One of the best things about sewing is being able to completely customize a project, from the silhouette to the fabric to the embellishment. Creating your own fabric adds another level to customization, and lends itself well to the addition of embroidery.
Oftentimes, manufactured fabric prints compete with embroidery. I find myself choosing mostly solid color fabric for embroidery projects so the stitches will have the most impact. But I do love prints, and many of them compliment embroidery motifs nicely. So I try to at least incorporate fabric prints into linings, borders, straps, plackets or cuffs.
A great workaround to using prints with embroidery designs is to create your own fabric print. Upload an inspiration image, sketch or more tech-savvy digital graphic or illustration to Spoonflower and have your own print created in the textile of your choice. This way, you’re able to actually make space for the embroidery within the fabric print before it’s even created. Mimic an embroidered flower as a motif on the fabric print and leave blank areas to embroider to add a textural element into your project. Create a fabric print designed for a fat quarter size, and delete one or more motifs in different areas on numerous fat quarters to create a pieced quilt that’s artistic and modern. There are so many ways to experiment with the software available, and Spoonflower makes it easy to navigate with their online tutorials.
While on the Spoonflower site, you’ll notice Sprout Patterns, a company that has teamed up with BurdaStyle to offer its garment pattern printed directly onto custom fabric prints. Using this service, you can strategically place your fabric motifs onto yardage, and then have the pattern digitally printed onto the yardage as well! And you don’t have to use your own fabric print; you can choose one from the Spoonflower marketplace to get started. Below you’ll see the first pattern collection from BurdaStyle, available now on Sprout.
These designs lend themselves to embroidery, and if you’re still against using prints, you can choose a solid for the ties, center-front pieces, sleeves, hem bands, and a print for the rest! How cool is that?
- BurdaStyle Wrap Top in BurdaStyle Pink with Embroidery by Embroidery Library (Dream Catcher Potpourri Feature)