Sunday, April 29, 2018

Printed on Demand vs Custom Handmade

As a fabric designer and maker of handmade homewares and baby things I am often asked whether I make bed sheets? or do I make duvet covers? or can I custom print gift wrap paper? 

The answer to almost all these questions is typically Yes! 
and then I need to explain in lots of detail the where, how, why and how much for each item. 

To make all our lives a little easier I thought I'd write a list here of all the items that can be printed on demand or custom handmade by me. Then, when I have a little more time on my hands I'll add links to where you can order such things & there you can see all the info & pricing

  1. Printed on Demand = printed with any of the designs in my portfolio. Made by people other than me. Orders handled by other people. 
  2. Custom Handmade = fabric printed on demand, sent to my studio & then I use that fabric to create something for you. I handle your order from start to finish. 
so here goes, a non exhaustive list of everything I know of that can be...


Gift Wrap Paper

Wallpaper - traditional, commercial and woven* peel & stick varieties.
*Woven wallpaper can be used as contact paper - for crafts, decorating furniture, wall decals

Greeting Cards

Cut & Sew printed patterns for dressmaking, kids clothes, accessories - via Sprout Patterns.
Sprout also has a 'white glove service' for some items so they can do the sewing for you! 

T shirts, Tank Tops, Hoodies & Sweatshirts
Mini skirts, A line Dresses
Baby & Kids T-shirts, onesies (long or short sleeves)

Coffee Mugs
Travel Mugs
Serving Trays
Cutting Boards
Tea Towels
Table runners

tote bags
zip pouches
duffel bags
Laptop Sleeves

Device Cases
iPhone cases, skins
Samsung Galaxy cases, skins
Laptop skins

Bath & hand towels
Beach towels
Bath Mats
Shower Curtains

Cushions - Square & rectangular
Wall Clocks
Floor cushions
Wall hangings/tapestries (decorative printed textiles)

Duvet Covers
Sheet Sets

Wall Art
Framed Prints
Unframed giclee prints


Kids Bedroom & Nursery
Play mats
Duvet Covers
Single Bed Sheet Sets
Cot Sheets, Bassinet Sheets
Muslin Swaddle Blankets
Cot & Bassinet Blankets
Cot Quilts/Coverlets
Kids Bed Quilts & Coverlets
Change Mat Covers
Moses Basket & Bassinet Liners
Change Basket Liners

Curtains - Rod pocket or tab top curtains only. 
Throws - muslin, jersey, linen, velvet
Cushions - Square, Round & Rectangular
Floor cushions
Wall hangings (decorative printed textiles)

Tea Towels
Table runners

Other Handmade, No Printing Required: 

Plant Hangers
Wall hangings

Friday, January 19, 2018

Baby Play Mats - Printed in Australia

In my Etsy shop you will find a large collection of round baby play mats or quilted circle rugs for babies... most of these are made from my fabrics printed in the USA by Spoonflower. Here is all the info if you would like one custom made for you from fabric printed in Australia.

Play mats are perfect for tummy time.
Use as an extra layer of padding under the baby play gym.
Roll it up and take it with you when travelling, play dates at grandma's, picnics in the park...
Use as a photo backdrop as your baby grows,
Protect your own bedding when co sleeping,
Play mats are perfect for making a cozy nest in the playroom, reading nook, under the play tent, teepee or baby play gym
They make a beautiful gift and can be a functional & decorative part of the nursery.

➤ Patterned fabric on upper side - featuring my own uniquely illustrated fabric prints.
➤ Coordinating color on reverse in soft homespun cotton (colour may depend on fabric availability but please let me know if you have a colour preference).
➤ Natural linen fabric binding around the edge.
➤ Padded and quilted through all layers with double layer of cotton or cotton bamboo blend quilt wadding.
Play mat thickness approx 6mm.
➤ Made from entirely natural materials. Fabric options are listed below.
➤Machine washable (warm or cold gentle cycle using eco friendly washing powder or detergent)
Line dry, warm iron.

➕ With this listing you are purchasing the play mat featured in the first image only. Toys and other photo props are not included.
Note: Preview images also show other prints and colourways available in my shop.

Approx diameter in centimeters
➤ Small 90cm
➤ Medium 100-110cm
➤ Large 130-136cm

➤ Soft Linen Cotton - durable, beautiful textured fabric, feels soft & warm with a vintage heirloom quality. My illustrated prints look amazing on this fabric.
➤ Cotton Sateen - luxurious cotton with a slight sheen to the surface, beautifully soft & smooth feel.


➤➤➤ Ready to ship in 2-3 weeks when fabric is printed to order in Australia.
I will have the finished order ready to send within 2-4 days of the fabric arriving in my studio (custom printing + shipping fabric to my studio usually takes 10-14 days)

➤➤➤ Shipping within Australia usually takes 2-5 business days

* Please Note: Parcel Post service + Signature on Delivery is standard for all Handmade Nursery item orders. Please provide a suitable shipping address. If you will not be home and able to sign for your parcel it will be taken to the nearest post office for you to collect it from.

➕ Printed Fabric CARE
Machine washable (cold or warm to 30 degrees C. Gentle cycle using mild eco friendly washing powder or detergent)
Line dry, warm iron. Do not bleach. Avoid soaking & scrubbing as this may damage the print.

☽ Includes tracking.
☽ For parcels over 1kg - Prices start at around $45 and can go as high as $110 for tracked delivery to some countries.
>>>> If you would like a shipping cost quote, please get in touch.
>>>> If you would like a local maker to use one of my fabric designs to create something for you then please refer them to me to purchase the fabric supplies they need. Free international shipping applies to all fabric orders placed via my Etsy shop. I hope this is helpful.

ORDER A PLAY MAT  100cm wide

Get in touch for any custom orders!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Your Favourites from 2017

what a year! Now that I've posted my last order before I settle down for a little break over the holidays, I took a moment today to check out what the #2017bestnine have been for Thistle and Fox this year. And here they are:

Swimsuit by Bellapiadesigns using my Gumnuts Ditsy design in Magenta, Mint and Green

That time when everyone thought this was a real bedroom and it turned out to be an amazing dollhouse by Blank Canvas Dollhouses 

my Australiana Fabrics collection

The prettiest baby swaddle blankets! Available in my Etsy shop

The quilt that nearly killed me. Thankfully it turned out more beautiful than I'd hoped for while I was crying and swearing at my sewing machine

that moment I had a glimpse of what it would be like to be insta famous ;)  when I took part in an epic giveaway loop featuring many wonderful Aussie brands and makers. Hosted by Puggle Post

Adorable koala toys handmade with love by Sew Loved Collections

the release of my Sleepy Koala wall banners in my Etsy shop

this stunning baby and the gorgeous floral wrap blanket illustrated with my Antique Rose print - made by & exclusively available via Snuggle Hunny Kids

Have a wonderful holiday! Stay safe, make merry, be creative! See you in 2018

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Australian Custom Printed Fabric

So you're looking for fabrics printed in Australia? For a long time, so was I.
And now I've discovered a fantastic printer located in Melbourne who offer a range of natural fiber fabrics (and a few synthetic fabrics) ideal for many of the items I regularly sew including my cot quilts, play mats and baby blankets. Also available: beautiful cotton Voile ideal for blouses, dresses and lightweight skirts (though you'll need some lining or wear a slip - unless you like to show off your fancy handmade knickers too) Sateen & Poplin are great for dresses too!  Check out the fabric descriptions below. I'll add more pics in coming weeks.

If you would like to order fabric by the metre printed with any of my 1700+ designs, here is the info you need about each fabric type.
These fabrics are now available from my Etsy shop and will soon be available on my website. In the meantime please contact me for custom orders and be sure to include your shipping address if you would like a quote for shipping cost within Australia.

Organic Stretch Jersey

(most similar to Organic Cotton Knit)

Knitted in Melbourne from organically grown and processed cotton, Organic Stretch Jersey is a fantastic wearable and natural stretch fabric. Having Lycra in the fabric provides excellent recovery when the knit is stretched around the body; it also makes wearing tight garments very comfortable. Excellent for apparel the Organic Stretch Jersey makes wonderful, tops, dresses, skirts, Harem pants, leggings, baby clothes and wraps.
Composition: 93% Organic Cotton / 7% Lycra
Printable Width: 140cm
Weight: 200 GSM / 7oz per m
Price $36/m


Poplin, the excellent all-rounder. Poplin is beautiful quality, crisp white and prints like a dream. Perfect for apparel and soft homewares such as quilts, pillowcases and soft toys.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 145cm
Weight: 130 GSM  /  4.6oz per m
Price $36/m



(most similar to Lightweight Cotton)

This is a great base fabric, light in weight and strong in construction. This fabric is perfect for shirts, dresses, tops, and various other design projects.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 130cm
Weight: 75 GSM / 2.6oz per m
Price $34/m



(most similar to Organic Cotton Sateen)

The Sateen weave has a luxe finish, with subtle sheen and a soft hand-feel. This fabric is a beautiful weight for apparel and is a real all-rounder for garments. Suitable for tops, dresses, pants, shorts and skirts that you want to look extra special. Being a luxe fabric the sateen works beautifully in the bedroom and makes great pillowcases, and soft cushions and toys for the bed.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 130cm
Weight: 162 GSM / 5.7oz per m
Price $34/m




(most similar to Light Cotton Twill)

Our wide width Twill is a tightly woven fabric, which is strong in construction yet soft in texture. Our Twill is a mid-weight not too heavy and not too light. Excellent for shirts, pants, shorts, skirts, structured dresses, tote bags, accessories and many homewares applications such as throws and cushions.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 145cm
Weight: 167 GSM / 5.9oz per m
Price $38/m



(most similar to Linen Cotton Canvas)

The Soho base fabric provides the beautiful texture of Linen, with all the durability characteristics of Cotton; blended together they make the perfect mix. The Soho has a beautiful slightly open weave, yet a smooth finish. The versatile fabric and fibre combination makes it excellent for a large variety of textile applications in both apparel and home. Perfect for making tops, skirts and dresses, as well as cushions, curtains and wall hangings.
Composition: Cotton / Linen
Printable Width: 138cm
Weight: 228 GSM / 8oz per m
Price $38/m


Panama Canvas


(most similar to Heavy Cotton Twill)

Our Panama Canvas is a strong durable fabric that provides excellent colour reproduction. Being a crisp white makes it the perfect fabric to handle beautiful prints. This versatile fabric is excellent for use in the home for cushions, banners, curtains, domestic upholstery, play mats and other home applications. For accessories you can’t go past the Panama Canvas, it is excellent for backpacks, beach bags and totes. A popular fabric among our artist friends, it is perfect for stretching over frames.
Composition: Cotton
Printable Width: 145cm
Weight: 309 GSM / 10.9oz per m
Price $40/m



(similar to Eco Canvas)

The Hampton fabric has been woven to replicate the textural characteristics of linen. With a slightly open weave Hampton provides a luxurious look for an interior textile. The textile is suitable for domestic and commercial applications. With a smooth hand feel and lovely drape this Polyester is suitable for a variety of uses such as cushions, tablecloths, napery, aprons, bags, accessories and upholstery, occasional outdoor use and for use under patios. Please click fabric care for commercial grading.
Composition: Polyester
Printable Width: 135cm
Weight: 248 GSM / 8.7oz per m
Price $40/m

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Modern Woodland Nursery, Gender Neutral fabric and wallpaper

Earlier today I posted a preview of one of my new nursery print collections: Natural Nursery, Fawn Meadow Collection.

Shop for these fabric and wallpaper prints via my Spoonflower shop, order from my Etsy shop (with free shipping) or visit my website to ask me about customizing these designs to fit your home decor project