How to turn a child’s drawing into fabric

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:
cheetahprint_edited-4-ch-ch
 And here is the fabric in action:
 You could say she loves it.  But you would be understating things by a country mile.
BAM!  Jacket Pattern HERE.
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.

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!
Check out my Spoonflower Shop and see what else I’ve been designing!

Alida
Pinspiration Contributor
I am the wife of a medical student and the mother of four incredible children. I love fashion, and am obsessed with Pinterest! I feel that great fashion should be accessible to everyone so I will help you recreate top looks for less! [Read more]

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