Part 3: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “Counting the Cost”

When I first took a look at the prices on Spoonflower.com I thought that they were a bit out of my price range but when I reconsidered I understood that the price also includes the fact that they are printing a unique fabric rather than a mass produced one. True you could order a whole bolt of fabric and furnish your entire house with curtains and cushions & ‘thows’ and recover all the lounge chair/couches etc so in a way you have tapped into the mass production capabilities. Plus according to the Spoonflower information if you order more than a certain number of yards of fabric the cost per yard is calculated at a reduced price. Then there is also a discounted rate if you are a designer who wants to sell the fabric (i.e. they require that you purchase a test print fabric of each design).

The fabric types I was most interested in were firstly the cheaper ones…..I rarely spend more than $9 -$15 per metre on fabric unless it is a Faux Fur where I try to purchase it on special e.g. reduced from $35 -$40 down to a more reasonable and affordable price.

I was most interested in the Basic Cotton & the Kona Cotton plus the heavier weight fabrics such as the Twill and the Cotton Canvas.

Note: I have added the other weights to the Spoonflower information as a comparison.

Spoonflower.com Basic Combed Cotton:
$17.50 per yard or $1.67 per square foot ($15.75 per yard with designer discount)
100% combed cotton fabric, made from ring-spun yarn
• 42″ (107 cm) wide printable area
• 3.2 oz (90.718 g) per square yard
• Thread count: 78 x 76
• Estimated shrinkage: 3.5% in length and 2% in width

Spoonflower.com Kona® Cotton:
$18.00 per yard or $1.71 per square foot ($16.20 with designer discount)
100% cotton Premium Quilting Weight
• 42″ (107 cm) wide printable area
• 4.5 oz (127.57 g) per square yard
• Thread count: 60 x 60
• Estimated shrinkage: 2% in length and 3% in width

Spoonflower.com Heavy Cotton Twill:
$32.00 per yard or $2.21 per square foot ($28.80 with designer discount)

Sturdy 100% cotton twill with an optic white finish.
• 58″ (147 cm) wide printable area
• 7.2 oz (204.12 g) per square yard
• Thread count: 112 x 53
• Estimated shrinkage: 5% in length and 0.5% in width

Spoonflower.com Linen-Cotton Canvas:
$27 per yard or $2.00 per square foot ($24.30 with designer discount)

Light-weight canvas woven from 55% linen and 45% combed cotton.
• 54″ (137 cm) wide printable area
• 6.2 oz (175.77 g) per square yard
• Thread count: 100 x 48
• Estimated shrinkage: 3% in length and minimal in width.
• Natural white [Spoonflower Notes that: “We have observed that the material may appear slightly cream colored prior to washing.”]

Would you believe it? As a part of the process of writing this information up I have noticed that there are extra fabrics in the list that don’t come in the sample pack and I had never noticed them before but there are no photos in the section devoted to what you can print!!!!!!

Faux Suede!!!!! Are you serious….I never noticed that before…. okay now I am getting excited…..this has potential!!!!!!!!!
Faux Suede $34.00 per yard or $2.52 per square foot
But first I need to compare these prices with those of Frankie and Swiss! There isn’t time to upload and have fabric sent all the way from the USA & there may not even be time to have it sent from Melbourne Australia to me!!!

Frankieandswiss.com.au The Cotton:  
$58 per metre or $48 per metre for orders of 6 metres and over

100% cotton Fibre
• 140cm (55”) printable width
• Weight 135g (4.76 oz) per sm NB presumably = square metre
• White Base
Frankieandswiss.com.au The Belgian Cotton/Linen:
$80 per metre or $70 per metre for orders of 6 metres and over

55% linen 45% cotton
• 140cm (55”) printable width
• Weight 260g (9.2 oz) per sm NB presumably = square metre
• Off White Base
Frankieandswiss.com.au The Cotton Drill:
$58 per metre or $55 per metre for orders of 6 metres and over

100% cotton drill
• 140cm (55”) printable width
• Weight 200g (7.05 oz) per sm NB presumably = square metre
• White Base
Frankieandswiss.com.au The Cotton Canvas:
$75 per metre or $65 per metre for orders of 6 metres and over

100% cotton
• 142cm (56”) printable width
• Weight 295g (10.4 oz) per sm NB presumably = square metre
• White Base

Have I forgotten anything? Not sure….

There are lots of helpful articles available on Spoonflower too.

Plus specific information about the costs on Spoonflower here

BTW both businesses mention extra costs that are incurred if you want to speed up the turn-around time between uploading and the fabric arriving in the mail. As I couldn’t afford the extra expense I haven’t listed that information here so maybe if you’d like to know more general information you can check both web sites out for yourself! Spoonflower.com Frankieandswiss.com.au
I’m looking forward to completing my next topic in the series which is half done at the moment!

Stay tuned for……Part 4: Custom Fabric Aspirations: “Creating the Design”

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