It's been quite a year and we can't believe 2015 is already drawing to a close! Our community has accomplished so much together in these last 12 months, from contest wins to the launching of Sprout Patterns, to the opening of hundreds of shops with promising new designers to explore. Take a walk down memory lane with us as we recount some of our favorite highlights of 2015!
At least one Sunday a month, we like to take some time out to share a unique sewing experience that stands out a bit from the rest in a series we call "Sunday Sew." This month, Spoonflower staffer Allie stops by to talk about her experience sewing up a sophisticated Sprout Patterns Laurel Blouse, which she wore on her trip to NYC for Martha Stewart's American Made 2015 Awards!
Allie: I had the opportunity to stitch up my first project by Sprout Patterns a few weeks ago in preparation to attend Martha Stewart's American Made awards. While I've done quite a bit of sewing, when it comes to apparel I tend to stick to the most basic silhouettes. For the event, I wanted to look polished and professional, while still remaining comfortable.
I chose the Laurel Blouse by Colette Patterns printed on Silky Faille and it did not disappoint. I opted for a simple design created by Andrea Lauren. Her black and white Animal Constellations printed beautifully and was exactly what I wanted–a quirky yet sophisticated design unique to Spoonflower's crafty community.
If you haven't tried Sprout, or sewing apparel, you certainly should! It was super easy to create a custom top that I was able to tailor slightly for a better fit. By ordering a few sizes larger than I normally wear, I had the flexibility to adjust the side seams to achieve the fit I was looking for. Being creative with your order and sizing allows you to "hack" your Sprout Pattern and be able to adjust sizing and tailor your garment to fit perfectly. The instructions were clear and easy to understand and allowed me to make a unique top in no time. I also had the original PDF with all sizes so I can make another one in months to come! Have you tried Sprout? What is your favorite Patternmaker featured on the site? Please share in the comments below!
We've been counting down the days and it's finally tea towel calendar time again! Out of almost 300 entries, you voted on the 10 most beautiful calendars and the results are in. Congratulations to first-time winner and North Carolina based designer Jayme Hennel for her lovely "2016 Citrus Tea Towel-Navy" design! Marvel at all the top 10 winners and don't forget to check out our Facebook page today to see photos of all the finished tea towels printed on Linen Cotton Canvas!
450 votes for 2016 Citrus Tea Towel – Navy by jaymehennel
2. 431 votes for 2016 Tea Towel Calendar-Let Your Soul Blossom and Grow_dark by groovity
3. 411 votes for Succulents 2016 Tea Towel Calendar by nadiahassan
4. 387 votes for Hello Fox, Hello Squirrel 2016 Tea Towel by creativetaylor
5. 365 votes for 2016 Peacock Tea Towel Calendar by Andrea Lauren by andrea_lauren
6. 361 votes for 2016 A day in the forest by vo_aka_virginiao
7. 340 votes for my family tree 2016 calendar by doodleandhoob
8. 326 votes for 2016 garden calendar by cjldesigns
9. 325 votes for Another Year, Another Circus! by mariaspeyer
10. 324 votes for 2016 Raven Tea Towel Calendar by mariafaithgarcia
Haven't had a chance to get your hands on a copy of The Spoonflower Handbook? Don't worry, we're offering one lucky winner the chance to take home their very own copy along with two yards of Spoonflower fabric!
Designing fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap used to be the stuff of dreams. Only a few select creatives got to do it, and it required formal training and significant financial investment. But times have changed, and today anyone with a computer, Internet connection, and an idea can upload a file and order their own fabric or paper, printed affordably one yard (or more!) at a time. With step-by-step tutorials and projects that span a wide spectrum of skills, The Spoonflower Handbook is written for both new and experienced users of this print-on-demand technology. Covering everything from equipment to software to working with photos, scans, repeats, vector files, and more, it is an essential guide to a booming new creative outlet.
Enter by Tuesday, October 6th for a chance to win! The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday October 7th.
As we wrap up our four week SpoonChallenge: Creating a Fabric Collection, we want to encourage budding textiles artists to keep creating! In an effort to do so, we're offering one lucky designer the opportunity to win a one year membership to Bonnie Christine's Roost Tribe + $100 in Spoonflower credit. Bonnie's creative community inspired her to make a special place where she could share what she’s learned on her journey and pass along the secrets to her success. Members of the Roost Tribe are encouraged to follow their dreams, share their talents, and find strength in community. Continue to build and grow the skills you've developed during the SpoonChallenge as a member of the Roost Tribe!
In addition to a Roost Tribe membership, we're throwing in a $100 Spoonflower credit. Test new designs, explore exciting colorways and print fabrics for your professional collection portfolio!
Enter by Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 for a chance to win. The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, August 5th. Good luck!
You created an amazing image or found the most perfect public domain file for your fabric design (yay!) and emailed it to yourself for later use. Now you're wondering how to take this image from your email to Spoonflower. This quick post will show you how to download the image from your email to your computer. Once it’s saved, you can determine the size of your image and upload to Spoonflower!
To get started, log into your email account and find the specific email to which your image is attached. Your image may show a thumbnail preview similar to one of these:
Seeing as hedgehogs are primarily nocturnal mammals, they make great pets for night-owl designers. If you're wired like a hedgehog and do your most creative work in the nighttime, be sure to vote on your favorite hedgehog designs by next Wednesday, and be sure to check for the winner in our newsletter next Thursday!
Beagles have long been adored for their ability to track scents and give a loud, baying howl when excited. For our latest Weekly Design Challenge, we asked designers to give us their take on the lovable hound – check out the contenders and cast your vote today!