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!
winter DIY projects
It’s the New Year and you’ve got big plans: Finish that quilt that has been hanging around for the past 2 years, organize the craft room (I’m looking at you, fabric stash), finally attempt the unthinkable…zippers. Whether your resolutions are inspired by your crafting hobbies or simply a kick-start to getting back on track, we’ve got you covered with five different resolution re-starters to prevent the mid-year slump!
We’ve all been there before…frantically searching for fabric shears under a mess of fabric scraps, pattern pieces and thread and uttering out the words, “Tomorrow I’m going to organize this entire craft room from head to toe if it’s the last thing I do!” Let this be the year of the clean craft room with the help of a pegboard supply wall!
The winter crafting phenomena manifests itself in countless ways, but the most popular form might just be knitting – sweaters, socks, hats, dog booties… you know the drill. But have you considered how lovely knitting designs look on fabric? Feast your eyes on the contenders in this week’s contest and vote for your favorites!
December’s upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited to start our holiday decorating! This year, we love the idea of creating a calendar that unites the whole family in celebrating the special days of the season. Take an afternoon this week to whip up one of these customizable calendar DIYs sure to delight you and yours. Please do share the DIY holiday calendars you’re making by tagging #makeitmonday on your social platform of choice!
Eight Nights of Surprises Wall Hanging by Creative Jewish Mom makes a lovely focal point for the family room.
Create this Dreidel Garland by Scrumdilly-do! with old neck ties!
This DIY Origami Box Advent Calendar by Gathering Beauty is a great way to use any small gift wrap scraps.
Mix and match these ideas to create a calendar of your very own, and please do show us what you’re creating with a #makeitmonday shout out!
It’s time to kick off another week of makes! This week is all about the layette. So what’s a layette, anyway? A layette is simply a baby’s first wardrobe. It comes from the French word for little drawer. It’s all the essentials a newborn baby will need to get through her first few months including: a bodysuit, no-scratch mittens, kimono-style shirts that don’t need to be slipped over the baby’s head, socks, booties, caps, and a cute spare onesie for when all of those other things are dirty and a photo-op arises! Spoonflower crew member Theresa is here to share some of her favorite layette patterns you can chip away at all week long!
In this week’s edition of Make It Monday, we’ll help you prepare for the holiday season and the winter weather all in one project! Learn to sew a simple blanket (in any size) that can be snuggled with for years to come.
In this series, we kick off the week with a quick and easy project that we’re hoping to make by the end of the week, and we so hope that you will join along! Each Monday, check out our blog for a quick and easy project that can be completed in very little time. During the week, just sneak in a step or stitch here and there, sharing your progress with the hashtag #makeitmonday on the social media platform of your choice. We’ll share what you’re making as we go, rounding up our favorite shares on the weekend!
This week, let’s sew a simple blanket to donate to a local shelter or to warm someone you love this winter.
We love this tutorial on Momtastic.com for sewing a simple baby blanket. (Keep in mind, you can make this blanket as large or small as you’d like!)
If you’re looking for this design in the Spoonflower Marketplace, it’s Pennants, lemon – sun soaking by Natalie. Pretty sunny for a winter blanket, no? We recommend using cuddly Minky and Organic Cotton Knit for a warm blanket.
If you’re more of a blanket traditionalist, try this throw blanket tutorial from Let’s Go Sunning instead. Though we don’t print on flannel at Spoonflower yet, there are hundreds of plaid designs in the Spoonflower Marketplace, and paired with Minky and Organic Cotton Knit, you’ll sew up a blanket that’s as cozy as it gets. Oops! I mean– this blanket is for loved ones, not for keeping!
Don’t forget to show us your winter blankets on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter by tagging us or adding the hashtag #spoonflower and #makeitmonday. If you do, we may repost it to show off your beautiful, crafty progress!
Have a beautiful and industrious week!
There are clothing and accessories for dogs and cats that are helpful and fun, and there are those that are likely to just embarrass your dog friend. We’ve compiled five sew projects that we think have utility and merit to them, in addition to being unbelievably cute. Summer is a great time of year to hang out next to the air conditioner and get started on those winter holiday gifts for friends and pet companions alike!
Hound Dog Hoodie DIY | Urban Threads
Dog Bowtie tutorial | Ammo the Dachshund
Dog Coat tutorial | Sew Doggy Style
Sew Your Own Dog Boots | Domestik Goddess
Booties are good for protecting from hot summer pavement or cold winter ice and salt. Plus, here’s a helpful tip for “boot training” your dog!
DIY Dog Bandana | A Pair of Pears
Oh, the weather outside our Durham, NC HQ is frightful, but we’ve rounded up 5 delightful DIYs for a winter weekend indoors. Keep warm and craft on!
Turn a simple rug into a beautiful “no-weave wall hanging” with instructions from The Kipi Blog.
Bust your stash to make a bright patchwork triangle pouch with a tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar.
Snip your way to a stylish no-sew winter cape from The Homesteady.
Stitch up a pillow with pompom trim with this DIY by Gnome Angel.
Bonus project: Download Elizabeth Hartman’s Hazel Hedgehog II pattern used to create your own hedgehog pompom pillow!
As we prepare for more winter weather here on the East Coast, we’re planning a few DIYs to keep us busy while staying cozy and warm. Take a look at a few projects we’re excited to get started on while the temperature drops and the snow falls!
‘Tis the week to celebrate all of the love in your life! These fabrics and DIYs have us inspired to show the ones closest to us how much we care.
Valentine Hand Warmers by Armommy has perfectly-sized warmers and tags on just a fat quarter!
No time to stitch? Chickoteria’s Cross Stitch Pink design incorporates all of our favorite things, no hoops or needles necessary.
Seal your next project with a hug and a kiss with LittleSmileMaker’s XOXO Love and Kisses.
Or get cozy under a quick and easy quilt with a yard of Cynthia Frenette’s A Robot in Love Cheater Quilt design.