What’s four words and sweet as can be? If you guessed our newest fabric, Organic Sweet Pea Gauze™, you’re right on the money! Your go-to project using this super-soft gauze may be swaddle blankets, but did you know this fabric can be used for so much more? From reversible bowl covers to reusable grocery bags, your gauze project list is endless! Today we’re celebrating the launch of our newest natural (and organic!) fabric with a visit from Spoonflower alumna, Theresa Rizzuto — you may recognize her as trizzuto in the Marketplace! Find out her tips for working with gauze and see how she put it to the test with the new Charlie caftan from Closet Case Patterns.
summer DIY projects
This summer, it’s total mermaid madness and we’re getting poolside ready with SammyK’s newest project: DIY mermaid tail beach blankets! It’s the perfect gift for your beach buddies and they’re sure to make a splash at your next pool party! To complete the look, we recommend choosing our super-soft Minky for the outer shell and your favorite toweling fabric for the lining. Dive in and see the full tutorial from our good friend Samarra Khaja…
Samarra: Calling All Mermaids and Mermen! I know you’ve been on the lookout for sparkling fresh options to expand on that tail repertoire of yours, so wait no longer fine-finned friends! [Read more…] about Make a Splash with this DIY Mermaid Tail Beach Blanket
The warm weather is here and we’re all about the summertime neck scarf trend. We may have packed away our winter scarves months ago but we’re just getting started with this lightweight accessory that is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your summertime look. Today, we’re partnering with Allie Jackson, the sewist, maker, and blogger at www.alliemjackson.com, to share a quick and easy (not to mention beautiful) neck scarf tutorial using our newest fabric, Chiffon. It’s the perfect fit for this summer accessory. Find the video tutorial and step-by-step directions below!
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Allie: This pretty chiffon scarf is pattern-free and easy to sew, even if you don’t have a rolled hem foot. I like using scarves to add some print and color to an otherwise plain outfit, but they also make a perfect gift for your sister, mom, or friend. They’ll never know it only took one yard of Spoonflower’s chiffon fabric and just a few minutes to make. Let’s get started! [Read more…] about Easy Summer Scarf with Spoonflower’s New Chiffon | Video Tutorial
The summer weather is heating up here in North Carolina and the first day of summer is right around the corner (oh wait – it’s here)! The weekends will soon be filled with adventures to the beach and pool which means we’ll also be needing the perfect swimsuit! Luckily, there are so many great swimsuit patterns available to pair with our favorite swimsuit material, Sport Lycra. Today, we’re excited to share one of the newest patterns helping us beat the heat : the RiRi swimsuit by Mimi Goodwin featured in May’s issue of Sew Sew Def Magazine (have you subscribed to this fantastic read from the Mimi G team?). Keep reading to see how Alexia Sotelo, a self-taught sewist and DIY swimsuit extraordinaire, shows how easy it is to make your own swimsuit. Beat the heat bonus : she’s sharing her own variation of the swimsuit and the secret to a custom swimsuit for just $32.00!
Alexia : I am a self taught seamstress and have been sewing for about 4 ½ years. Since teaching myself to sew, I have learned that sewing swimsuits is probably my most favorite thing to make! People often tell me they would love to sew themselves a swimsuit but are so intimidated and have no idea where to start. While I haven’t been sewing as long as some, I am here to tell you, sewing a bathing suit is really not as hard as it may seem! I think the most difficult part for me is finding quality swim fabric in a print that I like. The Spoonflower sport lycra is nice and thick and has a matte finish to it : just what I like! The only problem I have now is there are SO many amazing designs to choose from it’s nearly impossible to choose just one or two! I absolutely love the RiRi swimsuit and it’s the perfect pattern to use if this is your first attempt at a bathing suit! It has a flattering fit, an on trend vintage style, and it’s construction gives you the freedom to play around with a couple of prints to give it a fun look!
Let’s get started!
Have you ever found a sewing pattern that you’ve fallen in love with and can’t help but make time after time? When you open your closet, do you see that specific pattern taking over your wardrobe until you realize you now have six versions of the same project? Spoonflower team member Meredith shares the Sprout Patterns project that’s taking over her closet: the Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Clothing. Keep reading to learn how she used the Sprout Patterns’ color coordinating tool to take her staple dress to the next level!
Our favorite DIY projects transform plain, tired garments into one of a kind works of art (inexpensively!) by adding a pop of colorful pattern. This raglan t-shirt refashion is exactly that type of project. We love raglan tees–they bridge the seasonal gap between summer and fall seamlessly, giving you more coverage and a classic, Americana look. Since we’re using a regular old cotton crewneck t-shirt (bonus points for thrifting it), this project is fast AND inexpensive. Click here to jump down to the video. Let’s get started!
Here are the materials you’ll need:
- Crewneck t-shirt
- One yard of a stretchy knit fabric (Modern Jersey, Cotton Spandex Jersey, or Organic Cotton Knit are great choices – choose a fabric similar in weight to your t-shirt). We’re using Crazy about Hats by Mariskadesign in Modern Jersey.
- A raglan t-shirt pattern (We’re using the pattern from It’s Always Autumn–It’s free and comes with different sleeve lengths!)
- Sewing machine w/ a zigzag stitch or a serger
Prep your t-shirt
Start by cutting out the neckline out of your T-shirt and set it aside – you’ll need this again later.
Store-bought swimsuit woes — we’ve all had them. You’re inside a horribly lit fitting room with 10 different suits, all of them gaping in the wrong areas, barely covering you in others. Is it just me or is your normal dress size nearly doubled when it comes to bathing suits? I’m convinced it’s a cruel joke on the part of these swimwear designers who are just out to get us frustrated and confused about what’s going to actually fit. In the journey to total body confidence, swimwear can be a dreaded thing for many women. Enter the me-made suit. When you sew your own, you have complete control over fit. You can show off the areas you feel comfortable with, and cover the parts you want to be more modest about. No weird size tags, just pure and honest measurements. No itchy labels. No weird pulling or gaping. Just your perfect dream suit, in your perfect print or even one you designed yourself.
I recently came across the Bombshell Sew Along and pattern from Closet Case Patterns. Let me tell you — this sew-along / pattern combo was sent from above! I was once super intimidated by the idea of sewing my own swimsuit, but knowing that Heather’s sew along would guide me through each and every step with extremely thorough instructions, photos and diagrams along the way made me feel brave enough to take the plunge — and I’m so glad I did.
Here we are at part three of our Alison Swimsuit sew along! This is the third and final part, so when you are finished with these steps you are done and can start wearing your own. This last part is all about sewing the bands and fitting the suit to your body.
First, we need to sew together and stretch in the back band that transforms into the straps.
We cut two of the strap pieces, so we must first sew them together. Place the edges right sides together and sew/serge.
Welcome back to part two of our Alison swimsuit sew along with Sport Lycra! This type of fabric is just perfect to use for sewing up your own swimwear, and the Alison swimsuit sewing pattern is a great option since it is a one piece and can really show off the awesome print you chose for your fabric!
We left off last time in part 1 of the Alison Swimsuit Sew Along sewing the crotch seams together, and now it’s time to finish off the rest of the bodice. Grab your bust piece since we will be starting there.
We’re deep into the lazy days of summer now. Amidst the heat, summer outdoor activities, and family vacations, it’s good to take some time to relax, breathe deeply, and enjoy simpler pleasures. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite summer DIYs and fabric recommendations to promote serious summer vacation vibes!
DIY a hammock out of a beach towel for a breezy place to rest your head.
The perfect hammock fabric? We recommend MudCloth in Black on Bone by Domesticate in Eco Canvas. [Read more…] about The Perfect Summer Weekend |DIY Hammock + A Good Book!