My First Fabric Design!

Oh the thrill I got when I opened my first package of fabric proofs from spoonflower.com!

 http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3438045

mini floral paisley snow

I officially have a new passion, even though I don’t have time for all my other ones. I am so pleased with my first attempt at designing my own fabric…I am compelled to draw florals and paisleys right now, but I am also trying to be realistic about what I (and others) might want to WEAR. I don’t know how “real” designers approach fabric design, but I just sketched a motif with a pencil and scanned it as a jpg into my computer. Then I opened it into the painting application I have and used various painting tools to color the sketch. I did have to cut and paste a couple of sections so that the repeat would flow better once the design was uploaded to the site, but Spoonflower is very easy to work with, and it allows the user to upload revised images.

I like my designs for wrapping paper even more, which is also available on Spoonflower.com.

I decided to do this one design with multiple background colors and named the collection “Watercolors”. Changing the background is the main time consuming part for me. I have yet to find an efficient method for this. Right now I spend a great deal of time with the file in a very zoomed in state and painstakingly fill in the background parts that are left after I first flood fill it. I am thinking the individual pixels are just a shade off from each other which is preventing the flood fill from working like I want it to. I haven’t received the proofs for two more pictured below that I have completed, but as soon as I do, I plan on approving them for sale.

Mini Floral Paisley Sky
Mini Floral Paisley Sky
mini floral paisley fog
Mini Floral Paisley Fog

Of course, being able to sell my fabric is just a bonus. I initially started this just for personal satisfaction and didn’t even realize I COULD sell my designs until I delved deeper into the site.

If anyone would like to see this design with a specific background, please comment! I will be happy to try it out and add it to the site if it proofs okay.

On the other end of the spectrum, I also love geometrics in neutrals like black, gray, brown, camel, and white. I have one design I am working on that falls into that category. I can’t wait to share it with you soon!

The next item on my agenda is choosing a fabric, ordering my design in enough yardage, and creating a garment. Look for a post on that in the next month or so (unless I procrastinate due to football season. The Teenager has several football games in the next two months that will require travel…)

Has anyone else discovered Spoonflower? Have you ever been interested in designing your own fabric? I would love to hear from you if you have!

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4 thoughts on “My First Fabric Design!”

    1. Thanks Rebecca! I think you are my first commenter…squee! I drew a wild flower/paisley motif yesterday that is my favorite so far…it won’t be available for sale until I have received the proof but I can’t wait…it may be my first yardage purchase!

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