It's that time of year again when we tune into Discovery Channel and nerd out on our favorite deep sea (and river!) predator. Here in our home state of North Carolina we've already had about twice the shark attacks we normally get in a season, but that doesn't stop us from loving and revering these majestic creatures. We just think maybe we're safer sewing sharks rather than swimming with them. We've rounded up our top 5 shark themed goodies to buy and to make! Cue the "Jaws" theme song…
Sewing your own clothes can be a little intimidating. Spoonflower friend and fashion designer Jamie Lau visits the blog today to share a step-by-step guide to making and sewing bias tape! Follow along as she explains a simple way to give your handmade garments a professional finished edge.
With summer upon us, I chose to work with Spoonflower’s new lightweight Kona Cotton Ultra fabric for my latest design.
One of my top-selling dresses is a relaxed fit ikat midi dress with short kimono sleeves. I wanted to create a new style in the same silhouette using my Striped Blue Gradient print, as featured in these linen-cotton canvas shorts.
Freshen up your closet this week with these garment sewing patterns. We've rounded up five of our favorite apparel patterns that are sure to be weekly staples. Can't decide what fabric to use? No worries, we've included fabrics from the Marketplace that would be perfect for each piece!
Happy Monday! With Memorial Day just around the corner, this is the time of year when we all start getting a bit of wanderlust. We’re day-dreaming about a sandy breeze and indulging our urge to “make all the things” today with this hand-picked collection of lovely DIY beach accessories and take-alongs.
Yesterday, we shared a handful of lovely little DIYs for your favorite furry friend. Today, Spoonflower crew member, Meredith, visits the blog to share a full how-to on how she created a custom dog feeding station for her newly adopted companion, Alligator! Read on as she walks you through step-by-step to create your own version.
At the beginning of the year, I became a proud parent of the sweetest four legged friend (though I may be biased), named Alligator. With her adoption quickly approaching, I couldn’t wait to get started on projects for the pup using Spoonflower. An Eco Canvas dog bed, a Cotton Poplin bandana…the projects were quite endless, but I knew not everything had to use fabric.
After a few weeks of having Alligator at home, I wanted to take her dining experience to the next level with an upcycled dog feeding station! After all, no ‘gator should be eating off the floor! With a bit of thrift shop hunting, power tool prowess, and the help of Spoonflower’s Woven Wallpaper, this ‘gator was dining in style! Follow along as I turn a regular storage cabinet into the Gator Grill!
- Cabinet or box that is the right height for your pet and can hold 2-3 metal bowls (I found a cabinet at the local thrift shop!)
- 2-3 metal dog food bowls with rims
- Permanent marker
- Compass, circle cutter, or string
- Drill with 1/2″ bit
- Sandpaper (optional)
It’s May, y’all! And that means Mother’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re an expert procrastinator like myself, you probably haven’t even starting thinking about what you’re going to give the most special lady in your life. If you need a few gift ideas, take a peek at this lovely little round up of simple DIYs for mom that you can finish this weekend!
Calling all embroidery enthusiasts! This week we're excited to partner with the friendly folks from Urban Threads to offer one lucky winner the chance to take home a lovely little embroidery bundle. Included in this week's giveaway is a $50 Spoonflower credit, $50 gift certificate to Urban Threads and a copy of Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer. This book is for the embroiderer who appreciates the value of beautiful stitches but also likes to break a few rules along the way. Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops is a refreshing new resource for both standard and out-of-the-box techniques. This wonderful book teaches everything from the “proper” way to form a French knot and transfer a design to a canvas to new ways to stitch three-dimensionally, work with nontraditional threads and fabrics, draw with thread freeform, and mix and match machine- and hand-stitching.
Enter by Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 for a chance to win. The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday May 6th.
Looking for a quick and easy, no-sew way to revive your furniture? Look no further! Today on the blog, Spoonflower crew member Theresa shows you how to reupholster a dining chair seat cushion with no more than half a yard of Faux Suede and a few handy tools. Little effort, big reward! Now that’s our kind of project.
Spoonflower’s Faux Suede is the perfect fabric for this simple upholstery project. It has a sturdy weight while still being easy to work with, along with the amazing benefit of a soil release finish making it perfect for dining chairs that are going to get frequent use. With my track record, something will undoubtedly get spilled on these! A little Scotchgard fabric protector before you start can’t hurt either.
Before getting started, I chose Herb Garden Apothecary by Badger & Bee from the Spoonflower marketplace and ordered a full yard. Be sure to measure your seat cushion to make sure you order enough fabric, and if you’re upholstering more than one cushion be sure to calculate how many yards you’ll need. One yard of faux suede is 54″ x 36″ (137 cm x 91.5 cm).
- flat-head screw driver
- Phillips head screw driver
- industrial stapler and a box of staples
- fabric scissors
- 4 screws (should already be in the chair)
- half a yard of batting (optional)
- One yard of Faux Suede
To start, go ahead and flip the chair you want to reupholster upside down and find the four screws underneath the seat that are holding it in place. Grab your Phillips head screwdriver and unscrew all of them to release the seat. Once you have the seat off, you may choose to remove the current fabric, but this is optional. If you do remove it, you can use the flat-head screwdriver and pliers to yank all of the original staples out to release the fabric. I went ahead and removed the fabric from my dining seat and covered it with a layer of white batting to give it a little extra cushion.
If using batting: lay it out on a flat surface, and then lay the seat on top on it face down. Using your fabric scissors, cut around the seat so that you have about about an inch of overlap when pulled up and over the seat as shown below. Use your industrial staple gun to staple the batting down, securing it onto the bottom of the seat.
Next, repeat these steps but this time use your upholstery fabric. You’re going to go through all the same steps of laying out your fabric right side down, with the seat on top, right side down. Cut the fabric around the edges of your seat with enough give so that you can pull about an inch of overlap over to the bottom of the seat. Staple that down with a generous amount of industrial staples.
The most important rule of thumb when upholstering is to make sure the fabric is taught against your base before you staple. You don’t want gaps or loose fabric! You also don’t want it to be so tight that it visibly and unevenly stretches, but just tight enough so that the fabric is secured nicely once stapled down.
There’s a good chance you’re going to run out of staples while doing this! If you need to replenish your supply, just be sure to double check that you are purchasing the right size and model for your unique staple gun. Purchasing a staple size that’s even slightly off could jam your staple gun and make you lose serious momentum on this project! I am speaking from personal experience here, people, it’s not fun.
This is how your seat should look on the front and back once the fabric is entirely stapled down. When stapling the corners, you’ll want to tuck under each side and make a triangle shape with the overlap before securing into place.
You’re almost there! Place the seat back onto your chair base, and grab the 4 long screws you removed in the beginning. Screw the seat back onto the chair.
That’s it! Now that you have a beautiful re-upholstered seat cushion, proceed to have a dinner party so you can show it off to all your friends. Do you have any tricks or tips you swear by for upholstery projects? Be sure to share them in the comments below!
Start your week with a little home decor inspiration. We’ve rounded up a few fresh DIYs and fabrics or wallpapers for updating your space with a fun pop of pattern and color. Take a peek and tell us what DIY you’re working on this week in the comments!
Add a little whimsy to your fridge with hand-dipped alphabet magnets from Sarah Hearts.
Update your basic curtains with this fancy pleated pom pom curtain how-to by A Beautiful Mess!
Whip up a scratch made tea towel using Elvelyckan Design’s Sweet Berries print.
Embellish a tired piece of furniture using Mollie Make’s furniture cross stitch technique!
Upholster your latest flea market find with a modern design – like Island in Midnight Sun by Maria Speyer!
Spruce up your kitchen with Design Improvised’s simple painted wood bowl project.
Charlotte Winter’s Pineapple Fruit Summer wallpaper is perfect for adding a pop of color and pattern to an out-of-date room.
What better way to get ready for summer (and whittle away at your fabric stash) than to spend a spring weekend making your own summer shorts? Bike riding, gardening, and road trips aren’t complete without a fun pair of shorts to accompany those summer adventures. For this week’s round up, we handpicked some beautiful, comfortable DIY shorts patterns for you to try out and love!