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The Spoonflower Handook

The Spoonflower Handbook

A DIY Guide to Designing Fabric, Wallpaper & Gift Wrap

The Spoonflower Handbook puts surface design for fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap well within the reach of creative people everywhere. Today anyone with a computer, Internet connection, and idea can upload a file and, at modest cost, order their own fabric or paper, printed one yard at a time. At the forefront of this revolutionary DIY movement is Spoonflower, producing designs for hundreds of thousands of creative people worldwide — printing 24 hours a day/seven days a week to keep up with demand. Written for both new and experienced users of this print-on-demand technology, it covers everything from equipment to software to working with photos, scans, repeats, and vector files, and includes projects for the home and wardrobe as well as special tutorials contributed by members of the Spoonflower community.

Note that the book is available in English only.

$24.75 USD

Sample Sections

Tea towel on Spoonflower fabric

Design with Found Objects

A collection of objects (like feathers or stamps or recipes) and a scanner can be all you need to get started, without having to worry about about your drawing skills.

Pillows with photo designs on Spoonflower fabric

Design with Photos

Photos are another easy way to get inspiration for a design—and they are plentiful! Whatever a camera can capture, you can translate into a cool surface design.

A tie made with Spoonflower fabric

Design with Drawings, Paintings & Prints

The drawings your kids create, the doodles and sketches that come from your imagination, the vintage postcard—it’s all teeming with design possibility!

Placemat made using Spoonflower fabric

Design with Words, Text & Layers

In this chapter, we introduce the ideas of working with text and working in layers, which means creating the different parts of a design as separate elements.

Table runner made with Spoonflower fabric

All-Digital Designs

We head in a slightly different direction in this chapter and teach you how to work with vector-based images—artwork created solely on the computer.

Pillows made from Spoonflower fabric

Design Cut & Sew and Whole Cloth

Here we introduce a technique called “whole cloth” design or “whole surface” design, because your design takes up the entirety of what you are printing, without repeating.

Spoonflower Verified Purchaser

“I am so excited to create something wonderful. The book is laid out step by step how to create your own one of a kind projects with your own designed fabrics. Thanks Spoonflower.”

- Ellen, Verified Purchaser
Spoonflower Verified Purchaser

“Good explanation. This book takes you step by step through the fabric designing process for beginners. It also explains in detail what’s involved and Spoonflower’s printing process. ”

- S. Marshall, Verified Purchaser
Spoonflower Verified Purchaser

“A nice guide to designing your own fabric to be printed by Spoonflower. The sample projects were very interesting and gave me some great ideas for my projects.”

- A. Edwards, Verified Purchaser
Spoonflower Verified Purchaser

“Perfect for a design hobbyist. This book really helps to decide how to use the Spoonflower site to design fabric, gift-wrap and wall paper. It has helpful, basic design tips for the novice…”

- A. Teeny, Verified Purchaser

$24.75 USD

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