Monday, April 11, 2011

DIY Fabric Patterns

We love twitter, and links, and blogs... Our clicking at SWFDS has led us to many fancy places, one being This website offers info on everything from trends to DIY projects. Recently we've come across a great post on this website about creating your own fabric patterns - An awesome idea because we all know how complicated fabric shopping can be, especially when you're looking for that perfect pattern. Hope these pattern ideas inspires you.

Happy Sewing!

Pattern making break down:

1. Have your own designs printed for you 

You chose the fabric: from basic cotton, to silks, and linens on which you can have your designs printed up on.
You can get this done at places like Spoonflower, KarmaKraft, and Fabric on Demand.
Prices vary from 18$/yard - 35$/yard + shipping costs
Be careful: This may be time consuming, expensive, and you don't have control of how the final project turns out.

2. DIY Stamping by cut out and keep

If you have a design in mind, and a stamp in hand, or know how to carve out a stamp, you might like this method. The link above has a step by step example of how to create your own fabric using a paint and stamp method.
Be careful: This may be time consuming and requires precision.

Stamp Example

Creating a pattern

Final Product of fabric/pattern
3. DIY Stencil 

Stencilling is very similar to the stamp method above, however, it's much easier for DIY enthusiasts to cut out their own stencil, then their own stamp. To create a stencilled pattern, you would use the same instructions as the stamp method above.

A stencil project

4. Screen Printing

"Screen printing on fabric is a wonderful way to improve the look of fabric and to make any sort of pattern that suits your needs. You will need a reasonable amount of space and need to set aside some time to dip in and get messy, but the end results are worth the effort. This article explains how to screen print fabric. "

Some fun screen printing!

1 comment:

  1. This is so awesome, thank you! I didn't know about Fabric on Demand. I am definitely passionate about fabric DIY. If you want to do some screen printing, BLIM is the way to go!