Love of Lotus fabric design close up

Design Your Own Fabric with Spoonflower

Love of Lotus fabric design close up

Love of Lotus fabric design on Basic Combed Cotton – close up view

Dear fans,

I’ve heard of Spoonflower for printing your own fabric for a couple of years now, and finally gave it a try last week. I must say I was very happy with the result! There’s nothing like holding a nicely finished product with your own design on it.

I prepared my file in a 300 dpi PNG with transparant background. The file size was pretty big, but I managed to squeeze it under 40mb, which is the upload limit of Spoonflower.

design on a transparent background

design on a transparent background

Spoonflower has a pretty intuitive design application that helps you see how the design is going to be laid out on the fabric. I know nothing about fabric or fashion design, and it was pretty easy for me to use. There are a couple of different choices for repeating the design on the fabric, such as centered, basic repeat, half-drop, half-brick and mirror repeat. The different fabric and yardage choices have prices marked beside them which is very handy for “price control” while you’re designing.

Spoonflower's design application

Spoonflower’s design application

It took me a couple of uploads to get my file looking exactly the way I wanted before I checked out. After about a week or so I got this really nice fabric with my own design in my hands! The fabric feels very soft, doesn’t smell weird, and the print quality was excellent.

The laid out fabric

The laid out fabric

The calligraphy on the fabric was small but comes out very clear

The calligraphy on the fabric was small but comes out very clear

Another detailed view of the fabric

Another detailed view of the fabric

A fabric sample swatch that Spoonflower included

A fabric sample swatch that Spoonflower included

I had the idea of designing my own fabric because my mom has been taking quilted handbag classes and I thought it’d be a nice birthday present if she can make a bag with my design on it. Working with Spoonflower was a very nice experience and I’d definitely do it again. Maybe expect my upcoming fabric line? :)