In the latest iteration of our Meet the Designer series, we discuss life and creativity with Kate Fearn (Petite_circus), a designer and illustrator who works from home in the Stroud Valleys, UK. With 14 years of in-house experience designing and illustrating children’s books, she has more recently broadened her portfolio to include surface design. Her work is inspired by everything from historic textiles, to English heritage, and fairy tales. Visit her Spoonflower shop, check out her recent winning “Vintage Christmas” design, and keep reading to find out what she’s up to these days.
Baseball is one of America's favorite summer traditions. Could it be the hotdogs and popcorn, or the excitement of cheering on the home team with a tied ballgame and bases loaded in the seventh inning? Reminisce for a moment and cast your vote in our Take Me Out to the Ballgame Design Challenge!
Spending more time cozied up inside against the winter weather? Take this time indoors to update your space with fresh and bright new prints from the Spoonflower Marketplace! No need for a huge project–whip up quick pillow covers for the couch or frame swatches as art for your walls. This week we're bringing you ideas for small projects that can totally transform the way you see and use your living space, starting with these 5 bright fabrics to get you inspired!
Fans of our Cotton Silk will be sad to hear that we've pulled it from the Spoonflower fabric line-up. The price of that particular fabric is going up, so we've reluctantly decided not to re-stock it. We're sorry to see it go!
If you haven't tried it already, please be sure to check out our lovely Satin as an alternate. We also have new fabrics planned for 2015, so there's more to look forward to!
Emma Jeffery of Hello Beautiful visits the Spoonflower blog today to share a custom upholstered headboard tutorial, a project made gorgeous, unique and comfortable in custom printed faux suede fabric. This simple and quick home DIY will make a big, personalized impact on your space!
Spoonflower’s new faux suede is the perfect fabric for making a statement piece like this upholstered headboard. I used a dramatic print from the Spoonflower marketplace by Jennifer Flannigan. This is a no-sew project and is simple in its construction. And whilst I’m more at home in a fabric store than a hardware store, this headboard requires more industrial supplies than you can find at your average craft store. I’ve tried to list my supplies as accurately as possible so that you can easily find what you need to create your own. Getting the foam and plywood cut in store really helps keep this project manageable if you don’t have access to or inclination to use your own power tools.
With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Monday, what better weekend to craft the perfect fiesta?! These fabrics and DIYs have us ready to say olé and celebrate!
MEXICAN CACTUS by sydama
MINI CACTUS PIÑATAS on Oh Happy Day
LOVE FIESTA by SammyK
DIY CINCO DE MAYO GARLAND on Lovely Indeed
PAPEL PICADO by thirdhalfstudios
DIY PAPER PICADO VOTIVES with free printables on WhimseyBox
CACTUS FLOWERS by hannafate.
FIESTA FLOWERS on Aunt Peaches
PONCHO DAISY by Fabric Farmer by Jill Bull
EASY DIY FRINGE RUNNER FOR CINCO DE MAYO on Hank & Hunt
Here's to a festive Cinco D-I-Yo!
While browsing the Spoonflower site this week, I came across some Easter bunnies that were too cute to keep to myself. Enjoy these happy rabbit fabrics, plus five easter egg DIYs to do before Easter!
Funny bunny love a float spring by Stacyiesthsu
Grafitti Easter eggs on Paper & Stitch
Cestlaviv bunny ebony by Cest_la_viv
White paint on natural brown eggs on Kaley Ann
Jade moon rabbit – duck egg blue by Bee&lotus
Crocheted Easter eggs on The Style Files
Clover patch by Katherinecodega
Dye Easter eggs with silk ties from Relish.
Have a happy and creative weekend!
Today we’re very excited to announce the arrival of a brand new fabric in the Spoonflower family, which we’re calling Performance Knit. Starting today, you’ll find the new fabric available in the drop-down list whenever you order from our site.
The Performance Knit is a completely new type of material that’s quite different from any of our current fabric choices. The hand and drape is lovely, and you’ll find that the printed color is brighter and richer than any other fabric we’ve ever offered. This 100% polyester also has wicking and performance qualities that make it terrific for apparel, and it holds up to repeated washing without the least bit of fading. Current customers should note that this new knit is not as stretchy as the organic interlock knit offering. There are a few other notable qualities of the Performance Knit — it does not wrinkle much after being washed, but also doesn’t easly hold a crease when you’re sewing with it. A little later today, look for a tutorial that includes some sewing tips specific to the new fabric.
Do you know what cranky check fabric is? Ever heard of either monk's cloth or nun's veiling? Would you like to read more about these and 600 other fabric types? (Do you need proof that there really are 600+ fabric types? Apparently there are!) If you want to completely geek out on fabrics with a brand-new (and very heavy) copy of the just released Classic and Modern Fabrics, just comment on this post or on the corresponding Facebook post between now and next Tuesday, 3/13, and be sure to include your Spoonflower name so we can track you down easily. Entries close at 7 pm EST on 3/13. Good luck, fabric hounds!
Last week's winner of a Victory pattern and three yards of Spoonflower fabric to make it up in was Kathy McKim. Congrats, Kathy!
We have some exciting news today plus a special giveaway! We’re so pleased to announce the newest in Spoonflower’s lineup of fabric choices: Kona Cotton, a premium quilting-weight cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Our new quilting-weight cotton fabric balances a soft hand with a durable medium weight and a fine, smooth surface that prints beautifully. The price for the new Kona® will be the same: $16.20 per yard for your own design, or $18 per yard for marketplace fabrics.
Kona® is a brand that is already known and beloved by many quilters, but this lovely fabric lends its versatility and fine qualities to many other sewing projects, including shirts and dressmaking, children’s clothes, and home decor. This new fabric will replace our current quilting-weight cotton beginning Monday, January 23rd at 9am EST. Orders placed before Monday morning will not be printed on the new quilting-weight.
Here at the Spoonflower office, we’re loving the new quilting-weight and can’t wait for you to try some in your own design (or one of the amazing designs from the Spoonflower community) so we’re offering one very lucky winner three yards of Kona® Cotton in the print of her or his choice. To enter the drawing to receive a credit for three yards of custom-printed premium quilting-weight cotton, leave a comment on this post (or on the corresponding Facebook post) that includes your Spoonflower screen name. Entries for this giveaway close Tuesday, January 24 at 5pm EST, and we’ll announce a winner Wednesday morning. Read More About Kona® Cotton: Premium Quilting-Weight
Important note for those of you who have ordered our quilting-weight cotton from us before now: The old quilting-weight will continue to be available to you, existing customers, for the next couple of months. Previous purchasers will continue to see basic quilting-weight in the list of fabric choices, along with the new Kona®.