Do you love walking through fabric stores and looking at all the different fabric designs and options? Imagine being able to design your own fabric. Your own prints and patterns, or maybe fabric with images, like dolls or toys, that could just be sewn up. Spoonflower is an online company that offers you the ability to do just that. Whether you're an avid sewer, quilter or crafter; a graphic designer or artist, you need to check out this company to see what this creative source can do for you.
They describe themselves on their web page by saying, "At Spoonflower we make it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper and wall decals. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles. The company came about because Stephen’s wife, Kim, persuaded him that being able to print her own fabric for curtains was a really cool idea. She wasn’t alone. The Spoonflower community now numbers over half a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world. The site has appeared in the New York Times, Associated Press, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Make, CRAFT, ApartmentTherapy, Photojojo, and many other terrific publications and blogs."
They use eco-friendly inks and natural fabrics, which is great for all the projects that end up as clothes or gifts for babies and children. The digital textile printers take your image that you have designed and uploaded, then prints them. There are options for fabric styles and quantities. You can even upload photo images. Check out their Help section for the how-to's for getting your own custom fabric.
For inspiration check out these Spoonflower searches:
The great thing about Spoonflower is you can order samples or fat quarters. Explore and test out a few different things. There are endless possibilities of the fun one can have creating their own custom fabric designs.