It’s safe to say that we’ve got weddings on the brain, and there are so many creative makers and bloggers out there doing them DIY style. Theresa from the Spoonflower team stops by the blog today to share some crafty wedding ideas she adores. Check them out and don’t forget to share your DIY wedding craft ideas with us in the comments!
Guest blogger Robin (Kritterstitches), Spoonflower’s very own Senior Graphic Designer, is here to recommend her favorite free fonts for DIY wedding designs. Let these typefaces inspire your wedding invitations, ceremony program, or anything else you may be crafting by hand for your upcoming custom wedding.
It's the Monday before Christmas and all through the house…we're scrambling to finish crafting and gift-wrapping each package to perfection! If you're anything like us, you would agree that the outside of the package is just as important as the contents inside. It takes a bit more time and effort to hand dye a ribbon, or cut a paper snowflake, but so totally worth it when your loved ones see that you care enough to add those thoughtful, by-hand details on their gifts. You know what's often sooo not worth it, though? Waiting in giant lines at big-box craft stores the week before Christmas to buy wrapping supplies!
All throughout this week, we plan to get resourceful by using items from around the house to make beautifully wrapped gifts that are truly unique & cut down on waste. Here's a bit of inspiration so that you can do the same! Show us how you're wrapping your gifts this week with hashtag #MakeItMondaySF!
We're almost half way through our 12 days of Design #spoonchallenge, so far we've gathered inspiration, picked a themed, made a mood board, developed a color palette and chosen a medium. Wow! By now, you are well on your way to a beautiful surface design. The best part of any #spoonchallenge is sharing photos and getting inspired by what the community is creating. Take a look at some of the beautiful #spoonchallenge snaps, and don't forget to upload your own and tag them!
@Bonibon shared a photo on Instagram of a color palette she found in her city
Nail polish is the best color inspiration! This snap is from @rlbartzy1
We always love the #huesday posts from @modmagpie! Her little festive trees make the perfect color palette for a design.
we are loving the rich colors and textures in @maggiebethfisher's mood board shot!
Sometimes inspiration comes at the strangest times, like for @susanlabrum who was waiting at an airport she snapped this pic!
Like most things, becoming a surface designer takes practice, just a little each day. We've still got 7 more days to go for this #spoonchallenge, so be sure to sign up now if you have't yet!
It's day two of our 12 Days of Design Challenge! Yesterday you gathered inspiration and today you'll pick a theme! Spoonflower crew member Eloisa visits the blog to share how she uses a Pinterest board to organize her inspiration and illustrate her theme.
Creating a mood board is an inspirational process that allows you to gather some thoughts and ideas into one area to give some focus for your project or design. The idea is to collect photos and items that will keep you motivated and inspired to take your project from start to finish.
Anyone who has spent a weekend marathon sewing knows that while your hands may be busy, your ears are idle for hours at a time, especially if you live alone or are crafting while the kids are at school during the week. While binge watching Downton Abbey or listening to audio books are great options, today many makers are choosing to expand their minds with podcasts. This medium has really exploded as of late, to the point where there is just about a podcast for anything and everything you could ever want to learn, including the ins & outs of the sewing and crafting world. With all the amazing podcasts out there to choose from, where should you begin? Spoonflower staffer Theresa has been surfing the digital waves and is here to share five personal favorites for makers and creatives. Enjoy!
While She Naps is a wonderful podcast by Abby Glassenberg, who sits down with thought leaders, designers and makers about what it really takes to build a creative business. Here at Spoonflower, we almost never start a Wednesday without reading Abby’s newsletter – we like to think of her as our premier news reporter for the crafting world! Abby brings the same in-depth research and thoughtful questioning to her podcast that we have come to love in her weekly newsletters. Plus, you can hear a great interview with Spoonflower co-founder Stephen Fraser in episode #48! We even love Abby’s podcast so much, we decided to be sponsors!
After the Jump with Grace Bonney Features the founder and creative entrepreneur powerhouse behind the hugely popular blog Design*Sponge. Grace and her guests give business advice on branding, finance and how to make the most of your social media marketing. One of my personal favorite episodes is her interview with the amazing illustrator Julia Rothman, who also authored this excellent tutorial on how to create a seamless repeat by hand! This podcast took hasn’t recorded a new episode since 2014, but we were so excited to hear that Grace just announced the podcast will be returning soon!
Seamwork Radio Sewing your own clothing can change your perspective in surprising ways. Seamwork Radio brought to you by the maker of Colette Patterns brings you personal stories about all the ways designing, making, and wearing your own clothing can alter your life. We talk to artists, designers, and everyday creators about how the act of sewing has helped them slow down, get to know their bodies, discover their own identity, and take part in the growing movement to revive the art of sewing.
Think Make Sell (no longer recording live episodes) is a podcast by Thomas Borowski, which is perfect for those of us who are wildly creative and skilled, but struggle with monetizing our craft and turning it into a viable business. Hear thought-provoking interviews with creatives who’ve been successful at turning their ideas into businesses, and learn how you can do the same!
Thread Cult is a podcast for the fashion, sewing and textile obsessed, hosted by Christine Cyr Clisset of the popular blog DaughterFish.com. Christine interviews master craft people and creators in the home sewing, textile, and fashion communities. Want to find the new artist whose work you’re obsessed with? This podcast is for you.
Elise Gets Crafty introduces you to smart, interesting people who are good at what they do and are willing to share their expertise. It’s geared toward small business owners and creatives who are looking to get inspired by their fellow makers.
Do you have a favorite podcast that you listen to while crafting? If so, please share with us in the comments below!
DURHAM, NC, Nov 23, 2015: Washington, D.C., has been named the first official “Hipster Capital of America” in a study based on the décor-buying habits of consumers across the country.
D.C. residents are more likely to buy hipster-themed décor than those in any other U.S. city, according to the website Spoonflower (www.spoonflower.com), which lets customers design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap.
Cities with far hipper reputations, such as Seattle, San Francisco, Austin and New York, all make Spoonflower’s list of 12 hipster hotspots but D.C. beats them all in the first national rankings of U.S. cities by their propensity to buy hipster-themed décor.
California, meanwhile, seems the top hipster state, with four cities in the top 12.
The rankings are based on data extracted from a larger study of nearly 200,000 purchases on Spoonflower, which the site has used to create the first ‘Décor map of America.’ This shows the best city to live for fans of 19 different design styles – from paisley to polka-dots, Victorian to mid-century modern, and zombie to hipster décor.
It’s time to kick off another week of makes! This week is all about the layette. So what’s a layette, anyway? A layette is simply a baby’s first wardrobe. It comes from the French word for little drawer. It’s all the essentials a newborn baby will need to get through her first few months including: a bodysuit, no-scratch mittens, kimono-style shirts that don’t need to be slipped over the baby’s head, socks, booties, caps, and a cute spare onesie for when all of those other things are dirty and a photo-op arises! Spoonflower crew member Theresa is here to share some of her favorite layette patterns you can chip away at all week long!
You probably won’t be surprised to find that we take Halloween very seriously here at Spoonflower! Each year we compete to see who can come up with the most original/ nerdiest/ scariest costumes. Bonus points are awarded for using Spoonflower fabric, of course! We hope you enjoy. Happy Halloween, friends!
WHAT? We’re wrapping up the year with 12 days devoted to learning how to create a textile design from start to finish. Take a break during this hectic time of year for a personal challenge as we walk you through each step in creating a design ready to upload to Spoonflower. Sign up to recieve daily tips via email starting December 7th, 2015 to guide you through the fabric design process. Will you accept the challenge and create a textile design?
HOW? All you have to do is follow along as we provide daily tips on finding inspriation, creating a design element, and uploading to Spoonflower. If you’d like, snap a photo of your progress and use the #spoonchallenge hashtag each day to share your process. You can use this hashtag on your social media outlet of choice. We’ll be rounding up our favorite shots each week to share on the blog!