What happens when you combine Spoonflower’s Cotton Spandex Jersey, the brilliant mind of SammyK, and the winter cold and flu season? An adorable tissue-cozy swatch project, that’s what! Spoonflower friend and designer Samarra Khaja (SammyK) stops by the blog to bring you a swatch project that’s adorable, practical, and you can finish it up in just a few quick seams. Enjoy!
Today we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our project + giveaway a copy of our dear friend Samarra Khaja's (you may recognize her as SammyK!) new book Sew Adorkable as a part of her blog tour!
Sew 15 conversation starters, from cheeky wearables (TRAWRzers!) to quirky quilts and home decor. Make a puffy quilt that looks like candy dots, or stitch a tissue box cover that looks like a vintage typewriter. Tailored to smart, talented, crafty folks of all ages, this hilarious book is just as fun to read (trivia time!) as it is chock-full of sewing projects.
Today, Samarra Khaja, SammyK on Spoonflower and one of the craftiest ladies we know, stops by the blog to share a fun and innovative DIY to organize your collections, travel memorabilia and other bits and bobs!
Has your spring cleaning morphed into summer cleaning? Feeling like it’s on the brink of oh-why-even-bother cleaning? Well, before you feel as though weeding the greenways along the highway entrance ramps would be a better use of your time, I want to show you four, count ‘em, four fun-filled wall organizing solutions that will allow you to happily display your cherished collections, even if everyone else thinks you’re a hoardin’ fool. We’ll show them!
See how fabric designer, artist, and mama extraordinaire Samarra Khaja (SammyK on Spoonflower) created this dino map headboard for her son out of our new Faux Suede fabric and learn how to make a DIY headboard of your own!
SAMARRA: My eldest heads to 1st grade this fall. Call me all sentimental and whatnot, but I wanted to celebrate this first person to ever call me “Mama” by giving him something decorative that would also feed that cerebral sponge that is his thirsty brain. Fun and functional in one fell swoop. I decided upon a new headboard. It’s the perfect way to revamp the look and feel of a bedroom without sending one’s wallet off to weep quietly in the closet.
But this is not just any headboard, it’s a Dino Mapasaurus, my illustrated rendition of some of the places around the world that dinosaurs have been discovered (thus far <–wink, wink, lazy paleontologists of the world, let’s get crackin’!). My kids are pretty much dinosaur-obsessed, so this was the winning route to take.
Those of you who have followed the Spoonflower fabric-of-the-week contests for even a few months probably don't need an introduction to prolific designer Samarra Khaja, aka Sammyk. Samarra has a light-hearted design style coupled with a great sense of both humor and color, and she's won our contests multiple times. She's also gone pro recently, with two new fabric collections debuting with Timeless Treasures (and more in the works). Samarra graciously agreed to answer some questions about her new collections during this busy Thanksgiving week. Read on for more about her new work and a chance at a giveaway!
The winner of our fireworks fabric competition — informally known as the pyrotextile contest — is none other than all-time Spoonflower champ Samarra Khaja, or SammyK, who has won seven previous contests (civil rights toile, celebrity smackdown, tractors, medieval, tiki, cocktails, and science).
Samarra gets the prize, but we're also pleased to announce what we hope will be a welcome addition to the weekly contest. Each week from now on we'll make all of the top ten designs available for sale rather than just the winner. We'll also post photos of the printed fabrics in the top ten in our Flickr pool each week for you to admire.
The full results this week were:
1. 637 votes for Pyrotechnic Party Favors by sammyk
2. 581 votes for Spiroworks by pennycandy
3. 398 votes for Little Fireworks by melisza
4. 384 votes for Happy 4th! by catru
5. 374 votes for Crackling Sky by demigoutte
6. 373 votes for Fireworks with sound FX by cjldesigns
7. 368 votes for Fireworks (please zoom in) ^^ by irrimiri
8. 359 votes for Mon Feu d'artifice by cassiopee
9. 351 votes for Dog_Parade by bzbdesigner
10. 329 votes for Fibonnaci Fireworks by candyjoyce
The rumble in the humble has produced a new champ, none other than Samarra Khaja, the New York designer Spoonflowerers have come to know and love as SammyK. Her 'Elemental Classics', pictured above, won the most votes in a design contest in which the theme was the natural elements: earth, air, fire, and water.
We were very fortunate to have the participation of four other amazing individuals: Heather Ross, Lizzie House, Harmony Susalla and Cean Irminger. All of them have agreed to make their designs available for sale until December 31st with 20% of the proceeds to benefit a charity of the winner's choice. Samarra has selected Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary in New Mexico as the beneficiary. Please note that Harmony's design is not yet available for sale, as we are working on a feature that will allow her — and other designers — to limit the fabric choices on which their designs can be purchased. That new feature is almost ready, but didn't quite make the cut-off…
This week's contest was all about tractors! The design that garnered the most votes was 'A Bumpy Ride' by none other than Samarra Khaja, the talented New York illustrator who has won four — yes, four — previous Fabric Of the Week contests. With five wins under her belt (science, cocktail, tiki, and medieval in addition to this one) she reclaims her crown (belt buckle?) as Spoonflower's reigning texile design champion. Be sure to check out her fabric, as well as the rest of the top ten tractor fabrics..
Final voting results were:
1. 473 votes for A Bumpy Ride by sammyk
2. 465 votes for tractor factor by bubbledog
3. 461 votes for tractor_for_spoonflower by newmom
4. 376 votes for In the farm by valentinaramos
5. 354 votes for Hog wild on the tractor! by yvonne_herbst
6. 297 votes for vintage pedal tractors by babysisterrae
7. 291 votes for Crop Circles by madam0wl
8. 285 votes for Girls love tractors! by bora
9. 282 votes for Provincial by dwelldeep
10. 257 votes for City Mouse, Country Mouse by kiddins