Fabric Design, Holidays

Farmhouse Christmas Joy: Mini Fabric Collection for Holiday Home Decor

I just published several Christmas designs in my Spoonflower shop in a collection called “Farmhouse Christmas Joy“. It’s perfect for holiday home decor and gifts!

Farmhouse Christmas Joy fabric collection | by Radiant Home Studio on Spoonflower

I ordered several fat quarters of linen-cotton canvas to make Christmas tea towels for my kitchen and for gifts. Fat quarters are 2-for-1 this week, so don’t miss that sale! 

If you order a yard from Spoonflower, fat quarters end up being less than $7 each, which is great for things like hostess gifts. 

I also wrote a tutorial for hemming Spoonflower tea towels several years ago. 

Farmhouse Christmas Joy fabric collection & tea towels for holiday decor | by Radiant Home Studio on Spoonflower
Farmhouse Christmas Joy fabric collection & tea towels for holiday decor | by Radiant Home Studio on Spoonflower

If you don’t sew, but stumbled across this post and want to order tea towels that are finished, you can find tea towels (aqua snowflakes, red joy, charcoal joy)  and many other kitchen linens and home goods on Roostery.

Farmhouse Christmas Joy fabric collection & tea towels for holiday decor | by Radiant Home Studio on Spoonflower
Fabric Design, Sewing, Spoonflower

Botanical Baby Blanket with Spoonflower Swaddle Gauze

With a new baby in the house, I’m back to trying all of the new baby patterns and fabrics. I can’t believe how many new things there are in 5 years! It was the same with maternity patterns…the sewing industry just keeps expanding and new independent designers and shops are popping up every day.

Those of you that have been following for a while know that I enjoy designing fabric for some of my sewing projects. Spoonflower allows designers to upload custom fabric designs and then prints the design on fabric. There are over a dozen different types of fabric now, plus wallpaper and gift wrap.

Recently, Spoonflower added Organic Sweet Pea Gauze to their fabric offerings. This is the same type of gauze (or muslin) your boutique baby blankets are made from. I ordered some printed with my Botanical Leaf Shadows design.

Botanical Baby Blanket with Spoonflower Swaddle Gauze | Radiant Home Studio

(Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks!)

I didn’t get a chance to make blankets before our baby was born, so I bought a few swaddle blankets from Margaux & MayThey are high-quality, beautiful blankets. I really did not expect the Spoonflower gauze to live up to that quality.

When I first opened my fabric, I was disappointed. My boutique blankets are double gauze (meaning there are two thin layers tacked together) and the Sweet Pea Gauze seemed flat and stiff. I knew I needed to wash it before I made a final judgment though. Washing made all the difference! The gauze wrinkled up and I could see the soft layers of the double gauze. It’s very similar, if not identical, to the boutique blankets.

Botanical Baby Blanket with Spoonflower Swaddle Gauze | Radiant Home Studio

Spoonflower does recommend keeping a white background for the softest results. My light pink background is slightly stiffer than the white blankets I have, but it’s still very soft and useable.

I used 1 1/2 yds. of fabric for one blanket. Since Spoonflower only sells in 1 yd. increments, it’s best to buy 3 yds. at a time. To cut the fabric, just fold a corner over to the opposite selvage to mark out your square. The fabric has a small grid running through it, with lines about 3/4″ apart. I used these lines as a cutting guide to make sure my fabric was square and on grain. This works well even after you wash the fabric and have a bunch of wrinkles to work around.

I used the grid squares to measure my hem around the edges as well. Just make a 3/4″ double fold toward the wrong side on each edge and stitch around. It took less than 15 minutes! If you are looking for an easy custom baby gift, this is a great option.

Botanical Baby Blanket with Spoonflower Swaddle Gauze | Radiant Home Studio

My only complaint is the cost. It ends up being about $30 to make one blanket. My boutique blankets were about $30 for 2 blankets. Since the quality is similar, I would only use the Spoonflower fabric again for custom/personalized projects. With so many beautiful designs in the shop, ready-made and for less money, I can’t justify making many swaddle blankets as gifts. But as I said above, for something personalized, this is a lovely fabric and I’d use it again.

P.S. Spoonflower is running a 2-for-1 fat quarter sale until Nov. 9th! All of my fat quarter tea towel designs have been recently updated and make beautiful handmade gifts!

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Fabric Design

New Fabric Designs at Spoonflower

I just ordered some swatches of fabric designs from the past few months. I’m slowly making them available in my Spoonflower shop as I make the final sizing and color adjustments.

Here are a few of the new fabric designs I have in my shop. You can also order the designs as removable wallpaper, or satin or matte gift wrap.

New Spoonflower Fabric Designs | Radiant Home Studio

On the top left is the seahorse print I designed last summer. I thought it would be a good time to make it available for summer beach house decorating. On the top right is a calligraphy design with literary themed words. It’s simple and clean, and I think it would make great gifts for English teachers, librarians, and book lovers.

On the lower left is a design called “feathered nest.” The flow of the design is really nice when you zoom out, so I keep imagining it as wallpaper on an accent wall. Finally, the bottom right is a design I did for the Spoonflower fishing flies contest. I painted the flies with watercolors while the kids were busy painting their own masterpieces next to me. The watercolor effect comes across nicely in the printing as well.

There are several more coming, so keep checking back!

Fabric Design, Spoonflower

2015 Tea Towel Calendar {Joy comes in the morning}

I’ve had a couple of people ask if I was making a new tea towel calendar design this year. With all of my sewing I almost forgot about it, but I managed to finish my design just in time! (The watermark won’t be on the design.)

Joy Comes in the Morning | 2015 Tea Towel Calendar

Since most people hang the tea towel calendar on the wall (I think…at least I do!) I wanted to write something that would be encouraging and inspiring. It says, “Joy comes in the morning“, which is from Ps. 30:5. “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” The joy of knowing Jesus chases away the sorrow of this life. It’s a daily reminder to persevere through suffering and find our joy in Jesus.

There are many fun and beautiful entries, and voting is open until next Thursday morning. Tea towels seem to be popular Christmas gifts, and Spoonflower announced a 2-for-1 deal coming up soon! Or you can buy 4 on a yard. They end up being somewhere around $7 each. I still need to proof my design, but I’m hoping to have it available in time for the sale.

Finally, I have a tutorial showing you how to hem your tea towels so you can give them as gifts!

Update: My tea towel is now for sale and I have updated my Wildflower tea towel calendar with dates for 2015.