Fabric Design, Sketchbook

Sketchbook to Pattern {Beautify the Sky}

These are few of the sketches I used to create my design for the Spoonflower & Robert Kaufman Fabric8 fabric design competition. The theme was “Cosmic Voyage”. I wanted to add a girlish twist to the traditional rocket ship design, so I imagined rockets leaving trails of beautiful flowers all over space as they traveled.

Sketchbook Flowers | Cosmis Voyage | Radiant Home Studio

Beautify the Sky Fabric8 2014 | Radiant Home Studio

With all of the amazing entries, I was thrilled to be included in the Top 50 designs. The top 8 finalists will be sharing their entire collections in a few weeks.

The feature design is now available in my Spoonflower shop as fabric, wallpaper, decals, or gift wrap.

Fabric Design

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Tea Towel

For those of you that love those chocolate chip banana muffins I bring to church…good news! Now you have the recipe on a pretty tea towel!

This week I placed in the top ten in Spoonflower’s weekly contest, “Mom’s Recipe Tea Towels“. My banana bread tea towel design is now for sale, and you can also purchase a limited edition bundle of all 10 winning designs this week only.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Tea Towel | Radiant Home Studio

When I designed my 2014 wildflower calendar tea towel, I also wrote a tutorial for hemming the edges. It’s a really simple project that makes a great hostess gift!

Tea Towel Hang Tag | Radiant Home Studio

 

Fabric Design, Inspiration, Sewing

12 Beautiful Fabric Designs for Bags & Purses

When I started formulating ideas and designing sewing patterns over a year ago, I struggled to find fabric designs that I loved in the chain fabric stores. Through my searching, I came across Spoonflower. Designers from anywhere could upload their designs and the options were endless.

My discovery inspired me to try designing my own fabrics, but I wanted to share some of the amazing designs and designers that continue to inspire me. These designers consistently create gorgeous and useable patterns.

I chose a few of my favorite patterns for bags and purses (because that’s what I love to make!), but all of these lovely designs are available in many types of fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, and decals too!

Here are a few of my favorites– 12 Beautiful Fabric Designs for Bags & Purses:

12 Beautiful Fabric Designs for Bags and Purses from Spoonflower Designers | Radiant Home Studio

row 1: hand-drawn chevron by kimsa / snaking around by ottomanbrim / flamingos by demigoutte

row 2: big rosie by jillbyers / onions & peas by pattyryboltdesigns / japanese stars by kimsa

row 3: cestlaviv olive by cest_la_viv / mod aqua triangles by mrshervi / spring has sprung by bethan_janine

row 4: birch trees natural by gollybard / triangle facets cobalt by ravynka / tree print grey by bethan_janine

Where else can you find blue flamingoes, awesome texture, giant roses, modern geometrics, and hand painted designs on canvas and twill?

I imagine these fabrics paired with a solid colored canvas in a coordinating color. Many of the designers also have coordinates available in their shops, so browse through their “collections” to see what else they have made. Think of all the beautiful little zipper pouches, unique tote bags, and awesome backpacks you could sew!

For bag sewing, I highly recommend using the twill. I used my own design, Dotty Field Flowers, in twill for the Retro Rucksack pattern cover. It washes well and the fabric weight is just right for this type of sewing project.

Retro Rucksack | Radiant Home Studio

Do you have any favorite Spoonflower fabric designs? Any that are just waiting to made into an amazing custom bag?

Fabric Design, Sketchbook

Sketchbook to Pattern {Leafy Lilies}

I always enjoy seeing design process photos, so I like to share mine when I get a chance.

Sketchbook to Pattern | Leafy Lilies | Radiant Home Studio

The inspiration for this design is the Spoonflower Lilies contest which will be going on next week. I really wanted to make something simple and clean, that also had some depth and texture, and that would be usable in a variety of projects. Leafy lilies is in my Spoonflower shop and will be for sale in a few weeks.

Fabric Design, Sketchbook

Sketchbook to Pattern {Chinese Tea}

This pattern is inspired by the Spoonflower “Chinese Paper Cutting” contest. I wanted my design to reflect something of the Chinese culture, but also some of my own personal taste.

Sketchbook to Pattern {Chinese Tea}

The beautiful designs found on Chinese teapots and teacups inspired these doodles. (Like these and these…) I scanned my drawings, cleaned them up in Inkscape, and arranged them into a continuous pattern to mimic cut paper.