I have always been curious about custom fabric printed through Spoonflower. For those of you not familiar with this company, Spoonflower allows you to use your own design or one of the many designs on their website to create a totally unique fabric, gift wrap or wall paper. Since starting my Etsy business, there have been many times where I wished that I could find a fabric in a particular theme or subject. The few times I have search Spoonflower, I usually find really neat fabrics that would definitely suit my needs. Unfortunately, these fabrics are very expensive, and although products made from them would be one of a kind, I am not sure if there is really a market.
Recently a customer requested a large set of table linens be made out of custom fabric from Spoonflower, and I was thrilled to work with her. She had chosen a fabric which features rows of vintage equestrian riders on a sage background by the designer Ragan. She ordered it in a linen/cotton blend in a canvas weight and the result is very classic and elegant.
I have to admit that I was very nervous pre-washing this fabric because I was not sure how their dyes would hold up. I was pleased with the result. There was no fading, which, of course, there shouldn’t be. I would have been surprised if I detected any fading at all, truthfully. The linen/cotton canvas is a nice weight for placemats and table runners, and they sewed up nicely. One thing about the linen/cotton base fabric Spoonflower uses is that it is a little finer (more smooth) than linen/cotton blends I have used in the past. I expected it to have a little more texture and earthiness to it, which would have been my personal preference. In any event I think these table linens are unique and elegant and will definitely be a conversation starter.