Custom fabric

Author: duhbe  //  Category: Cool Stuff I found, Inspirations, tips and tutorials

I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s high on my list of things I would love to try.  Custom printed fabric by the yard – heard of it?  Read on for more.

The TrueUp blog has a great post on comparing 4 of the online custom fabric printers.   At $16.75+ per yard of fabric, it’s kind of pricey.  But think of the things you can do!

I would love to digitize my own embroidery designs, then create printed fabrics to coordinate.  One of these days…  (sigh)

Look at this cute monster fabric somebody designed using Spoonflower…Just adorable!  (I’m showing Spoonflower prints because they allow you to browse what others have made and embed on your own blog/webpage.)

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I’m not sure where to get started with designing my own fabric.  You just send them a graphic but where to get the graphic and not violate copyright laws?   I’m pretty sure some basic photoshop knowledge could get anybody started.  Scan a hand drawn picture, or scan a non-copyrighted image and go from there.  I just watched the Martha Stewart episode where they created some Lilly Pulitzer prints by tracing the lines of a seashell picture, scanned it to the computer, then added swirls and color.  How hard could that be?  There are even books you can get with free-use images – like the Dover clipart series.  And if you know how to draw – then you’re already a step ahead of the curve.

Here are a few more pretty fabrics people created on Spoonflower.  Loving these.

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5 Responses to “Custom fabric”

  1. Brenda Says:

    That’s very interesting. If you’re looking for massive yardage (at least 300 yards) I know Hoffman Fabrics will work with you and produce your fabric for under $5.00/yd. That’s what we did for our shop hops in 2007 and 2008.

    You can also print fabric yourself at home on your ink jet printer. I do this. The fabric I buy (Printed Treasures) is cut into 8.5″ x 11″ sheets and is already treated and ready to use. Fabric can also be purchased on rolls and cut to the length you want. I’ve been tempted to buy a roll of silk and play with it, but haven’t done so yet. Most of the printing I do is photographs. I’m very happy with the results.

  2. Corvus Says:

    I would put octopus on EVERYTHING.

  3. duhbe Says:

    That’s a lot of octopi!

  4. Google books - free illustrations for crafting | DuhBe.com Says:

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  5. woven label Says:

    your fabric label is nice and looks very interesting. more power and good luck in all your designs.