For those of you who have no idea what a ‘spoonflower’ is, you can get the lowdown at their official site. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know:
- Spoonflower is a digital fabric printing company based in the USA
- Anyone can upload a design to be printed
- There is no minimum run, you can start with just a swatch if you like.
- Prices are reasonable but it takes about 3 weeks on a standard postage to receive your goods
- They have quite a few different fabric options to chose from and prices start at about $16/yard
- You can sell fabric, but you have to proof your design in the flesh first.
- You only make a small design profit in ‘spoondollars’ of around 10% of the total sale cost
I heard about these guys a year or so ago and, being a designer, I was quite taken at the opportunity to add ‘textiles’ to my CV. Since I got the sewing machine, I’ve been a little desperate to create some unique pieces, in the interim, I thought it would be nice to at least have a new fabric to inspire me.
Overall, the hardest part of the process (for me) was ensuring my patterns tiled well. It took me a few uploads and revisions to get this right. I wasn’t too worried about the colour – perhaps I should have been? You’ll see from the pics that the black is not very saturated. I printed this on their Kona® Cotton stock (currently $18/yard). Here are some photos:
I’m super happy with the final result, and am planning on to sell these tea wallets at an upcoming fair. I thought it could be used for an apron or table runner or something too – what do you thing? What would you use this fabric for?
(Oh, and if you REALLY like it, you can buy ‘lemon’ online here)