Have you ever thought about designing your own textiles? I know I have especially when I am digging through racks of fabric swatches in hopes of finding the pattern that I have in my mind’s eye. Wouldn’t it be easier (and less stressful) if you could some turn that mental image of the perfect fabric into reality? Well the folks over at Spoonflower were reading my mind (so to speak)….
The concept behind Spoonflower is pretty straight forward – 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 to full yardage. Spoonflower gives users several fabric options from quilting cotton to upholstery-grade cotton twill and even silk crêpe de chine. Prices range from $18-$32 depending on your fabric selection with the silk crêpe de chine maxing out the pricing structure.
One note of caution before diving into designing your dream fabrics – there is a small upfront cost due to the fact that you must purchase samples of all the designs you create prior to them going into production. Fortunately the cost is minimal since you can order up to 8 samples for $20.
For myself, this opens up a WORLD of opportunities regarding curtain and drape treatments especially since they have a linen/cotton fabric option. I am always at a loss finding cost-conscious fabric options for curtains that are stylish and in the color palette I am using. Even better is that Spoonflower offers a 10% if you order your own design and a 20% discount of you order over 20 yards of your design. And did I mention that there is no required minimum yardage order? So order 1 yard or 100 yards – you have total control.
Thanks to Spoonflower, I can now add “textile designer extraordinaire” to my résumé…. (not really but I can day-dream).