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!
Whether you’re getting ready to liven up a living room with a do-it-yourself upholstery project or looking for a fabric with that coveted worn-in look, Cypress Cotton Canvas will be the answer to your home dec dreams. While we could go on for days listing the reasons why we love this fabric, we’ll limit it to just five!
1. It’s a true upholstery weight fabric.
Cypress Cotton Canvas is a 100% cotton upholstery and home décor fabric featuring a sophisticated basketweave structure. If you’re not ready to commit to completely recovering your couch, start with a small project like a cover for your ottoman.
It’s hard to believe it’s been close to two years since our last update from the Berlin team. We’ve been hard at work completing the space, growing the team, expanding marketing efforts and internationalizing pages on the site!
Our Berlin team now consists of 30 crafty individuals from 20 different countries. From New Zealand to South Korea, and South Africa to Bulgaria, we have rounded up quite a diverse group of folks who help with everything from printing orders to writing code. Members of the Berlin team speak 23 languages and while we come from various corners of the globe we all unite around the common goal of craftiness and creativity! [Read more…] about An Update from our Berlin Office
Celebrate the holiday season by transforming a family recipe into the perfect gift using Emma Jeffery’s tried and true Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel Tutorial. Spoonflower Berlin crew member Maria shares how she put a German twist on this project using her father’s Stollen recipe in the next installment of our Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!
Maria: Every holiday season I look forward to time spent with my family. While my home in Berlin is only a couple hours north of Dresden, where my parents live, heading home for Christmas is always the most special trip. The excitement that was once filled with gifts and surprises has now been replaced with simple traditions I look forward to year round. My favorite being a slice of my dad’s Stollen, a recipe he only makes once a year. Stollen is a traditional German bread containing dried fruit topped with sugar or icing meant to resemble Jesus as a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths. And while I might be a bit bias, my dad makes the best Stollen! This is my first Christmas working at Spoonflower and after seeing the original recipe tea towel I knew I had to make one for my dad for Christmas. Follow along to learn how to whip one up for your friends and family this holiday season! [Read more…] about A German Take on the Classic Recipe Tea Towel
Store-bought swimsuit woes — we’ve all had them. You’re inside a horribly lit fitting room with 10 different suits, all of them gaping in the wrong areas, barely covering you in others. Is it just me or is your normal dress size nearly doubled when it comes to bathing suits? I’m convinced it’s a cruel joke on the part of these swimwear designers who are just out to get us frustrated and confused about what’s going to actually fit. In the journey to total body confidence, swimwear can be a dreaded thing for many women. Enter the me-made suit. When you sew your own, you have complete control over fit. You can show off the areas you feel comfortable with, and cover the parts you want to be more modest about. No weird size tags, just pure and honest measurements. No itchy labels. No weird pulling or gaping. Just your perfect dream suit, in your perfect print or even one you designed yourself.
I recently came across the Bombshell Sew Along and pattern from Closet Case Patterns. Let me tell you — this sew-along / pattern combo was sent from above! I was once super intimidated by the idea of sewing my own swimsuit, but knowing that Heather’s sew along would guide me through each and every step with extremely thorough instructions, photos and diagrams along the way made me feel brave enough to take the plunge — and I’m so glad I did.
It’s not every day that you get to meet a designer who lives on the Isle of Man. Vicky Webb (crumpetsandcrabsticks) designs from atop a hill overlooking the quay in the Isle of Man’s capital, Douglas. The picturesque island is nestled between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Keep reading to learn about Vicky’s sources of inspiration and all the tools she has in her designer tool box!
The Painting Design Challenge has been our most popular one yet! It’s the last week of challenges for January, but get ready because our February design challenges with Bucketfeet are sure to be amazing. This week the top 11 (there was a tie for number 10!) are all stunners, featuring gorgeous paint strokes that pay homage to one of our favorite artistic hobbies: painting. A big round of applause is in order for Dutch design champion Heleen_vd_thillart and her lovely birds painting their feathers blue! Check out the entire top 11 and shop the winners on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap.
1. 276 votes for Birds painting their feathers blue by heleen_vd_thillart
2. 272 votes for watercolour garden by cjldesigns
3. 265 votes for Bee eater design challenge by mister-moon
4. 258 votes for elegant tropical watercolor florals by laurawrightstudio
5. 244 votes for Watercolor Midnight Garden by honoluludesign
6. 237 votes for Paint by bonifi
7. 229 votes for Large Watercolor Floral on Pink by taylor_bates
8. 220 votes for GardenOfBlue by bethschneider
9. 211 votes for Painting Green Waves by themadcraftduckie
10. 208 (number 10 tie) votes for Watercolor flowers by nadiianemchenko
11. 208 (number 10 tie) votes for Mixed Media by susan_polston [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of our Painting Design Challenge
Not just for “grannies” and Victorian-era ladies anymore, needlepoint has made a comeback in recent years (even Taylor Swift needlepoints!) — and we’re so glad it has! For National Hobby Month, we wanted to spend some time paying homage to one of our favorite past times, needlepoint with a design challenge. Congratulations to Elena Naylor with her gorgeous Embroidered Flowers design. Elena will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner, Amy of Pennycandy will receive $100 in Spoondollars, and the 3rd place winner C-hawk studios will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required. Shop the entire the winners here!
1. 343 votes for Embroidered flowers by elena_naylor
2. 267 votes for Fauxboro (Jackie Blue) by pennycandy
3. 257 votes for Botanical Sampler by c-hawk_studios
4. 231 votes for Stitch Sampler by gracesutherland
5. 227 votes for Stitched Garden by susan_polston
6. 220 votes for Sashiko stitching by lauraflorencedesign
7. 216 votes for Embroidered flower pattern on creme by heleen_vd_thillart
8. 215 votes for Floral Needlepoint in soft pastels by suzytaylordesigns
9. 192 votes for Mexican Embroidery Sampler by pinky_wittingslow
10. 184 votes for Needlepoint / Hand Embroidery by matite [Read more…] about Announcing the Needlepoint Design Challenge Winners
It may as well be an International Holiday for designers everywhere: The release day of Pantone’s Color of the Year. Always on trend and (perhaps) even ahead of the trend, Pantone has chosen a fresh, spring green as their heralded hue. Love it or hate it, “Greenery” is about to have its day in the sun and you may just start seeing Pantone 15-0343 everywhere. We’ve rounded up our favorite leafy green hued designs from the Spoonflower Marketplace below. Just tap each image to shop the designs on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Not a huge fan of greenery? Just give it some time, it just might grow on you.
In the latest edition of our Meet the Designer series, we discuss the creative process with Jennifer Carrasco (Jenoiserie), a painter from West Seattle, Washington with a very unique skill set and 25 years of design experience. Visit her Spoonflower shop and read on to learn how she brings lemurs and butterflies to life on canvas!