This week, Right Sides Together is celebrating the fabric design website Spoonflower. Spoonflower is an awesome marketplace for designers looking to sell their prints on fabric and wallpaper, sewists and crafters looking to buy those prints, and people wanting to design and print their own. Each day, we’ll look at a different way that Spoonflower offers fresh, modern design to makers everywhere — all followed up with a giveaway on Friday!
Spoonflower is a great place to shop for fabric for general use. The wide collection of modern and traditional prints in a variety of substrates is perfect for clothing, quilts, home decor, and more. But to me, the most fun part of Spoonflower is seeing the creative ways people have used it to create functional fabric: that is, fabric that does double duty in a project or fulfills some other purpose besides, you know, being fabric. Check out these creative uses for Spoonflower fabric—and many are also available to buy!
Rather than fumbling with piecing a child’s doll or measuring and cutting pieces for a tote bag, why not buy fabric with the patterns already printed on them? Easy gifts like staceyiesthsu’s Scarlet doll are a creative and fun way to make simple gifts. There are tons of patterns already available—aprons, stockings, pincushions, girls’ dresses, and more—or you can use graphic design software to design and upload your own. With the two-for-one benefit of fabric and pattern, Spoonflower can help busy sewists save time.
Rather than buying generic tags and labels to sew inside your garments or on the back of your quilts, why not design perfectly styled labels yourself? cynthiafrenette’s quilt labels are a perfect use of Spoonflower’s 8″x8″ swatch. Experienced quilters will say that it’s better to piece your label into the back of your quilt so that it can’t be ripped off — and having pre-printed label fabric is a great way to do this without breaking out too many markers or your embroidery machine. You can even personalize your labels with your own name and/or company so that you don’t have to bust out the markers at all.
Functional Memories and Personalized Projects
The Spoonflower blog has an excellent tutorial for converting handwritten recipes into functional tea towels. This sort of project is probably not what most people think of when they turn to Spoonflower, but personalized, functional mementos are definitely a creative use of custom fabric. People have come up with truly innovative ways to use Spoonflower in ways that matter to them. Some ideas:
- A quilt with a map of your hometown.
- Your child’s artwork converted into a lampshade for her room or cloth napkins as a gift for a grandparent.
- Concert tickets or diplomas printed on pillows for home office decor.
- Letters to Santa made into a Christmas quilt.
- Instagram photos as an iPad case.
The possibilities are endless!
Have you tried Spoonflower yet? If so, what have you made with your designs and/or fabric?