or craft fair to help check off names on your shopping list? If you’re like Spoonflower team member Meredith who finds herself searching local craft shows for the perfect gift this time of year, you’ll love to learn more about today’s indie craft fair spotlight, Crafty Feast! Get the inside scoop from Crafty Feast director Rachel Carter, and jellykoe and Mums n Posies, two artists who are utilizing Spoonflower’s custom printing process for this year’s market.
In 2014, Rachel Carter was interning with public relations firm Flock and Rally with a main focus of working alongside the founder of Crafty Feast, Debi Schadel. This year, Rachel has jumped into the role as director for the event and will be leading the show! Looking forward to the unique show, her favorite part about the event is interacting with the artists.
Rachel: They are always so excited and grateful to be a part of the event, which makes all the time involved in planning logistics and marketing totally worth it. It’s also fun getting to watch Columbia’s art scene grow, and I love being able to play a small part in that.
I don't know about you, but around here, we turn positively giddy as soon as the temperature first starts to drop and the air gets crispy. Fall is finally here (or it will be in just 3 days!) and it has us feeling crafty. If you're anything like us, then we've got you covered with these 5 cozy crafts to get you in the mood for fall (as if you needed any help, right?). Bonus points if you're crafting with a pumpkin latte or brew in hand!
Make a Halloween Bunting with custom fabric by Heidi Kinney available on Spoonflower
Halloween Portraits – Slate Grey by Andrea Lauren available on Spoonflower
Pumpkin Pie !! by Demigoutte available on Spoonflower
Need even more fall crafting inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest and check out our DIY Fall Pinterest board!
We’re loving our newest addition to the Spoonflower fabric family, Modern Jersey. It’s perfectly soft and stretchy, and when printed, this fabric features rich, deep color that holds up beautifully to washing, even the repeated washes that baby things need. Since we launched Modern Jersey last month, our guest author and frequent contributor of brilliant sewing projects, Emma Jeffery of the Hello Beautiful blog, has been sharing projects and sewing tips for our soft and stretchy jersey in vibrant prints from the Spoonflower marketplace like this lovely infinity scarf, and these comfy shirts for her daughter in new Figgy’s patterns. Today Emma is back to share another simple Modern Jersey sewing tutorial, this time for soft and snuggly newborn baby hats. More of a visual learner? Skip down to the bottom of the post where Spoonflower HR team member Joyce recreates this project in a video tutorial.
This month we're sharing some simple and unique ways to infuse a little personality into your space with DIY home decor projects using custom printed fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. Today Mariah from Everything Golden visits the blog to show us how to update an old lamp with just a little custom printed fabric featuring one of her favorite landscape photos.