Inspiration is at the heart of every DIY project. Zazzle's custom fabrics are uniquely designed by and to inspire you. The high quality fabrics are fully customisable and printed on demand with eco friendly inks, creating fabrics that are perfect for any project.

Zazzle give you a choice of seven different fabric types. Luckily for us, the cheapest option is the most suitable for general patchwork or applique work. If you want to use your custom fabric for a home decoration project, you can have your design printed on poplin, twill or even linen.

The first thing you need to do is create a design or find a suitable photograph. There are many different ways to create a design using your computer, and I'm not going to go into detail on those, but it is easy for anyone to create fabric using a photo. 

First select your photo. If you're happy with the whole image as it is, that's great. You will be able to create some interesting fabric just by using the different tiling options within Zazzle's custom fabric tool. Most of the designs we had printed were full photo designs. It might be that you need to crop your photo or edit your photo, it helps if the main focus of your design is completely contained within your image, but it's not the end of the world if it isn't. I had to stretch and crop one of my photos, and I would have liked to remove the background, but my photoshop skills weren't up to the task (it was too fiddly for me), and I'm happy with the way it turned out.


The photo I used today was this one, which at first glance is a shocker! This is a model of the Eiffel tower which Daisy made for homework this weekend. I promise you, by the end of the article it will look great! First I used photoshop to remove the background, and then I uploaded it to Zazzle.


Now the fun begins. You can choose different tile arrangements, brick, half brick, half drop and mirror. I chose to treat all the white in my image as transparent and added an orange background, using a brick repeat of the image. Even at this stage, I'm quite happy with my choice. Then I changed the size of my image to tile and used a half brick tile on a teal background. I then tried a half drop on orange. There are lots of options to choose from, I didn't test every single one, but you quickly find what works best in general for your image, and then keep tweaking it until you're happy.. 

You can have even more fun if you add a second image. Look what happened when I added a second image of an old map of Paris.

I've spent nearly a whole morning playing with Zazzle custom fabric printing online. It is great fun, and very easy to use, but the best way to experiment with it is to have a go yourself.  The fabric is a little bit expensive, but the quality is really very good, and I personally think the process is so enjoyable, it's worth it. If you'd like to try it out, you can buy a 9in square swatch of combed cotton for £5.75 plus P&P, or a FQ for £11.95. Yardage is £26.95, but it's worth remembering that this is 56" wide fabric, so although it does seem a lot, you're getting a generous quantity of your custom design for your money.