Custom fabric printing is the coolest! Do you love to search out unique gifts for all the people on your gift list? Do your kids make so many drawings and paintings at school (or home) that you're always looking for creative ways to display kids art?
Since Mother's Day was right around the corner, I decided to get creative and look in to making personalized fabric so I could turn their art into the cutest fabric ever. Then I used it to make pillows for myself and the grandmothers for a unique gift idea. They turned out to be a really fun, unusual gift!
Print Your Own Fabric!
I love when my kid's draw. They come up with the greatest characters. When my youngest son drew this guy (in the photo above), I knew I had to turn it in to custom fabric. If you have never print your own fabric before it is SO easy. I used Spoonflower and all you have to do is scan in the image and then follow their prompts.
I was able to take his drawing and create a tiled pattern, and then choose a background color for it. It can be a little pricey but I think it is well worth it to be able to create one of a kind custom printed fabric by the yard that you can turn it in to a keepsake gift. (But you can also browse their ready made fabric design patterns to get ideas or use for all kinds of other DIY projects!).
I decided to turn the fabric in to little throw pillows that I could gift both grandmothers. Your local craft store sells pillow forms that are inexpensive and make it so you don't have to stuff your pillow with batting. Super easy. Just the way I like my crafts.
Personalized Fabric to Display Kids Art!
Once the fabric arrives, you just have to find someone awesome to sew up the pillow covers or follow an easy no zipper pillow tutorial. I'm not a sewer. I tried taking sewing classes but those were way more about the fun than the learning. Luckily, since writing this post originally, Spoonflower now makes pillows, wallpaper and gift wrap using your custom fabric! (hint, if you aren't loving how basic your pattern is looking, try the “mirror” option for your design! It's so great!)
If you don't have any kid's art work to use, you can also use photos to create some awesome material! If you tile using the mirror option I just mentioned, it creates a really unique effect that looks like a colorful pattern but you don't automatically know it's a photo! It would be perfect for home decor projects!
Both grandma's loved their unique gifts made with my son's artwork. I will totally be making more fabric out of their imaginative drawings. We ended up trying another method for creating a pillow out of my youngest's artwork as part of a decoration for his Monster Art birthday party.
But I really love this custom fabric printing method! I've also made personalized fabric to use at tablecloths at parties. There are so many awesome uses for it!
Have you ever made custom fabric?
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