Registration opens today at 6pm for Pricing Your Handmade Creations, a class perfect for creative individuals interested in selling their goods! Join us in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at our Durham, NC headquarters, on Thursday, October 3, from 6-8pm, as instructor and entrepreneur Julie Mullin of Fiberactive Organics shares the wisdom of over 20 years experience in selling her own fiber products. This class is free and open to the public, so head over to our Meetup page for full class information and to reserve your spot today!
We have been a longtime fan of Carolyn Friedlander, creator of amazing modern quilt and sewing patterns. She whipped up her Social Tote using Spoonflower fabrics by Nadia Hassan, Claire Milne, and Jenny Gordy. This week we are offering one winner the chance to take home a paper copy of the Social Tote pattern plus 2 yards of custom printed fabric to sew one up for on-the-go crafting projects!
Enter by Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 for a chance to win. We will announce the winner on Wednesday, September 11th on the blog.
Ruth Unteregger is the lucky winner of last week's Quilting Happiness book giveaway— congrats!
Today we announced the addition of Performance Knit to the Spoonflower family. I (Allie) used Wiksten's tank pattern to sew up a simple dress using our new knit to get my feet wet working with our new apparel fabric!
Sewing on performance knit was initially a little intimidating. Not having much experience with knits combined with the drape and slippery-ness of the fabric made me a little scared! I decided to go with a super simple pattern from Wiksten that sews up in a snap to make a versatile dress or tank using one of my own fabric designs! With an upcoming beach trip, I knew this would make a great cover-up that easily transitions in to a cute outfit for lunch or a casual dinner and drinks!
Spoonflower team member Michelle shows us how to sew up a quick pencil case using one of her favorite cut & sew kits from our recent design challenge. Pick your favorite kit, learn how to install a zipper, and fill your new handmade pencil case with back to school goodies!
This tutorial shows you how to create a pencil case using one of my favorite designs from the top ten Pencil Case Cut & Sews from our recent design challenge. Even if you are a little nervous about installing a zipper, these bags sew up fast and easy! I taught students how to whip up these sweet bags in a class our community crafting space, The Greenhouse, this past Tuesday. Even the most apprehensive students walked away with an adorable bag. If you’re nearby, check out the schedule for more fun classes in the Greenhouse!
Once you learn to make a lined zippered bag, you will be dreaming up all of the possibilities– from coin purses to large zippered tote bags!
At Spoonflower HQ we have been busy preparing for next weekend's Indie Craft Parade, one of our favorite handmade markets! We will be heading down to Greenville, SC next Friday with these cute little cut & sew kits in hand for a weekend of handmade goodness!
Join us in the Greenhouse as local drapery professional Sandra VanSickle of Gimme Decorum shares step by step instruction on how to create custom panel curtains for your home! In this 3-hour workshop, students will make a fully lined sample panel with Spoonflower fabric (provided in class) to learn trade techniques such as calculating pleats, using buckrum, and pattern matching. The skills learned in this class will give all students the confidence to make beautiful, professional drapes for your home! Head over to our event page for the complete supply list, and register for this class today!
Here are the voting results:
1. 546 votes for Bobbit_Pencil_Case by woodmouse&bobbit
2. 506 votes for Damask Typewriter by artytypes
3. 343 votes for WHOOO is Ready for School pencil case by jennartdesigns
4. 333 votes for Owen and friends on yard by laura_the_drawer
5. 307 votes for Percy’s Pencil Pouch by dianef
6. 285 votes for pencil pouch by heidikenney
7. 262 votes for Cut-and-Sew Pencil Case (click to see mockups) by pennycandy
8. 240 votes for Moustache Cat! (Zipper Mouth Pencil Case) by sammyk
9. 236 votes for friendly_pencil_monster by alexandra_pillaert
10. 233 votes for Pop Pencil Pouch by gracemellow
Join us in the Greenhouse as nationally recognized designer Edward Walker kicks off our interior design class series! You may remember Edward from TLC’s Trading Spaces, and his work has graced the Triangle for years since. We’ve been delighted to work with Edward and his team to create custom fabric designs for a bedroom set! Come out to Spoonflower's Durham, NC headquarters as we unveil the vignette created by Edward and his team on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30-9pm!
To introduce our fall class series, Edward Walker will talk us through using pattern and scale to design a room. He’ll teach expert tips for pattern mixing and balancing color to pull a room together as he describes his design process for this class series.
Edward’s lecture will start at 7pm, so come early to check out Spoonflower’s headquarters! Tours will be available before and after the lecture. Head over to the event page to get your tickets to the kickoff today!
This month on the blog we’ve been sharing back to school DIYs for a creative start to the new school year. Emma Jeffery, author of Hello Beautiful blog, visits to share a design tutorial for cushion covers featuring your favorite book titles, perfect for your study nook!
Since it’s back to school season, I started thinking about a design that might appeal to teachers and children alike. I came up with the idea to create a book spine image (made to look like books on a shelf) with the authors being the names of children in the class and the titles saying something about the child, their interests, personalities or hobbies. I wanted to make it fun and quirky since I imagine this design being used on cushions in a reading corner of a classroom. I think kids would get a huge kick out of seeing their name on a book cover (even just an illustration of one) and I hope it might inspire a lifelong love for books and reading.
I have been desperately wanting to improve my design skills so that I can make the most of the array of options and possibilities Spoonflower has to offer, but until now I’ve been hesitant at trying my hand at using professional design software. For this project however, I had a clear idea of how I wanted my design to look, and I figured that with its straight lines and simple graphics, it might just be the project that introduces me to the world of Adobe Illustrator.
I downloaded the trial version of Illustrator, available here. The following tutorial is an absolute beginner’s guide to some of the most basic tools of the software, written by an absolute beginner (me). But hey, if I can do it, you can too!