It's officially the Year of the Horse, and we're looking forward to a year of luck and good fortune. Take this weekend to channel your inner strength, focus, and unbridled passion for life by paying homage our animal of the year with these horse-inspired projects.
SEW this sweet pair of pillows for your bed or couch. What a perfect project for celebrating the friendship and love in your life-- you could even give one away like a friendship bracelet...
CRAFT lovely lids for your jars, and keep your supplies organized and easily accessible. Not only is it easier to be creative when you have your tools at hand, but this way you can also make your "hoard" an artful display!
HAND-STITCH a lavendar sachet to keep your closets smelling fresh, and get a jump on your spring cleaning.
I know I'm personally looking forward to completing all of these crafts to the tune of the 30 Best Horse Songs of all time, so here's to a year of creativity and making!
With love and ponies,
Dive into these super cool Great Barrier Reef fabric designs--no scuba gear required! From colorful coral to happy fish, we love this week's top 10. Congratulations to our winner, Maaike of the Netherlands!
Here are your voting results:
1. 421 votes for hiding fish by zandloopster
2. 410 votes for Golden Reef with Shark by pond_ripple
3. 402 votes for Sea Urchins by crumpetsandcrabsticks
4. 358 votes for blue fish by ottomanbrim
5. 355 votes for under the sea 2013 by dennisthebadger
6. 354 votes for Deep Sea by patriciasodre
7. 346 votes for Dreaming the Great Barrier Reef by elramsay
8. 344 votes for Great barrier reef locals by ebygomm
9. 324 votes for ColleenFishSmaller by colleen_currans_bush
10. 319 votes for Sealife Snapshots by christinewitte
Looking to take your fabric design skills to the next level? Wacom's Inkling is a magical tool that turns your sketches in to digital form for editing in your design software of choice! Inkling bridges the gap between traditional sketching and digital development. While you sketch on paper with a ballpoint pen, Inkling captures your sketches digitally, stroke by stroke.
Enter by Tuesday, February 4th for a chance to win your very own Inkling! The winner will be announced on the blog on Wednesday February 5th. Congratulations to Katrina Fox, winner of 2 Jodie Davis craft books and a quilting rubber duckie!
Kick your creative year off right with a freshly organized sewing space! You'll need:
PEGBOARD for tools + supplies | You are My Fave
MATCHBOXES to create DIY needle drawers, using this tutorial from the Coletterie
FABRIC to make this beautiful wall organizer | Design*Sponge
BASKETS for beautiful stash storage | DesignLoveFest
HANGERS for pretty + functional fabric storage | House for Five
CLOTHESPINS for natural, inexpensive embroidery floss holders | Naturally Dyeing
FABRIC + a little time to sew up these sweet stash bins | The Purl Bee
A DESIGN WALL to host project inspiration in your newly organized sewing space! | Smitten Studio
Learn 10 quilting design techniques from Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts! We were so lucky to have Nicole teach a series of modern quilting classes in the Spoonflower Greenhouse this past fall and winter, and she graciously created some modern quilt block tutorials to share with those of you who couldn't make it, like her Modern Half-Square Triangle blocks, Free Piecing blocks, and Modern Log Cabin blocks. Now she's back to help you finish off those lovely quilting projects with 10 different design techniques and tips for choosing the best design for your project.
Choosing a Modern Quilting Finishing Design
At the end of many quilt patterns, you will often find the words, “Quilt as desired.” You may already have ideas about how to quilt a pieced top, but what if you don’t? This tutorial will review things to keep in mind when selecting a quilting design. I'll review ten different machine quilting designs that will hopefully inspire you on your next quilting project.
Abracadabra! This lovely design by Virginie of Lyon, France (also known as Demigoutte, on Spoonflower) levitated straight to number one in our Magic Show Design Challenge. So, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for magic like you've never seen before. Presenting the 10 most mysterious, incredible, fantastical fabric designs around.
And here are the voting results:
1. 378 votes for Abracadabra ! by demigoutte
2. 363 votes for One, Two, Three, Magic! by chicca_besso
3. 325 votes for Magic Show by k80horn
4. 278 votes for Ladies and Gentlemen applause please! by zapi
5. 267 votes for Prestidigitation by vicky_s
6. 238 votes for Magic Show Mustard by vinpauld
7. 236 votes for Utopia Animalia Magica LARGER by christinewitte
8. 230 votes for Abracadabra! by hmooreart
9. 220 votes for magic_red_sparkle by sandie_tee
10. 217 votes for Find the Lady by spellstone
I'm not an expert sewist, so I get really excited when I find a sewing tutorial that uses simple techniques, and will take an hour or less to complete. While I love sitting down to make something with my hands, I can get a little frustrated or overwhelmed when I take on a big project, and the hours drag on and on.
This weekend I'll be making three quick items that are sure to be sweet and easy. When I'm done with my sewing shindig, I'll have a whole new outfit to wear to work on Monday.
SEW an origami market bag. Just one peice of fabric (no cuts) and a few seams.
SEW a slouchy cardigan you can wear 4 ways. Use a big peice of soft knit, cut some arm holes, and sew on sleeves.
SEW a slouchy dress, with just two seams!
LEARN new techniques with Garmenter's incredible illustrated sewing instructions. (Grab a new pattern while you're there, too!) Great when you have a, "Now I'm supposed to sew the what to the what!?" moment.
DANCE your heart out like this amazing little lady, once you've finished your projects.
Silky Faille, a recent addition to Spoonflower's line, is an elegant fabric perfect for apparel, as well as curtains, pillows and other home dec projects. It offers crisp, bright color, drapes nicely, and holds up perfectly to repeated washing. For 24 hours, we're offering one and all the chance to get a free 8 in. x 8 in. swatch of Silky Faille printed using any design available in the Spoonflower marketplace, or a swatch printed using your own design.
HOW DOES IT WORK? This offer is limited to one free swatch per customer. To activate the discount, use the Get A Free Swatch button (visible on each fabric design page) to add a swatch-sized piece of Silky Faille to your shopping cart between noon EST on Thursday, Jan. 23 and noon EST on Friday, Jan. 24, then proceed to checkout. The discount will be subtracted from your cart total automatically. Note that in order to receive your swatches, you need to follow the transaction through to the order confirmation page. [And yes, shipping is free, too.] This offer works for your own designs or for any of the designs available for sale in the Spoonflower marketplace. Offer is limited to ONE SWATCH PER CUSTOMER.
PRINT YOUR OWN DESIGN: If you're new to Spoonflower this is a great chance to test the quality of our fabric and our printing for free. Just go to the Spoonflower home page, click Get Started, upload one or more designs, click on your design and then follow the instructions above.
SHOP FOR FABRICS BY INDIE DESIGNERS: Instead of printing your own fabric, choose a free swatch from any of the thousands of unique designs in the Spoonflower marketplace.
The terms of this promotion appear below:
We love a good craft book, so what's better than a pocket-sized book for crafters on the go? Today we are offering one lucky winner the opportunity to take home two books written by quilt and craft experts Jodie Davis and Jayne Davis, along with a quilting rubber duckie!
Enter by Tuesday, January 28, 2014 for a chance to win! We will announce the winner on the blog on Wednesday, January 29th. Congratulations to Kerry Alan, winner of our Skirt-A-Day + custom fabric giveaway!
Photographs can bring a meaningful touch to any DIY project, and PicMonkey is a free and easy way to prepare a photo for print. Check out this step by step tutorial for taking a photo and turning it into fabric to stitch up a pillow, tea towel, or your favorite sewing project!
Australia Day is just around the corner, and as our friends down under finish last minute party prep we're getting ready to celebrate with Aussie-themed fabrics designed by the Spoonflower community. Check out a few of our favorites and head over to the Marketplace to see kangaroos, kookaburras, koalas and more!
Kookaburra Kiss by Doops Design
Koala Rock by Sydama
Koala-lala by Amel24
My Boobooks, Australia Owls by Julia Grifol
Emu-a-do-do by Laura the Drawer
Oz Love by Bjorn on Saturday
Angel or Devil? by CM Designs
Flowers and Roos by Robyriker
Australian Animals of Course by Fantazya
Koala Trees by Katarina Roccella
Please join us in the Spoonflower Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here in Durham, NC, to sew Pillowcase Dresses for the Philippines. We're inviting community members to come and sew with us on Saturday, February 8, from 1-4pm, to support the efforts of a friend who is currently working to open an orphanage in in Tacloban City, Leyte, one of the areas of the Philippines hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. We'll be sewing "pillowcase" sundresses to stock this emerging orphanage with lovingly sewn handmade clothes for little girls.
With hands-on instruction from expert seamstress (and friend to those working on establishing this new facility) Carmen Baugh and pre-cut dress kits, we'll provide everything you need to create a perfectly finished pillowcase dress for a little girl in the Philippines.
We'll be using the "sausage roll" technique for creating the perfect edge to a pillowcase with no exposed seams, so you'll even learn a new versatile sewing skill while constructing these precious dresses.
All ages and all skill levels are welcome to attend, so feel free to bring your kids and your friends! There is plenty of cutting, ironing and pinning to be done in addition to simple sewing, so you can help this effort in any way you like.
This is a floating event, so please come whenever you can, stay as long as you like, and bring along your sewing machine if you have one. We'll provide all materials needed to make these dresses, but feel free to bring any fabric you have that would make a cute dress, too! These come together very quickly, so you might have time to whip up several while you're here-- we'd love to send as many dresses as possible!
We can't wait to see you here to sew for a great cause!
Thanks so much--
What's up, long weekend?! I try to do at least one creative project every weekend. Sometimes it's as simple as paper garland, while other weekends I'm a bit more ambitious. This week I've pulled together five inspiring projects or stories to kick-start another handmade weekend!
LEARN about the history of the American textile industry and be inspired by these beautiful photos!
STITCH a quilt after laying out your pattern digitally!
SHOP for a new sewing machine by following these tips!
COZY UP with a handmade blanket.
SEW a pillow in three simple steps!
What is your creative weekend inspiration?
If you've ever aspired to create your very first quilt, or you're a veteran quilter looking for a quick project, our top 10 cheater blocks are your ticket to heaven. It was a tough challenge with lots of fresh and lovely fabric designs! Congratulations to our winner, Cean Irminger of Machipongo, Virginia. We can't wait to get a Fat Quarter Bundle and start stitchin'!
Here are your voting results:
1. 401 votes for Spring Hare Cheater Quilt ( Fat Quarter) by ceanirminger
2. 380 votes for Spring Cathedral by angelger28
3. 344 votes for bloomy by brokkoletti
4. 310 votes for Granny's Millefiori Cheater Quilt by groovity
5. 299 votes for 2-yards floral cheater quilt by analinea
6. 295 votes for hexagon block tulip cheater quilt - twin bed by coggon_(roz_robinson)
7. 257 votes for geo springtime by scrummy
8. 255 votes for Spring Blooms Cheater Quilt_4InVert by robinpickens
9. 252 votes for MQG // Modern Quilt Garden by sammyk
10. 232 votes for Spring Floral Cheater Quilt by nellig
Design a skirt for every day of the week with this week's giveaway-- a copy of Skirt-A-Day Sewing! Inside you'll find 28 projects that walk you through all the techniques needed to create fun skirts that fit perfectly. Author Nicole Smith shows you how to draft a pattern specific to your measurements and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared, and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct looks -- one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for sewists at every level, including beginners. One lucky winner will take home a copy of this lovely book and three yards of custom printed Spoonflower fabric!
Enter by Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 for a chance to win. We will announce the winner on the blog on Wednesday, January 22nd. Congrats to Deborah Smith, winner of a three month subscription to Pattern Observer's The Textile Design Lab!
A fresh calendar for the new year is a perfect opportunity to add a piece of functional artwork to your space. If you need a little inspiration to kick off a creative 2014, try one of these beautiful calendars to DIY or buy from indie designers:
Tea towel calendar | Fly Trap
2014 tea towel calendar set | Aldea Wood
Instrument calendar tea towel | Andrea Lauren
Stitch the Stars calendar tea towel | Heather Lins
Language of Flowers calendar | The House That Lars Built
Little Bears calendar | Gingiber
Minerals calendar | Lindsay Jones
Free printable calendar | Amanda Shoemaker
DIY Instagram calendar | High Walls
Free printable calendar | MiniReyve
Simple DIY calendar | The Merry Thought
Watercolor calendar DIY | Simply Semplicitá