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.
Around here, the pants with the drop crotch go by the name of Hammer pants, y'know, after the one and only M.C. If you're looking for comfortable loungewear that also looks good walking down the sidewalk, these are the ticket. This project tutorial is for those with beginner to intermediate sewing skills. If you like to make things, or you're motivated by comfort, you can do this!
I used the Hudson Pant pattern from True Bias because it's comfy and relaxed but has a slight drop crotch style to it. I chose two designs on Spoonflower's Marketplace in organic cotton knit to make these, the loungewear of my dreams: "stacked" by Holli Zollinger and "ditsy mustard" by Patty Sloniger. I'm really into mustard and grey color combinations this spring, and what better to go along with it than a floral ditzy print?
Today we received our first lot of a new & improved organic interlock knit. The new lot is basically the same fabric, but it's a pure white rather than the speckled, off-white color of previous lots. One of the benefits of the whiter finish is that color shows up better (brighter) than it did on the natural off-white of the old organic knit. The new lot has been finished slightly differently and was produced in a different mill. It's roughly the same weight — but even softer than the old knit. In our initial testing, it also has a slightly higher shrinkage rate than the previous version of organic interlock knit. The technical specs are as follows:
- 56" wide printable area (142 cm).
- 5.8 oz per square yard.
- Interlock knit stretches along the crosswise grain about 25%.
- Estimated shrinkage: 7% in length and 6% in width.
- Certified organic cotton by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).
- Produced in the USA.
- Appropriate for many kinds of children and adult apparel items, including t-shirts, dresses, baby clothes, and more.
- Machine wash warm or cool on a gentle/delicate setting, using phosphate-free detergent.
If you're a previous knit customer, we'll also be sending you an email shortly outlining the change! As always, please let us know if you have any questions.
Hello again friends. It's Dana from MADE and I'm back to share a sewing tutorial and free pattern with you!
When I discovered that Spoonflower carried knit fabrics last
month I was overjoyed! Truly! I'm a fabric nerd. And as most of you
know, finding cute knit fabric prints in the store is pretty
impossible. But at Spoonflower the prints are endless! Holy fun.
I narrowed down my favorites to only 3 prints (Love Fiesta, freeform arrows in lipstick, and umbra_star_brown). And because the knit fabrics
are pricey I've created a project that only uses one fat quarter of
Today we're making:
First, start by downloading my free pattern:
Download Baby Tank by MADE
• Print the 4-page pattern to standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. There is a 1 square-inch measuring box on each page to make sure your pattern has printed to proper size. I recommend selecting the print option "actual size" (or something similar) for best results.
• Cut out all 4 pattern pieces (2 Back pieces, 2 Front pieces). Tape the 2 Front pieces together along the dotted lines. Do not overlap them, but butt them up right next to each other at the dotted lines and tape. Do the same for the Back pieces—match them up at the long dotted lines and tape.
• The pattern size is 6-12 months. If you have an older (or younger) child you can adjust the pattern by extending or reducing in a similar pattern shape. Use one of your child's current shirts to gauge how wide and how long the tank should be.
From today (Thursday, February 18) through next Thursday (February 25), you can submit one fabric design in your Spoonflower account to a special Fabric Of the Week contest being sponsored by NAP, Inc,. the makers of the Boba 2G, a baby carrier made using organic cotton. The winning fabric design, as selected by the Spoonflower community in voting March 1-7, will be used in the back panel of the baby carrier. The winner will get to work with the folks at NAP, Inc. to name the new carrier.
- Theme: nature. Choose a design that appeals to children and parents alike.
- Each designer can enter a single fabric design from her Spoonflower account. [If you don't have a Spoonflower account, they're free. Get started here.]
- Entries are open from Thursday, February 18 through Thursday, February 25, midnight EST.
- Voting will take place March 1-7 via the Spoonflower blog and newsletter.
- The winner will be announced on March 9, 2010 and will receive a $500 check from NAP, Inc.
- Log in to Spoonflower. If you don't have an account, create one.
- Go to your design library. If you don't yet have any designs, upload the design you wish to enter.
- Pull down the Action menu underneath the design you wish to enter in the contest, and select Boba contest under Enter in Contest.
- Choose the layout option for your design, then click the button that reads "Enter in Contest". If you wish to change the size/dpi of your design, you can do so using the edit option on this page.
- If you decide to enter a different design or make changes, you can withdraw a design by following the same steps, then entering a new design.
- You can only have one design active in the contest at a time. Once the entry period closes, we will 'freeze' the submitted designs.
DETAILS & GUIDELINES
- Upload designs in JPG, PNG, TIF, or GIF format. Your artwork should be sized at 150 dp. Once uploaded, use the contest entry page to edit the repeat style of your
- The fabric panel on the Boba carrier is roughly 15 inches by 10 inches, but is not rectangular.
- The point is not necessarily to design a panel that fits exactly into the available space, but to design a beautiful fabric that will make the carrier more striking when sewn into the back panel.
- Other fabric colors in the pack that your design should coordinate with: black and brown (Pantone 4695 U). The green Boba logo is Pantone 381U.
- Submitted designs must be public. To edit which of your designs are
public, visit the Design Gallery page in your Spoonflower account,
click on Design Details and check the box on the lower right that
reads, "I would like to include this design in my public gallery."
- In the keywords field please enter the word "Boba."
- The size of the panel and the carrier colors are shown in the photo to
the right. Note that the hex values of the colors vary quite a bit
depending on your computer monitor — if you are seriously trying to match the
colors of the carrier, use the Pantone values.
- The area of fabric that will be used in the carrier is the area in the photo that is green.
- If your design wins the contest, you'll have a chance to work with NAP, Inc. to tweak and refine the design as needed before the fabric panels are printed and the carrier goes into production.
- Please note that unlike Spoonflower's usual weekly contests,
participants in this contest must agree to grant NAP, Inc. full
ownership rights to their design should they win the contest. Neither
Spoonflower nor NAP, Inc. assert any rights over submitted designs not
designated winners. You may delete any design you upload to Spoonflower
at any time.
- While we do not require that a design submitted to the contest have
been purchased first, please consider that it's a
good idea to at least see for yourself what your design looks like on
fabric before entering it in a public contest. Swatches are $5.
- If you have any questions, please drop us a line here.
Visit the official contest page, which includes all of the above information as well as more about the carrier itself.