If you follow my Instagram account, you may have already seen the news that I have started a little business venture with my sister. We have been designing our own fabric and selling them through Spoonflower. This is an exciting new project, and one that I have been thinking about for a while now, and I’m excited to share it with you today!
This venture came about after realizing that I want to do more in the sewing field, but I really do not like sewing for other people outside of a small group of family and friends and the school musical costumes. However, I love choosing fabrics and curating a collection for myself. It just seemed like the next step in this journey to actually create a fabric line of my own.
The problem? I can’t really draw that much, and the idea of a repeat on fabric makes my head hurt (I understand the theory, I just don’t really know how to make it happen). And so I asked my sister if she wanted to collaborate with me. We work together to create whimsical designs. Often, I will come up with a concept and describe it to her, and she can create it on paper in a way that I would never think of.
We started working together, and in no time we had our first fabric in our hands! It was beyond exciting to actually have the physical product, and to be able to make a garment out of a fabric we designed!
The process has been a relatively fast one, but we’re both still learning the ins and outs of creating our own fabric. There’s a lot to think about – color, size, etc. – before we have something we want to post for sale. At the moment we have six fabrics up and ready to go. Above you can see the first fabric we approved. Click here to view it on Spoonflower.
One of my favorites, and the first I ordered to make myself a personal project (which is coming soon!) is this large leaf print. I am hoping to make myself a dress from this fabric to share in my upcoming monthly makes post.
The collection is currently fairly eclectic, with a lot of different types of prints. I call this one Dalmation Dot:
I’m looking forward to trying this one out with different background colors. For now, we have it in yellow:
When we first uploaded this bubble print, we didn’t love it, but when the sample came in person, it turned out to be adorable:
The most recent addition the shop was this fall stripes pattern. I ordered the sample for this one in a jersey fabric, and I definitely want to get more to make myself a top!
One of the great things about Spoonflower is that it can be completely customized. Make quilts? You can get cotton. Make clothing? You can get jerseys, silks and even a sateen. Even if you don’t sew, you can still have something made from our fabric! They sell wallpaper, gift wrap, tea towels and even duvet covers.
In the future, we hope to be able to run our own little shop where we can sell our own designs as well as fabric we curate from other designers, but that’s a dream to work on for now!
I am still in the process of setting up a little store section here, but in the meantime you can shop for fabric by clicking here, or by clicking on any of the links throughout this post.