Shake off the chills from the Post-apocalyptic Toile contest by voting on some charming 2016 tea towel calendars, which happen to be perfect for holiday gift giving. You won't believe all the beauty and functions that these designers can fit onto a fat quarter! Vote now for all your favorites!
Searching for the perfect handmade gift this year? How about 10 perfect handmade gifts for everyone on your list? Today we're giving away a fat quarter bundle of the top 10 designs from our annual Tea Towel Calendar Design Challenge. Just finish the edges and they're ready to be passed along to a special someone.
Enter by Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 for a chance to win. The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, November 19th.
Today starts our favorite promotion of the year– 2-for-1 fat quarters! It’s the perfect time to stock up on tea towels, an easy to sew, wonderful handmade gift that fits on a fat quarter of fabric. So to help you out with your holiday shopping, Spoonflower is holding a two-for-one tea towel special starting today and running for the next week. Here are the details:
- What: Buy two fat quarters of fabric on Spoonflower for the price of one. [Most tea towel designs fit on a fat quarter.] A fat-quarter of linen-cotton canvas (which works well for tea-towels) is normally $14, so it will cost $7 during the period of the promotion.
- When: Thursday, November 6 (9am EST) through Wednesday, November 12th (at 10 pm EST).
- How: Add two fat quarters (or any other number) and you will get half-off the regular price. The discount will be calculated automatically and the promotional price will appear in your shopping cart.
1) Are these tea towels finished products?
No, they are not. Spoonflower just sells fabric, so the tea-towel calendars and other kits (stockings, kits, etc.) arrive to you as fabric and in order to use them as gifts you’ll need to hem, cut & sew as needed. Unless you’re giving them as kits to someone else who sews, which is also a fun idea.
2) If I’m a designer, will my commission on sales be half of what it normally is?
Nope. You’ll still earn up to 15% in Spoondollars of the un-discounted price.
3) Do I have to buy two fat quarters of the same design to get the promotional price?
No, the promotion will apply to all fat quarters, so you can use it for as many different designs as you like.
4) If I buy one fat quarter, will I automatically receive a second, identical fat quarter?
No, if you want two pieces of fabric, you will have to add two to your shopping cart (or adjust the quantity in the cart to be two rather than one).
5) Do I receive a discount if I buy two fat quarters on two different fabrics?
Yes, each fat quarter you purchase will be half of its regular price.
6) Does this promotion apply to all fabric, or just tea towel kits?
The buy-one-fat-quarter, get-one-free promotion applies to all fabric for the duration of the special. But it applies ONLY to the fat-quarter size, not to yards or swatches.
7) Can’t I just add a yard of fabric to my cart and get four tea towels?
The special offer applies only to fat quarters. In some cases, it might be possible to get four tea-towels by buying a yard of fabric… but most designers have set up their tea towels to be centered. If the design is centered then you have to order it as a single piece. For tea towels this is usually a quarter yard, but for an apron kit, for example, it might be a single yard. This special is a discount for fat quarters only.
This week guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shows us how she turned her grandmother’s handwritten recipes into tea towels for her own kitchen. Read the how-to below, or, jump to our up-to-date video tutorial from Spoonflower member Theresa at the bottom of the post. She’ll take you through each step from Emma’s tea towel concept, so you’ll learn how to edit your scanned recipe in Photoshop, all the way through to how to sew up the tea towel with a finished double-hem.
Emma: For a woman who keeps a newspaper from the day she was born, my mum has surprisingly few keepsakes or handwritten memorabilia from her own mother who passed away in 1999. When I asked her to trawl through her old papers and files, she managed to find three handwritten recipes from my grandmother. They appear to be the only remaining examples of her handwriting left in the world, and they are therefore as precious as they are priceless.
For those of you wondering how to make your own 2011 tea towel calendars to print on Spoonflower, below is a calendar template to get you started.
We're a bit late posting this, given that our 2-for-1 tea towel sale ends tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 3), but better late than never. There's still almost a month to go before the New Year starts.
If you download the Word version, you can edit the fonts and colors as you wish, then save the file as a PDF that can be imported into a graphics program like Photoshop, or the much cheaper Pixelmator (for Macs only).
If you're in a hurry, just download and import the PDF we've set up. Please note that, while I dearly love Google docs, importing the .doc file into Google docs will mangle the formatting. I haven't tried it, but it might survive the transition to OpenOffice, however.
For our tea-towel calendar, Stephanie and I scanned some fall leaves on our office scanner, then I outlined them in Pixelmator and pasted the leaves around the edges of the PDF calendar layer I had imported.
I also photographed, on a white paper background, a few pine cones, nuts and leaves. By playing with the brightness and contrast in the finished photo, I managed to get rid of any shadows in the background of the images. Then — just as with the leaves — I pasted the individual elements (as transparent PNGs) into new layers in the calendar file in Pixelmator.
The resulting calendar is set up to fit on a fat-quarter of quilting weight cotton (21" x 18"), but I'm printing it on linen-cotton canvas, which will make a sturdier tea towel.
<— Here it is coming off one of our printers!