Freshen up your closet this week with these garment sewing patterns. We've rounded up five of our favorite apparel patterns that are sure to be weekly staples. Can't decide what fabric to use? No worries, we've included fabrics from the Marketplace that would be perfect for each piece!
If you’re in the midst of your spring cleaning and battling with the decision to part with your old, sentimental t-shirts, these unique and practical ideas + tutorials will help you cope! Upcycling is the process of converting waste products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Tell us how you upcycle your retired t-shirts in the comments!
We have been a longtime fan of Carolyn Friedlander, creator of amazing modern quilt and sewing patterns. She whipped up her Social Tote using Spoonflower fabrics by Nadia Hassan, Claire Milne, and Jenny Gordy. This week we are offering one winner the chance to take home a paper copy of the Social Tote pattern plus 2 yards of custom printed fabric to sew one up for on-the-go crafting projects!
Enter by Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 for a chance to win. We will announce the winner on Wednesday, September 11th on the blog.
Ruth Unteregger is the lucky winner of last week's Quilting Happiness book giveaway— congrats!
Just this morning, I was making out a list of gifts I wanted to give to friends and realized that I'll need to get cracking at this point if I hope to hand-make presents. If you find that you've been similarly sluggish about your hand-making thus far and need some ideas, you may be pleased to learn about the Noodlehead line of bag patterns. Created by Wisconsin based Anna Graham, these bag patterns aren't your run-of-the-mill bags. My favorites are the 241 Tote pattern which uses 2-3 contrasting exterior fabrics and features interesting side pockets and, now that my diaper bag days are behind me, the sweet Gathered Clutch. Since these patterns are emailed as pdf files, you'll be able to begin your project nearly instantly and (hopefully!) in time for holiday gift-giving.
If you'd like to be entered into a drawing for your choice of Noodlehead bag pattern, just leave your comment below or on the corresponding Facebook post. We'll also throw in two yards of your choice of Spoonflower fabrics to make up a bag or two. As always, please leave your Spoonflower screen name or some other means of tracking you down in your comment in case you're our winner. Entries close next Tuesday, 11/27 and we'll announce a winner on 11/28. Good luck, all!
Last week, we gave away a signed copy of Melody Miller's new book Ruby Star Wrapping, and the winner was Steffany Carrabino. Congrats, Steffany, and I hope Melody's book provides you with lots of wrapping inspiration!
To all our American peeps at home and abroad, we hope you enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow!
The kids are back in school this week and while I haven't been counting down the hours 'til the kids go back to school, I have to admit that I have a lot more time to think all of a sudden. And when I have time to think, I often think about projects I'd like to make for myself that maybe I put on hold a couple of months ago when the kids were just getting out of school. The weeks just following kids returning to school is always quite a busy time in the print room at Spoonflower, so I think this must be a pretty common scenario for a lot of you, too!
I've run across a beautiful line of women's clothing patterns recently that have jumped to the top of my sewing to-do list. Sewaholic patterns are created by Vancouver based Tasia and billed as "sewing patterns for the modern seamstress," and I want to make almost every single one of them for myself now. (It's not too late to make a bare shoulder sundress, right?) You can ogle many pretty versions of all of Tasia's Sewaholic patterns in her Flickr pool. Like this version of the Cambie dress. Or this very pretty Alma blouse. Love.
If you want to try your hand at a brand-new Sewaholic pattern, just enter this week's drawing! We're giving away one Sewaholic pattern of your choosing plus 4 yards of any Spoonflower fabric to make it up in. To enter, just leave your comment here or on the corresponding Facebook post, and let us know which of the Sewaholic patterns you'd like if you're our winner. Please don't forget to include your Spoonflower screen name or some other means of tracking you down easily in case you win. Entries close next Tuesday, 9/4 at 7pm EST and we'll announce a winner on 9/5. Good luck, modern seamstresses! This giveaway is now closed and we'll be announcing a winner shortly.
Last week, we gave away a copy of Lunch Bags! plus two types of interfacing, Insul-Fleece, and regular fusible fleece to aid in your lunch bag-making projects. The winner was Lori Claflin in Massachusetts. Congrats, Lori!
I've often joked to my more sporty friends that summer is my indoor season here in sunny and humid North Carolina. It's hard for me to get motivated to even open the front door when temperatures are in the upper 90's and 100's as they have been lately. The garden gets super weedy for a couple of months and maybe I gain a pound or two but I'd much rather sit inside in the air-conditioning and sew.
And what better to sew up when it's hot than an airy blouse to keep you cool and comfy? This week's giveaway is for your choice of one of Wiksten's two pretty downloadable blouse patterns, either their beginner level Tank pattern or their intermediate level Tova pattern (both of which include dress-length variations). These patterns are sent as downloadable zip files so you don't even have to go out to your mailbox to pick it up. We'll also throw in 3 yards of the Spoonflower fabric of your choice to make it up in. The Spoonflower cotton voile or cotton silk would be perfect for a floaty, lightweight blouse, don't you think?
If you'd like a shot at winning this week's giveaway, just leave your comment below or on the corresponding Facebook post and do include your Spoonflower screen name or other means of tracking you down easily in case you're our winner. Entries close next Tuesday, 7/17 and we'll announce a winner on Wednesday, 7/18. Good luck, everyone! This giveaway is now closed and we'll be announcing a winner on the blog shortly.
Last week's winner of the quilting notions set was Robin Hadden in Vermont — congratulations, Robin! I think you'd better hide that rotating cutting mat as soon as it arrives, though. It was coveted by quite a few commenters!
We're big fans of Liesl Gibson's Oliver + S clothing patterns around here. Cute kids' clothes with interesting construction details that are practical and not too frou-frou–what's not to love? Three new patterns have been added to their line-up this spring, the Croquet Dress, the Secret Agent Trench Coat, and the Badminton Skort, Top + Dress, all rated as advanced beginner patterns. If you'd like to win one of them, together with three yards of the Spoonflower fabric of your choice in which to make it up, just leave your comment below or on the corresponding Facebook post. Please do let us know which pattern you'd like to win if you're selected, and don't forget to include your Spoonflower screen name or some other means of finding you in case you're our winner. Entries close next Tuesday, 5/15 at 7 pm EST, and we'll announce the winner on Wednesday, 5/16. Good luck, all!
There was a ton of enthusiasm about last week's giveaway of a Crafterhours' curated I Spy quilting square sets–with good reason as each set is a giant pile of awesome designs!–but sadly we could only choose one winner. Congratulations to Peta Luck in Australia, and happy I Spy quilting!
Happy Halloween! It's funny to find myself posting photos of Christmas ornaments with hands still moist from scooping pumpkin guts into a bowl, but here we are. The winner of our contest to fit a pattern for a hanging ornament onto a single swatch-sized piece of fabric is Australian artist Julie Lynch, who won our Roller Derby-themed competition just a few weeks ago. Julie's Festive Birds Hanging Ornament actually includes a quarter-yard's worth of patterns in addition to the swatch-sized bird pictured on the upper left above. When we first launched Spoonflower, we really saw swatches as just a way for buyers to test a fabric before buying more. We didn't foresee the idea that a whole sewing kit could be included on an 8 inch square piece of fabric! Because our system as it stands at the moment doesn't pay designers a commission on a swatch (and please watch this space for news), you'll be relieved to know that this week we've awarded the other nine designers in the top ten with Spoondollar credits along with the winner. These ornament patterns, by the way, also make terrific projects for novice sewists!
The final voting went as follows:
1. 627 votes for Festive Birds Hanging Ornament. (3 birds and 2 owls on a FQ) by cjldesigns
2. 598 votes for Cardinal Hanging Ornament by dianne_annelli
3. 519 votes for Reindeer Ornament by ttoz
4. 493 votes for Cookie Cute Christmas Ornament by marcelinesmith
5. 489 votes for Señor Party Lights (Click to see sewn sample) by happysewlucky
6. 468 votes for peacock ornament by amel24
7. 462 votes for 7 Miniature Teapots. Please zoom to see all 7 of them. by niceandfancy
8. 427 votes for Baby Owl Ornament by natitys
9. 414 votes for Swedish Dala Horse by supercoop
10. 354 votes for hanging ornament elf by irrimiri
The winner of our contest to design patterns for Jack O 'Lantern-themed plushie toys and pillows is longtime Spoonflower member, but first-time winner, Michelle Cavigliano, an illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. Her terrific Cutie-Cat Pumpkin pillow pattern won the most votes this time around — congratulations, Michelle! We actually managed to sew nine of the top ten in time for our weekly missive, so be sure to check the photos on our Facebook page. It's starting to be the time of year when you can't resist the urge to curl up with a nice, soft gourd, so you're fortunate that all of the top ten patterns are now available for sale!
The voting results were:
1. 739 votes for Cutie-Cat Pumpkin Pillows by my_zoetrope
2. 694 votes for Trick Or Treat Candy Sorter Plushie by sammyk
3. 664 votes for Jack o' lantern and his best friends by bora
4. 637 votes for Dress up your Jack o'lantern by verycherry
5. 601 votes for Pumpkin Skellie (Click to see sewn sample) by happysewlucky
6. 547 votes for Creepy Pillow by purplegoat
7. 481 votes for Happy Plush-o-ween! by jennartdesigns
8. 473 votes for pumpkinbanner by suziwollman
9. 444 votes for Quilter's Jack-O-Lantern by mrshervi
10. 388 votes for Jack'o'Lantern plushie hat-mask kit (with treat bag) by majo_bv
Congratulations again this week to Nancy Kers, the Dutch artist (& neighbor of Bora) who also won our Puzzle-themed contest a few weeks ago. Nancy's lovely, pleated, flower skirt won the most votes in a contest full of amazing entries. The intrepid sewists on our staff jumped in to finish as many of the top ten as we could in time to photograph for you this week, but we failed to get through all of the terrific designs. They are all, however, now available to purchase!
The winning design is modeled above by Danielle. No official word on who, exactly, is modeling the 'Dance All Day' pattern by katrinazerilli. It's worth noting that — because we've run out of organic sateen a couple of times recently — I ordered all of these on twill, which I am informed is not the perfect skirt fabric. Sorry about that.
The final voting:
1. 850 votes for Flower skirt (dandelion) with a box pleat in the front by verycherry
2. 812 votes for Rainbow Twirl Skirt by sammyk
3. 796 votes for Swim Fishy Swim (Skirt, Fishbowl Bag, Headband and more) by sew-me-a-garden
4. 755 votes for My apple tree 'folding' skirt (view design on Organic Sateen) by bora
5. 731 votes for Swan Skirt by melisza
6. 721 votes for Ruffled Feather Skirt by juliettie
7. 626 votes for Dance All Day- skirt pattern by katrinazerilli
8. 618 votes for To the High Seas, Girls! by kayajoy
9. 574 votes for It All Revolves Around Me by kahoxworth
10. 546 votes for Stained Glass Pencil Skirt by thesummercountry