The venue is booked, the dress has been selected (bonus points for me-made!) and the cake tasting is complete, but have you thought about how your guests will send you off to newlywed bliss? We love a festive sparkler exit but more and more engaged couples are finding that venues are putting out the fire before the sparklers are even lit. Lucky for you, the wedding experts at Ruffled have solved your wedding woes with a venue-friendly (glitter and flame-free!) DIY send off that any member of your bridal party can create in just a few easy steps– no sewing required.
With a new year fast approaching, you may have a few resolutions in mind to help kickstart a fresh, happy and healthy lifestyle. At Spoonflower, one of our goals every year is to make a conscious effort to reduce our footprint on Mother Earth. From composting in the office to using non-toxic inks to bring your custom designs to life, each year brings new opportunities to go green. If you’re looking for an easy way to join our efforts, today’s reusable tote bag tutorial featuring our Organic Sweet Pea Gauze™ from Spoonflower team member Gina will put you on the path to environmental responsibility. Not to mention you’ll have a stylish accessory to boot!
Gina: So, my dad has a farm. He grows a ton of seasonal fruits and veggies and anytime I visit him I return home with bags bursting with winter kale, summer blackberries, and even the occasional pumpkin. It’s the best. However, the plastic bags he packs it in are kind of the worst. [Read more…] about How to Make a Reusable Tote Bag in Under 1 Hour!
At Spoonflower, we’re all about efficiency. Whether it’s making a conscious effort to use a printing process that doesn’t consume water and wastes less fabric than traditional methods by only printing each customer’s order or creating unique ways to help get your order out the door and onto your sewing table faster, we always have our community (that’s you!) on our mind. [Read more…] about A New and Improved Processing Method for Fat Quarters!
After seeing this week’s Farm to Tea Towel design challenge entries, it’s no secret the Spoonflower community enjoys their daily dose of fruits and veggies! It gives us great pleasure to congratulate FIRST-TIME design challenge grand prize winner, jacquelinehurd, who will be receiving a $200 Spoonflower credit for her design Farm to Table. We also want to celebrate second place (cynthiafrenette) and third place (solnca_lych) winners who will be receiving $100 and $50 in Spoonflower credit, respectively. Ready for another serving of leafy greens? Then check out the rest of the top ten here, or let Roostery help you make the perfect gift for your favorite farmer by turning this week’s designs into ready-made tea towels, no sewing required!
1. 291 votes for Farm to Table by jacquelinehurd
2. 268 votes for Fresh from the Farmer’s Market by cynthiafrenette
3. 246 votes for Autumn harvest and hares teatowel by solnca_lych
4. 244 votes for Farm Fresh by lucindawei
5. 243 votes for Let food be thy medicine tea towel by natalia_gonzalez
6. 232 votes for Farmer’s Market Tea Towel by jill_o_connor
7. 224 votes for GardenVeggies_Repeat by joypaton
8. 221 votes for Watercolor carrot repeat by adenaj
9. 204 votes for homegrown by studiojenny
10. 203 votes for Fall Farmers Market by sarah_knight [Read more…] about Announcing the Farm to Tea Towel Design Challenge Winners
What happens when you mix ice cream and watercolor? Beautiful DIY napkin projects, that’s what! During the hot & sticky heat of summer, few things are as delicious and refreshing as ice cream. We love it so much, in fact, that we’ve combined it with another thing we love, watercolor, to create our newest (and dare we say sweetest?) DIY napkin project.
They may be small, but a fat quarter is perhaps the mightiest cut of fabric. We’ve rounded up 5 all-star fat quarter projects from the Spoonflower Marketplace. From dolls to pencil cases to tea towels, the real question is what can’t you make with a fat quarter of fabric? Time to stock up on these adorable, fast projects!
Bonus: Recipe Tea Towels!
Lately we’ve been super inspired to make new projects and try new techniques as we combat the never-ending fabric hoarding stash! As we strike-off all the projects on the list of things to make, we realize the list is getting too short and as the scrap fabric pile grows ever larger! To combat both issues, we’ve rounded up 8 projects that require no more than a fat quarter of a fabric.
Shevonne gets ready for yoga in her Sport Lycra headband with design Delf_Conversational by Stacy Iest Hsu.
You’ve just sewn up your Sport Lycra leggings and you’re ready for yoga class when it strikes you–your freshly sewn yoga pants need a matching headband to keep the hair out of your eyes during those downward-facing dogs! With the bonus moisture-wicking feature and quick sew time, a headband is the perfect accessory to add to your athletic wardrobe. Join Spoonflower team member and self proclaimed athletic apparel advocate Meredith, as she shows you how to turn a fat quarter of Spoonflower’s Sport Lycra into a headband, ideal for sweating it out at the gym or just preventing a bad hair day.
- 1 Fat Quarter of Spoonflower’s Sport Lycra (I used Jennifer Sanchez Art’s ny1329. The colors in her designs really pop on the Sport Lycra!)
- Fabric shears or rotary blade.
- Sewing machine/thread
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
Last week, we spotted the most adorably cozy hand warmer project on the blog of Rae Friis, aka Armommy. Created to keep the little fingers of her four young children warm and cozy in their coat pockets, Rae’s hand warmer design uses just a quarter-yard of fabric to produce 12 little hand warmers, or six sets of two. They’re such a cute and easy way to show some love as we approach Valentine’s Day! For the full tutorial and a free downloadable insert to turn your hand warmers into the perfect Valentine’s Day present, visit the Armommy blog.
Rae Friis together with her mother Jane started the Armommy company to help women be the designing mamacitas they are destined to be! They create products and offer DIY projects that merge timeless concepts with a modern twist & a little whimsy, finding inspiration in their own desires & experiences as moms & those of the mamas they know and serve. You can connect with them via the Armommy blog, on their Facebook page or via Twitter.