Today I wanted to share some information with you about designing fabric and what it all entails. We all know us quilters are
So, have you ever doodled on paper, taken a photograph, manipulated an image on your computer and thought you would love to see it on a bolt of fabric? Have you ever thought how fun it would be to have a quilt or home decor project made from fabric you designed? Well, Have you heard of Spoonflower?
All of these fabrics came from Spoonflower and were designed by independent designers, not big name designers associated with manufacturers like Moda.
Anyone can join Spoonflower and create their own fabric. You can make it for yourself, or you can even sell it by the yard like these folks do.
What's fun about Spoonflower is you can design or purchase something totally unique for your quilts or home decor project. Couldn't you see Jill from Tuesday's post creating her own fabric? I sure could!
The biggest thing you will notice about the fabrics is the cost per yard...most are $17.50 a yard! Yep, you read that right. That is a huge chuck in the quilting budget. However, if you are wanting something totally unique or have always wanted to unleash your inner designer, I think this is a perfect avenue in which to play and be creative.
Of course, I choose mostly bunny fabrics to highlight, but there are hundreds of other fabrics to choose from like these damask cats!
So, why is it so expensive? Well, it has to do with being independent and not part of a manufacturer that produces large quantities of fabric in China and other countries. Many quilters and sewing enthusiasts have no idea what the designer of a popular and big line of fabrics actually makes. Would you believe .28 cents a yard?!? Yep, 28 cents a yard for all the hard work, hours of designing and basically, the creative mind to come up with something wonderful that we all want to
Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps, wrote an incredible post called, An Inside Look at How Much Fabric Designers Earn. I think you will find it very interesting and also enlightening. So think of one of your most favorite designers and
Hop on over HERE to read the post.
After you read it, hop on back. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on designing your own fabric and also, what you thought of Abby's post. Were you as shocked as I was?
Light, love and blessings to you,
Michelle, the Bunnies and Sabrina kitty too!