11 Things You Should Know about Spoonflower

by Nicole

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at Spoonflower?

Spoonflower has always seemed like a magical place to me. They offer an online digital fabric printing service where you can design your own fabrics and get them printed or choose a design that someone else has created and get it printed.

I have often wondered what happens when I place my order online. How do they take computer images and turn them into printed fabric?

This weekend I got a glimpse of their magic when I went to the open house for their new space. 

Here are 11 things you should know about Spoonflower:

1.  There is fabric everywhere! From the banners on the wall to the upholstery on the chairs, everything is covered in Spoonflower fabric. Even the lampshades are made from fabric printed at Spoonflower.


Check out this wall with the blocks of fabric! Isn’t this a great idea?!? I might just have to try this at home!

2.  They have recently branched out into printing wallpaper and wall decals. Check out this pink and orange wall! How did they know that’s my favorite color combo?!?

3.  You can order designs in gift wrap. Perfect for the upcoming holidays!

4. They’ve got lots of mega-sized inkjet printers – 20 to be exact. This is the room that holds the printers.

5. They only print on natural fabrics.

6.  Once the fabric is printed, it goes to the fixation room to get heat set.

7. Each order is cut by a real person who checks the order using an iPad.

8. They are environmentally conscious.  Any fabric that doesn’t pass the quality assurance test is tossed into a big scrap bin and recycled by a company in Alabama and turned into some kind of flooring. It took all the restraint I could muster not to dive into the bin and rescue some of those rejected pieces!

9. They are really organized. Each order goes in its own cubby.

10. The folks that work there have a sense of humor. This sign says, “Hey girl, can’t wait for you to make more designs so I can wrap them for you.”

11. They have over 100,000 designs available. How do you decide on just one or two or six?!?

Click here to find out more about this amazing company!

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Beth November 6, 2012 - 1:42 am

This was a fun post to read Nicole! Sounds like a great trip. And yes, how do you decide on just one or two?!?

Valerie November 6, 2012 - 1:48 am

Great recap, Nicole! How cool this is in our backyard, right?! enjoyed seeing this with you:)

Lynn November 6, 2012 - 2:46 am

I was there!!!
Great post!

Becky November 6, 2012 - 3:35 am

Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I always wondered how they made their fabric. Had no idea it was printed onto fabric like that…

Heidi Staples November 6, 2012 - 4:42 am

What a great field trip! Thanks so much for sharing, Nicole!!

Shanna November 6, 2012 - 4:49 am

I just placed my first Spoonflower order and cannot wait to see it! I wish I would have known about the open house…I actually live in Durham!! I wish they had a shop, too :o)

Gertie Pye November 6, 2012 - 10:01 am

Oh my Lord what an amazing treat to go behind the scenes at Spoonflower! This is a fascinating post Nicole. I do love Spoonflower but haven't ordered anything despite having been to their website dozens of times over the years. I think I must do soon!

Brenda November 6, 2012 - 3:59 pm

What an amazing place! I wish I could have been there too!

mamalovequilts@gmail.com November 6, 2012 - 4:16 pm

It is an amazing place, isn't it?!? I hope these photos give an inside view. I'm fortunate that it's right in my neighborhood!

MaterialGirlQuilts November 6, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Such a great open house to attend! Thanks for the behind the scenes look.

Rachel Booth November 6, 2012 - 5:07 pm

This just makes me love Spoonflower more! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing an inside glance at them! πŸ™‚

Nanette Merrill November 6, 2012 - 6:27 pm

Wow, thanks for that info. I've ordered from spoonflower before. I wish I could have been there for this.

Gra November 6, 2012 - 9:21 pm

What a great post!!!! I would love to see a place like that…or even better to have a place like that around here!!!!! Envy….envy….

elnorac November 7, 2012 - 1:54 am

Thanks for writing this fun, informative piece! Glad you got the opportunity to go check Spoonflower out!

Debbie November 7, 2012 - 5:48 am

oh how cool you got to visit!!

Katy Cameron November 7, 2012 - 11:55 pm

That looks like such a cool place to visit, love the decor!

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