Looking for a way to design your own lining fabric to use with the new Stand Firm Zip Pouch pattern? Spoonflower.com has made it easy to do yourself. And now I’m trying to make it even easier by giving you step-by-step instructions on how to use Spoonflower to make your lining piece! Follow the arrows on these photos (and written instructions, of course), to quickly make something unique and personalized for your zip pouch lining.
If you’d rather just grab a presdesigned verse, I have several available in my Reclaimed for Good Spoonflower store. Make sure to choose “Lightweight Cotton Twill” as the fabric type and “Test Swatch” as the size. (Full disclosure, these predesigned linings are exactly the same price as the ones you would design yourself, I just earn a very small commission on the purchase- thanks for your support!)
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message on Facebook/Instagram if you have any questions! And please share your finished products with me; I can’t wait to see what you design!
Step 1: Head to Spoonflower and click on “Join”. If you’re already a Spoonflower member, click on “Log In” and skip down to Step 4.
Step 2: Scroll down to Create an Account. You’ll have to scroll down further than the screenshot shows here to find the button!
Step 3: Enter in your info. Self explanatory, I know 😉
Step 4: Once you’ve completed the account creation process, or if you’re already a member) log in to Spoonflower and click on “Upload Your Design” on the top left of the page.
Step 5: Scroll down to “Other Design Options” at the bottom and click on “Swatch”. This will take you onto the PicMonkey website.
Step 6: You’re now on the PicMonkey website with a blank white square. Click on the little box the red arrow is pointing to in the picture above. This is going to give you a grid to align your design on.
Step 7: In the box that pops up, click on the 8 x 8 grid and check “snap to grid”.
Step 8: Now you’re ready to add your text. First click where the red arrow is pointing, on the “Tt” image on the left of your screen. Next follow the green arrow and click “Add text”. You can then choose whichever font you’d like on the list below “Add text”.
Step 9: Add your text by clicking on the box in the middle of the white square and typing in what you’d like. The pop up box on the right of the white square has options for you to change text color, size, alignment, and add desired effects. The grid allows you to move the text box so that you align it exactly in the middle of your square. This is important for it to show up correctly in your zip pouch! For best viewing after sewing, try to have at least 2.5″ blank on the top and bottom of the text and 1.5″ blank on the left and right sides. This is where the 8 x 8 grid comes in handy! Above, the text leaves 3″ blank on the top and bottom, and 2″ blank on the left and right sides.
Step 10: Now you can add some background designs if you’d like! Click on the box the red arrow is pointing to at the bottom of the screen and click the grid to “off” so you have a blank background to work with. Next, follow the green arrow and click on the box that is second to bottom on the left side of your screen. This will show background options.
Step 11: Choose the background you’d like to use by clicking on one of the choices and selecting your desired options before clicking “Apply”. There are lots of different choices and variations, so have fun looking around!
Step 12: Once you’re satisfied with your image, go to the top left of the screen and click on “Export”. This will take you back to the Spoonflower website.
Step 13: Do not worry if your image shows up as blank after coming back to the Spoonflower website! It will come back in the next step if it doesn’t appear here.
Step 14: From top to bottom in the box on the right of your image, choose the following: Under Repeat, choose “Center”. Under Design Size, click “Smaller” or “Bigger” until the image is 8″ x 8″. Under Choose a Fabric, click on “Lightweight Cotton Twill” (this is my preferred option, but you can choose whichever fabric you’d like). Under Choose a Size & Amount, click on “Text Swatch”. Now you’re ready to “Add to Cart” and order!
Once you receive your fabric, follow the Stand Firm Zip Pouch tutorial to make your own unique zip pouch for yourself or a friend! I’m so happy you’re sewing with us!