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.
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.
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.
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? :)