Today our friend Sophie, writer and creator of the most beautiful sewing blog Ada Spragg, visits the blog to share two of her favorite me-made summer weather accessories. Get out your sewing machine, grab some colorful fabric, and get ready to turn up the beet because you’re going to want to stitch up both of these projects ASAP!
Whether you’re getting ready to liven up a living room with a do-it-yourself upholstery project or looking for a fabric with that coveted worn-in look, Cypress Cotton Canvas will be the answer to your home dec dreams. While we could go on for days listing the reasons why we love this fabric, we’ll limit it to just five!
1. It’s a true upholstery weight fabric.
Cypress Cotton Canvas is a 100% cotton upholstery and home décor fabric featuring a sophisticated basketweave structure. If you’re not ready to commit to completely recovering your couch, start with a small project like a cover for your ottoman.
Did you know 2018 marks Spoonflower’s 10 year anniversary? It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way from the days of printing just three yards of fabric in one hour and having a team of just five. Over these 10 years we’ve been lucky to see our community of makers and designers grow, and through social platforms like Instagram, we’ve gotten a front-row seat to your creativity.
When it comes to theme parties, the Spoonflower team just can’t resist. For example, on Fridays in the office it’s no surprise to see a handful of staffers proudly sporting t-shirts with cats on them to celebrate a favorite day in the office, Cat Shirt Friday. Luckily, the Spoonflower designer community has filled the Marketplace with perfectly themed designs to help achieve any of our party planning dreams. Pair with Black Twine, a modern entertaining platform that provides inspiring party planning tools, and you’ve got the keys to a successfully thrown celebration!
When asked what they love most about today’s sewing community, our guest bloggers replied, “We love how open and accepting it is.” After listening to just one episode of Love to Sew, a fun weekly podcast about making clothes, sewing community and small business, you’ll be asking yourself how you ever got through a sewing project without hosts Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos. Covering topics like fabric 101, facing your sewing fears, or one of our personal favorites, how big is your fabric stash, you’ll be wishing you could hang out with these two by the end of their interview.
Calling all world travelers, history buffs and DIY enthusiasts! If you’ve been looking for a creative way to highlight your road trip memories or trace your family ancestry, today’s tutorial by embroidery enthusiast and Spoonflower maker Robert Mahar is the “X marks the spot” on your handcrafted adventure. Once you’ve seen the five ways Robert personalizes a map with embroidery, keep your DIY journey going by reserving a spot at Craftcation, a four-day business + makers conference filled with DIY workshops including an embroidery class from Robert!
When we first laid eyes on Kristy Lea’s swoon-worthy quilt inspired by Nouveau Bohemian’s design Arctic Song, you could say it was love at first sight—and for Kristy too! Pulling inspiration from the cool colors, the movement of the trees and the arctic animals frolicking about in Esther’s design, Kristy knew that a quilt incorporating Arctic Song couldn’t use just any quilt block pattern. Keep reading to learn how the Australian paper-piecing master behind Quiet Play Designs brought a Spoonflower design to life through a one-of-a-kind quilt.
[Read more…] about Proof That It IS Possible to Fall in Love with a Quilt
In February 2018, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee is bringing the Fowler Museum’s exhibition African-Print Fashion Now! to the South. Visitors will be introduced to the dynamic traditions of African dress featuring colorful, boldly patterned printed cloth through an inspiring and mesmerizing traveling exhibition. To celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition, we’ve partnered with the Brooks for this week’s African Art design challenge. For this special challenge, our community voted in the top 25 designs while the grand prize winner was chosen by the Brooks Museum themselves. Congratulations to grand prize winner thewellingtonboot, who will be receiving a $200 Spoonflower credit for her design, African Art Cloth and a special feature at the Brooks Museum. We’d also love to recognize second place (svetlana_prikhnenko) and third place (mimipinto) winners who will be receiving $100 and $50 in Spoonflower credit, respectively. Prepare yourselves, the top ten is guaranteed to mesmerize!
1. 470 votes for African Art Cloth by thewellingtonboot
2. 465 votes for African Print by svetlana_prikhnenko
3. 417 votes for Women of Africa a Tapestry of life by mimipinto
4. 406 votes for Mahiri by ottomanbrim
5. 344 votes for African Beauty design 150 by lacy_and_jojo
6. 317 votes for Asha Floral – Blue Yellow by heatherdutton
7. 314 votes for ESHE charcoal by scrummy
8. 310 votes for African Flora by meliszawang
9. 298 votes for african protea by michaelzindell
10. 297 votes for The Chief’s Daughter by patricia_braune [Read more…] about Announcing the African Art Design Challenge Winners
Happy New Year, everyone! As we do every January, we’re putting our mind to accomplishing a few projects over the next twelve months, from cleaning up a craft room, adding to a me-made wardrobe or trying a new skill like woodworking. Whether you want to tackle one big idea or go for nine (we love the #2018MakeNine movement from Spoonflower designer homerowfiberco), now’s the time to create your own maker resolutions! The Spoonflower team has been thinking of our biggest maker goals for the coming year in hopes that we can all make 2018 the year of DIY—dive in and see what our resolution are!
You might already be planning your handmade resolutions for 2018 (hello, me-made wardrobe!) but let’s not forget those projects that made 2017 the year for DIY! We’ve rounded up the 25 most popular projects of 2017 and after you take a closer look, you’ll be able to see why they made the list. From DIY cactus plushies to the always popular handwritten recipe tea towel, this year’s list will be the inspiration you need for 2018.