Having plans to design or reorganise your creative desk at home? We like! Because we all know that as a creative, illustrator or designer your favourite spot is of course: your own desk. That’s why we thought it would be a perfect idea to start this second theme with the Creative Desk as inspiration. Because this place needs inspiration, fun DIY’s and fine patterns as well. You sit, eat and probably spend the night there very often. So it has to look cozy!
This month we will have another interview with a designer, we share two (!) DIY’s and we’ll tell you more about the Cotton Basic fabric from Motiflow.
Creatieve Desk Ideas
To start right away with a fresh eye-catcher we chose the pattern 'Tropical Twigs' made by IsaBella as wallpaper. The print isn’t too heavy, but does have the green tints we like so much. It doesn’t matter if you choose a Chinese fig or a botanical pattern, green is always a good choice for your workspace! Of course an inspiration board can’t be missed. Choose a peg board, so you can use it for multiple purposes: hanging, stuffing or creating more space on your desk by adding a shelf. For example you can put hooks in it to add (your own) fabrics, collect inspirational cards or hang up your handy gear, like a scissor. Much more fun that a digital board, right?! The sewing machine is ready for use and furthermore there lies material everywhere. Because a creative desk is never fully cleaned. There are ideas ready to be picked up everywhere.
For the theme Creative Desk we chose two easy and fun DIY’s. You can spot them on the photo’s in this article.. have an idea already? The first DIY for the creative desk will be up on the blog next week!
Because after all we are creative bloggers, we collected a lot of inspiration for creating and designing your own creative desk!
How cool would it be to tune up your chair by putting a pillow on it (printed with your own pattern or logo), or even cover your chair with a nice print? You can also fold some fabric around a simple pinbord, so you see a nice print instead of cork. That immediately brings us another idea: a DIY textile poster. To be continued..
Done and dusted!
Enough storing space is necessary. For all that stuff laying around, those 50 rolls of washi tape and yarn you can make fabric boxes. The Cotton Basic is made of 100% cotton and perfect for making boxes. Or make a fabric cactus as a pinhole for all your pins and needles!
Furthermore you can also make an awesome book cover for your agenda, notebook or photobook with the Cotton Basic fabric. How cool would it be to adjust the pattern to the photo’s in the album? For example if it was a sunny vacation at a beach with lots of palm trees, you can choose a palm tree print and cover your photobook with it. This way you will never forget which photo’s are in which book, without a boring label!
Got excited about making these DIY’s? Have a look at our new Pinterest board “Creative Desk Ideas” and share the result with #DIYmotiflow. And stay tuned for this blog, because this month we will share two DIY’s for upgrading your workspace!
The Cotton Basic fabric is a high-quality fabric made of 100% cotton. Cotton fiber is strong and tough and therefore our Cotton Basic has a stable reputation (138 grams). Ideal for making an etui or a book cover. Cotton Basic is also often used for quilting, home decor like pillows or bags. In the two coming DIY’s we don’t make clothing with the Cotton Basic, but it is suitable for clothing as well. Cotton feels comfortable on the skin and many people prefer wearing cotton clothing. You can rely on it to last a long time, because it’s a fabric that’s in it for the long haul!
Cotton Basic is just like most fabrics from Motiflow available on 50, 100 and 150 cm width. Machine wash at maximal 40℃. Our advice is to air-dry fabric and to not put it in a dryer. Sometimes it’s necessary to iron the fabric after all your creative stitching and cutting. If required, iron using standard settings with the printed side down for best results.
50 cm: € 7,99 per meter
100 cm: € 14,99 per meter
150 cm: € 19,99 per meter
Get on it!
After you ordered your fabric (maybe with your own print?), it will be printed especially for you. You will receive the fabric within 7-9 workdays. We can understand you want to start right-away with a DIY. But maybe it’s a good thing to know something more about the Cotton Basic? How does it go with sewing? Are there benefits or things to take into account? Of course we tested the fabric for you, so we summed up our ‘findings’!
The Cotton Basic is a strong fabric, which makes it very steady. Therefore it works very easy with the sewing machine. So if this is your first sewing project, we assure you, you can do this! Make sure the fabric is smooth when you start sewing, so if necessary you can iron it before starting.
Because the fabric is thin, it can be a bit transparent if you have a pattern with lots of white parts. So if you don’t want people to see certain stuff in your etui, you can use a lining. We also did this for the etui!
Is the fabric more stiff than another Cotton Basic you have? This depends on the print, so the quantity of inkt. If you have chosen a full-colour pattern, the fabric will be a little more stiff. If you need it to be softer, one wash will do the trick!
Finally, cotton is a nature product, so the edges can unravel a bit. Motiflow cuts the fabric with a laser, therefore you will have almost none threads when you receive the fabric But when you start to cut the fabric, eventually it will unravel a little. So always fringe the fabric! It also looks neat and waaaay more luxurious.
As you can see we prefer working on our desk or downstairs at the kitchen table. What’s your favourite workplace? At your own, comfy desk or maybe somewhere else? Let us know, we are curious!
Have you experienced some findings yourself with the cotton fabric? Let us know, so we can update this blog with more tips!
As you can see we prefer working on our desk or downstairs at the kitchen table. What’s your favorite workplace? At your own, comfy desk or maybe somewhere else? Let us know, we are curious!
Concept, Photography & Styling: Team Motiflowblog