If you are afflicted with the incurable disease of fabric addiction as I am, you know that the worst thing in the world is when you find a print you like but then wish it came in another colorway, or that the background color wasn't quite so pink. Or, you have a great idea and want to make something subtle for your little boy and wish that you could find a My Little Pony fabric that's doesn't look like it was drowned in Pepto-Bismol.
The answer to your dreams is Spoonflower.com. This is my latest hobby/obsession, and though the price tag might give you a shock, in the world of fabric, the possibility of having your own design printed on fabric is truly priceless. Not only that, but you also have to option to offer your fabric for sale to Spoonflower customers, a site that millions of people browse and order from.
For a full tutorial on designing a fabric on Spoonflower, click on Read More:
Here is my doll baby, my daughter Isla, going to her very first tea party. A friend hosted a Mad Hatter-themed afternoon tea and of course, I went overboard on her outfit (of course, I mean, really? An Alice themed tea party is just begging me to pull out all the stops).
So naturally, that meant a fascinator and dress worthy of the Royal Wedding, and I scoff at the notion that any clothing store could EVER meet my high standards. Therefore, I marched straight into my local Joann Fabrics (after browsing some ideas on Pinterest) and grabbed up some supplies. An hour or so later, I finally had the complete outfit envisioned. I couldn't find the right fabric in the colors I wanted, so I picked a black and white damask and hand-dyed it at home using a packet of Dylon violet (also available at Joann's).
After posting the completed outfit on one of my favorite Facebook groups, I decided to make the pattern and tutorial available, which meant making another one and actually taking pics and measurements this time.
First of all, the pattern. Here is a link to the documents you will need to print out. At this time, I only have the pattern available in 24 months/2T size, but maybe I will one day figure out larger/smaller sizes.
Link: The Mad Hatter Pinafore Pattern
Not included in the link above is the pattern for a circle skirt. For that, you will need to follow the instructions posted below.
Now, supplies. You will need:
I will start by introducing myself, which will be close to a repeat of what I have on my "About" page.
Basically, I am a mother of two lovely little creatures; my son will be 5 in August and my daughter will be 2. They are my everything and the air I breathe, and I am in love with my life. I work outside the home part-time as a barista at a local bakery, and I also manage to maintain a very relaxed cloth diaper WAHM business from the home. I design fabric on Spoonflower, and I enjoy crafting, sewing, babywearing, dyeing, upcycling, reading and writing (I am working on a sci-fi fantasy novel that I hope to publish some day when I can manage to write more than a few sentences in between naps).
On this site, I hope to add plenty of resources for other DIY-ers, my fellow Pinterest addicts and fabric hoarders, and my sister WAHMs who fight every day to finance their hobby by selling their handcrafted items. Whether you intend your creations to be for personal use or for profit, kudos to you for exploring your talents and making it happen!
I hope to add some of the following types of blog posts in the near future:
In addition to the above, I would also love to include resources that I come across as I venture into the world of homeschooling. My family and I love the idea of natural learning and "unschooling", which is a form of interest-led, child-led learning. I will be adding more info on that later!
Well, that it about it. I sure hope this blog post isn't too long and I've made some kind of weird blog faux pas. Haha!
Thanks for reading!
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Hi! My name is Astrid and I am an unschooling, working mama of 3 with an intense need to design, craft and create. Follow me for ideas, tutorials, DIY projects, homeschooling resources and more.