It's been a dream of mine to design my own fabric and then turn that fabric into quilts and clothes.
When I came across a Spoonflower Magazine (Spoonflower is the company the prints fabric, wallpaper, and wrapping paper designed by artists), that offered a free pattern for making baby hats, I was tempted. Then, some friends having babies, further encouraged me to get sewing.
So, I went to work on some tiny designs for baby hat fabric. Now that I am learning to draw digitally on an iPad Pro with Procreate and Apple Pencil, I was able to learn how to make a repeating pattern digitally. So exciting! Fortunately, Spoonflower's magazine had instructions on how to do this, too! So helpful!
While designing, I decided to make some non-baby fabric patterns for t-shirts for me. :)
I printed out the paper pattern from Spoonflower's website, which you can get here. You can also see the tutuorial here. I then cut two pieces of fabric from the fabric and pinned them together.
Using 1/4" margins, I sewed around the arch of hat, leaving the bottom open. I then folded the bottom up two inches and sewed 3/4" from the edge of the fabric.
Finally, I folded a 1" brim up and tacked it down at the seams. Tada! Baby hat for a newborn baby!
I then made more in various prints. See them below. Which one is your favorite?
For the t-shirt, I bought two striped cotton jersey fabrics from Joanns, with which to practice.
To make my pattern, I folded my Uniqlo shirt in half length-wise. I traced the permiter of the folded shirt onto pattern paper.
I decided to use 1/2" seams and also added 2" to the width and 2" to the length. So since the pattern represents the shirt folded in half, I added 1 1/2" to the side, 2" to the bottom, and 1/2" to the sleeves, shoulder, and neck.
I cut my pattern twice (one front, one back), and I notched the front pattern to create a slight scoop of a neckline.
I also cut two tiny slivers of patterns for reinforcing the neckline.
After I made the first shirt, I created the remaining three in an assembly line fashion.
The Fashion Show
Some things that I learned:
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.