Playing With Spoonflower

One of the reasons I took all those photos in 2017 was to build up a stock of images I could manipulate and print out on fabric. I got an early start in December when I succumbed to a special offer from Spoonflower and tried out their fill-a-yard offering.

Last summer I got carried away and took lots of German expressionist shots of our newly painted deck.

I downloaded them to my Spoonflower account and started playing with different arrangements. You can arrange your image to print several ways: just by itself, in rows, in what’s called half brick staggered rows, and in mirror image. You can also change the colors in your photo (both the number of colors and hues) and do some editing of your photo via PicMonkey. So, prepare to waste spend lots of time jiggering with your images before you even decide on a layout.

For my order I decided to use the fill-a-yard option to print half yards of four photos, two per yard. I chose cotton sateen because I love its silky hand. Yes, it costs more ($27/yard) than basic cotton or Kona but it’s wider (56 inches) and hey, I’m worth it.  You do get a bit of a discount if you’re the fabric designer.

I had Spoonflower print two of the deck photos, plus a shot of icicles on my neighbor’s downspout and a sun print I had made. My slightly manipulated photos are below. I changed them even more in Spoonflower.

For all of them I chose the mirror image layout as I love the kaleidoscope effects that can give. Did I mention you should set aside large amounts of time to play with all the possibilities?

It took 12 days from Spoonflower’s acknowledgement of my order to shipping, then a few more days for my order to arrive. You can speed up an order a bit by paying more for shipping, but don’t expect to get your finished fabric a day or so after ordering it.

How did my fabric look? (Please ignore the wrinkles)



I’ve washed and ironed my fabrics per Spoonflower’s recommendation. The color catcher I put in the wash showed almost no bleeding, despite the dark colors.

There are other fabric printing options available in addition to Spoonflower. Check out this article by the Pixeladies for their review of three services.



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19 responses to “Playing With Spoonflower

  1. Lovely! We call photos like those “texture” pics.

  2. That is so cool! I love the one that comes from the photo of your deck shadows. Do you have specific plans for the fabrics or will they be added to your stash for future reference?

    • They were fun to design. The problem with this type of fabric is you want to hang the fabric on your wall, not cut it up. The magenta one will be easy to cut up as I plan to use it judiciously for accents in pieces, but the rest …

  3. Rosemaryflower

    I have not tried Spoonflower… but, wow.
    I love this. I could make labels. I will try this when I have a second somewhere in my day

  4. These are mind blowingly wonderful.

  5. Awesome! Isn’t it wonderful how technology has encouraged the designers in us. The playing can be endless and I find it hard sometimes to stop and say “This is it!” Your designs and results are all so different but I have to say the image above the last is my favorite. I can see a lot of opportunity in the last piece too, especially if the maker is into fusing cutting & patchwork. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing (some day) how you use your fabrics.

    • That’s the problem of designing your own fabric – you don’t want to cut it up. Technology makes it easy to try several options, while hand printing requires a commitment before you know how the product will turn out. I like the icicles one, too, and was amazed at how much I could alter the original photo.

  6. Wow. Your stuff looks fab. I am just now contemplating Spoonflower for a special project this year. But since I’ve never used it, I feel pretty at sea about process. This gives me some insight, but I think I’ll need to read a lot more before I get to the point of ordering. Thanks.

    • Thank you. I suggest you set up a Spoonflower account and play around with what you want to print. You can store your designs on their site and continue to modify them without any cost or obligation to print.

  7. Thanks for the link. I have used Spoonflower but didn’t know about the others.

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