Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spoonflower Delivers

The fabric I custom designed and ordered from Spoonflower arrived while I was out of town, and I have photos and intel to share.

First, the yardage:

This came folded neatly with only a few/minimal wrinkles that will likely disappear after I wash it. My design was vividly printed on very crisp, lightweight white cotton foundation material (I think I read that they use Moda fabric but don't quote me on that.) There is no raised or plastic feel to the material, which makes it nicer than the fabric sold for inkjet printers. The packing slip included laundering directions for all the types of fabric the site sells, which is an excellent idea.

I also ordered some test swatches of my photo banner and two paintings to get a look at how they handle complicated colors and palettes as well as image details:

I'm quite happy with these. Swatches are a good idea if you're not sure about your design as they don't cost as much as yardage but still give you a realistic preview of what a bigger piece will look like. Here's a closeup of the banner photo:

The final test was to compare the finished fabric to the original photos I used for the designs. There were some slight color variations, and a little of the tiny details didn't translate onto the fabric, but I'm quite satisfied with how well they matched my image:

Here's another comparison:

Production and shipping were actually faster than promised, so no complaints at all there.

Bottom line: this was fun, easy to do and I really like the results. If you want your colors matched perfectly, I recommend ordering a test swatch of your design first (and I'm not sure if you can tweak the colors after you get your swatch or you have to upload a tweaked image, so you may want to check on that at their site.)


  1. All of the pieces look great! Now that you have them, what are you going to do with them?

    I might have to try this. :o)

  2. Fran Kane4:10 AM

    Nice! I would love to be able to do something so pretty but I'm afraid I don't have a single creative bone in my body. (sigh)

  3. I'm picturing all the things you can make out of the fabric. Will it be for a quilt?

  4. They are amazing and lovely... :)

  5. I like that fabric having a flower design. Anyway, how much did you pay for that? I am very interested since I am thinking of placing something like this in the wall of my room.

    1. I ordered a yard of it in quilting cotton, which was $18.00 a year ago. Spoonflower is now using Kona cotton, which is probably a better quality, and it looks like the price is the same.

  6. "I ordered a yard of it in quilting cotton, which was $18.00 a year ago" so interesting! You can create these amazing things in a low-cost material. I think it's worth a try.


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