Spoonflower is a great website where anyone can upload designs and get fabric made from their own work. I had been given directions about a printing process involving feeding small treated pieces of unbleached muslin through a printer when an artist friend of mine pointed me in the right direction…that is, let someone else do it. Here are some samples of fabric that I’ve ordered. It’s a good thing you can get 8×8 inch samples because you really need to check the coloring and sharpness of the designs before you pay for the actual yardage, which can be quite costly, depending on the weight of your fabric.
Although these don’t look too bad in the photo, they aren’t quite what I want yet. The colors are too soft, and the designs are either too big or too small. I still have a lot to learn about making the adjustments on the site as far as repeats, dpi, and number of colors used.
Hundreds of artists upload designs, and when you have approved your own fabric by checking a sample, you can put it up for sale. So anyone who sews can choose from thousands of designs. They also have theme contests and anyone can vote for their favorites. Winning draws attention to your designs on the site.
You can upload anything you want. I’ve uploaded photographs, scans of old maps, and vintage papers.
Quilt restorers can scan a piece of vintage fabric and have a replacement piece printed to fill in the worn area of an antique quilt.
The paper is quite heavy, not at all like store-bought paper. I made some of it into envelopes for holding gifts of concert tickets. It would be nice for origami boxes, which is what I’ll probably try next.
Another option is to make your own wallpaper. At $54/roll, you’d better be sure you get it right, but there is an option on each order page to show how it would look with a chair and table in the photo for a reference. I can sort of imagine what William Morris must have felt like seeing his designs used for home decoration.
I’m really thankful that it’s not necessary for me to screen-print my own fabrics or print my own wrapping paper! Once I get my settings just right, I should have some really nice fabric available for all kinds of projects, from book covers to curtains!