Once September 1 hits, fabric, craft, and home goods stores start to stock their shelves with holiday wares. Whether you love it or hate it, seeing holiday stockings for sale when it’s still warm outside will never not be weird for us at Spoonflower HQ in Durham, NC. This year, we’re taking a different approach: making our own! This project can be done using 1 yard of fabric (this is a great Fill-a-Yard™ project!), takes no time at all, and will have friends and family members begging for your DIY secret. Whether you tell them (or make them one) is up to you. Download your free pattern and let’s get started!
When it comes to kid’s artwork, the turkey handprint is a staple in classrooms around the United States. We love the idea of treating dad, mom or a grandparent to their very own keepsake apron that will last for seasons to come. Plus, kids will be so proud to see their handmade projects come to life around the kitchen table. This project can be adapted to any season or holiday as well, whether you upload your kid’s artwork (find out how to do that here) or choose an elegant or fun design from the Spoonflower Marketplace. You can even go the extra mile and create a coordinating table runner! So let’s get started on this easy adult apron DIY, and don’t forget to grab the free pattern and share with your friends!
It’s no secret that Halloween is a favorite holiday of the DIY community: from handmade costumes to perfectly carved pumpkins, there’s no shortage of me-made projects during the season of tricks and treats. For Spoonflower team member Meredith, gearing up for her favorite holiday means her four-legged friend also gets a DIY treat: Halloween Dog Bandanas. Keep reading to find out how she used the cheater quilt Fill-a-Project™ template and Spoonflower’s free bandana pattern to create nine different dog bandanas for under $3 each!
After the rings are exchanged and the I do’s are said, it’s time to celebrate the special day! Add a finishing touch to your reception with a custom-printed menu banner to give your guests a taste of what’s being served. This easy DIY project can be completed with just a fat quarter of Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra, and we’ve even included three menu banner templates to help you kick-start your DIY wedding planning. Find out how to create this perfect party project in our beginner-friendly two-part tutorial!
As a DIY bride, you may have taken on the task of crafting beautiful handmade gifts for your wedding party. We’re helping you check that project off your to-do list with DIY Sleep Masks to help your bridesmaids get a good night’s rest before the main event. Handmade lingerie expert, Sarah Norwood of Ohhh Lulu Lingerie, (her me-made lingerie is seriously swoon-worthy!) is showing us how to make eight mix & match sleep masks with a Fill-a-Project™ Cheater Quilt “hack” featuring some of her favorite floral designs from the Spoonflower Marketplace! With over 500,000 designs in the Marketplace, you can find a design to match each unique personality in your wedding party.
Our newest fabric, Chiffon, is making its center stage DIY debut today with the help of longtime blog contributor and talented designer, Ceri Staziker (aka Cerigwen). This blousy and ultra-sheer fabric is a dream for projects that require a material with a light touch and beautiful drape. Today, follow along as Ceri shows how to sew this gorgeous ballet wrap skirt in our new Chiffon using her free PDF pattern. For Ceri’s daughter (and maybe even you!), when its time to hit the dance floor, she’ll be twirling in style thanks to her custom Chiffon ballet wrap skirt for under $25.
Our favorite DIY projects transform plain, tired garments into one of a kind works of art (inexpensively!) by adding a pop of colorful pattern. This raglan t-shirt refashion is exactly that type of project. We love raglan tees–they bridge the seasonal gap between summer and fall seamlessly, giving you more coverage and a classic, Americana look. Since we’re using a regular old cotton crewneck t-shirt (bonus points for thrifting it), this project is fast AND inexpensive. Click here to jump down to the video. Let’s get started!
Here are the materials you’ll need:
- Crewneck t-shirt
- One yard of a stretchy knit fabric (Modern Jersey, Cotton Spandex Jersey, or Organic Cotton Knit are great choices – choose a fabric similar in weight to your t-shirt). We’re using Crazy about Hats by Mariskadesign in Modern Jersey.
- A raglan t-shirt pattern (We’re using the pattern from It’s Always Autumn–It’s free and comes with different sleeve lengths!)
- Sewing machine w/ a zigzag stitch or a serger
Prep your t-shirt
Start by cutting out the neckline out of your T-shirt and set it aside – you’ll need this again later.
Looking for a baby accessory that’s as adorable as it is practical? Well you’re in luck–we’ve been in love with making bandana bibs lately, which is convenient because they’re so easy to stitch up. Whether you need a gift for a baby shower, something for your own little one, or are looking for new projects to stock your Etsy store with, bandana bibs fit the bill. Download the free pattern and follow along with this easy as pie tutorial. Click here to jump down to the video.
One of our favorite things about these bibs is that they’re a great batch project; once you get your pattern printed, you can cut out and sew up three or four in a row without spending much more time than it takes to make one. And since babies are messy, beautiful things, having a lot of spare bandana bibs is never a bad idea. Plus, you can match them with different outfits. 😉
Today’s tutorial comes from our creative friend and textile designer Ceri Gwen. She shares how to stitch up the sweetest hand strap clutch using an engineered design she created that fits perfected on a fat quarter of fabric. Whip one up for an upcoming holiday party or make a few as gifts for friends!
Ceri: Recently I’ve been seeing more and more clutch bags with hand straps and think they look so good–what a neat and practical idea it is! I wanted to try and make my own version and came up with this quick and easy pattern. It’s a compact clutch but easily accommodates all of your essentials.
We’re loving our newest addition to the Spoonflower fabric family, Modern Jersey. It’s perfectly soft and stretchy, and when printed, this fabric features rich, deep color that holds up beautifully to washing, even the repeated washes that baby things need. Since we launched Modern Jersey last month, our guest author and frequent contributor of brilliant sewing projects, Emma Jeffery of the Hello Beautiful blog, has been sharing projects and sewing tips for our soft and stretchy jersey in vibrant prints from the Spoonflower marketplace like this lovely infinity scarf, and these comfy shirts for her daughter in new Figgy’s patterns. Today Emma is back to share another simple Modern Jersey sewing tutorial, this time for soft and snuggly newborn baby hats. More of a visual learner? Skip down to the bottom of the post where Spoonflower HR team member Joyce recreates this project in a video tutorial.