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Holiday Gift Guide: Custom Made Cushions

Holiday Gift Guide Custom Made Cushions
Shopping for unique gifts is a challenge. You want to make sure the person is happy with what you give but that it also reflects their taste and personality. That’s why personalized gifts are the way to go this Holiday.

It shows them you care (you took the time to design & create the gift!), it’s truly unique (nobody else has it) and it makes gift shopping a fun process!

Holiday Gift Guide Custom Made Cushions
Custom made cushions are great to gift to people who are passionate about home decor, artists, who just moved into a new house or have a nursery that they want to personalize. Here at Digital Fabrics you can create & design your own print and we make and ship the cushions to you. You can print your art, painting, photographs or messages to personalize the pillows.

If you want to make sure you have a beautiful customized gifts for the Holidays, order before the 2nd December to receive it before Christmas. Create & order your custom made cushions HERE.

Below you’ll find more colorful, custom made cushions to get you inspired!

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9 Free Christmas Prints For Fabric, Cushions & Leggings

Christmas is around the corner and it forms a great opportunity to customize your home & wardrobe. Celebrate the Holiday season in DIY style by creating your own Christmas print fabric, cushions or legging.

Below you’ll find 9 free christmas prints for you to use to print on fabric, cushions or leggings.

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5 Ways To Wear Leggings

If you had to pick just 10 items for your wardrobe, leggings would definitely be part of it. From Spring to Winter, leggings are a wardrobe staple and you can style them many ways. Dress it up for a fancy occasion or wear them during your workout. And to make sure your leggings reflect your personality and style Digital Fabrics is organizing a workshop where you learn how to design your own print for your custom made leggings on December 3rd!

If you need inspiration on how to wear leggings, here are 5 stylish examples for you to rock!

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DIY Poncho Sweater | DIY with Digital Fabrics

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If you’re looking to update your Fall wardrobe, Jocy from Pink Chocolate Break created a DIY Poncho Sweater that you can easily make at home! When it gets colder she loves working with thicker fabrics such as fleece fabric and for this DIY project she used the fabric she designed and printed with Digital Fabrics. You can shop the african print fleece fabric she used here.
What you’ll need:
– 2 yards/meters of fleece fabric
– pins
– fabric scissors
– thread
– sewing machine

Create a strong identity for your brand through Fabric Print and Design

We live in a hyper-visual world, where imagery dictates your rating. The increasing need to have a positive impact on sales especially high in a vast and competitive design world.

That is why print design is becoming an increasingly utilised tool in any designer’s tool kit, be it swimwear, stationery, fashion, brand or home wears designer. Print designs, surface design, patterns they called different but carry same purpose, is to capture people’s interests in instant, unifies the design collection and creates point of difference from other brands.

For example Tigerlily always been known for they boho and travel inspired prints and easily recognised in Australian fashion market.

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Say, We Are Handsome and beautiful swimwear with stunning photographic print design are evoked.

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But what if to take print and fabric a bit further? Doesn’t this collaboration open more door? There are so many ideas and product that can be created with using fabric as a base medium.  Don’t think of a fabric as a cloth on a roll.

Would be a wedding invention a luxurious idea to make your invitees fill extra special and setting the tone of your weeding?

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Fabric packing is very unique concept too, wrap your product, or even how about envelops or business cards?

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To archive all the above ideas is a breeze now days. We live in the new era of digital printing technologies. Fast, cost efficient, ecofriendly they opens doors to the craziest creative projects!

That is why we are in love with digital fabric printing!

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How to prepare a layout legging pattern for fabric printing in Photoshop

Garment making and production can be daunting and a complicated process especially placement or engineered printing. A lot of time and effort goes into research and understanding where to start. We have put together tutorials on how to design, work with and prepare legging pattern for digital placement fabric printing. For this tutorial  you need to be proficient in Illustrator or at least have basic knowlage. Our tutorial is based on industry standards. This technic can be applied to printing other products such as bikinis, t-shirts, singlets , dresses etc.

How to prepare a layout/mark up legging pattern for fabric printing in Photoshop

Once you’ve completed the steps in the tutorial ‘How to use legging pattern in Photoshop’ You may want to print more than 1 design or more than 1 size, the most economic way to do this is to create a mark up/placement layout to have printed.

The following are instructions on how to set up in Photoshop, but could easily be done in Illustrator.

Start off by renaming the pattern layers to insure that you always have a pair of leggings.

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If you are only wanting the same size with different designs you can just Duplicate the leg layers. If you’d like to bring in different sizes you will need to repeat the steps in ‘How to use legging pattern in Photoshop’

In this tutorial we will be using the same size 10 but printing in new designs.

On the same artboard move files to the left hand side. you will notice that you can only comfortable fit 1 pair within the 147cm width with the current orientation; however there is a lot of wastage as illustrator below.

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Like a Jigsaw puzzle you will now need to start moving the patterns, you will need to make sure that you keep in mind that your grain line is parallel to the selvage. To do this, select the leg you’d like to rotate (select both layers) press Ctrl+t to open up the transform tool and while holding down shift rotate the image 360′ and make sure to move the pattern piece as close as possible to other leg (zoom in to make sure it is not overlapping)

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You can now start bringing in the other size 10 designs and play around with the layout. It’s best that you make the art board slightly longer than needed and once you’ve set up all the designs crop the excess.

Make sure you zoom in and double check that you haven’t overlapped any areas, when you are happy with the layout save as a JPG, TIFF or PDF.

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You’re now on your way to have custom printed fabric which you will be able to make into comfy leggings.

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Design your own leggings – How to prepare legging pattern for fabric printing in Photoshop

Garment making and production can be daunting and a complicated process especially placement or engineered printing. A lot of time and effort goes into research and understanding where to start. We have put together tutorials on how to design, work with and prepare legging pattern for digital placement fabric printing. For this tutorial  you need to be proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator or at least have basic knowlage. Our tutorial is based on industry standards. This technic can be applied to printing other products such as bikinis, t-shirts, singlets , dresses etc.

How to prepare legging pattern for fabric printing in Photoshop

Open the PDF file in Illustrator. You can purchase our digital leggings pattern on our website or use your own.

Copy and paste the size you would like to use within the same file, we have selected size 10.

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Delete all details and notches within the pattern piece and select the pattern shape and fill in black.

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while legging is selected copy and take note on the sizing.

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Open Photoshop and select a new artboard, keep the pixels and resolution the same, just make sure you’ve selected RGB color mode. Click OK and Paste pattern piece as a smart object, click enter to place.

Double check that the sizing is correct by selecting Image>image size, in this case it is only a few points off which will be fine.

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Next you’ll need to increase your artboard size to fit the other leg, change the width of your artboard to the width of the fabric you’d like to use and select the anchor points to extend from corner.

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Copy Layer and while selected transform (Ctrl+t), while still selected right click on top of the layer and select Flip Horizontally, you know have a pair.

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With both layers selected you will need to select transform again (ctrl+t) and while select cover over to rotate, when rotating make sure you hold down shift to make sure it rotates correctly.

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Copy and paste the design you would like on your leggings and place layer on top of the one of the pattern legs.

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Right click on the design layer and in the drop down menu select create clipping mask.

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Repeat for other leg

Group all layers and centre.

Your file is now ready to print!

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Soon you’ll have your printed fabric which you’ll be able to whip up into these comfy leggings

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10 Inspiring Bohemian Interiors + 3 Design Ideas

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Pinterest is such an inspiring platform and allows us to get so many great ideas for home decor, recipes, DIY and travel. One of the interior design trends that we’re loving is the bohemian design trend. It feels personal, cozy and vintage with worldly influences. With these easy 3 home decor trends you can add a bohemian feel to any small room instantly!

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Photo credits: Jungalow

Bohemian Design Tip 1: Colorful Pillows
Pillows are a great way to add more color to a room and make it extra cozy. Vary the colors and prints to add more dimension. And if you really want to add a personal touch, make your own cushion or pillow. Print your design, photograph or artwork and create a stylish statement to lighten up any room or make a perfect gift.

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Bohemian Design Tip 2: Textiles
Give new life to an old couch by layering textiles on them. See our selection of fabrics (also suitable for home decor) in our fabric shop. Contrast it with an eye-catching carpet.

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Bohemian Design Tip 2: Add plants
Not only are plants great to purify the air, they’re excellent to add more life to your room. And in a bohemian interior, plants are a must.

Get more bohemian decor inspiration below!

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DIY Bean Bag | DIY with Digital Fabrics

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Elba from Live Colorful created another colorful & creative DIY tutorial: a DIY Bean Bag. For this she used the Cheery fabric she designed and which is available in our fabric shopDid you know that printing fabrics with us is super easy? Create your design, Upload and pay, Receive your fabric!

From DIY clothes to DIY Home Decor, our mission at Digital Fabrics is to help you to bring your creativity and your amazing ideas to life!

Elba got the inspiration for her DIY project from Pinterest, but added some fun curves to make it look more organic.


MATERIALS NEEDED:

  1. 2 meters of heavyweight fabric. Waratah drill (147 cm wide). Design: Cheery.
  2. 2 packs of bean bag chair refill (100 Liter refill bags)
  3. Sewing machine
  4. Thread
  5. Scissors
  6. Pins

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Designing Fabric: How To Make A Repeat Pattern – Full Drop Repeat in Illustrator

Get your math skills ready for this fabric repeat pattern tutorial in Illustrator. We would recommend to start with repeating simple objects first to understand the concept of repeating pattern in Illustrator, once it is understood nothing will stop you to create!

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Either open up an existing illustrator file or begin by developing your vector image that you desire to repeat. We have started with a basic spot, varying the size and colour to add variety and this will form the base of the repeat.

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Set up your art board to your desired repeat size. This depends on your end product, but to start off with, work with squares to help with calculations. We have set up my repeat to be 32 x 32 cm. For interested sake, this is a standard rotary repeat set up. Place your initial artwork to the top left corner of the art board, letting it hang over the edge.

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Select all objects (sometimes helpful to group them so you don’t miss any when duplicating). Double click on the black selection tool in the tools panel and a dialogue box will appear.

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This is how you can move objects an exact amount i.e. the repeat size and know that all objects within that repeat will align perfectly.

First duplicate the selected objects the repeat size down or vertically. This repeat is 32 cm, so they are moved 32 cm vertically.

Make sure the horizontal value is 0. Click COPY.

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Now repeat horizontally by selecting both groups of objects along the left side. When in the move dialogue box make sure the horizontal value is the repeat size and the vertical value is 0. Click COPY.

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Now is the time to fill in the blank space in the middle with additional objects.

Tip: Lock the three extra sides of the repeat or put them on a separate locked layer so they can be easily deleted in a following step. This may require some more advance knowledge of illustrator, but don’t let this deter you if you are new, it could be helpful in mastering the program! The level of difficulty here will greatly depend on the style and type of original artwork you are using and will call into play several design elements and principles such as space, balance and unity. Watch out for anything that forms a definite line or track mark through your design. You may need to shift or adjust parts of your original artwork to make the repeat work, in which case is can be a good idea to work in layers (with a copy of the original locked) in case you want to jump back to the beginning.

Work towards filling in the edges, duplicating them down/across to the repeat edges, till all you have is the middle to fill.

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Continue until you are happy with the flow and feel of the design.

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Now delete the three extra sides that were locked or moved to another layer. Then repeat the duplicating sequence with all the added areas/dots of the design. This will help you check anything that may have doubled up or just doesn’t look right in the repeat.

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When you are satisfied with your repeat tile, you can set it up for digital fabric printing. Position two repeat tiles (vertically) so they hang over the left side of the art board. Increase the artwork WIDTH to the width of the fabric (in this case 147cm), keep the height of the art board as the repeat size.

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Duplicate the selected objects across the width of the art board so it is covered completely. Tip: Once you have used the move tool to move the exact repeat size and clicked copy, ctrl D to duplicate the exact last action.

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Save As a PDF. Even though there are objects hanging off the edge of the art board, because they have been moved the exact repeat size, they will all meet up when printed seamlessly. This is now your Full Width Repeat Tile which repeats top and bottom you can use it for digital custom fabric printing.

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