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Brighter Days: my first play with fabric design

cover-for-blog-postLike many of you, I love to sew with beautiful fabrics. I  love to turn pieces of material into garments, quilts, bags or anything really. I love to then wear or use these things and admire the fabric combination, and I especially love when someone make a comment and appreciates the work that has gone into the project.

My point is, I love fabric!

I have always wondered who designs it? How do they come up with some many beautiful designs? How do they do it?!?!

With my new-found love of Illustrator, after doing the Pattern Workshop course, I wondered what else I could do with it? I quickly found that it’s one way of design repeat patterns for fabric design. It sounded like fun! I looked around and found Bonnie Christine’s course on Skillshare and immediately signed up (they have a free month trial). That night I stayed up until about 1am, watching the lessons and trying to play around with it. I instantly enjoyed it, even if I’d spent hours trying to figure out a few things!

For the past few months I’ve been thinking about doing Sylvie’s room. At the moment it’s pretty plain, even though she’ll be 2 soon! I’ve seen plenty of beautiful fabric that would work well but I hadn’t really fallen in love with anything. Maybe this could be my first range???? I knew the colours I wanted so I set about coming up with 5-6 designs that would work.

They are pretty basic, mainly to make it easier for me to work it out but also because I quite like simpler designs. This is what I came up with.

I must admit, I’ve very nervous about sharing this with the world. I know it’s not fantastic but I am proud of it! I’m proud that I wanted to do something and found what I needed and figured the rest out. I am also proud that each component of the fabric is relevant to Sylvie at the moment. It will be something that we will able to talk about as she grows.

This is what I came up with. I called it ‘Brighter Days’ and you can purchase it at Spoonflower


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I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Deanna xoxo

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