We’ve all had the experience of seeing a beautiful surface design on Spoonflower and thinking… “gosh, that would make a beautiful… pillow, tea towel, tablecloth maybe even a chair!” Then life gets in the way, and we just don’t get around to actually starting… or finishing the project we envisioned. Or for others, you may be after a custom product but lack the sewing skills to actually make it yourself (hey, we can’t all be good at everything!). Here at Spoonflower, we are excited to share that we have a small team that is working to help bring your unique home dec projects and ideas to life, no sewing skills required.
Excited to install your new Spoonflower wallpaper but not quite sure where to start? Join the Spoonflower help team today as they show you a step-by-step process to installing both our Woven and Smooth wallpaper!
Installing Woven Peel & Stick Wallpaper:
Wallpaper design: hexo by nouveau_bohemian
Please note our Woven wallpaper is not recommended for use on even slightly textured walls. For children’s rooms, we recommend buying our Smooth wallpaper.
Installing Smooth Wallpaper:
Wallpaper design: sun moon stars by andrea_lauren
Have you used either, or both, of our wallpapers in a project? Please share what you’ve created or updated with Smooth or Peel & Stick wallpaper in the comments below!
Here in the Southern United States, the heat is blazing and we’re keeping cool with lots of refreshing, icy beverages– and those beverages demand coasters! Today, Spoonflower crew member Theresa stops by to share a quick and easy tutorial for how to make your own personalized drink recipe coasters with no more than a swatch of fabric and a few handy supplies!
Now that the weather has gone from pleasantly mild to hotter than Hades in North Carolina, a tall glass of something cold and delicious on the porch to cool off is essentially part of my daily routine. Is it just me or do drinks look kind of sad and lonely sitting there by themselves? They need coasters! My wood furniture whole-heartedly agrees with me on that. I’m having the family over for dinner soon, so I thought it would be fun to put together some personalized drink recipe coasters for each of them. These would also be great for Father’s Day / Mother’s gifting or birthdays. Using the magic powers of digital printing and some tiles that cost next to nothing, I put each of my family member’s favorite drink recipes right on to their very own coasters. Let’s begin!
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.
For a quick and easy update to any tired space, Allie, member of the Spoonflower crew, visits the blog today to share how she added free printables to a roll of gift wrap — way more affordable than buying prints individually. Plus, Spoonflower gift wrap is thick, high quality and archival, so you never have to worry about tearing your print or wrinkling it during the framing process.
A new year brings a new start. I love to think about fresh ways to update my space each year to reflect my hopeful and excited attitude towards the months ahead. Updating and adding new art prints to your walls is an easy way to change the feel of a room. Thanks to Pinterest, and the many talented bloggers and designers on the web, there is a wealth of art available to download and print for free. I’ve selected some of my favorites and complied the notes needed to add them all to a roll of gift wrap for high quality prints at a low cost.
Weekends are the best for getting started on a new DIY. This weekend, I’ll be playing around with our Woven Peel and Stick wallpaper. Do you have any wallpaper projects you’ve been itching to try? If not, check out a few projects we’re inspired by and head over to our Pinterest board for more wallpaper projects!
UPDATE your bar cart with some fun color!
ADD an interesting wallpaper to your bedroom.
REFRESH a simple stool with a pop of pattern!
USE an unexpected pattern in a small space.
CREATE a headboard using marbleized wallpaper!
See how fabric designer, artist, and mama extraordinaire Samarra Khaja (SammyK on Spoonflower) created this dino map headboard for her son out of our new Faux Suede fabric* and learn how to make a DIY headboard of your own!
SAMARRA: My eldest heads to 1st grade this fall. Call me all sentimental and whatnot, but I wanted to celebrate this first person to ever call me “Mama” by giving him something decorative that would also feed that cerebral sponge that is his thirsty brain. Fun and functional in one fell swoop. I decided upon a new headboard. It’s the perfect way to revamp the look and feel of a bedroom without sending one’s wallet off to weep quietly in the closet.
But this is not just any headboard, it’s a Dino Mapasaurus, my illustrated rendition of some of the places around the world that dinosaurs have been discovered (thus far <–wink, wink, lazy paleontologists of the world, let’s get crackin’!). My kids are pretty much dinosaur-obsessed, so this was the winning route to take.
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*. 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.
*Spoonflower’s Faux Suede was retired in the spring of 2018 but Celosia Velvet™ is a great alternative for this project!
Remember these amazing map throw pillows from Emma Jeffery’s how-to? She created these gorgeous and personal cushions with Google satellite view images of the countryside near her home in England, and shared how to design your own one-of-a-kind treasure.
This January she’s created a new map cushion tutorial, using the Google map view instead. In this how-to Emma created for the Fiskars blog, she teaches you how to prepare and upload your file to print at Spoonflower, and even how to sew up a neatly finished cushion with piping and an invisible zipper!
Use either of Emma’s great step by step tutorials to create a pillow that celebrates your hometown, a great trip, or for a unique gift for a friend!