Archive for April, 2011

April 11, 2011

Up, up and away….

I’ve been wanting to design a fabric specifically for boys for a little while now.  Something that a boy’s mother, aunt, family friend or grandmother might like to sew with.

Something light and fancy but not too traditional – there’s plenty of bright coloured trains and cars in this house and I didn’t want to add to the noise particularly.

So I got thinking about paper planes gently darting around.

and ended up with these three – same design on 3 different blue skies….

They look a bit bright on the screen but I got some little swatches printed they came out very nice. I made a couple of  mini canvases and a panelled pillow to match a plain blue duvet cover we have – lovely for a little boy’s bedroom.


The most fun thing about the design is the continuous doodle lines left by the paper planes – little fingers can follow them on and on and on till they run out of fabric.

I plan to order some more of these, so please email me or leave a comment if you would like some too – or order direct from my spoonflower marketplace.

April 11, 2011


Design Crafty was featured on the Print Pattern blog last week.

You can check it out here….

A BIG ‘THANK YOU’  to the lovely editor ‘bowiestyle’ for posting it up!

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend.

It’s the last week of school term here, so I’m looking forward to completing a few projects and planning a new one for the Easter Hols.

April 8, 2011

Vote for April Showers

My! this has been a busy blogging week and YAY it’s Friday!

Just to end the week, I had to tell you about this….

A little while ago I worked on a design for the ‘April Rain’ Spoonflower design competition.

We’ve had plenty of April showers this way so it was quite easy to get inspired. This is my design here…’s called ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’.

You can have a look at all the great entries (and vote for me if you feel inclined) over here. My little flowers and rain clouds are nestled in amongst 23 (!!) pages of entries so enjoy all the great talent that Spoonflower has to offer.

I hope you have a lovely weekend without too much rain.

April 7, 2011

Blue & White

A little while ago I mentioned I would try an alternate colour for my Patchwork/Cheater cloth fabrics. And its done!

Fresh and clean blues, with a touch of white, turquoise, jade, lime and grey.

Just right to brighten up our little coffee table on an overcast autumn day.

..and perfect teamed up with some of these Japanese Anemones that are growing in our garden at the moment.

Hope you are having a lovely week.

April 7, 2011


Another little branch of my Kitchen Crafty story, which started here…. and has now arrived at these four linen fabrics…..

Hand-drawn apples placed on doilies and polka dots.

I haven’t quite decided what to do with them yet but I think they might look quite nice as bags or pouches. Any ideas?

April 5, 2011

Venturing into Fabric Sales

Thank you for your kind emails and comments about my kid’s apron fabrics yesterday – I’m very humbled.

I’ve never done this before – selling my fabrics directly I mean, or having an online shop. Normally I sell my designs as designs, directly to manufacturers and off they go, hardly ever to be seen again – well they are probably seen somewhere in the world in some format or other.

Anyway, time to dive into something new, so here goes with the some other DesignCrafty Kitchen fabrics…

I love the way these have turned out.  Simple line drawings of my kitchen utensils in restrained tones of indigo, denim, azure and duck-egg blue teamed with chalky whites and charcoal. All beautifully printed on crisp cotton-linen canvas.

My kitchen is cheering for some special home-made tea-towels, place mats, oven gloves, pot-holders, aprons, kitchen blinds (!!)….or maybe a simple cookbook cover (thanks Rach, great idea!)

In the meantime, these four fat-quarters are available from my Felt shop and also directly from Spoonflower.

Any feedback, comments, and helpful hints would be much appreciated – ‘cos really I have no idea what’s gonna happen.

Stay tuned though – later on in the week there’s gonna be a little ‘Apples’ reveal day!

April 4, 2011

Kids’ Apron fabrics

….have arrived –  hooray!

Freshly printed with my original design which features a cast of helpful cooking friends in two colour stories..

…’rainbow brights’….



…or ‘Pretty in Pink’…..


Each apron just needs cutting out, hemming and the ties stitched on (you’ll need to get 1.5m of 2/3cm wide woven tape for the ties – sorry I couldn’t quite fit them on)

There is a sew-on pocket too which has space for you to embroider your child’s name on it.

The finished apron measures approximately 55cm long by 36cm at its widest point so it will fit a child aged 3/4 years old and up to about 6/7 yrs depending on child’s height of course. The fabric is a lovely Organic cotton sateen – drapey and glossy. Cool machine wash with phosphate-free detergent. 

These two will very soon be available as sewing kits from my new shop.

You can also order the fabric directly from my spoonflower marketplace shop  (you’ll need 1.5m woven tape for the waist and neck ties, a sewing machine, an iron, a sewing kit and thread to complete this project.) Full instructions are printed on the fabric. If you are going to order from Spoonflower, please make sure you choose 1/4 yard of Organic cotton Sateen fabric – it will not fit one any other fabric quality.


Tomorrow I will show you my other kitchen crafty fabrics. Happy Monday!