Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Custom Fabric for All Your Craft Projects

Easily Find or Make Any Fabric You Want

I don't think I'm particularly skilled when it comes to sewing. Back in junior high Home Ec class, I neither stood out as brilliant or bad. My teacher was strict and made us stay after school to complete our projects, so I developed a dislike for the sewing machine. But by high school, I became the go-to sewing person in my family - simply because nobody else knew how to sew, and I liked the challenge of trying to figure out how to make something.

When my Grateful-Dead-following brother wanted "groovy" curtains for his VW van, we picked out the fabric together at the local big box store, and I sewed them up. He liked those curtains so much, they stayed in his van until they had long faded and he had to trade in the old van for a vehicle that actually ran on a regular basis. I made beds for our cats, bags, pillows, and a myriad of small projects for fun, too. I admit, I'm still not very good at sewing, but I keep a stack of fabrics on hand, ready for the next request.

So, when Zazzle recently introduced new custom fabric that you can apply any design to - anything that your imagination can dream up - I thought, "This is so cool!" Instead of going to a generic big box store and having to pick from what was in front of us, today, my brother and I could have designed the perfect pattern for those curtains. The infinite possibilities make my imagination work overtime.

How to Design Your Fabric on Zazzle

No more wandering around under the fluorescent lights, hoping to stumble across something that looks vaguely like what you have in mind. You can pick from thousands and thousands of original designs - or even make your own from scratch. You can order your custom-printed fabric by the yard, fat quarter or swatch on materials ranging from cotton to twill, polyester and fine linen.

Here's a basic template I set up, to show you how to get started designing your own fabric:

On that page, scroll down to "About This Design" to read the instructions. Easily add photos, tile a name or monogram, pick a background color, increase or decrease the size of your design on the fabric. Use the blank canvas any way you like.

 Fun, Ready-Made Fabrics on Zazzle

But if the blank fabric is too daunting for you, Zazzle's designers are already hard at work making unique designs for every project you can imagine. Check out all the fabric on Zazzle HERE.

Here are some that I've made so far - and a few of my favorites from other designers.

Care for some retro 50s poodle skirt dogs? I made this fabric pattern out of cute poodles with swirling leashes and polka dots:

Here's another fun retro one I made recently. It makes me wish I owned a pair of cat-eye glasses:

You can't go wrong with your name on an anchor. This would look pretty for a nautical project. All text is customizable.

Here are a few more of my fabric designs so far: beer, playing card suits, strawberries and a colorful quatrefoil:

My favorites from other designers

New fabric designs are being added fast and I haven't even begun to look at them all. But here are a few from fellow designers that have stood out for me because they're so unique.
I like this school pattern. It would be fun for a teacher's art project:

I also think this kitty cat design is very cute:

I love the idea of a project that comes ready to sew, so this doll pattern is my favorite:

Have fun designing or picking out your own, original fabric on Zazzle!

All designs © MK Hess (except the last 3 in this post)

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