50% Off nicoledobbins Fat Quarters | A 10y Financial Report from a Spoonflower Fabric Designer

Save 50% on Fat Quarters until 9PM today This collection of fabrics is where you can find all of my existing print patterns and DIY craft kits that will print well as a fat quarter. Beginners: a FQ is a quarter-yard of fabric, varying in dimension depending on width of material purchased. Terms at the bottom of this article. Independent Surface Design for Over 10 Years Explosive growth in earnings charted correlates with major marketplace API integration despite little-to-no attention to personal promotion on the artist's part and infrequent design releases. I also discovered while writing this (in 2021) that one of my blue-and-green Seattle themed fabric designs was featured in Spoonflower's blog in 2016. Very cool! Click here to see my Seattle collection Implementation of the Fill-A-Yard™ feature encouraged a sharp increase in design file uploads with the newfound ease of design catalog growth accounting for the equally sharp increase in my earnings until 2019. In this way we see how a pay-to-play market puts a chokehold on entrepreneurs, and how facilitating marketplace access for independents benefits the supply chain instead of limiting its growth by upholding traditional business practices. Fill-A-Yard™ featuring nicoledobbins Collection: Gingerbread Cookies 2017 Everything was going great, so what happened to reduce earnings between 2018 and 2019? Sprout Patterns Closed Announced November 2018 Sprout Patterns failed due to the availability of other print-on-demand garment manufacturers that had a better developed structure at less cost and with better integration. Spoonflower seems at this moment uninterested in pursuing that venue again, so I moved my cut-and-sew operations to ArtofWhere, in Montreal, which integrates with my website. Where Spoonflower continues to lack, is in integration. While writing this article, I came across a bug where the widget builder doesn't work with Collections anymore, and javascript won't work with WYSIWYG web builders like Wix and Wordpress anyway. Spoonflower integrates directly with the marketplaces, cutting access off from designers on their platform, where I can go go Gooten and Printful and earn more commission per sale with less effort. IMO, Spoonflower needs a UX update. It doesn't appear to be on the horizon though, so that's why you won't find fabric listed on my website. It's very difficult to promote your work when the platform provides no support. If it were easier to promote this system, I'd spend more time uploading new designs. Instead I migrated to other POD sites, like other surface pattern designers ought to do to diversify their offerings. This doesn't appear to have slowed Spoonflower's progress however, because of the gains seen during the COVID pandemic when everyone started sewing masks and staying at home with more time to craft. I just hope they consider the usability impact of greater integration and display features. Designers have zero control over how their own products are displayed or positioned on items, or which items their patterns don't even work with, so we end up with our names displayed all over keyword search results with horrific product mockups we didn't make, and which don't reflect our brands. Or they're displayed on products which don't exist anymore, like these gaiters. In conclusion, go buy stuff from me, and help multiple small businesses. Empower creative independents and you boom an entire industry. We're destabilizing Fast Fashion by bringing environmentally friendly options to the textile industry, and bringing jobs back to North America. Give us more control over the design process and more access to digital marketplaces and watch your own business thrive. DIY culture is coming for you. Spoonflower Promo Details (fine print)

50% Off nicoledobbins Fat Quarters | A 10y Financial Report from a Spoonflower Fabric Designer