Spoonflower

I’m a little fascinated with Spoonflower.  If you haven’t discovered them yet, you’re missing something.  Spoonflower is a website where you can upload any design you’d like and they will print it out on fabric.  The options are so limitless, it’s almost overwhelming.  I am such a fabric geek.

I don’t remember where I first heard about them, but the first thing I did when I visited their website is order a swatch book.  It’s $1, which includes shipping.

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I’m very tactile, as I imagine a lot of crafty people are, so I had to find out what their fabrics felt like before I even thought about ordering.  As you can probably imagine, custom fabric is not cheap, and I wanted to make sure it was worth it.

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Swatch book in hand, I played around with a few designs, but got busy with other things and didn’t place an order.  A few months passed, then Spoonflower sent out an email about Free Swatch Day.

Apparently, this is an annual event where they offer a free swatch, but suggest a donation of $5 (the normal cost of the swatch) to a charity.  I don’t know if it’s the same one every year, but this year was Heifer International.  My son’s school did a fundraiser for them a few years ago, and I was impressed with their program, so I was onboard.

They have an excellent help section, which will walk you right through the steps to order your fabric. I won’t go into those details here, but if you plan to order fabric, I would say it’s required reading.

I uploaded a very simple, text-only design.  It’s photography-related words, so I can use it on some of my Etsy shop items.  The swatch is 8 inches square, so it’s actually large enough to see how the fabric will turn out and use to make something with when you’re done looking at it.

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I made at least one mistake, but it’s my own fault.  See the gap between the first and second line?  All me.  I just realized, this looks like a big Polaroid photo.

Another aspect of Spoonflower that I’ve really been enjoying is their contests.  Not entering them, but voting.  They have different themes from week to week and some of the talent displayed is amazing.

Which brings me to another Spoonflower plus – you can buy fabric designed by other people.  If they’ve uploaded it and made it public, you can buy it.  I can’t show any of the photos here, but there are a few artists whose work I really like:

heidikenney

sammyk

bora

zesti

That’s not to say there isn’t about a million others.  The whimsical category alone could keep me busy for days.

Now that I have a swatch in front of me, I’m anxious to try other designs, and maybe order something from another designer.  I like the idea of unique fabric you can’t just walk into any store and buy. 

If you’ve tried Spoonflower, I’d love to hear about your experience!

I have no affiliation with Spoonflower – just a happy customer.

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