One way to minimize waste in craft and quilting projects is to have your own custom fabric printed in exactly the amount you need. On demand fabric printers have made a big splash in the craft community over the past year with Spoonflower getting the bulk of blog press. They certainly got our attention when they proposed adding an organic cotton option. Spoonflower’s current offering is 100% Moda Cotton and they are currently testing an upholstery-weight cotton sateen.
Fabric On Demand is another service based on the same concept. Their price is slightly higher for 100% cotton than Spoonflower, but they currently have 4 other fabric options including fleece, duck cloth, a poly/cotton broadcloth, and a micro-denier suede. You can order a free swatch sample of each. Fabric On Demand also allows you to order unlimited continuous yardage, where as Spoonflower allows up to 3 yards.
Spoonflower has a Fabric Of The Week contest where users can submit their original fabric designs for the rest of the community to vote on. The winner receives 5 yards of fabric printed with any of their own designs. Fabric On Demand has started a Craft Of The Week contest featuring unique craft projects that customers have made with their fabric panels. The winner recieves 1 free yard of fabric.
Although, we’d love to see some organic or sustainable base cloth options for printing on demand, we still appreciate the flexibility and opportunity to print as little a swatch of fat quarter for a special project. These on demand fabric services are also giving crafters an opportunity to network with other designers and to try their hand at fabric design.
Want to try it out for yourself? Both Spoonflower and Fabric On Demand want you to be successful. Fabric On Demand fabric layout services include e-mailing you a proof of your design for approval before it is printed. Spoonflower allows you to see a proof of your layout right on their website before you order. Spoonflower also has a complete FAQ page that includes links to other blogs giving tips for first-time fabric designers.