After trying desperately to stick to my resolution of a completely hand-made Christmas as far as gift-giving is concerned, I found I had to waiver on a couple points. I can’t, for example, make an aebleskiver pan by hand! But this fabric, I think, still fits the hand-made category, at a stretch! This was kind of an exciting adventure, and I’m pretty pleased with its conclusion – let me show you what I’m talking about!
I have a niece who likes to sew, and she makes all kinds of things: aprons, totes, wallets, clothes for her baby sister… For her Christmas present, I decided to have some fabric printed for her from a doodled design.
I doodle a lot, but I don’t usually scan or photograph the things I doodle! However, since I had a few scans in my photo folder, I thought I’d see what they would look like as fabric. I chose this design:
Then I went to Spoonflower, where you can have custom fabric printed on demand. You can choose the layout repeat of your design, so I chose a mirrored image, and ordered a yard of fabric. It’s a bit pricey for a yard – $18 – but since it’s a Christmas present, since it’s custom-made, and since it’s my design, I really think my niece will enjoy receiving this! So I plunged, and ordered.
I received the yard of fabric today. It’s printed on a nice weight cotton, about a typical quilter’s weight. The design came out pretty well! I am really pleased with it! In the future, if I ever venture forth into this type of purchase, I’ll make sure I touch up the design and the photo so that the lines where the patterns join are not so visible. Still, I like how it came out!
Here’s the mirrored image a bit closer. The fabric is draped over my embroidery stuff on the couch – hence, the bulging here and there.
I’m really hoping my niece likes this gift! I’m pretty sure she will, and I hope she makes a few interesting “somethings” out of it. Well, it’s only a yard… but perhaps a small tote, or some little wristlets, or something….
If you’re looking for a unique gift, you might have something of yours printed into fabric. I was thinking it would be kind of fun to touch up a photo of an embroidered motif – extracting the embroidery from the rest of the image (in Photoshop or another graphics program), and then see how that would look repeated on fabric. It could be interesting! If nothing else, it’s kind of fun to play around on Spoonflower to see what types of designs you can come up with from your own photo or graphics collection!
I have one more major Christmas present to finish, by the way. I’m making the tote bag from the Breath of Spring embroidery project I finished last summer, and giving that to my mom. I want to sew that up this afternoon. Considering it will be the first tote bag I’ve ever made, I’ll need all the luck I can get!
I hope you enjoy your Friday!