The ultimate souvenir fabric

Followers on Instagram will have seen that I created some fabric from a photograph of a rock I took on our recent holiday to Broome [later add: I was inspired by the magnificent fabric that Meggipeg created from one of her mother’s paintings]. Because of the colours, I found that I am well camouflaged against the rocks in Coalseam Conservation Park where we visited a couple of weeks ago to look at the wildflowers.


This is the photograph I used. It is a rock at Gantheaume Point in Broome, most famous for having dinosaur prints in the rocks. This isn’t one of those famous rocks, but I was taken with the colours; I love the pink and the ochre and would never have thought of combining the two.

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I did some cropping and then used the mirror feature to create the fabric, which I had printed at Spoonflower.

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I ordered a yard (why only a yard?) of the organic cotton knit ultra, which luckily had a bit of stretch as I had no idea what to do with this. Unfortunately, the logical way to use the pattern was the opposite way to the stretch, which caused me a bit of head scratching. I have to admit that I had no idea how this fabric would turn out and was quite surprised at how defined the pattern was. You can see that there is a strong pattern to the right hand side and a slightly less strong pattern to the left of it. This left me with a bit of a conundrum. I needed to feature those two patterns and they were close together. I thought about a skirt, but it didn’t work, and then I went to my old standby the Deer & Doe Plantain. I redrew the pattern so that I could lay the whole front and back on the single layer of fabric, lining up the pattern and top and tailing the front and back so that I could fit them on.

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I had just enough at the top of each piece to get a short sleeve out, centreing the pattern. Of course, I should have sized up as the stretch is less than I would normally use for this pattern, but hey ho, it worked – sort of!

I’ve got to say that I’ve learned a lot from this little exercise, and will do it again, with a great deal more editing before I get the fabric printed. I will also have a much better idea about what I want to make from the fabric before I order it, but I’m not regretting getting this piece printed (and another, different, piece, yet to be made) as I really like this top.

Every time I look at it I get lost in the pattern. I’m not sure if it was our recent attendance at Aladdin the musical (compliments of Tom and Bridgette), but I can see genies, and all sorts of wizard like characters in this fabric. Some of the faces do weird me out a little…


Please excuse the hair in these photos – I had a swim and then parked a hat on my wet hair, which is not ideal!

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I think this is a lovely way to get souvenir fabric. It is unique to me and is a really nice source of conversation. We were in the Geraldton Art Gallery (fascinating video on Morse Code showing there) and someone admired it. I’m sure they regretted commenting as I launched into a description of where it came from!

After a few wears, I have decided that the front neckline is too high so I’ve unpicked the whole thing and lowered it.





37 thoughts on “The ultimate souvenir fabric

  1. Wow. What a wonderful way to create a design for printing on fabric. This is the best Spoonflower print I have seen.

  2. this is great! ……and I am Happy to see that Spoonflower now has also a factory in Berlin. Good for European fabricfreaks

  3. What a great idea! I might have to copy it!:) your tee looks great, the pattern placement is perfect and this is such a clever and lovely souvenir! Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. You are getting more and more creative every day! Wonderful to see. I expect you to make something special for our Xmas party! There’s a challenge for you but I don’t think a very difficult one.

  5. This turned out really beautifully. It is difficult to see the original photo with the mirroring, but the patterns and colours are gorgeous. I look forward to seeing what else you are going to make with your prints.

  6. I had seen your tee on IG but hadn’t had a chance to read your blogpost. What a fascinating process! Your print turned out amazing, Sue xxx

    1. Thank you so much Hélène, I am so pleased with this tee shirt, and I’ve since lowered the front neck and it is much better. Now I just need some warm weather!

  7. Such a fabulous idea and way to really capture wonderful memories. Your tee is just fabulous! Love the fabric placement and how you had the print printed. 🙂

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