K.I.D.S. – Alida Makes

Today I have the honor of introducing my good friend Alida of Alida Makes.

Alida is an incredibly talented designer, wife, and mother to 4 amazing children! Yeah – she pretty much has got it going on.

With children the perfect age for K.I.D.S., I knew it would be so much fun to have her on board for this fun Series!  So without further ado, let’s see what this amazing Mama and her kiddos designed together…

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Hi K.I.D.S. readers! 

Today I’m going to show you a project that is so ridiculously easy I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.  I took a drawing by my daughter Charlotte and made it into Fabric using Spoonflower.  Here is the Spoonflower image:


And here is the fabric in action:
 You could say she loves it.  But you would be understating things by a country mile.



BAM!

Would you like to make your own?  Here we go!


You can scan the photo, or take a digital picture of it.  I took this photo on a train with my cell phone so it’s not the best quality, but that’s ok, we’ll fix it.

Open in photoshop (or other photo-editing tool).  

Lighten the photo as much as you can without losing the pen marks. Adjust the shadows and midtone contrast until it’s black and white.  Use a soft white brush if there are any gray spots.  Fill in any missing pencil strokes with a small black brush. aaaa

Use the paint bucket tool to color in the back ground.  Make sure (if there is a prompt) that you select “only web colors”.   Use paint bucket tool to color in remaining portion of the artwork.  Also select “only web colors.”  If you can’t get to part of the drawing with the paint bucket use the paint brush.  When you’re done it should look something like this:


Now, upload it to Spoonflower.  Click the button that says “Smaller” until the print is the size you want it.  The cheetahs on Charlotte’s cheetah fabric are 2 inches tall.  If the colors look a little off you can tweak them by clicking the button on the left that says “Change Colors.”




You can change the repeat of the pattern to your liking.  My favorite is the Half-Drop.

Were you expecting more instructions here?  Well sorry to disappoint, but that’s it!


Stop by Alida Makes and say hello!  I ordered quite a bit of the cheetah fabric…so I’ll probably be posting lots more chee-tastic projects!  

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Glad I am not the only one addicted to Spoonflower! Lol – that Cheetah fabric is so cute, and I love that your daughter created it Alida. So much fun! She is going to wear that coat every day, you will need to pry it off of her come Springtime! Aww – love it. Thanks so much for being a part of the Series!

Be sure to hop on over to Alida Makes to see some of the incredible creations this Momma comes up with…


Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess

Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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