June 11, 2010

One cool thing about hanging out online for awhile is that you notice the ideas that stick and also those that don’t. While I’m always sad to see a business go, the excitement of watching one grow and blossom is quite satisfying and keeps me energized by the web over and over again. One company that I blogged about when they first launched in beta version back in 2008 is Spoonflower and it’s been quite a pleasure to watch them blossom because I think their idea is the best!


Spoonflower gives creative types the power to design, print and sell their own fabric designs through their website and to purchase the work of others. They have some great independent designers and though most of their fabrics lean more towards the sweet side, you still have many great ones to browse, be inspired by and to purchase for your next crafting or decorating project. Above are just a few of my picks, no doubt you will find your own favorites at Spoonflower too. Have fun!

(images: spoonflower)

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  • Reply katharina June 11, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Hi Holly!

    i know Spoonflower for quite some time, too and always wanted to try – but now there’s a German website,too!

    here it is:


    greetings from the Black Forest

  • Reply DawnS June 11, 2010 at 7:16 am

    This has been on my “to-do” list :) I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Mitali June 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

    The mustache design is so similar to this http://www.etsy.com/listing/49209562/retro-moustache-tote-bag-free-shipping

  • Reply Amy June 11, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I just had some of my watercolor flowers printed on fabric on Spoonflower. Pleased as Punch. Very fun stuff

  • Reply KG @ KG Style June 11, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I love this! This is fantastic. My clients are going to be ecstatic about this website as I am!

  • Reply Tammy June 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I discovered Spoonflower almost a year ago and have had some success with my site ( http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/tammikins ) selling some of my designs there!

  • Reply steve June 11, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Wow… it is very impressive design, i really love it.

  • Reply Shay June 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Spoonflower is an amazing collection of indie designers,creating gorgeous and unique fabric.What a great concept. So modern.Just spent one hour mesmerized by the quality of products available.You always find the best stuff !!!

  • Reply sideoats + scribbles (Lisa) June 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Yay for Spoonflower! I keep meaning to try it too — I just can’t settle on what to do!

  • Reply Emily June 12, 2010 at 3:50 am

    My husband just sent me a link today to a blog comparing digital fabric printing websites that included Spoonflower (http://www.trueup.net/?p=5364). Browsing through the fabrics is fun, but designing your own would be awesome.

  • Reply Jeff June 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I love Spoonflower. Some designs I found aren’t available for sale like this one http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric_items/new?design_id=261515 but they have a button where you can request the designer to sell it.

    Cool site!

  • Reply Mandollyn June 12, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I love selling on Spoonflower! We also have a blog on Flickr where we bounce issues, ideas and general topics off of each other…

    There are some illustrators who sell on Spoonflower as well!

    Go to the contests page and check out some of the winning designs!

  • Reply Katy June 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Yeah I love spoonflower. I feel like I had been waiting my whole life to be able to affordably print on fabric.

  • Reply Page June 13, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    lovely post!

  • Reply PhillyLass June 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I’m already in love with this site! A question for crafters who know more than I do (so, pretty much everyone on this site!). If I want to recover the seats of my kitchen chairs, would the upholstery weight twill do the job or should I opt for the linen-cotton canvas? I’ll just be stapling it to seats that unscrew from the chair frame. Thanks for any advice!!

  • Reply Cynthia Strickland June 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I love Spoonflower. I have been designing with them for about a year now. Have not been disappointed! I have even been able to sell a few of my designs. Their weekly fabric contest is a great way to challenge yourself to try new designs and ideas. I sold quite a bit of one of my latest designs “MorningSong” at a local quilt festival and was encouraged by the feedback I received. Would never have happened if it weren’t for the opportunity Spoonflower offers! If you haven’t tried it yet, do so, you won’t be disappointed!

  • Reply Cynthia Strickland June 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    To PhyllisLass re: upholstering chairs. I love the linen/cotton blend, but I think for your application the twill would probably wear better in the long run! Run with it and have fun!

  • Reply Ioanna June 17, 2010 at 4:38 am

    i read about Spoonflower in a sewing magazine about a year ago and i always wanted to try it. I’m just wandering if the cost of sending it overseas (i’m in Europe) is worth the trouble…But in the end, you do create your own fabric!Anyone tried the cotton sateen ?

  • Reply PhillyLass June 21, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Thanks Cynthia! I can’t wait to get started on this project.

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