Have you ever wondered how designers in the Spoonflower community create the adorable cut-and-sew projects you’ve been eyeing in the Marketplace? From the purrrfect zipper pouch (see the how-to here) to a giftable hedgehog plushie, the only limit to creating your very own cut-and-sew project is your imagination. To help you get started, Spoonflower designer Ceri Staziker–cerigwen in the Marketplace–is sharing seven design tips for successfully creating a cut-and-sew project. By the time you’re done, you’ll never underestimate the power of a fat quarter!
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Instead of following the latest movie craze, give your kids a chance to win originality points (and maybe extra candy) on the trick-or-treating circuit with these five adorable cut-and-sew projects. From rainbows and unicorns, to friendly fish and a sweet treat, these clever kid’s costumes will make lasting lasting memories for everyone.
For your unicorn lover this Halloween, we’ve found the perfect cut-and-sew project in Kona® Cotton from Rebecca Propes of Make & Do Studio. Featuring an oversized hanging rainbow and a plushie friend to match, you’ll feel like you’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when you’ve finished this DIY Halloween costume! Warning: She won’t want to put away this look after Halloween.
Outfitted in sweet, matching colors, your trick-or-treaters will have all the grandparents under their charm in cut-and-sew Matryoshka Doll costumes designed by Anda Corrie. You may recognize Anda’s distinct style from other DIY tutorials on the blog or her Spoonflower shop, and her riff on a classic collectible in Basic Cotton Ultra makes an adorable combo for siblings. See Anda’s complete tutorial below to get started!
The cats out of the bag! One of our most popular fat quarter projects is now a video tutorial and making it’s DIY debut for your crafting pleasure. Are you ready to see why we think this zipper pouch is the purrrfect gift for any cat-loving friend? Check out the full, step-by-step tutorial below or follow along with the video tutorial to get started.
We first met embroidery artist and kit designer Michelle Galletta of Kiriki Press while working together on a quick and easy DIY project for attendees of the Create: Now Summit. To say it was love at first stitch would be an understatement! Michelle has the ability to bring fabric to life with her extraordinary embroidery skills and today, we’re so thrilled to welcome Michelle to the blog to share her Matryoskha dolls with the entire Spoonflower community.
Just like the traditional Russian nesting dolls where the artistry is found in the way the dolls’ outfits are decorated, Michelle’s dolls will come to life as you embroider the cut & sew pattern with your own personal spin.
Remember the days when you were told “don’t play with your food”? We hope you’re ready to throw that rule out the window for today’s tutorial by the cut-and-sew connoisseur, Na’ama. The Berlin-based maker is back with a new DIY plushie that we know you’re going to love soy much. Sharpen your chopsticks, grab your fabric shears and get ready to create the most adorable nigiri plushie.
Na’ama: Hello there sweet makers! Do you have a great love for Japanese food like I do? Well sometimes I think that this love is not only about the fact that it tastes amazing, but also because it’s a very aesthetic cuisine. The thing with food is that no matter how pretty it is, it will always be eaten at the end (or rot). This is why you need to have this Nigiri dude by your side, on your desk or on a shelf, just to remind you forever how great sushi is! Oh, and I created a companion friend for him – Mr. Soy, to spice things up! [Read more…] about Prove your Love for Sushi with this DIY Nigiri Plushie
Calling all sweethearts! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and Heidi Kenney, designer of all things cute and tasty, has created a chocolatey treat especially for you. Using just a fat quarter of Fleece, Heidi’s Valentine Chocolate Box Pillow design is perfect for your best friend or partner in crime, your mom and even your one and only true love (yourself, included!). Our favorite thing is that this chocolate box won’t melt or go bad—it’s meant to last as long as love itself. Follow along below with Heidi’s simple step-by-step tutorial and make your very own valentine plushie.
- One fat quarter of Heidi’s Valentine Chocolate Box Pillow on Fleece
- Sewing machine
- Coordinating thread
- Scissors and/or rotary cutter
Step One: Cut out both hearts and the long strip of red from your fleece fat quarter.
Congrats to Design Challenge champion, Cynthia Frenette of British Columbia, Canada! Everyone knows the finishing touch to the perfect gift is a thoughtful tag, so last week we put designers to the test had had them come up with a cut-out template for poinsettia themed tags, the perfect swatch project! These festive poinsettia gift tags can be cut out of peel & stick wallpaper swatches, gift wrap or even fabric, just in time for the holiday season. See & shop all the top ten.
1. 368 votes for Poinsettia Gift Tags by cynthiafrenette
2. 360 votes for christmas gift tags with cute woodland animals, santa claus, snowman and poinsettia by mirabelleprint
3. 351 votes for Poinsettia vintage christmas labels by heleen_vd_thillart
4. 243 votes for boule_de_noel_poinsettia_gris_M by nadja_petremand
5. 233 votes for poinsettia gift tags by cjldesigns
6. 210 votes for Gift Tag Retro Poinsettia by allaroundquilter
7. 207 votes for Christmas_poinsettia by la_fabriken
8. 204 votes for Poinsettia gift tags by kostolom3000
9. 197 votes for Poinsettia gift tags by jill_o_connor
10. 195 votes for Poinsettia Gift Tags by karman_valla
[Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of our Poinsettia Gift Tags Challenge!
As we begin to approach the busy holiday season, there is one standing tradition at Spoonflower that allows us to embrace the best qualities of the holiday season – kindness and giving. For the 5th year in a row, we are excited to announce that both Spoonflower locations (that’s right… our US and Berlin offices!) will be donation drop-off locations for the Softies for Mirabel Drive, hosted by Pip Lincolne over at Meet Me at Mike’s.