Known for a bright and bold design aesthetic in her Spoonflower shop and on her blog, Kara Whitten knows how to make a statement with her wildly creative DIY projects. This Halloween, Kara did not shy away from color when she dreamt up a perfectly sweet no-sew costume. Using just one yard of Linen Cotton Canvas, Kara shows how to transform a popular childhood treat, the unicorn horn lollipop, into a costume that’s sure to be the sweetest on the block.
Whenever we’re at a loss for what to sew next we always know we can count on our creative community to help us find our sewjo! Whether you’re looking to add a quick update to your home, stitch something up for your daughter or whip up a custom garment for yourself, they’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at eight projects created by a few of our favourite Australian makers to inspire your next me-made.
Perfect for chilly winter days or cool summer nights, this pullover stitched up by Katie of Katie Makes a Dress using a colourful print on Fleece designed by amyjpeg is great year round. Stitch up one, or five, for a new playful staple in your wardrobe! [Read more…] about 8 Australian Makers Inspiring Our Next DIY Project
We love seeing what our creative community around the world is making and our friends in the UK never disappoint. Here’s a look at seven incredible DIYs whipped up using Spoonflower fabrics (printed and shipped from our factory in Berlin!) by a handful of our favorite British crafters and just in time for Me Made May.
There’s nothing quite like family and friends surrounding an open campfire enjoying one of our favorite summertime treats, s’mores. This delicious, sticky treat has become a summer camp staple, and whether you like them lightly toasted and golden brown, or charred outside and soft on the inside, it’s safe to say we could all do without the mess from those melted ‘mallows. Luckily, we’ve whipped up a handy laminated zipper pouch to keep those gooey roasting sticks contained and mess-free. Check out the video tutorial below, or follow the full step-by-step guide to get started.
Heading into summer is a great time to take a break and reflect on the goals you set at the start of the year. If better self-care was at the top of your list, what better way to stay motivated and mindful than with a handmade yoga bolster. Spoonflower Berlin crew member Allie is visiting the blog today to share how she whipped up a pattern-blocked bolster to take her practice to the next level using Fill-a-Yard® and Dogwood Denim™!
Kathy Glynn, the author of Hand Lettering Step by Step: Techniques & Projects to Express Yourself Creatively, is back to share the second part of her DIY hand lettering tutorial. By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready to digitally print your calligraphy onto your favorite fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. If you missed part one, digitizing your lettering, of Kathy’s two-part series, be sure to take a peek before you get started today.
Kathy: Designing your own fabric is a fun way to share your lettering with others or to incorporate your lettering into your craft projects. Before you get started, decide on the elements you want to use, keeping in mind that the design will be repeated. Today I’m using a calligraphic phrase I previously scanned and a scanned watercolor swatch to color the lettering. I used the watercolor swatch to create a custom pattern in Photoshop that gives the lettering a subtle gradation effect. [Read more…] about Turn Your Hand Lettering into a Fabric Design: Backgrounds and Repeats
Today our friend Sophie, writer and creator of the most beautiful sewing blog Ada Spragg, visits the blog to share two of her favorite me-made summer weather accessories. Get out your sewing machine, grab some colorful fabric, and get ready to turn up the beet because you’re going to want to stitch up both of these projects ASAP!
A DIY nursery doesn’t always mean you have to break out the sewing machine! Using a hack on Spoonflower’s Fill-a-Yard® feature, Stefanie of The Style Safari is showing just how easy it is to create a custom name garland – no sewing required. The hardest part? Deciding which designs to use from the Spoonflower Marketplace of more than 650,000 designs!
Stefanie: I’m thrilled to share this tutorial as the ‘secret ingredient’ to my baby’s nursery. Since no one but my husband and I know our baby’s name yet, this has been a fun project to keep quiet! I absolutely wanted to decorate my daughter’s nursery with some fun wall art, but I tend to be very picky on art, and for a baby girl nursery, I wanted everything to feel personalized and special. Enter this easy custom name garland tutorial, where you can hang the letters in any way you choose, or opt to display them more like blocks on a shelf for more versatility. This is a great way to use Spoonflower’s Fill-a-Yard® feature, so have fun mixing up some of your favorite prints from the Spoonflower community! [Read more…] about DIY No-Sew Personalized Name Garland
Using just a few yards of Chiffon and an oversized embroidery hoop, The Style Safari is showing how you can transform a nursery reading nook into a dreamy escape. While Stefanie might be including this project in her daughter’s nursery, a chiffon canopy is a great addition for any room in the home.
If you’re looking for a functional and stylish way to transport small items, look no further than the DIY drawstring bag. It sews up quick thanks to this free PDF pattern, and only uses 1 yard of fabric and some drawstring. We can’t stop making them in our Lightweight Cotton Twill! Check out the video tutorial below or jump ahead to the text and photo version if that’s more your speed.