Spoonflower How-To’s

Tonight I sat down at my computer to start designing some fabric ideas I have for Spoonflower, and I got stuck. Utterly and completely stuck. I had no idea how to even start making my designs in Photoshop, which I feel fairly comfortable using for editing photos. A google search didn’t even reveal that much information on how to make my own graphics in the program, and the FAQ‘s on Spoonflower didn’t explain how to go from raw drawing to computer graphic. So how in the world were all of those designers making their fabric for Spoonflower? And how was I, a textile designing noob, going to be able to create my designs?

Here are some helpful links for anyone who is stuck just like me. These cleared up all the questions I had, and you really don’t have to be a computer whiz to make your own fabric for Spoonflower. All you need are Gimp and Inkscape, the free equivalents to Photoshop and Illustrator.

Mama Made Spoonflower Tutorials

A must read!! There are currently three tutorials available on how to go from start to finish for designing your own fabric. Part four should be coming shortly.

How to Make a Repeating Pattern via Design Sponge

Absolutely necessary for most fabric prints.

Spoonflower Flickr Pool
Check out what everyone is designing to get those creative juices flowing



  1. July 22, 2008 / 1:06 pm

    I had no idea Spoonflower even existed! Is there a minimum amount required to order? How did you get an invitation? I’d love to know more about this!

  2. July 22, 2008 / 9:39 pm

    Kristine, you can request an invitation on their website. I got mine about two days after I requested one. They have more details about ordering on the site, you can order as little as a swatch to as much as five yards.

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