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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fabric Design: The Completed Portfolio

Now that I've shared my fabric designs with you, I want to finally show off my handmade portfolio! I'm really proud of this project as it was the culmination of months of work designing, printing, cutting, and assembling. I ordered fat quarters of two of my "Up and Away" designs from Spoonflower. I had just barely enough to cover the two portfolios. Since I completed this project as part of an independent studies class, I was able to print out and trim the pages at the school and use their mat cutter for the book board, which was great!

Here's the outside of one of the copies. I made two of them just in case, which was helpful because I got to practice putting one together first before I made the second.

The title page. I also printed some paper with a coordinating design to use for the inside covers.

The table of contents and "About Me" page.

I designed a title page for each collection and then a sampling of the designs in two colorways.

I created mock ups in Photoshop to show what they would look like on products and also added some swatches of the fabrics that I had ordered on Spoonflower.

The great thing is that the screws that bind it together can easily be removed so I can add new pages later on and add more collections to the portfolio.

I inverted the fabrics for the second copy of the portfolio:

You can flip through the digital version below:

I learned how to make repeating patterns on Illustrator and to design a cohesive collection with Bonnie Forkner's classes on Skillshare. I designed these as part of a workshop she held on Skillshare where she walked a group of students through designing focal point fabrics. If you'd like to check out any of of Bonnie's Skillshare classes, here are the links to them:

Design and Bind Your Own Creative Portfolio
(this is the one where she shows you how to put together a portfolio like this) 

And, if you're interested, these fabrics are all available in my Spoonflower shop!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. So cool! Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is AMAZING Melissa, oh my gosh! Your designs and the portfolio itself… I could just stare at everything for hours. Excellent work!

  3. Oh my goodness, this is AMAZING!! What wonderful talents you have! First sewing and also this. Congratulations on all your hard work 😀

  4. Wow, Melissa! This is so awesome! You are so talented and really have an eye for design.