Modern. Southwest. Baby bedding. That is the challenge with Spoonflower and Carousel Designs this week. As I was pondering what to do, I kept thinking of the unique and interesting shapes of cactuses - they seem so representative of the southwest - and I wondered "can cactuses ever be cute and cuddly?" So I set out to make modern and appealing cactuses that you wouldn't feel bad putting a smiling baby down on for a nap. Also I love the geometric patterns of ceramic tiles and wanted to keep that bold pattern feel for visual stimulation for babies. I've included a collage of cactus and tiles in a one-yard cheater baby quilt. I used the crib image from Carousel Design's website to see how my patterns could work in a baby's world.
Visit http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/4083311 to see the bumper pattern or visit my shop to see the whole collection of "Cactus Garden."
Bring on summer parties with colorful spoons in mason jars! Excited to make it into the Spoonflower.com top ten for the "spoons" challenge!
My Fun Floral Tea Towels are available on spoonflower.com for making a nice set of four tea towels. They make a nice hostess gift or idea to brighten up someone's day! I'll update the calendar versions with the new year each November. I've made these up with the linen cotton canvas fabric. When you hem them it's best to use a mitered corner so the corners lay more flat. Here's a tutorial to help you!
1. If you’ve ordered a yard of tea towel fabric, cut the four designs apart. This is probably easiest with a rotary cutter and straight edge or grid. Cut the selvage edge off the fabric too so you have four towels with raw edges right to the edge of the printed designs.
2. Fold over and press 1/4” on all four sides. Fold once more, approximately 3/8”-1/2” and press well.
3. Unfold the last edge you just pressed, leaving the first edge folded over and revealing the folded line. You should be able to mark with a pencil the fold lines to where they intersect. At the corner, there will be a square shape. Fold that square shape down, into the wrong side of the fabric and make a crease. Open back up and mark with a pencil where the new crease was, at a diagonal where the lines intersected.
4. Fold the fabric, right sides together at the corner, making a triangular shape and pin. Sew along the drawn line, from edge to fold.
5. Trim corner piece and turn right side out. Push corner out to a nice sharp point with an object like scissor, screwdriver or pencil. Repeat folds and sewing on other three corners. Repress edges to prepare towels for sewing along all four edges.
6. Topstitch close the the edge on all four sides to finish the towel, pivoting in ditch at corners. Repeat steps with the other three towels.
If you'd like to make the towels a set and include a tag, download the Fun Floral Gift Tag for your label. Printing of this label/tag is for personal printing and gift-giving of your tea towels and not for mass printing and resale. Thanks!
A sunny day with buzzing bumble bees and golden happy flowers...that's the way I like to brighten up my kitchen! Each year on spoonflower.com they have a calendar tea towel competition. This design was my 2015 entry and I did it in two colorways...a teal and green version and this yellow and grey version. One yard of cotton linen canvas gives you four individual tea towels. With black countertops and white cabinets, I decided to make up the later combination for my own use. I've included a tutorial for sewing up the mitered corners on the next post.
teal color is available here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3616133
yellow/grey is available here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3616131
I'm a Moda fabric designer, quilt designer, coloring book artist, home decor and giftware designer and illustrator. I enjoy sharing my passion for art with my love of family and friends and making a creative home.
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