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.
cut and sew
The holidays are, in many ways, all about the presentation – we decorate our homes in hopes of creating the perfect holiday vibe, we wrap gifts in the most stunning paper we can find, and this week, we award the top designs in our Holiday Gift Bag contest! These special cut-and-sew gift bags let you sew your very own beautiful holiday bag for toting gifts, wine, and stocking stuffers! Give a big cheer for the winner Virginia Odien (vo_aka_virginia) with her holiday bag design "A Winter Bag For You" and make sure to check out the rest of the top ten today!
v1. 418 votes for A winter gift bag for you dear by vo_aka_virginiao
2. 400 votes for Holiday Gift Bag by jill_o_connor
3. 381 votes for ice floral fox drawstring gift bag kit by scrummy
4. 348 votes for Fox Family Gift Bag by cjldesigns
5. 285 votes for winter foliage holiday gift bag by karinka
6. 269 votes for gingerbread house gift bag by analinea
7. 264 votes for Fox & Deer DIY Holiday Gift Bags by creativetaylor
8. 260 votes for Frosty Fete Wine Bottle Gift Bag by betsysiber
9. 253 votes for It's in the bag! by moirarae
10. 249 votes for Joy to the World Gift Bag by susan_polston
Wendy Top by Sew Liberated in Cotton Lawn | Design: Shoal (on navy) by cerigwen
We are so thrilled to share the news that our friends at Sprout Patterns have officially launched their site! Sprout Patterns is a new service that offers curated indie sewing patterns that you combine with Spoonflower designs–your own or from the Spoonflower Marketplace–to create customized cut and sew projects.
Detail of Manhattan blouse by See Kate Sew | Designs by heleen_vd_thillart
Can’t decide what to do with that lovely little hedgehog fabric you favorited last week? Stitch up a Zippy top or a sweet little skirt in half the time using Sprout. By digitally printing the design of your choice into the pattern, you’re left with the best part, the fun of sewing up the garment is left to you—no messy paper pattern pieces to fuss with! Simply log in using your the email address and password associated with your Spoonflower account. Same as on Spoonflower, you receive 10% off whenever you order your own design, which you receive back into your account as Spoondollars. Designers also receive up to 15% commission when their designs are ordered on Sprout patterns!
Negroni Shirt by Colette in Linen-Cotton | Design: Call of the Wild by Nouveau Bohemian
Anna Dress from By Hand London in Poly Crepe de Chine | Design: Cantaloupe Flowers on Red by Pond_ripple
What Sprout Pattern are you most excited to stitch up? Tell us in the comments below!
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.
Talented designer Natitys (Eloisa) visits the blog today to share some of her sweet cut & sew doll templates with you. She’ll show you how to customize the patterns to make your own unique doll, and upload your file for printing. These templates make a quick, simple and personalized project that fits perfectly onto just a fat quarter of fabric.
Eloisa: I think handmade dolls are one best gifts anyone could receive, especially when your doll is designed just for you! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change colors of the skin, hair, outfits and add accessories to these pre-designed doll patterns so you can add detail and personalization that’s all your own!
This fall, we're excited to take advantage of the amazing variety of cut-and-sew plushie designs in the Spoonflower marketplace to participate in the Softies for Mirabel handmade toy drive! This annual toy drive supports the Mirabel Foundation, an Australian organization that offers support to children affected by parental substance abuse. This year, we'll be collecting handmade toys and hosting a plushie sew-in here in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space at our Durham, NC headquarters, to support this amazing effort to raise awareness and spread some love!
It's no secret that we just love plushies here at the Spoonflower offices! When they're not starring in our little videos or giving us endless crafting possibilities, they're just really fun to have around the office for, you know, us to play with any kids who stop by the office. But this fall, we're excited to enlist our plushie friends to do some good for kids across the sea in Australia, so we're putting out the call for contributions for the 7th annual Softies for Mirabel, a handmade toy drive organized by the folks over at Meetmeatmikes.com.
Plushies pictured here: (back row) Jennifer Franklin's Zombie Cut and Sew Doll, Shelleyfaye's Skelley Baby Doll, and Retro Rudolph's Zombie Skelly Panda and Casual Green Ghoul – reversible doll; (middle) My Zoetrope's Cutie-Cat Pumpkin Pillows; (front) Amel24's Halloweeny Plushies.
Trick or Treat! It's a Halloween plushie party in the Greenhouse here at Spoonflower's Durham, NC headquarters! Join us to sew Halloween-themed plushies as Spoonflower's own Michelle Swart leads a basic sewing workshop for kids on Tuesday, October 22, from 4-5:30pm! This class is designed to be an introduction to hand sewing, and students will learn each step in creating their own stuffed toy from a cut and sew pattern. Michelle will cover everything from threading a needle to cutting pattern pieces and assembling a plushie for students to take home. We're printing some of our favorite Halloween themed toys (including several from last year's Zombie Plush Toy Design Challenge!) for folks to choose their favorite, and all materials for this class will be provided! This class is open to kids aged 10-16 years old, and no previous sewing experience is necessary. Head over to Eventbrite to reserve your child's spot in the class starting this evening at 6pm!