Is your little one a Picasso in the making? Celebrate their love for art this Halloween with a DIY project that requires just one yard of fabric! The only scary thing about this costume is how little space you’ll have left on your phone when you’re done capturing your budding artist in this soft Minky look. Follow along as Samarra Khaja, aka sammyk in the Marketplace, shows you how to recreate this one-yard wonder.
Stefanie from The Style Safari is back for one last DIY nursery project! Whether you’re a mom or dad-to-be or are simply looking for just the right gift for an upcoming baby shower, Stefanie’s custom blanket tutorial will show you just how easy it is to personalize what’s sure to be baby’s favorite blankie.
Caitlin Topham is the owner and quilter behind Salty Oat, an online quilt shop and blog dedicated to the art of patchwork goods. With her modern take on an age-old practice, she curated the bedroom look featured below that is both contemporary and timeless–the centerpiece of which is her beautiful handmade queen-sized quilt. Grab your coffee and cozy up to learn more about today’s heirlooms from the expert herself.
This summer, it’s total mermaid madness and we’re getting poolside ready with SammyK’s newest project: DIY mermaid tail beach blankets! It’s the perfect gift for your beach buddies and they’re sure to make a splash at your next pool party! To complete the look, we recommend choosing our super-soft Minky for the outer shell and your favorite toweling fabric for the lining. Dive in and see the full tutorial from our good friend Samarra Khaja…
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Get ready for beach season with this fun sewing project created by Ceri Staziker! She shares how to stitch a sweet cover-up for your kids along with a downloadable PDF to create your own custom sewing pattern!
This is an easy, step-by-step sewing tutorial to create a Minky beach cover-up for a child aged approximately 4-8 years. The tutorial uses my cut-and-sew patterns which can be found here. Alternatively, you can download my free PDF pattern to create a version from your own fabric designs.
Turn your children's art into the sweetest fabric to use to create custom cushions. Emma Jeffery, author of Hello Beautiful, shows us how she used our newest fabric Minky to create soft and snuggly cushions for her daughters room featuring her designs!
Today I’m going to show you how to prepare 6 designs for making cushions printed on to Spoonflower’s new, plush Minky fabric. Each finished cushion cover will fit 18” x 18” pillow forms and will be the cuddliest cushions you’ve ever snuggled.
I used my daughter’s drawings for 4 of my cushions as well as 2 simple designs I drew on my computer. If you want to use hand drawn drawings like I did, simply scan the images and save them to your computer. If you don’t have a scanner, you can always take photos of the drawings and upload them to your computer.
Select the 6 images you wish to use and crop them all to a square shape, using your computer’s basic photo editing software. I also enhanced the color and contrast of my images to make the colors really stand out.
Go to picmonkey.com to create a collage and upload your 6 images.
Under the ‘Cards’ collage heading, select 4 x 8 and set the size of the collage to 3000 x 2000. Lay out your images into 2 rows of 3 by dragging them into the grid.
Use picmonkey’s photo edit option to enlarge and centralize your images within each square.
Save your collage to your computer using the highest quality download option.
Open your collage in your computer’s photo editing software and adjust the size to 54” x 36”. Adjust the resolution to 150 dpi. Save your collage.
You’re now ready to upload your collage to Spoonflower’s website. Go to Spoonflower.com to create your custom fabric. Upload your design and select one yard of Minky.
When you get the fabric home, simply cut each individually designed 18” x 18” square and use as the front of your cushion piece. I used designs from Spoonflower’s Marketplace by Sparrowsong and Charlotte Winter printed on Eco Canvas for the cushion backings.
About Our Guest Blogger
Hi! I'm Emma, and as well as working on the Fiskars Design Team, I blog over at hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com/
I'm an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they're not absolutely perfect. And though I'm no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.
We couldn't be more thrilled to announce the newest fabric in the Spoonflower family–Minky! This fabric is an incredibly plush, 100% polyester fabric that is perfect for cuddling. This slightly stretchy, chenille-like knit fabric is sure to be a kids’ favorite! It features both bright and long-lasting printed color, and a soft texture that holds up well to washing. Minky has a 54” printable width and is ideal for blankets, quilt backings, baby accessories, and cool weather apparel.
To celebrate and share the love, we're offering 10 lucky winners the chance to win a Viking | Lovebird cut and sew pattern designed by the talented SammyK! Whip up a cuddly, colorful bird to bring happiness to you or a friend!
Enter by Monday, February 16th, 2015 for a chance to win. Winners will be contacted on Tuesday, February 17th by email.
Starting today, you'll find Minky available for order. Try out a swatch to see how it feels or, if you’ve already got a project in mind, go ahead and order enough to get started. Be sure to check out more photos of the new fabric!