Did you know that the Rhode Island Red is the state bird or Rhode Island?
When I am not sewing, I enjoy drawing. Some of my favorite subjects are animals, such as this handsome rooster. I really liked how his portrait turned out. It occurred to me that it might make the focal point of a really neat throw pillow, if I could figure out how to go from a piece of paper to a piece of fabric.
Spoonflower is a company that specializes in custom textile printing for the independent designer. People can upload their own designs or choose from an immense collection submitted by others. Designs can be printed on over 20 different types of fabric, wrapping paper, and wallpaper. I have shopped the spoonflower website in the past, but had never tried making my own design.
The spoonflower website has a lot of helpful tutorials, so I won’t go into the nuts and bolts, but they have made the process fairly simple. I scanned my drawing, made a few edits, then uploaded it to my spoonflower account. I used their editing tools to center and scale the image. At this point, I could have my design printed or even publish it for others to use (and get a small royalty for sales). I chose to get a fat quarter of plain quilting cotton as the base, and clicked the Order button. Easy!
It took about 2 weeks to get my order. Everything arrived looking just like the digital preview. The only fault I could find was that the part of the fabric that was not printed was pretty thin. Any color placed behind it showed through. To make it opaque and give it a little more stability, I fused lightweight interfacing to the reverse.
I went through my scrap heap to find a nice coordinating fabric for the pillow back. The material left over from my vintage apron was perfect. Other supplies included a zipper, some bright yellow pom-pom trim, and a 14×14 pillow form.
I love how my pillow turned out. Now that I know how easy it is, I know I will be printing my own designs again.