Win a free yard of *your design* printed on fabric from Spoonflower

Contest ends June 30th

UPDATE: Thanks so much for entering our Sponnflower fabric giveaway. The contest is now closed and winners will be notified and announced very soon!

This month the Ponoko blog has partnered with digi fabric printers Spoonflower to give away a free yard of printed fabric to 5 winners.

Spoonflower lets you upload your own design, choose a fabric, and get your design professionally printed on to fabric.

They’ve been digitally printing fabric for the masses since 2008, and the Spoonflower marketplace is the largest collection of independent fabric designs in the world.

Spoonflower can digitally print on 7 different kinds of fabric, and winners of our blog giveaway can choose whichever fabric they like.

How would you use digitally printed fabric from Spoonflower in a Personal Factory project?

How to enter:
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us how you would use digitally printed fabric from Spoonflower in a Personal Factory project.

Think about how you would combine your own textile design with your own design for 3D printing; CNC routing; or laser cutting. Or all three!

To qualify, you’ll need to specify which Spoonflower fabric and which Personal Factory making method(s) you would use for your project.

You may enter as many times as you like, but each project idea must be unique. Repeat or very similar idea entries from the same applicant will be disqualified.

One judge from Spoonflower and one judge from Ponoko will choose the top 5 project ideas to win.

5 winners will each receive credit for 1 yard of digitally printed fabric in their choice of material; an $18–$38 value.

Contest closes June 30th at 10pm pacific time. Winners will be notified the first week of July and announced in an update to this post.

More information on Spoonflower fabric printing:
Digital textile printing is like inkjet printing, but it prints dye on fabric. With digital fabric printing, you can print any raster or vector design. Your design is repeated across the width and down the length of the fabric.

Check out the Spoonflower flickr pool to see what people are making with their fabric designs.

You can order a fabric swatch booklet from Spoonflower for just $1, and shipping is free.

More information on Ponoko Personal Factory:
Personal Factory turns your design files into physical products using digital making technologies.

(It’s kinda like Spoonflower. But instead of printing your file on fabric, Ponoko prints your design in three dimensions or cuts it out of a piece of material.)

Current making technologies offered are 3D printing, CNC routing, and laser cutting. Each technology can be used with a variety of materials.

Over 100,000 independent product designs have been made with Personal Factory. You can take a look at the Ponoko showroom or the Ponoko flickr pool to see some of the stuff people are creating.

Still not quite sure what all this digital making stuff is?

Sign up for your own Personal Factory account. It’s free, and you’ll get a helpful welcome email plus an optional crash-course in designing for laser cutting.

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i would use a printed fabric that would look awesome such as a mosaic pattern and do a ottoman or atleast print out ottoman piece joints to connect it with normal wood pieces for a cheaper alternative then a full on ottoman for the college dorm room


i would print out measurements and other useful information such as conversions and unit indicators and maybe make it into a:
messenger bag and i can take that with me and use the outside measurements printed on the fabric for my sewing projects
or a bag made from the ruler fabric and print out customized ruler such as a french curve and other things needed for my sewing projects

I would use printed upholstery weight cotton twill fabric to make removable covers for cushions to go on to a range of funky little kids furniture (armchairs, stools, foot stools, bench seats, tables, toy chests and more) that are laser cut out of natural bamboo, having frames that click together so they can be flat packed and assemble without screws.

I would use Quilting Weight Cotton and the Personal Factory method of digital fabric printing, using a pattern derived from the app Percolator, to make some piece of clothing.

I would use the linen/cotton canvas and make a purse, then laser cut my clothing line’s logo (wings) into a purse fob to hang from the purse handles + smaller wings to use as a zipper pull on an outside pocket.

I’d design a panelled room divider/screen that would have a framework CNC routed from a nice wood(sustainably grown, of course) The panels themselves would have a double layer of a contrasting thinner wood panel (maybe 3mm bamboo ply) which has a large, simple design cut into it ( say based on squares or honeycomb patterns) Then a suitably patterned fabric could be sandwiched between the layers of laser cut panelling to be held in place by the CNC cut frame.
The design of the laser cutting would allow the fabric to be revealed through the pattern of holes & add a softness to the overall design… I’d imagine the fabric used to be either the canvas or upholstery weight twill. I’d love to design the panels and fabric used, so that they gave the effect I envisage.
I can see it in my mind’s eye & I want one!!! I’ll do you a sketch if you want 😀

I need some custom fabric for the front of an opensourced mini-amp and speaker enclosure. To make it look simply amazing as well as amazingly simple. 1 yard would make a number of enclosures and I would include them with the first versions of the kit until the fabric ran out. It would have to be a lightweight loose weave fabric.

I would extend a project I’ve already made available for free on ponoko – I’ve put together custom quilting templates, plus pointers to specially-formatted grids, to allow even non-mathematical quilters to make quilts based out of Penrose patterns.

I would generate fabric that has ombré (gradient) pieces, with outlines, that match the template pieces for making a Penrose tiling quilt — it would make it easy to do very striking patterns with pieces whose shading is designed to work with the five-fold symmetry of the Penrose tilings.

Use the custom fabric to get great ombré pieces, and the templates to cut out the rest of what you need from a solid fabric available from your local fabric store.

Spoonflower: quilt-weight cotton
Ponoko: laser-cut acrylic, clear, 3mm

(I’ve already had custom acrylic templates made for myself, with seam allowances and nocked corners included, and they’re AWESOME. The thought of combining it with custom-made fabric to enhance the layout? Even better!)

Stuffed animals with colored patterns. My five year old daughters love to draw giraffes with all different colored spots. Pandas are also popular. One yard of fabric would be enough for two (or if I was clever, four) flat animal patterns. Then the outlines can be trimmed with the laser so that the animal is ready to sew up and stuff.

Laser cut charms to match a shawl wrap made using the silk crepe de chine. The charms would echo the design in the fabric and weight down the ends when it’s wrapped.

Laser cutting again, elegant scrolling stick type handles for an envelope purse made from the upholstery weight cotton twill. Something with the feel and effect of vintage purses from the 1930s.

Fully custom hardcover books – for a given thickness of book, the size of the cover boards and spine can be calculated. The fabric needs to be trimmed properly at the corners and the spine, and it would be nice to have the laser take care of that. And the illustrations could be printed right on the fabric from Spoonflower – very tasty.


i would design a handbag made entirely of my own spoonflower fabric and printed 3D closures and strap adjusters. The side-release buckles/closures would coordinate perfectly with the printed fabric.

Finally, two brilliant technologies combine to create the long-awaited custom printed bra! Never again will us ladies have to settle for the store bought variety, nor will we have to struggle with being in between cup sizes. Even finding the correct size doesn’t guarantee that the cup shape will suit you.
A thin, flexible, 3D-printed, durable plastic “support frame” will be made for the wearer and a custom-designed fabric printed on organic cotton interlock knit will complete the piece by adding personal flare and comfort. For extra fancy pieces, silk crepe de chine would be used instead.

I would like to create a design line of clothes and accessorizes where you would get to “make” the object yourself at home. For instance, if you would order a “bag” it would be in a neat package with everything ready for you to make it. All the fabrics would be with the markings / design on them (in the pattern) and you would get to cut them and sew them together with also all metal / wood / plastic parts included for you to add to it.
You would at the same time get to choose colors / fabric / pattern / materials of that particular design.
It would of course have a lot more things than only bags! 🙂

best regards,

Oh! Oh! I am actually already working on this! I’ve had the frame pieces of an ottoman cut via CNC routing by Ponoko (they just arrived today!) and I’m working on designing an upholstery twill fabric to upholster it in via Spoonflower. At some point, I may even try 3D printing metal feet from Ponoko! I have my frame built already, so winning some free upholstery twill would be super helpful 😉

I’ve just moved house, and the almost naked bulb in my bedroom is burning my eyes out. Therefore, I would use a cute and vibrant Linen-Cotton Canvas fabric to sandwich between interlocking geometrical laser cut wood or thick thermoplastic framing that clicks together into a light shade!

My wife has recently gotten back into sewing and tells me that the thing that is the most tedious/irritating/un-interesting about it is having to cut the various pieces. If I were to combine Spoonflower and Ponoko, I would upload her cutting patterns to have the pieces cut out of the fabric. Then when they get here, the only part that’s left is to actually stitch them together. This way, sewing a dress/pillowcase/whatever basically becomes a kit project.

Michael Hurley

I’m currently designing a prop steampunk jetpack with folding wings. The gears which drive the wing mechanism will be laser-cut by Ponoko once I have the gearing worked out completely. A yard of custom printed linen-cotton canvas would be perfect for making stunning wing membranes.

I would use laser-cut and engrave bamboo from Ponoko for the hard outer shell of a laptop case, and the interior would be lined with my padded custom material from Spoonflower! I would use the Organic Cotton Interlock Knit for the interior padding as it has a soft finish, and I would also make matching drawstring/tote bags out of Spoonflower’s Upholstery Weight Cotton Twill to protect the whole case from scratches and make it easier to carry. The designs on the material would be reflected in the engraving on the bamboo case!

I would make a jewellery box with the box pieces laser cut from wood, and a fabric inlay of organic cotton interlock knit with a design based on the structures of gems.

I’d like to make books with the covers laser cut from wood and then handbound. I would then make matching book bags using upholstery weight cotton twill with designs complimenting those engraved on the books.

I would like to make a lamp shade where the structure is made from laser cut bamboo which could be flat packed for easy shipping. I would then use linen cotton canvas for the shade, with a design inspired by the wave/particle duality of light.

I am currently partly a sculpture major, and this was a project idea that I did not go through with during the school year but would love to as a personal project.

I make monsters and I wanted to make a large monster head that is wearable and then have a friend film people’s reactions as I walked the streets of Philadelphia with it on.

With Ponoko and Spoonflower technology, I could make a sturdy but light armature with either laser or 3D printing methods, and use Spoonflower Quilting Weight Cotton or Organic Cotton Interlock Knit to create a monsterific texture to cover the armature with. Then I’d be fit for surprising people all over Philly!

I’ve been dreaming of a lightup headboard for my bed where LEDs are placed in lasercut pegboard with the tech from sparkfun and a lightup cityscape stretched over the top.

1. Specify which Spoonflower fabric
Linen-Cotton Canvas:

2. Which Personal Factory making method(s)
CNC routing & Laser cutting for two different mediums as a backdrop for an art project. The cut items would shadow the art. Example: If my art project is a clock I want the “frame” to also be in a larger (shadow) clock form of a contrasting medium.

My Spoonflower/Ponoko project would be a Victorian inspired ladies folding fan. From Ponoko, I would choose the thin acrylic plastic and laser cut the “blades” for the fan and a more elaborately patterned outer “guard”. I would combine that with Spoonflower printed silk crepe de chine for the inner quarter circle of the fan. The fan would be assembled with hand stitching to attach fabric to the blades, using elements of the design as holes to stitch through. My initial design idea is to do an ocean inspired fan with the outer guards being a silhouette of a mermaid and fabric printed with an underwater landscape.

I could make coordinating packaging for my lasercut jewelry. Maybe some little pouches to carry them in or give as gifts.

1. Specify which Spoonflower fabric: Quilting Weighted Cotton

2. Which Personal Factory making method(s)
CNC routing to precut my baby doll’s dresses so that all I need to do is sew her gorgeous personalised outfits

I would use organic cotton material and have it printed in bold colors. I would use CNC laser cutting to make miniature window frames. Then I would hang the fabric in the windows and add beautiful silver charms to make tiny lockets.

I need some custom fabric for the front of an opensourced mini-amp and speaker enclosure. To make it look simply amazing as well as amazingly simple. 1 yard of cotton Voile would make a number of enclosures and I would include them with the first versions of the kit until the fabric ran out. It would have to be a lightweight loose weave fabric. The Ponoko lasercutter would be used.

I make childrenswear sewing kits using the Organic
Cotton Sateen from Spoonflower. I would add a cut out leather piece to each kit so that each child would have a necklace to go with their outfit.


I would love to win this prize, as I am currently exploring the world of mixed media textile design combined with my photography, specifically making bags. I would use your gauzy cotton voile, printed with repeated variations of close up photos I’ve taken of a beautiful pink chrysanth with bright yellow centre. I’d then use your laser cutting facility to have each flower perfectly cut, so that I could then layer the floaty images into a feminine 3-D textile version of the flower, decorating the main body of the bag. The focal point would be my signature piece – the floral image transferred to a mother of pearl pendant, used as a fastening. My most recent project along these lines is posted at
(though I’ve never had access to professionally printed fabrics before) Fingers crossed! 🙂

I would print a lampshade, with Ponoko laser cutting, probably bamboo, and with quilting weight cotton from Spoonflower. I took a picture of this skull/pirate looking head in a church in Spain that I would LOVE to turn into a lamp for my office.

Another idea is to print a chair, which has a spoonflower Upholstery Weight Cotton Twill as it’s seat, based on the patterns that we saw at the Hagea Sophea in Turkey, with the Ponoko part being laser cut, OR, it could be CNC, depending on the robustness of the chair.

This is such a great idea for a contest! I would make really great childrens belts. I would use Ponoco Laser cutting to create floral inspired bamboo belt buckles. I would use Spoonflower’s Linen-Cotton Canvas printed in an original colorful floral pattern to create fun belts that any little girl would love.

I have far too many bare walls that need some colour & visual focal points. I would use a fabric (cotton sateen for its fine smooth surface) with a bold centered image (like a tall ship) and a graphic repeat background (like stylized waves), and design a frame to be laser cut to continue the background pattern on another surface (bamboo probably). Custom wall art.

I make whimsical Boston Terrier fabric items using custom printed fabric from Spoonflower. To extend my line of handmade BT dog collars, it would be fantastic to have my Dottie the Boston Terrier design laser cut into bamboo or acrylic charms by Ponoko. The charms would be included on the linen cotton canvas dog collars for added branding, uniqueness and cuteness. For even more cuteness, the Boston Terrier charm could double as a matching necklace charm for the crazy Boston Terrier owner.

Gail DeLeon

I envision my fabric designs printed on linen-cotton canvas to make handbags with a distinctly tropical flair. The colorful designs which are inspired by the colors of the skies and flowers of Hawaii would be complemented by wooden (bamboo most likely) laser cut handles. The “body” of the bag would be attached by snaps to the handles which would let the owner easily change out the “body” for a different pattern for a different look. The concept is similar to those watches which come with three different watchbands of various colors so you can add variety to your look.

A handbag with a laser cut acrylic handle from Ponoko and the rest of the bag made with Spoonflower fabric.

A ladies top made with Spoonflower fabric, with fractal patterned lace details 3D printed in Ponoko’s durable plastic.

The previous two suggestions I was thinking of Linen-Cotton Canvas for the bag and Silk Crepe de Chine for the top.

Designer pincushions with Linen-Cotton Canvas from Spoonflower and a visible decorative structure 3D printed in Ponoko’s durable plastic

Sam Douglas

Dont you hate the horrible pattern designs you see on tissue boxes. All generic and uninspiring. The only other option is to cover that ugly thing with the crocheted cover you got from the op-shop. (which Isn’t much better)

I would print a rad design on some quilting weight cotton and laser cut a tissue-box box. Neatly apply the fabric to the box, horrible pattern problem solved.

i have in mind a collection of felt area rugs, laser-cut in stunning geometric patterns from my own textile designs, which would be used as the templates. the fabric (upholstery cotton twill!) could then be quilted or fused over the felt in certain areas to create added texture. it may end up being too lovely to walk on… in which case it could be tossed over the bed or hung on the wall.

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