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The Spoonflower Handbook

A DIY Guide to Designing Fabric, Wallpaper, and Gift Wrap

What if learning to design fabric was as easy as messing around with pencils and paints? The Spoonflower Handbook puts surface design for fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap well within the reach of creative people everywhere.

Designing fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap used to be the stuff of dreams. Few artists ever got a chance to try it, and printing even a few yards required significant financial investment. But times have changed, and 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, a North Carolina startup that produces designs for hundreds of thousands of creative people worldwide — printing 24 hours a day/seven days a week to keep up with demand.

The Spoonflower Handbook is an essential step-by-step user’s manual and project collection for this booming new creative outlet. 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.

Spoonflower began in 2007 with an idea, when cofounder Stephen Fraser’s wife, in search of fabric for curtains, casually said to her husband, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a place where you could order fabric you designed yourself?” With the Spoonflower Handbook, now all the DIYers who have ever thought about sewing their own curtains can design not only their own fabric but also their own wallpaper and gift wrap, and have it delivered right to the front door.

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You are the best thing that ever happened to fabric design. Thank you.


A couple months ago I was playing around on Spoonflower trying to design my own fabric, and it hit me – I realized I could easily just print some of my girls' best drawings on fabric and sew little dolls out of them! Olivia’s birthday was coming up, and I thought these would make awesome party favors for all of her friends.

Having sewn for most of my life, I’ve always had a deep love for fabric, and these days surface design is my jam. I use Spoonflower to help me work through that process. It’s very easy to upload a design and order a swatch. And seeing your doodles printed on fabric is such an awesome feeling.

I love my first order of fabric and I cant wait to order more! The color and design is perfect, just like my original painting! You are awesome!

I received my order yesterday and it is beautiful!! I don't know how you do it. Please keep up the great work and you have a life long customer and maybe some day contributing artist. You are the best thing that ever happened to fabric design. Thank you.

Bonus Projects

Ammonite Wallpaper by Weaving Major

September 19, 2015

How to Make DIY Ammonite Gift Boxes

Today's project comes for our friend Kelly (Weaving Major on the site). Take a peek at how she creates ammonite wallpaper, a small and large version, to cover custom cardboard boxes--perfect for organizing all your sewing notions and bits and bobs!

Kids' Art Fabric by Beth Davis

August 22, 2015

How to Turn Kids' Art Into Fabric

When you run out of real estate on the fridge, it's time to incorporate your children's precious artwork into other projects! In this tutorial, we'll be creating a fabric design from elements in a child's drawing.

Space Alphabet Book by Jennifer Wambach

June 13, 2015

Learn to Design and Stitch a Space Alphabet Book

The very first books in a child's life hold so much importance and sentimental value. If one of those books can be soft, cuddly, and educational -- well what could be better than that?

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The Spoonflower Handbook