Okay, yes, there are a TON of licensed fabrics out there for my nerd fashion needs, but sometimes I have an idea and I need to create my own! Spoonflower.com is the best site for custom-made fabrics on the market, in my opinion. And it’s oh-so-easy to use which makes it even more appealing!
The first thing you do is make a log-in account. Then click Create Fabric. Upload your design. Pick what fabric you want and how many yards you want and Voila! You have your own custom made fabric coming your way.
You can choose to sell your fabric design as well, but I don’t use this feature. First off, even though it is my own artwork and drawings, some of the things I draw are from my favorite movies, TV shows and books. I wouldn’t want to get into any licensing issues and they have a strict policy against using unlicensed images. Since I’m making clothing for my own personal use and have no intentions of selling any of the fabric or the clothing, I feel like I’m safe.
The first fabric I ever designed with Spoonflower.com was using an art piece I had drawn a few years ago called, “Buffy in the Scythe.” I’ve never found a licensed fabric for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I really wanted to make my own. I certainly have an insane amount of Buffy t-shirts (thanks to TeeFury) but I wanted to wear something more feminine and the only way to do that is to make it myself!
Also, being an author, I wanted to make some clothing out of my own cover art, just for fun. My first book, Riser, has a blackish purple swirl on the cover so I added those to black and purple stripes. I also took all my covers and made them into a stripe. (I’m kind of on a stripe kick lately!)
But my favorite so far is my Harry Potter inspired shirt, made of stretch-jersey. I chose to make maroon and tan stripes with a golden snitch for my Gryffindor Quidditch pride! But I could change the colors of the stripes for any of the houses if I wanted to!
I recently made Battlestar Galactica fabric (can’t find that in JoAnnes!) to make a dress I’m going to call “The Fleet.” It’s shipping now, so I’ll be sure to post the results of that one in the next week or two!
Bottom line is: Spoonflower.com is awesome!
I'm a writer of YA fiction, fiction, comics, television and movies. I try to make all my stories full of jumbly goodness :-)