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!
We're so excited to have artist, author and publicity expert Amy Flurry in the Spoonflower Greenhouse in Durham, North Carolina, to present her DIY PR Workshop on September 19! We're giving one lucky winner a free spot in Amy's workshop and a signed copy of her comprehensive DIY publicity guide, Recipe for Press! Read on for details about the workshop and your chance to win!
If you have a great idea, story, or product to share with the world, this workshop is for you! Please join us in the Spoonflower Greenhouse at our Durham, NC headquarters as Amy Flurry shares her insider tips for getting great press in her DIY PR Workshop on Thursday, September 19, from 6-8pm.
As an editor and contributor to publications like Lucky, InStyle, and Better Homes & Gardens, Amy knows exactly what media professionals are looking for in a great story. Drawing on her own experiences having co-founded her own art company, the Paper-Cut-Project,
Amy's literally written the book on getting quality media attention and creating relationships with journalists and bloggers. Amy's workshops and lectures offer entrepreneurs tips and tools for refining their message, and she can tell you exactly what you need (and what you do not need!) for engaging an audience and maintaining relationships with folks who can help spread the word about your work and your passion.
Head over to Amy's website to register for our DIY PR Workshop in the Greenhouse. For one lucky winner, we'll cover registration and include a signed copy of Recipe for Press! Enter between now and Monday, September 2, at 5pm EST for your chance to win!
This week at Spoonflower HQ, we are excited to share our new Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant— an award to support students in pursuit of textile and design degrees worldwide. We can't wait to see the cutting-edge garments and installations these up-and-coming designers create!
As they say, a well organized, beautiful environment makes for a clear head and more productive experience overall. We’re inspired by these creative children’s study spaces to make a fresh start to the new school year!
1. Color-on wallpaper | 2. Study nook | 3. Simple + organized boy’s desk | 4. Custom pipe + plank desk shelving | 5. Artful study space walls | 6. Bright + colorful desk | 7. Chalkboard nook | 8. Neon + pastel study space
Mariah from Everything Golden visits to share a simple vintage army messenger bag update using a mix of custom and vintage fabric scraps. Get the how to and head back to school with a creative book bag to haul your gear!
Mariah: In the spirit of heading back to school, I thought I’d spruce up a vintage army messenger bag with some custom Spoonflower fabric. I designed the orange fabric and used a piece of vintage scrap fabric for the flap. You can purchase the orange design here, or design your own custom print!
What you’ll need:
1. Any bag you’d like to update
2. Eco Canvas fabric (or any other durable fabric such as Linen Cotton Canvas or Faux Suede), 2 square pieces and 2 triangle pieces
3. Snap or regular button
4. Needle and thread
I wanted my pocket to fit my phone so I measured the fabric to ensure it would fit, leaving at least 1” seam allowance on all sides.
Place the two square pieces together, both right sides facing up. Separately fold the two top edges down using an iron and sew a seam on the edge that faces up. Then fold the remaining three sides under, and iron. Then place the triangle pieces together, right sides facing each other, and sew all sides leaving about 2” open so you can turn it right side out.
Place your square piece and your triangular flap together and pin to your bag. Sew the edge of the top back square piece with the triangle flap tucked under and sew the rest of the sides.
With a needle and thread hand sew your snaps and voila, you’re done!
Need more DIY projects? Check out our Back to School DIYs roundup for 41 awesome projects to get your creativity flowing!
About Our Guest Author
Mariah is a creative wanderer in design, photography, and style A nature lover to the core she grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho, spent some time in Colorado and is now happy at home in Bozeman, Montana, wher her laser physicist husband and a smarty pants border collie named Indie. Her biggest source of inspriation is found in the solace of the mountains.
Folks of all ages joined us last Saturday at our Durham, NC headquarters for an afternoon of twisting, banding, and dip-dying Spoonflower t-shirts. Our friends at Rit Dye supplied us with beautiful colors and expert tie-dye instruction, to boot!