Thanks to persuasive wives, Spoonflower was born. The company was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks Gart Davis and Stephen Fraser. Both didn’t have much experience in the design or textile industry but got the idea from Stephen’s wife who thought of having her own design printed on their curtains.
With the support of their family, they were able to start and run their own business, which has now become a thriving empire with one of the largest collections of independent designers. The brand has also appeared in New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue and many more reputable publications. One of the best things about Spoonflower is they use eco-friendly materials. Instead of the usual inks, they use water based pigments and print on natural fiber textiles.
There is no minimum order required to be able to purchase a custom fabric. Prices range from $18 – $38 per yard and you can also order swatches to try out for $5. There are about nine fabric options to choose from. These include Quilting Weight, Organic Cotton Sateen, Linen –Cotton Canvas, Silk Crepe de Chine and Cotton Silk. The layout options for the customized design include Centered, Basic Repeat, Half-drop, Half-brick and Mirror Repeat.
The website does not have a design studio so you would have to upload your custom design or image using your own resources. After uploading, you would easily be able to choose the layout, yard size and fabric of your preference. You can save the design and even share it on social media.
If you are not in the mood to design your own pattern, you can also choose from the countless of print options made by other fabric designers. These are all categorized nicely and you can further filter the results by color, tag or style so searching will be easier.
Another wonderful thing about this website is it encourages you to become a designer because they also let you sell your own designs online. By registering on the site, you can set up your own little design shop, save your customized designs and offer them to the public. Every time someone likes and buys your own creations, you will be awarded with Spoonflower store credit.
Production takes approximately 20 days from the date you ordered. The company ships internationally and the shipping rates will vary depending on your order and location. No return policy is displayed but this can be inquired through their customer service.
Overall, Spoonflower scores major points for a number of different reasons. Their website looks great, professionally designed and everything is categorized perfectly. Additionally, the site also has the essential details, from tips to tutorials, to help you get started. It is a great go-to site that has earned both the respect and loyalty of their consumers.