In Spoonflower's home state of North Carolina, and in many parts of the United States, August is all about peaches. This succulent, fuzzy stone fruit just soaks the sunshine right up and tastes like a bite of sweet, sweet summertime. One of our favorite ways to gather inspiration for new home dec, sewing and design projects, is by looking around us at what Mother Nature has to offer. Right now, we can't help but feel inspired by the peach! From design tools to wall art and repeating patterns galore, sink your teeth into our round up of peach-spiration. That's right. It's all brought to you by the…
Spring is in the air with these lovely projects created by our community from Spoonflower fabrics! Be sure to show us what you're making using #Spoonflowered on your social media platform of choice!
As we prepare for more winter weather here on the East Coast, we’re planning a few DIYs to keep us busy while staying cozy and warm. Take a look at a few projects we’re excited to get started on while the temperature drops and the snow falls!
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In the last project in our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower crew member Allie shares an easy tutorial for creating a custom bean bag toss game set for a fun, personalized touch to your wedding day!
For my oldest sister’s wedding last weekend, I knew using Spoonflower to personalize the day would come in handy. When she mentioned wanting a bean bag toss game for guests to play at her wedding on our family farm here in North Carolina, we decided to design custom decals to decorate the boards and matching fabric for the bean bags. It was a super simple project that everyone at the wedding enjoyed! I used a custom stamp with the bride's and groom's initials and the wedding date she created to decorate the invitations as my design element for the decals and designed a floral fabric in similar colors for the bean bags.
I began my project by scanning the stamped image created to adorn their custom invitation. I then used Adobe Illustrator to clean up the image a bit, sized to 20" at 150 dpi, and made the color even throughout the design. To help distinguish teams, I created a blue version, which fueled competion between the bride's team and groom's team.
Once I had cleaned up and sized my design, I uploaded the file to my Spoonflower account. Since I had a bit of extra space on the 30” x 30” decal, I filled that area with smaller versions of the logo, just in case we could just them elsewhere in the wedding.
Applying the decals was super easy – cut out the shape, peel, stick! Sometimes it’s helpful to have a friend when working with large decals, as they tend to stick to themselves. Since they are repostionable, it's is easy to move them around if you don't get them in the exact spot you'd like the first time.
I used the same blue and pink to create a floral design that I had printed on linen-cotton canvas to use for bean bags. Bean bag construction was super easy — just sew little squares, fill with beans, and close!
Our bean bag toss was perfect for my sister's wedding day festivities, complete with boards colored for both a groom's team and a bride's team, but you can create your own game set for family reunions, birthday parties, or other summertime celebrations!
About Our Guest Author
This week’s Fat Quarter February project comes from Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod, who shows us how to make pretty pieced kaleidoscope pillows from just two quarter-yard pieces of fabric.
Diane: I’ve been a little obsessed with the idea of kaleidoscopes lately. It’s so intriguing how you can take a wedge shape, multiply it by six, and create endless new patterns. So I thought it might be fun to replicate this idea in fabrics. I might be cheating on this month’s fat quarter theme just a little by using two fat quarters, but I really love the result, and using these large scale prints give it a very graphic look. I’m using four Holli Zollinger fabrics here: Chevrons Red and Chevrons Burlap from her Kunda Linen fabric collection in one pillow, and Mint Arrow and Arrow Marine from her Native Spirit Linen collection.
Materials (per pillow):
- Two coordinating Kona® Cotton fat quarters with matching print
- 18” x 18” backing fabric
- Kaleidoscope pillow pattern PDF
- Low-tack painters tape or pattern weights
- Ruler and mechanical pencil
- Sewing machine and thread
- Hand sewing needle
1” covered button kit
- Nylon upholstery thread
All seam allowances in this project are ¼”
Begin by downloading and printing the PDF pattern. I recommend
tracing it onto tissue paper, which will make it much easier to place
the pattern precisely on your fabric before cutting. Iron all
wrinkles out of both fabrics.
Now, align the tissue pattern where you want it on your fabric.
You’ll want to choose a section that will form a nice pattern when
it’s repeated six times. It’s also wise to take a moment and make
sure you can get three identical pieces from your fabric. Here, I’ve taped the pattern to the fabric and traced the main outlines of the design. This will help me align the pattern exactly the same way when I cut the next two pieces.
Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut it out (I’ve already added a
¼” seam allowance to the pattern for you, so cut around the outer
edge.) If it helps you to label sections of your tracing like I’ve
done here, go right ahead.
5. Pin one triangle of each fabric together with right sides facing. When you pin, pay close attention to matching up all the elements in the fabric design – here, I’m matching the edges of the stripes.
In fact, you may notice that by matching the designs, you end up with little gaps in the edges of the pinned fabrics, as seen above. Don’t worry! You can gently stretch the fabrics so they’re flat as you sew. Just keep those designs aligned.
Sew each pair of triangles together along one side, creating three
units. Press their seam allowances in the same direction. As you sew,
pay special attention to where you end your seams at the tip of the
triangle. They should end ¼” away from the edge of the fabric, as
shown above. This will make it easier to match all these points at
the center of the pillow.
Now, sew the three triangle units together, making sure the two
fabrics alternate. Do your best to make sure the tips of the
triangles align in the center. If you have a mismatch, like you see
above, you can remove some of the seam and stretch the fabric gently
as you re-sew to get a closer alignment. But
that said, getting six points of fabric to line up perfectly is
tricky! So please don’t make yourself too crazy over this. We’ll
be covering the center of the pillow with a button, so perfection is
not a requirement here!
When you’re done assembling the pillow front, check the back of
your work to make sure all the seam allowances are laying in the same
direction. That will allow you to neatly press the center flat as you
see here. Go ahead and reorient and press any seam allowances.
Cut your backing fabric to match your finished pillow front. Pin them
together with right sides facing and sew around all six sides,
leaving about a 4” gap in one side for stuffing. Trim away the
fabric at each corner and press the seam allowance open. Fold and
press the edges of the fabric at the opening so they match the seam
Turn the pillow right side out, poking all the corners out so they’re
nice and sharp. Press the pillow flat before you stuff it.
Stuff the pillow firmly and then sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch.
Tufting the Pillow:
12. Follow the instructions in your covered button kit to make a 1” covered button from a leftover scrap of pillow fabric. Thread a hand-sewing needle with about 20” of upholstery thread, which is strong enough to withstand the pulling we’re about to do. Regular sewing thread isn’t a good choice for this step.
Pass the needle straight down through the center of the pillow, bringing it out at the back. You can compress the pillow so the needle reaches through.Take a little stitch on the back, and then bring the needle back out through the front of the pillow.
Pull the threads to tighten this knot, which will also compress the pillow center a bit.
When you have the center compressed as much as you like, tie a second knot to lock the thread in place. It’s very helpful to have a friend hold the button down as you tie this second knot. Cut the ends of the thread short enough that they can hide under the button.
About Our Guest Blogger
Diane Gilleland blogs, podcasts, publishes, teaches, and makes videos about all things crafty over at CraftyPod.com. When she’s not doing those things, she’s doing whatever her cat tells her to do. And what’s wrong with that?
Last week, we spotted the most adorably cozy hand warmer project on the blog of Rae Friis, aka Armommy. Created to keep the little fingers of her four young children warm and cozy in their coat pockets, Rae’s hand warmer design uses just a quarter-yard of fabric to produce 12 little hand warmers, or six sets of two. They’re such a cute and easy way to show some love as we approach Valentine’s Day! For the full tutorial and a free downloadable insert to turn your hand warmers into the perfect Valentine’s Day present, visit the Armommy blog.
Rae Friis together with her mother Jane started the Armommy company to help women be the designing mamacitas they are destined to be! They create products and offer DIY projects that merge timeless concepts with a modern twist & a little whimsy, finding inspiration in their own desires & experiences as moms & those of the mamas they know and serve. You can connect with them via the Armommy blog, on their Facebook page or via Twitter.
Continuing our January project series to show our spaces a little love and create treasures from worn or plain pieces in our homes, Spoonflower staff member Allie Tate transforms her childhood French provincial desk into a fresh work station ready for new creative projects!
Growing up my two sisters and I all had matching French provincial bedroom sets. I had kept mine through the years and love it, but it needed some serious updating. Having been through my childhood and too many to moves to count through college and life after, my poor furniture had certainly seen better days.
A fresh coat of paint, some decals, and fabric to recover the chair cushion and it would be good as new! Choosing the right decals and fabric was the hardest part of the whole process, and I went with two longtime favorites, CandyPenny’s Woodtype Alphabet decal design and Wolfie and the Sneak’s Kristen fabric.
To start the project, I removed the hardware and sanded the desk. Since it was already a light color, I choose paint of similar color that contained primer and was able to skip an extra coat of paint.
Recovering the chair, I cut the fabric to size and then used a staple gun to attach fabric to the bottom of the cushion. For me, strategically folding and stapling the corners so they weren’t a mess was the most challenging part!
Lining drawers with decal was an easy way to update the drab drawers. I simply measured the inside of the drawers and using large 30”x30” decals I cut a piece to size and covered the bottom of each drawer.
Ta-Da! The end result is a definite upgrade from the sad-looking desk I started with. Now to work on organizing all my crafting and sewing notions that fill the drawers! Looking for more furniture re-do inspo? Follow our Handmade Home Decor board on Pinterest.
This is the second in a series of posts we’re running in January on the theme of refreshing, revamping and reorganizing for the new year. Spoonflower staffer Kelly Baugh recently became a proud, first-time homeowner and went right to work on refreshing her tired bedroom. Check out her room’s fresh new look below!
As far back as I can remember I have wanted to own my own home so that I could remodel it and make it my own. I bought a townhouse about six months ago and quickly got to work on what might be the ugliest bedroom ever.
Well, maybe not ever, but it wasn’t my taste at all! This was an especially fun project for me to work on because both of my super-talented parents helped me out. To keep the costs low, we did all of the work ourselves! I think the carpet was original to the house built in 1985, so that was the first to go.
Then my Dad installed laminate wood floors. The new floors coupled with light gray paint, new closet doors, a new fabric-covered headboard, custom drapes made by Mom, and all of my little touches, really pulled the room together.
A fabric covered headboard is a great way to add big impact to a bedroom. I followed this tutorial which was very helpful. The fabric I used was Holli Zollinger’s “Gray Circles” printed onto Spoonflower’s linen/cotton canvas.
I made up my curtains using another Holli Zollinger design called “Coral Yellow” printed onto organic cotton sateen. The pillow was sewn from Alicia Vance’s “Bohemian Mod” printed on heavy cotton twill.
For my telephone table I looked to Design*Sponge for inspiration and this one was perfect! I didn’t use Spoonflower fabric for this particular project, but Zoelle’s “Marigold Chevron” printed onto linen/cotton canvas would be very similar to the fabric I used.
My dog Leo’s bed was made from Holli Zollinger’s “Afro Text” on linen/cotton canvas.
I love the simplicity of the room now. It turned out exactly as I’d imagined!
Guest writer Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shares a handful of ideas for simple projects using Spoonflower wall decals to add fun and color to your home for the new year. Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m continuing to have fun thinking about ways to use Spoonflower decals and I’m excited to share a few ideas I came up with to add colorful detail to our home. For some of these projects, I’ve used my Fiskars Fuse Creativity System, which is a new die-cutting machine designed not just for paper crafters but for anyone interested in using all kinds of materials and textures in their crafting and home dec projects.
For other projects I’ve used scissors, but I can also recommend cutting the decal material with a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler– there’s nothing better for cutting perfectly straight lines when you need them.
I started with a simple set of coasters that are very quick to make up. I’m thinking of making a set for every holiday and special occasion throughout the year in a variety of fun colors and designs. These decals were designed by Ravynka from her April Rain collection.
To make my coasters, I used a sheet of cork, purchased from the craft store. After adhering the decal material to the cork, I ran the two layers through my Fuse Creativity System, using the circle die– which is the PERFECT size for coasters. And FYI, the 5” x 5” small decals will conveniently fit most of the medium Fuse dies.
Another fun project I worked on had me making up some magnetic frames that I’ve stuck to my refrigerator. They are a great way to neatly display photos, notes or keepsakes. As with the coasters project, I simply stuck the Spoonflower decals to magnetic sheets and ran it through my Fuse using the frame die. I used designs by Studio Fibonacci, Art Is Us, Holli Zollinger and Leighr.
For my next project, I used this cute owl design by Holli Zollinger. My 6-year-old daughter loves the sweet owls that are so popular at the moment, and these decals make it easy to brighten her room.
These decals are easily removed, leaving no sticky residue, so that in time the owls can be removed and replaced as her whims change. I cut out the owls using a small pair of sharp scissors with non-stick blades. If you do something like this, consider positioning them in a variety of ways. We really love the little owls who look like they are peeking around the corner.
It’s amazing to see what a big impact a little color makes to a room. I brightened up our plain white kitchen backsplash tiles with decal squares stuck to their surface. I used the square die with my Fuse to cut these, but you could of course use a rotary cutter and ruler on a cutting mat. I recommend using pattern weights to hold the decals flat whilst cutting.
About Our Guest Blogger
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.