My friend picked maps and travel for her nursery theme. Pair that with teal and chocolate-brown and you have a recipe for disaster. This disaster is not caused by the theme or the colors, but by the difficulty in finding appropriate fabric for a swaddling blanket.
At least until I discovered the many possibilities of digital printing fabric. I stumbled upon this blog post from 2009 which compares the major digital printing fabric companies (Spoonflower, Fabric On Demand, Karma Craft & Eye Candey [which was no longer accessible]). After reviewing the post and comparison chart, I decided to use Spoonflower for the super special secret baby blanket. Spoonflower has been around longer than the other sites and had the best results from the blogger. Spoonflower also is the only site with an online community which includes contests and a fabric of the week. I liked the website interface better than the others; it was easier to use for me and seemed to encourage your creativity as opposed to simply being a service for fee.
I uploaded my image and altered the design size. I tried to make the image bigger on the fabric by increasing the number of dpi from the default of 150 to 300 (I’m not sure if this will help). I also changed my pattern to have a half drop repeat and order a test swatch (8″ x 8″) to see if the design will be right without alterations. The price for a test swatch was $5.00 for your basic quilting cotton fabric with a $1.00 shipping/handling fee. I should receive the test swatch in about 6 to 7 days … but in the meantime, my fingers are crossed that everything turns out perfect!
If the fabric turns out ok, I will probably end up buying this squirrel fabric for another friend’s upcoming bundle of joy, this roller derby fabric for another, and this mushroom fabric for yet another.