my fabric design process

Someone on Instagram said they’d like to see a post on the way I design fabric. Since I love seeing other the way people work and a look behind the scenes I thought maybe you would like to see how I do things too. When Spoonflower first began and I realized I could design my own fabrics I was really excited. I don’t have any formal education when it comes to art/design, or computer programs at all. Never one to let that stop me (at this point I had a basic knowledge of photoshop from using it for a few years). I started making fabric designs from cut paper which I then would scan and move around the best I could in Photoshop. Thankfully Spoonflower offered repeats on their website and it made the process easy if you had one single image you wanted repeated across the fabric. Over the last few years I’ve learned a lot more about all the amazing things you can do in Photoshop by trial and error. There are probably easier ways to do some things, and like I said no formal education here, so remember my way may not be the best way…but here ya go!
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Spoonflower-Fleece

Spoonflower now has fleece! The fine folks at Spoonflower contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I’d like to try out their new printable fleece fabric. I decided to create a new fabric of cut and sew veggies (and an earthworm) since I’ve been wanting to get out and garden but the cold weather hasn’t let me yet.
More info on the fleece from their website Our Fleece is a double-faced, low-loft, 100% polyester knit napped fabric. Our lightweight Fleece is ideal for blankets (including no-sew tie baby blankets), pillows, plushies, adult and youth loungewear, and cold weather apparel. Hemming is optional with this fabric as it doesn’t fray when cut, making this Fleece perfect for novice and experienced crafters alike. This cozy fabric is engineered to show crisp design detail and long-lasting vibrant color.
I was so pleased with the way the fleece printed up. Its soft, and not too thick which makes it even easier for cut and sew patterns. It sewed up perfectly without any issues. I can’t wait to try it out again for future Plush Of The Month Club plush.

I filled the earthworm with plastic pellets instead of polyfil, which gave him a great worm like feel, and makes him perfect for posing.
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I added some yarn to the bottom of my radish so it felt like tiny roots. You can find Spoonflower’s new fleece here, and my veggie fabric here.

Quilts





I’ve started work on a little quilt using “square in square” foundation piecing, and my honey tea fabric.
I’ve been purchasing foundation paper from Joann (its on sale right now for $5 for a pack of 25) I run it through my printer, and then I don’t need to tear anything away after sewing, like you do when you foundation piece with paper. I’m still deciding just how big to make this quilt. I really need more quilts I can cuddle with instead of little mini-quilts for my wall, so I am leaning toward something big.