Spoonflower embraces a love that exists for itself, not bound by color, gender, or geography. And to celebrate all love during Pride Month, Spoonflower has created two exclusive designs highlighting the colors of the rainbow and the values of inclusivity that make our vibrant world of color and surface design keep on spinning.
Ready to set the table with stylish and sustainable dinner napkins? Here at Spoonflower HQ, we make every effort to be an eco-friendly company with sustainability as a top priority. In order to live that “reduce, reuse, recycle” life, we try to cut down on waste and limit what goes into our landfills. We compost and recycle everything possible–perhaps the most beautiful sustainability effort–we use cloth napkins! Want to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle? Spoonflower crew member Crystal shares two easy ways to create your own finished cloth napkins–mitered corners and pillow case style–for a quick and easy DIY way to start reducing your carbon footprint.
had some lovely entries for our latest contest, in which we challenged
designers to create cut & sew patterns for a set of holiday-themed
cocktail napkins. Our winner turned out to be Australian designer Julie
Lynch, who asked us to take the $100 in Spooondollar credit she would
normally have won and to donate it instead to the Red Cross.
We owe a special thanks to Julie for introducing the holiday season on
such a lovely note. With today’s free shipping promotion in mind, now is
a perfect time to order a set of cocktail napkin designs to add an
extra layer of festivity to your next party.
The final votes:
1. 497 votes for Christmas birds napkins by cjldesigns
2. 423 votes for linen look cocktail napkins by glindabunny
3. 412 votes for Tis the season by amel24
4. 355 votes for Cocktail napkins – vintage christmas balls by bora
5. 302 votes for 12 days of Christmas Cocktail Napkins by kfay
6. 300 votes for Holiday Trees/Starry Nights Cocktail Napkins by snuss
7. 269 votes for Starflakes – Pointsetta-Ice-Linen by owlandchickadee
8. 257 votes for Simple Holidays by bethanysdesigns
9. 254 votes for Holiday Cocktail Napkins by pennycandy
10. 250 votes for Holiday Cheer by bzbdesigner
week's competition will wrap up just in time for the entertaining
season. We asked designers to create cut & sew kits for
holiday-themed cocktail napkin sets. Vote for the ones you'd most like
to have handy for your next swank party.
Our participants this week are:
Snow Doves in
Cranberry by forest&sea
2. "Holiday Spirits"
cocktail napkin by eyecontact
3. *Gold for Christmas* by
4. 12 Christmas New Year Cocktail
Napkins by tscho
5. 12 days of Christmas Cocktail
Napkins by kfay
6. 5" squares North
Christmas by mariao
7. A Tropical Holiday – cocktail
napkins by inscribed_here
8. All you need is love, love,
love! by wendyg
9. and a partridge in a pear tree
10. Angels napkins by
This week guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shows us how she turned her grandmother’s handwritten recipes into tea towels for her own kitchen. Read the how-to below, or, follow along with our up-to-date video tutorial below from Spoonflower member Theresa at the bottom of the post. She’ll take you through each step from Emma’s tea towel concept, so you’ll learn how to edit your scanned recipe in Photoshop, all the way through to how to sew up the tea towel with a finished double-hem.
Emma: For a woman who keeps a newspaper from the day she was born, my mum has surprisingly few keepsakes or handwritten memorabilia from her own mother who passed away in 1999. When I asked her to trawl through her old papers and files, she managed to find three handwritten recipes from my grandmother. They appear to be the only remaining examples of her handwriting left in the world, and they are therefore as precious as they are priceless.
This design by Janet Nimiroski, a freelance textile designer from Rhode Island, took the most votes in our contest to create, using crayons, a pattern to sew 18" cloth napkins. As lovely as this one turned out, the other designs in the top ten are also lots of fun to admire. If I ever get around to posting it, I've even got a fun video showing some napkins we made here at the office using crayons. The photo shows Janet's design printed on a fat quarter of linen-cotton.
The full results:
1. 961 votes for Crayon Garden by beebumble
2. 794 votes for Crazy Feet Napkin by kayajoy
3. 689 votes for Fantastical Floral Serviette by sammyk
4. 669 votes for Crayon Birds by annadriel
5. 588 votes for Everywhere Silverware by annosch
6. 539 votes for Abstract Swirlique napkin by edsel2084
7. 512 votes for All the colors in the box by haleystudio
8. 501 votes for Squares in Square by westofthemoon
9. 477 votes for Spring floral napkin/pillow kit by virginiao*aka*vo
10. 458 votes for dandynapkin by caresa