Meet Mr. Freddy Freckles. Isn't he adorable? Don't let his calm demeanor in this image fool you! He's a Dalmatian/Cattle Dog mix.
I'm his part time companion. I keep him one or two days a week. When he's away I miss my sweet bundle of energetic joy. What's a gal to do when she's got the dog gone blues????
Refer to The Spoonflower Handbook of course! It's full of lots of fun projects - thirty of them. Here's a sneak peak of what's inside. The project that caught my eye was the Doppelgänger Dog Pillow. Aha! Just what I needed to keep me company when Freddy is busy causing trouble elsewhere.
The Spoonflower Handbook included illustrated photoshop instructions on how to prepare my image of Freddy for printing.
After I selected Freddy's outline and refined the edge, I lifted him out of the background and plopped him down on the white space of a new file. I then applied a poster filter because I liked the simplified look.
I filled in the background of the file with gray and green, and then uploaded the image onto Spoonflower's website - easy as pie with The Spoonflower Handbook as a guide. I was thrilled when the package from Spoonflower arrived. There was Freddy's doppelgänger printed on linen canvas along with a fabric for the back of the pillow chosen from an abundance of designs created by Spoonflower's talented user community. I trimmed excess fabric to half an inch from the edge of Freddy's image and placed it right side facing the backing, pinned it in place, trimmed the backing to match, sewed it together...
turned it inside out, stuffed it, and then hand stitched the opening where the stuffing went in... and voilá!
Freddy Freckle's doppelgänger was born!
Now I never have to be without my sweet pup again. I actually carried Doppelgänger Freddy into the coffee shop today after stuffing him - don't tell!
Are you as curious as Freddy Freckles about some of the other great projects in The Spoonflower Handbook?
The Spoonflower Handbook (STC Craft/Abrams) is a beautifully designed, comprehensive book for everyone who already utilizes Spoonflower's unique services to create their own printed fabrics and paper and wants to broaden their knowledge of the possibilities, AND... For those of us who have thought about it, but haven't taken the plunge, it takes the scary out of the techy. Check out the blog tour celebrating it's release:
Saturday, Sept.12th ~ Sammy K of Just Arting Around... ~ Recipe Tea Towel project
Tuesday, Sept. 15th ~ Sherri Lynn Wood of DaintyTime ~ Doppelgänger Dog Pillow
Thursday, Sept. 17th ~ Audrey Smit of This Little Street ~ Coloring Desk Wrap
Tuesday, Sept. 22nd ~ Kate B of See Kate Sew ~ Photo Panel Wall Art
Friday, Oct. 16th ~ Emma Jeffery of Hello Beautiful ~ Geometric Soiree Kitchen Chairs