Spoonflower is Offering Kona!

Just announced today at Spoonflower: their new quilt-weight fabric?  Kona cotton!

Let’s back up.  First:  I think my long-standing love-affair with Kona cotton is no secret.  I know there are lots of solid cotton fabrics out there, but Kona is the Cadillac of them all, the very best of the best, the most consistent in quality, always true-to-color, never fades or bleeds, is a dream to work with–when you see a solid fabric in my sewing, it’s Kona cotton, plain and simple.  Plus, with over 240 colors–yes! 240+!–you can always find what you’re looking for (and if you can’t, they’re adding new ones every year, which makes me so very, very happy).  I love me some Kona.

Image via True Up

Second: Spoonflower is the vanguard in a group of companies that have come to be known as “print-on-demand fabrics.”  They were true pioneers in the field, and offer you the opportunity to design and print your own fabrics, even if you have ZERO design experience.  You can upload an image and they have built-in software that will repeat that image over the face of the fabric for you, or you can design something from scratch and upload a file to their server.  You can choose a pile of different media (that’s the plural of “medium,” BTW) on which to print–for now, it’s a variety of textiles, but if I’m reading the hints and signs right, I think in 2012 Spoonflower is about to let us begin to print on other media, as well.  I’m hoping for cardstock (for note cards and stationery) and wallpaper, but that’s just me.  Also: when it does come to pass that Spoonflower lets us print on wallpaper, please remember that you heard it here first.


Check out some of the amazing prints online that other Spoonflower-ers have been making–drool-worthy, for sure.  These are just designs that caught my eye today, but if you haven’t browsed the variety before, you are in for a treat.  Get your Pinterest ready, y’all.

Bees and red ovals by Holli Zollinger; Delft buildings and 2012 Calendar game by Bora;  Mock Pacman by pixeldust; London cartoon map by anastasiia-ku.   

Kona becomes the default cotton base cloth at 9 AM on Monday! Woot!

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  • Emily
    January 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Awesome! The fabric quality has been an issue with me. I love the idea of printing stuff up on fabric from spoonflower though! Maybe it’s in my future now with Kona! 🙂

    • Deborah
      January 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      I know–I ordered Heather Ross’ Macaroni Love Story way back when, and I really wasn’t thrilled with the texture of the fabric, or the fact that it didn’t seem to soften with washing. Part of that is the function of digital printing vs screen printing, in that it’s just always going to be a bit more stiff, but I hope to find that part of it was that the prints weren’t on the fabulous Kona that I love so dearly. Here’s hoping!

  • Kimberly
    January 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I recently signed up for an I Spy charm square swap. While searching for some cool fabrics, I searched for pug fabrics and came across Spoonflower. I was AMAZED, so I ordered some! It’s definitely my new eye candy. There are some amazingly creative designers out there, and I enjoy looking at their work. The fabric is a bit more expensive, but so worth it.

  • Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts
    January 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    So does this mean that they will be printing the designs on Kona? (This may seem obvious but I am just checking!) That would be awesome! And yes, so would wallpaper and stationery!

    • Deborah
      January 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Yes!!! All their designs–meaning, everything we order–on quilt-weight cotton will be printed on Kona here on out! I know, I’m pretty excited, too. 🙂

  • Claudia
    January 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I hadn’t discovered Spoonflower, thanks for the introduction. I can’t wait to order but best of all I’ve been suggesting to my daughters that they design some fabric for me to sew with…now it’s possible and on Kona Cotton!!

  • Lee @ Freshly Pieced
    January 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This is FANTASTIC news! I love Spoonflower, but the quilting-weight cotton they printed on before was NOT GOOD. This was my biggest (only) complaint about Spoonflower—and it’s now been addressed. Makes me very, very happy!