Spoonflower

Jardin collection - Spoonflower Designs

I thought I would write up a little review of my experience designing and printing fabric with Spoonflower. For those that aren’t familiar with Spoonflower, they are a fabric printing company. Anyone can upload a design and have it printed on fabric for your own use or for sale. You can buy sizes from 8″ samples up to yardage. There are several fabric options from quilting cotton to organic cotton sateen to cotton voile.

I decided a few months ago to try my hand at some designs that were floating around in my head. I used Photoshop to develop my designs, but I also thought it would be cool to for people who draw to use something like a Wacom tablet. I found the trickiest part of the design process was creating an image that can repeat. Once I had that down, the designs really came together.

I’d recommend remembering a few things when you are designing fabric. Your minimum dpi (dots per inch) should be 150 dpi. Also, it helps to use the Spoonflower color chart to select colors that will print well. Finally, because this fabric is digitally printed, it will fade some over time. I took that into account when selecting the colors of my designs and didn’t choose anything too saturated.

After you have your designs uploaded into Spoonflower, you are required to order swatches to proof your design before you can order more fabric or offer your designs for sale. So, there is some upfront cost involved. Spoonflower is set up where you can create a “collection” of designs and then order samples of that collection for a discounted rate. As a designer, you can order up to 8 design samples for $20. Below is my fabric sampler:

Spoonflower Sample Sheet

After your sampler arrives you can see how your color selections print out and also the scale of your designs. Seeing the designs on fabric versus the screen is so helpful. I saw on my designs that the one print with the yellow background was just not working for me. I changed the background to blue and scaled the design down. I also could see that the light yellow dots next to the white just weren’t showing up, so I darkened those dots. I then reordered samples of those two prints.

The turn around time for the fabric is 10 days. It feels like forever. And I know that to artists that design for places like Moda, 10 days is nothing. But to the layperson, it’s a long wait. 🙂

Spoonflower has a great Help/FAQ section on their website. Check it out and design some fabric! You can see my profile here. Feel free to leave a comment with links to your designs, I’d love to see what you create.

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11 Comments

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    Kelli

    March 14, 2011

    Very cute! I’d buy that. Well, actually I’m on a buy ban for awhile until I get some room cleared back in my cabinet, but I would certainly drool over that and wish I could buy it! 😉

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    Claire - Matching Pegs

    March 14, 2011

    Are you going to enter Project Selvage.

    I am. Designing fabric is something I always wanted to do.

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    Jessica

    March 14, 2011

    Thanks for the input about Spoonflower. I’ve always thought about designing something and getting it printed. They seem a bit pricy, though. We’ll see. Maybe a project for the future.

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    Sabs

    March 15, 2011

    Your fabrics look great! It’s amazing how well the e-designs translate onto fabric. I’ve just discovered Spoonflower myself – and have tentatively entered the Project Selvage contest. Never done anything like this before so a bit nervous, but had a lot of fun doing it.

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    anna

    March 15, 2011

    beautiful job! I need to finally try it out, just ordered my tablet the other day. 🙂

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      Faith

      March 16, 2011

      Oooo, I hope you’ll blog a review of it!

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    Leslie

    March 16, 2011

    Nice! I like the variation in color and scale in your designs.

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    Lois

    March 17, 2011

    Hi, LOVE your fabric designs & I’m so happy to click on over (from Spoonflower’s Flikr stream) and find a wealth of quilt stuff. I tried to subscribe, but when I hit the icon, I got a screen full of html coding. Maybe it’s just having a bad day?

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    Nur

    September 18, 2012

    Hi Faith,

    Have you tried washing the fabric? Apparently the fabric that i bought, the colors faded after just one wash

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