Monday, July 6, 2009

Design Your Own Fabric at Spoonflower

I just came across this web site and knew I had to share it with you all. Since Brent and I just purchased our first home, I'm always looking for new, unique, affordable ways to decorate. When I saw Spoonflower I got so excited! It's a web site where you can design your own fabric and then have it printed! How cool is that?

My kitchen and living room have a sort of vintage/bird/woodland theme, and I think it would be so neat to design a pattern with those elements and then make pillows, a piano seat cover, etc. from the fabric. I'm also going to be making a headboard for our master bedroom and the possibilities for that are endless!

These are a few designs from the site:

greenbird


birch

There is no set-up fee and no minimum, and a yard of quilting-weight fabric costs $18. Not super cheap but if you're doing a smallish project I think it's totally worth it. And do I even need to mention all the myriad applications this web site has for your wedding?

Here's what I could have done for ours: taken the flower image from my custom invitation, scanned it, made a fabric out of it, and used it as table runners for the reception. I also would have covered my guest book with it, and made a kneeling pillow out of it for communion. I would have created another complementary but more masculine upholstery weight fabric and had the groomsmen ties made out of it (I actually did this with a store-bought fabric.) Oooh, I really wish this had been around two years ago!!

Any other ideas for how to use a custom-designed fabric?

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