Earlier this year, we were feeling the love when we shared our Personalized Wedding Pillows for Under $10 DIY project on the blog. We received lots of excitement for this project and a handful of requests for a pillow template. The wedding bells must be ringing because today we’re excited to share four different pillow templates, ready for your customized details!
Like many creatives, I often find myself daydreaming about my next big sewing project even before my current project is complete. Whether in the car, walking my dog or even brushing my teeth, custom fabric projects are always on the brain. While on a trail run, I dreamt up my race bib running top. Most recently, while getting the mail, the lightbulb went off for custom pillows inspired by vintage envelopes.
These pillows look great on Linen Cotton Canvas, Eco Canvas and Heavy Cotton Twill, but I was excited to try Spoonflower’s newest fabric, Lightweight Cotton Twill. This lightweight fabric is both soft and durable, is easy to work with, and is a perfect addition to your couch when made into a pillow.
Looking for ways to make your wedding celebration reflect you and your partner's personalities? Think bunting, banners, napkins, and table runners. Spoonflower team member Jenny here to offer up a few ideas for using custom fabric to make your DIY wedding feel more authentic and unique to you. With a bit of resourcefulness and the chance to show off your creativity and crafting skills, you're just a few fun and easy projects away from curating the wedding vibe of your dreams.
Planning for your upcoming outdoor wedding this summer? If so, this week's seamlessly repeating free designs from illustrator powerhouse Leanne Thiessen of Paper Canoe Design will be right up your alley! Release the doves and the butterflies, because today's collection of freebies is all about embracing the beauty of open-air nuptials.
How does it work? Just click on the hyperlinked text below to download the high-res version of all three of these designs. Once you've downloaded, you can edit the designs using the graphics software of your choice, then upload them right to your Spoonflower account to purchase on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. Alter them to match your wedding colors, change the scale, or whatever else you fancy! These designs are meant for personal use only, please.
Whether you're in the thick of planning for an upcoming wedding, or just a sucker for soft, delicate designs, today's digital freebies are sure to make your heart skip a beat. We are so excited to be sharing today's seamlessly repeating designs from Spoonflower friend and NC neighbor, Nadia Hassan!
Just click on the hyperlinked text below to download the high-res version of all three of these designs. Once you've downloaded, you can edit the designs using the graphics software of your choice, then upload them right to your Spoonflower account to purchase on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. Alter them to match your wedding colors, add the name of the bride and groom, whatever your heart desires! These designs are meant for personal use only, please.
Guest blogger Robin (Kritterstitches), Spoonflower’s very own Senior Graphic Designer, is here to recommend her favorite free fonts for DIY wedding designs. Let these typefaces inspire your wedding invitations, ceremony program, or anything else you may be crafting by hand for your upcoming custom wedding.
This jumbo paper flower wedding backdrop is an eye-catching wall covering for your wedding celebration. Use it as a backdrop to your wedding photographs, to frame your top table, or to decorate the entrance of your wedding venue! It is a simple flower to make despite it’s size! The trick is to use our jumbo flower pattern printed on Smooth Wallpaper from Spoonflower. Each roll comes with two flowers on it, so all you need to do is cut out the pattern and assemble each flower by following the simple video tutorial below by Lia Griffith.
Each flower petal has a delicate watercolor wash on it to easily blend in with any wedding colors. The paper is durable so it is easy to work with and will last you for years should you want to re-house your backdrop at home!
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED:
- sharp pair of scissors
- a low temperature glue gun
- a length of cord to hang your flowers
This week for our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower team members Abbey and Sharon share how they created simple Cotton Silk and Kona® Cotton pocket squares for the groom and groomsmen.
When thinking of DIY wedding projects, we thought about what we would love to make with Spoonflower resources for our own weddings. We decided that custom pocket squares for the groom and groomsmen would be a nice, personal touch that is relatively easy to do.
One of the best aspects of Spoonflower is the variety of fabrics you can choose to print on, so we decided it would be fun to show the same personalized design on two different fabrics: Cotton Silk and Kona Cotton. Cotton Silk would be suitable for a more formal wedding and the Kona Cotton suitable for a less traditional wedding.
We’ve based the design on the invitation of our fabulous, fictitious couple, Keira and Matthew.
To start your pocket square design, open up a new Photoshop document. We wanted a small repeat so our image size was 0.5” x 0.5” at 150 DPI, RGB color.
When you are done designing your motif to be repeated on the pocket square, don’t forget to save your file as a .jpeg image.
After setting up your design, follow the directions to upload on Spoonflower and select your repeat. We chose the half-brick repeat to make it look more like a pattern.
When ordering, keep in mind the size of the pocket square that you want as well as how many you will need for your wedding party. We recommend cutting a 16×16 inch square for the Cotton Silk, and a 13×13 inch or smaller square for the Kona Cotton, since it is a thicker fabric. You can fit four 16×16 inch squares on one yard of Cotton Silk, and six 13×13 inch squares on one yard of Kona Cotton. If you only want one pocket square, feel free to order a fat quarter!
Once you get your fabric, iron it and then cut it to size with a seam allowance of half an inch. If you have a hem foot on your sewing machine, it’s easier to hem the pocket squares, especially Cotton Silk. Simply iron a quarter of an inch seam allowance and feed it into the foot. If you don’t have a hem foot you will want to fold it over a quarter of an inch twice as narrowly as you can and straight stitch for a rolled hem. You’ll want a thin hem for pocket squares.
Once sewn, the finished pocket squares should measure approximately 15×15 inches (Cotton Silk) or 12×12 inches (Kona Cotton). Iron the pocket squares again, choose your favorite fold, and add your dapper groom and groomsmen!
About Our Guest Bloggers
Abbey and Sharon are good friends who enjoy crafting and eating lunch together. Abbey enjoys traveling with her husband, designing things for friends, and drinking chai lattes to get her creative brain in gear. Sharon spends most of her time thinking of what and where to eat, making paper crafts, and exploring Durham. Together they share fruit snacks daily, as Sharon eats the red gummies and Abbey enjoys the blue ones.
Spring is in the air in North Carolina, and with warmer weather and blooming flowers comes the start of wedding season. To inspire blushing brides to be and other wedding enthusiasts we are switching our focus to fun DIY wedding projects! For the first entry in our month-long series, Spoonflower crew member Stephanie shares how she used baby succulents (and Spoonflower fabric) to serve double duty as both centerpieces and favors!
I tried to keep the DIY for my wedding manageable. Since I planned it in two months, I didn’t want to take on too many projects at once and have the wedding day come and have only a bunch of sad, partially completed projects to show for all my work. One of the reasons I like this project so much is that it served double duty! Table decorations by day, wedding favors by night.
- 3 different sizes of mason jars (8 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz)
- succulent clippings
- succulent/cactus soil
- craft moss
- paper funnel
- succulent care sheets
The number of mason jars you need depends on how many tables you have, the size of the tables and how much space you want the decoration to take up. I had four 8-foot round tables and placed two 32 oz jars, three 16 oz jars and three 8 oz jars on each table. I bought my mason jars in bulk from Uline, but you could also find them in a grocery store if it is around canning season.
When I first started looking for succulents, I was afraid this project’s budget was going to go a little over! Fully grown succulents are a little expensive to fill so many jars, especially when some jars might need a few succulents, not just one. However, with a little luck and research, I came across the idea of using succulent clippings which are perfect for this project! I purchased my succulent clippings from the Etsy shop, Sanpedrocactus.
Once you have all your supplies, it’s time to start planting succulents! I found it easiest to create a paper funnel to fill all the mason jars with dirt. Another great tool to use is chopsticks. It’s practically impossible to arrange the succulents and moss how you want with your hand, so having some chopsticks available is a great help.
After planting the succulents, the jars look a little bare, but don’t fret! Once you add the moss, you expect a little gnome to walk out from under a leaf and the look is complete!
The one thing I was worried about was that I was giving away all these baby succulents and people wouldn’t know how to take care of them. Just one time of watering a succulent too much could kill it! Using some information that came with the succulent clippings I created a little fabric handout that people could take with them. Here is my design on Spoonflower, and a photo of the printed fabric:
I found some old, public domain illustrations of succulents online, created a grey border and chose some fancy fonts in Photoshop and I was done! I printed the instructions on Heavy Cotton Twill and pinked the edges so they wouldn’t fray. The final product comes out to a nice pile of helpful succulent tips that are around 4 in x 5 in. Even though the succulents were spread out on the tables, I kept the instructions on the guest book table with a sign telling everyone to take their favorite home with them.
Another idea is to print the instructions on a decal. I thought of this when I saw that my mother-in-law kept her succulent by a window in the kitchen with the succulent care sheet next to it. I thought it would be fun if she could have stuck the care sheet to the window above the succulent so she wouldn’t ever misplace it!
One of the best things about this project is after the wedding, you get to visit your friends and family and see the succulent they took home. It’s so great to see which one they picked and how much it’s grown.
About Our Guest Blogger