At least once every couple of weeks, when I pick Emily up from daycare, I get handed a stack of her artwork. This gets added to the pile of paper with scribbles, splodges and stickers that we’ve created at home together. And then what do I do with it? Until now, not a lot. Some has been turned into wrapping paper or cards but most is just sitting there. I can’t bear to throw it out (although it’s starting to get ridiculous) so I had an idea for preserving some of it: turn it into custom fabric.
I started by scanning this bubble-wrap printed piece (I’ll write a post about bubble wrap printing soon but I got the idea here).
Then in Photoshop I set about turning it in to a repeat pattern. This is the tutorial I used and although she’s using black line drawings, the principles are the same. I’m no Photoshop pro but this is how I did it.
- Open your scanned artwork in photoshop. Use the marquee or lasso tool to select the part of the image you want to use. I chose just one bubble.
- Paste your selected image in a blank file sized 1200px by 1200px. Duplicate the layer and arrange them to your liking. Add more images if you like – I added another coloured bubble.
- When you like your finished design, save it. And then select Layer > Flatten image.
- Next, choose Filter > Other > Offset and set Vertical to 600 (Horizontal to 0) and make sure Wrap Around is selected.
- Now you can fill in any white spaces with some more of your motifs if you like. Flatten the image again.
- Apply the Offset filter again but this time set Horizontal to 600 and Vertical to 0.
- Fill in the white spaces again if you like.
- Now, if you like your final pattern you can make it repeat. Select Edit > Define Pattern and name your cool new design.
- Open a new, larger file. As in the tutorial, I used 3150px by 2700px.
- Select the canvas and then Edit > Fill. Choose your pattern.
- Marvel at your design.
Once I’d finished my design I uploaded it to Spoonflower and ordered a $5 swatch. We love it so will be ordering some yardage soon for a very special project.