Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Lookbook: Boys Fantasy - New Trends Fabric Collection



Every year we make over a thousand new pattern designs and we noticed there is a mayor dis-balance when it comes to girl vs boy prints. The majority of licensed designs are Gender neutrals and more girly print designs. 70% of all our designs are girly prints and licensed for kids fashion and accessories and baby nursery textiles and home decor.

Since there is so much demand for girls, we realized it was about time to add some cool boy prints to our collection. We realized we needed to upgrade our selection of boy prints and wanted to show you this new collection of designs. Perfect for kids swimwear, fashion items, and fabric. And we’d love to see them in those tiny human bedrooms too. Those palm leaves make a great wallpaper, right?

This collection was sent out as an exclusive set of designs are is now available to license both exclusively or non-exclusively. We just released our latest print designs are all of these are now available to either license as a collection or you can license single prints if there’s just one that catches your eye. Wanna license print designs for your business? Please send us a message. We’ve also put some more info about licensing on our blog earlier this year, so if you’d like to read more about that and check out if licensing could be something for you read the blog post and find out step-by-step what you need to keep in mind before licensing print designs. Any questions? We’re happy to help. Just reach out!

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Monday, July 8, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // Strawberry Summer



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our Strawberries that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

De Campus // Boulder Gym Accessories




As most of you might have noticed already while following Maaike on Instagram, she has gotten herself a new hobby. The past year she discovered climbing and has been bouldering in a local boulder gym in The Hague. Since she is having some insiders there, they asked us to create some party gear for their kids birthday parties and events.

Graphic design is not really part of our main business anymore but for this time obviously, she couldn’t say no. De Campus is a place that also makes an awesome birthday outie for kids. For these festive occasions, they needed a little stash of party stuff. So we created some cool placemats, flags, and a fun table cloth to dress us those birthday party tables.

The table cloth was made with a climbing wall print that is also available on fabric in our Spoonflower shop. The backdrop of this print is in the typical wooden color most climbing gym walls are made out of plywood. And these colors make the table cloth not too crazy patterned. For the placemats, that are also used for other occasions we used one of Maaike's photographs. They make a perfect and colorful abstract visual. The outdoor flags are designed in the typical De Campus blue tones with some subtle geometrics shapes underneath the white contrasting logo. It’s a fun result, right?

If you’d like to find out what it is we can do for your business, please send us a message.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Lookbook: Inky Fall - New Trends Fabric Collection



For our quarterly exclusive mailing, we sent our 6 brand new design collections. We wanted to put a spotlight on our new Inky Fall collection which was inspired by the raw organic texture in nature. We’ve created a collection that contains florals, leaves and abstracts.

Nature is Maaike's go-to source of inspiration and every year there's another batch of designs coming from her hands that is perfect for clothes and home decor. Our fall prints are used for wallpaper, woman's clothing and numerous fashion accessories worldwide. This collection is made to add a little color to those fall collections. These designs are available in our Spoonflower shop and available to license if you're interested in using those for your own production.

This set of designs is available to license as a complete set, but you can also license single designs non-exclusively. We’ve used current color palettes, we combined bright color pops and muted tones to create a one-of-a-kind free shaped wanderlust pattern. If you’d like to license any of these designs but need them in different colors, we’re happy to customize them on request. Just reach out and send us a message if you’d like to know more about licensing these Inky Fall prints.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Yoga leggings, climbing tees & trendy weekender bags // Top 5 fave Society6 items



When I first started my business I was looking for ways to earn a passive income, next to the custom designs I made, I had lot's of non-exclusive designs piling up on my computer. Back in the day when I was working as a graphic designer, making magazines publishers and flyers for medical organizations and seminars I missed being creative so much I started making illustrations I could sell through Shutterstock. For years this has been a great way to earn some passive income and monetize my creations.

6 years ago I started working for Society6, where I could print my designs on woman's accessories and home decor items. Back then it was a great way to have some customized sample items made from my print designs. But it has been a great way of earning a passive income too. I loved seeing customers images pop up in our feed. Society6 has a broad range of products and is still growing its product line. The past year they also added furniture to their shop. My fave items must be their apparel. Their spandex leggings are perfect for a climbing sesh or for practicing yoga, I always take one with me while I'm traveling. They're so comfy! Their print-all-over tees are amazing too. I am not the handiest person and after spending €2000 on sewing lessons I realized; this is not for me. So whenever I have a cool print I'd love to have as a t-shirt, I just order one here.



We love Society6 products. They are responsibly produced, durable and high quality. Their bags and clutches are perfect travel accessories. They're apparel make great sports and leisure wear. And all print designs are also available for the home like wall art, pillowcases, tapestries, furniture, shower curtains, and bedroom textiles. We're big fans! So if you like what you see here stop by and check out all the products they have available in our Society6 shop.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Lookbook: Raw Minimal Animals - New Trends Fabric Collection



For our quarterly exclusive mailing, we sent our 6 brand new designs collections. We wanted to put a spotlight on our new Raw Minimal collection which was inspired by the raw organic texture in nature. We’ve created a collection that contains 4 abstract animals prints.

As you might know already, the animal print is trending. You can see the leopard and panthers pop up in fashion all over the US and Europe. And since we are always studying trend waves we’ve merged these upcoming trends into a selection of new designs.

This set of designs is available to license as a set, but you can also license single designs non-exclusively. We’ve used current color palettes, we combined bright color pops and muted tones to create a one-of-a-kind free shape pattern. If you’d like to license any of these designs but need them in different colors, we’re happy to customize them on request. Just reach out and send us a message if you’d like to know more about licensing these Raw Minimals.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Made with Little Smilemakers Studio Fabric // Top 5 June 2019




It is so exciting to see a finished project after working hard on a new collection of designs, or a series of illustrations for our clients. But with finished fabric designs it is even a bigger surprise to see what customers create. To see how final products evolve when people put their own creative energy in there is amazing.

If you browse around on Etsy or if you check Instagram for some kids fashion you are very likely to stumble upon some Little Smilemakers prints. Most creatives that use our fabrics have small home-based businesses and sell their projects online and tag us via Instagram. But there are also some bigger fish out they're using our Spoonflower designs for their business. So we see some amazing things pop up in our feed every month. We love how Little Smilemakers creations are the foundation for other creatives all around the world to work with. So here is our monthly blog post that features some creative results from Spain, the United States, UK, and Canada. This month we selected a whole bunch of favorite fabrics turned into the most gorgeous items. Kids fashion, nursery accessories and home and interior decoration, so much to choose from! We have selected some cool nursery textiles, kids swimwear and socks, we selected some new bags and purses you’re going to love! Take a look and see if there is something for you too. Have a look and enjoy our June selection.





1 // Wally + Ollie Clothing
We were tagged in some amazing cute swim pieces by Walton who runs a small business from her home in Jacksonville Florida. We love what she created with our copper rainbow design. This print is perfect for neutral creations and she turned them into girly bikinis and swim shorts for boys too. The bananas have been our surface pattern summer hot seller over at Spoonflower this year. They make a cute contrast with the darker western inspired designs she has in her shop. We love the images for these new pieces and couldn’t resist sharing them for this blog post. Take a look in their shop if you’d like to see more of what she creates.


2 // Bertie Rose
This little shop was founded by Helen who’s based in Manchester who makes eco-friendly and on-trend lifestyle products. She mixes retro, Nordic and abstract designs and we love her fun pouches, planters, and make-up bags so we wanted to spotlight her small business in our monthly Made-with post. Our zigzag print was used for these gorgeous items, but there are many more fun prints to choose from. So take a look in her shop to browse all home decor and fashion accessories.


3 // Raw Sox
We always wanted to make socks and we’re still looking for a sock partner in crime to collab with. But we can finally add some socks to our portfolio, even though it’s not a licensed design, this is the next best thing right? We love what Raw Sox created with our ziggy zag monochrome print design. This Spanish brand, based in Madrid creates socks that are a mix of illustrations, patterns, and photography and they’re truly unique. We just wanted to share these summer pieces to you guys. Our design mixed with some tropical vibes. Curious to see more? Check their webshop for more one-of-a-kind socks.


4 // Peaks and Valleys Baby
Shaele is a mom of four and was looking for unique blankets and sheets for her baby which she had a hard time with finding. So she made them herself. She decided to offer her skills to friends, looking for a cute nursery gift and so her shop was born. Now here shop has matured into a beautiful place to shop newborn textiles, all eco-friendly and certified. Her style is fresh, clean, with a touch of boho. For this months post, we selected her monochrome fitted sheets and blankets. Perfect for the neutral nursery. Curious to see more? Check her shop for all nursery textiles.


5 // Burst Into Bloom
Leah, who’s based in Michigan, is the founder of this hand waxes canvas bags and accessories shop. For this month we selected our galaxy design she created some wonderful items with. Most of her designs are flower & botanical-themed designs so we are very happy to see she found one of our designs, which is very different from the rest of her collection, to be suitable for her fun creations. We love her florals and lush botanical collection and are honored to see our designs in her newest collection too. Take a look in their shop for all boho prints and accessories.

Monday, June 10, 2019

License our surface designs // Zebra Love



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our Zebra Love prints that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Minky Couture // New range of kids blankets



A year ago we were contacted Kristine who was interested in licensing a whole bunch of our kids designs to use for her Minky company. Minky couture was established back in 2009 and is based in Utah. Minky Couture focusses on creating minky products and they carry a large collection of super soft blankets in their online shop and also sell their products in local shops.

What I love about their products is that these blankets are available in different sizes. From babies to grannies, there is something suitable for all peeps. They also have lot’s of prints to choose from so they serve a broad audience here. You can even customize your blanket, how perfect is that? We were very happy to see the result from our collab sent to our inbox. Such beautiful images. We love how the bunnies, hedgehogs and sloths make a perfect gender neutral set. We licensed our blue and pink clouds too, to get things gender specific, perfect for when you need a baby shower gift or when you’re expecting. Or just order one for yourself. You can never have enough soft blankets in your home. You know I’m right! Cuddle up in these on those cold winter nights, or use them during summer nights out on the porch.

We are pretty happy about the result and we’re waiting to receive our own batch of samples delivered to our doorstep tomorrow. Can't wait to feel those soft fabrics ourselves! If you’d like to win one of these blankies go to our website and sign up to our newsletter. Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of one of these cool minky blankets.



If you are interested in licensing our designs for your business and wanna find out what we can do for you? Please, send us a message and let’s chat! We’ve also written a short step by step guide for you if you are a little shy and new in the business.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Top 5 Best Selling Woman's Accessories // Daily Objects



When I first started my business I was looking for ways to earn a passive income, next to the custom designs I made, I had lot's of non-exclusive designs piling up on my computer. Back in the day when I was working as a graphic designer, making magazines publishers and flyers for medical organizations and seminars I missed being creative so much I started making illustrations I could sell through Shutterstock. For years this has been a great way to earn some passive income and monetize my creations.

5 years ago, when I just got back from a trip to India I was contacted by an Indian company, asking me if they could chat about collaborating with them. Back then Daily Objects was mainly focussed on creating tech accessories like mobile phone cases and laptop sleeves. I turned the memories of my travels to India into print designs and started selling my designs on their website.

Years later Daily Objects now is one of the most popular places to find tech accessories. But they have also extended their range of products. You can find not only tech-related products in their webshop, but also office supplies, (we loooove their notebooks!) woman's accessories like handbags and purses, and we love their range of leather items. Every season we send on new designs and we love to see those customer images pop up in our feed. We wanted to show you some of our fave items here on the blog.

Featured here you can find our top 5 fave items over at Daily Objects.
Movie Lovers // Big Shopper
Stay Rude // iPhone Case
Monochrome Pineapple // Laptop Sleeve
Love and Lovers // Clutch
Rickshaws // Shoulder Bag

Most of the designs used for these products are also available for licensing and available in our Spoonflower shop. On both wallpaper and fabric. So if you see something you like and want to start your own creative project take a look at our Spoonflower shop. For all items featured here please visit the Daily Objects shop. Daily Objects works directly with artists from all around the world. So every sale someone is doing a happy dance.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Made with Little Smilemakers Studio Fabric // Top 5 May 2019



It is so exciting to see a finished project after working hard on a new collection of designs, or a series of illustrations for our clients. But with finished fabric designs it is even a bigger surprise to see what customers create. To see how final products evolve when people put their own creative energy in there is amazing.

If you browse around on Etsy or if you check Instagram for some kids fashion you are very likely to stumble upon some Little Smilemakers prints. Most creatives that use our fabrics have small home-based businesses and sell their projects online and tag us via Instagram. But there are also some bigger fish out they're using our Spoonflower designs for their business. So we see some amazing things pop up in our feed every month. We love how Little Smilemakers creations are the foundation for other creatives all around the world to work with. So here is our monthly blog post that features some creative results from Poland, the United States, UK and Canada. This month we selected a whole bunch of favorite fabrics turned into the most gorgeous items. Kids fashion, nursery accessories and home and interior decoration, so much to choose from! We have selected some cool pet accessories, dog leashes and cat collars, we selected some new nursery pieces and some other fashion items you’re going to love! Take a look and see if there is something for you too. Those dog items sure make a cool gift! Have a look and enjoy our May selection.

1 // Monsters and Co.
For this month ‘Made with Spoonflower fabric’ post, we selected two adorable on-trend bow-ties. Abby is a real animal nut and has 5adorable pets who inspired her to start her own business. She started out in her living room creating accessories for her own pets and it became an obsession. We love her colorful style and we wanted to feature some of the new animal prints she just launched on her website this month. We love how these fun bow-ties turned out. How cool are these for your pup? She also has some cool bandanas available that fit your cat. So cool! We’re excited to know there’s even more to come! All her items are made from eco-conscious fabric and handmade in London. Take a look into her shop for more fun pet pieces.

2 // Fog + Fern
Kristy was born and raised on Vancouver Island, this might be why her collections are so full of raw nature-inspired prints. She’s been using our fabric for a while now and we just saw her beautiful new cacti leggings pop up in our Instagram feed. We just had to share these beautiful images of this rusty color piece, showed by the most adorable little girls. Such wonderful images! The rusty color and the minty blue, sooooo satisfying! Wanna see more of Kristi’s creations? Check her website and see all leggings, onesies, tees, beanies and also adult apparel. Enjoy and leave a comment below and tell us what you think!



3 // Gray & Hound
We love Nyah's shop that’s based in Oregon. We love her outdoor adventurous style. Ever since she opened up her webshop things took off rapidly and we love seeing a small business grow. For her winter collection, she selected some of our most fave prints and we love how our foxes turned out on her trendy, high-quality products. So here is a little shout out to this wonderful shop for pup lovers. Wanna get your hands on one of her handmade doggie pieces? Looking for some on-trend dog leashes or score some cute dog collars, this is the place! Take a look in her shop, where she offers our most popular fox designs on her pet items.

4 // Poppy + Ted
We love the story of Paige, who started her webshop simply because she loves sewing and creating. Teddy is her model sidekick, the Frenchie part of the team, and her business was named after both her niece and this furry colleague/friend. Her dog accessories, leashes, collars, and harnesses have become a great hit and it is awesome to see her small business growing. Paige has a soft spot for animal prints and used a whole bunch of our leopard designs for her new spring/summer collection. She even matched her manicure with the new collection. Obviously, we needed to share her creations on our blog. Take a look on her website and enjoy her minimal, abstract inspired new collection.

5 // Kalamati
For five years we’ve been working with this awesome Polish baby nursery textiles brand. Violetta has a great eye for on-trend minimals and Scandinavian inspired abstracts. We love her steady stylish range of prints and this season she’ll be releasing 3 new Little Smilemakers designs she licensed for her business. The first one is our Rainbow designs, part of our Inky Texture series. It’s available in different color palettes, gender neutral or with a girly touch. We loved seeing the result of this collab come in. It’s always lovely to see the result after (not so) patiently waiting for months. Of course, we are super excited to see the other designs turned into nursery textiles and bedding as well. But we couldn’t resist sharing this one with you guys already. Wanna get your hands on these too? Check the Kalamati shop!

Monday, May 13, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // Wild Cats series



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our Wild Cats that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Kalamati // New Rainbow Magic Kids Bedding



We are swooning over these new Kalamati rainbows! We’ve been licensing to Kalamati right from the start. It was the first kids home textile company carrying our designs and Wioletta has been a loyal customer of ours ever since. She has a great eye for on-trend minimal prints and it’s always a treat when she shows us the result.

Kalamati is an online shop based in Poland, focussing on high-quality kids bedding, sheets, blankets, pillows and everything soft for your little one's bedroom. With different sizes and products, these minimal designs are fun for your baby nursery but also cool for somewhat older kids. We love Wioletta’s minimal style, and she has a lot of Little Smilemakers Studio prints to choose from in her shop.



For the spring/summer season we have licensed three new print designs. And the first one to launch are these beautiful rainbow textiles. Rainbows are one of our hot selling designs at the moment and that’s no coincidence. The rainbow is one of the biggest trends in print design this season and we couldn’t be more excited to see this one used by one of our fave customers. This print sure makes perfect nursery bedding and we love the images Wioletta provided us with, of this super stylish kids room. Stylish, with a little touch of magic. The Rainbow print is available in two color palettes, one as featured here, perfect for your gender neutral nursery or boys room, and one that's a little more girly. Girls can't resist a hint of pink! Hopefully, you’re loving the result as much as we do here in the studio. If you’d like to get your hands on one of these items, check the Kalamati webshop. If you are looking for gender neutral items for your new nursery, this is definitely the place to shop.

If you are interested in licensing our designs for your business and wanna find out what we can do for you? Please, send us a message and let’s chat! We’ve also written a short step by step guide for you if you are a little shy and new in the business.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Dog Accessories // Poppy + Ted dog collars and leashes



When I started the studio 8 years ago, surface pattern designs was not very much a thing. And there were not may designers targeting kids or pets. We’ve always worked on designs for all target groups. We’ve designs prints for walking sticks and wheel chairs, baby nursery textiles and kids collections. And of course we have lot’s of clients in the woman’s and mens fashion industry. The past year we’ve been working with lot’s of pet businesses, somehow our designs are getting more and more popular for dog and cat accessories. We’ve been adding three new pet accessories businesses to our list of clients only this past month! But Poppy + Ted must be our fave so far.

Poppy + Ted is an online dog accessories shop. Focussing on dog collars and leashes. And for their spring collection they have used a whole bunch of our print designs. We love the story of Paige, who started her webshop simply because she loves sewing and creating. Teddy is her model sidekick, the Frenchie part of the team, and her business was named after both her niece and her fave furry colleague/friend. Her dog accessories, leashes, collars, and harnesses have become a great hit and it is awesome to see her small business growing.



Paige has a soft spot for animal prints and minimals, and used a whole bunch of our leopard designs for her new spring/summer collection. She even matched her manicure with the new collection. Obviously, we needed to share her fun creations on our blog. Take a look on her website and enjoy her minimal, abstract inspired new collection.

All designs used for her pet products are also available on fabric in our Spoonflower shop. So if you’d like to use one of these designs take a look in our webshop. Various scales and colors are available. But if you need another version, just reach out. We’re happy to help and add new colors and scales for you. Are you curious about how to license our designs for your business? Click here to send us a message and let's chat!

Monday, April 15, 2019

How to license artwork for your business // 5 tips for licensing print designs for your products



It's always fun to see our products in shops at large retailers nationwide. But the most fulfilling collabs are always the ones where we get to work together with mompreneurs and small business owners. The pay is not only in cash but it’s also emotionally fulfilling seeing how those small start-up businesses flourish.

First, they find our prints over at our Spoonflower shop, where we have over 6000 designs on fabric and wallpaper available. The plus of starting like this is that it’s easy to create a sense of style and signature in the use of patterns. It is low cost and it’s an easy way to test target groups using fabric instead of licensing designs right away.

But we see numerous small crafters grow their online shops, and then exclusivity becomes more important. We don’t like copy cats either and it’s hard to always stay ahead and be taken seriously when your competition is copying every step you take. Trust me we’ve had a fair share of copied designs our there. It’s easy to recognize since the details in prints and composition overlap. Sadly this is a problem in every business. So working on exclusive designs is more in demand than ever.

As a Spoonflower customer, it might be scary to take the next step to license designs. We have an easy non-exclusive license structure, and we love making exclusive work and tweak our rates a little to support small business owners. So it’s a soft landing. Most of our smalle business collabs come from places like Spoonflower. So we appreciate each and every one of you that takes that step. It takes balls to invest in your business. I’ve been there.

Working with small companies we love most. And yes we’ve worked with numerous companies all around the globe, big fish I call them. It is never as personal, never as satisfying and also, we try to check their production ethics, but it is not as transparent and direct as working with that mom, sewing baby nest and working from her living room. It is lovely to see the direct impact. And of course, it works both ways. Here are 5 tips and things to consider before licensing designs for your business and products.


1 // What's your visual style?
If you are looking for a specific style, do some research and make yourself some mood boards to help you figure out what kind of prints you love most. Are they hand-drawings, a little quirky? Do you love minimals or abstracts or are you more the romantic kind of customer: soft and flowy watercolors might be more suitable for you.

2 // How important is exclusivity for your business?
If you license print designs at our studio we have over 10.000 designs to choose from. And even though we license our designs mostly non-exclusively, we avoid licensing to competing companies. So if you are on a budget this is a pretty good solution. We also create custom designs. If you are starting your own business this can be a little too pricey. But keep in mind, if you spend a little more time and money on a coherent collection, your customers will bond with you. If you have a coherent style you'll create loyal customers who choose your products because they can rely on a steady print signature. If your products carry prints that are driving sales, make sure you make print designs a priority.

3 // Did you do your market research?
Some of our customers do extended research on their target group. Others just handpick prints without any further background info or research on their market. If you would like to implement print designs to your product that speak to your ideal customer, we can help you set up a proper template. What works, what to avoid. What colors might be perfect now, or should be released later. Is your product seasonal? Keep in mind that you don't have to compete. You bring something new to the table here, so don't be insecure if you are doing things a little different than your competition. That's the exact thing that makes your product valuable.



4 // Are you ready for licensing?
Our license fee is pretty affordable, but if you are insecure about what print designs to purchase and you are making fabric items we always advise to use Spoonflower fabric first. Once you get started and get some info about what works best for your customers and what works best for you, you can dive in a little deeper and license designs. if you need any assistance, any tips about trends, colors, etc. we're here to help!

5 // Are you ready to run a transparent and honest business and leave the competition behind?
I've stumbled upon a rat or two in the years I've been running the studio. Big corporations trying to steal our artwork. Fabric suppliers that are certified but use subcontractors to cut costs and don't meet certification standards. Companies stealing our print ideas and themes by bribing production companies. But also start-ups who only copy others and ask us to copy designs for them. Oh hell no! The biggest mistake you can make is fooling your customer. We love working with honest humans, my business is personal so collabs are very personal. Be transparent about your process. I know our customers trust us because they understand there are no tricks involved. I started the studio, not in for the money, but for the simple reason that creating is in my bones. So we'd love to collab with honest peeps, who value this process, have a conscious mindset and love to share the love by giving us credit for what we do. Are you ready to open up? Don't give your power away and be afraid of competition.


So here is a little shout out to all you small business owners. You can reach whatever goal you’ve set. You can have that exclusive collection. Just reach out and chat with us. We’re happy to help and if we can’t, I am sure we can direct you and give you some more insight than what you started with. Are you curious if licensing could be something for you? Contact us by filling out the contact sheet on our website.

Monday, April 1, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // Retro Splash Abstracts



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our abstracts that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Made with Little Smilemakers Studio Fabric // Top 5 March 2019



It is so exciting to see a finished project after working hard on a new collection of design or a series of illustrations for our clients. But with finished fabric designs it is even a bigger surprise to see what customers create. To see how final products evolve when people put their own creative energy in there is amazing.

If you browse around on Etsy or Instagram for some kids fashion you are very likely to stumble upon some Little Smilemakers prints. Most creatives that use our fabrics have small home-based businesses sell their projects via the internet and tag us via Instagram. But there are also some bigger fish out they're using our Spoonflower designs for their business. So we see some amazing things pop up in our feed every month. We love how Little Smilemakers creations are the foundation for other creatives all around the world to work with. So here is our monthly blog post that features some creative results from Latvia, Poland, the States, and France. This month we selected a whole bunch of favorite fabrics turned into the most gorgeous items. Kids fashion, nursery accessories and home and interior decoration, so much to choose from! We have selected a cool cute abstract romper, some on-trend kids bedding and some other fashion items you’re going to love! Take a look and see if there is something for your little one too. Have a look and enjoy our April selection.

1 // Wuf Kids // Baby Teethers & Fashion Accessories
This Latvian shop has some cool things to offer. We love their range of leggings and we adore their fun little hedgehog fabric teethers. So clever! But they have lot’s more cute things to choose from. And lot’s of Little Smilemakers designs! Triangles, flamingo’s, teepees, ice cream cones, grizzly bears, and our minty feathers of course. I bet we forgot to mention some other designs but take a look at their Facebook page and see them all!



2 // Milutka // Bedding & outdoor accessories
Milutka is a company specialized in kids cottons. From soft winter hats to mommy hand warmers, pillows, soft toys and stroller gear, if you'd like to have one print for your entire nursery and kids outdoor gear go visit their online shop. They have our cute little raccoon cactus print in their collection but also our colorful pirates, elephants, squirrels, dachshund puppy, plus sign and owl prints. And last but not least: They have a great selection of kids bedding in all those prints mentioned above. Take a look!

3 // Woodbean // Baby Rompers
If you are looking for some unique snuggle wear for your little one this shop is the place to be. Lisa, who is based in Minnesota, creates the most wonderful soft pieces for your little one and we love her style of mixing and matching prints and uni’s. Her style is like no other and we wanted to share one of her custom made orders with you for which she has used our Abstract Bubble design. These soft little rompers are just to die for. We love how Lisa mixed the print with the contrasting earth tones. Check out her Etsy shop where you can see her wonderful collection in a series of beautiful, soft photography. Check out all her wonderful handmade creations.

4 // Pistol & Arrow // Leotards
We just adore the ice cream leotard made by Brittany Kleiss who runs her small Pistol & Arrow Etsy shop from Fair Oaks. The ice cream print has been around for a while but we found this adorable baby girl in her leo a few weeks ago. Since we have a little bit of a girly theme this month this webshop is def worth a visit. She has some adorable items for your little girl. So go take a look.

5 // Ty Mom Studio // Kids Fashion
Charlene is based in Paris and has a great eye for thinking in collections. Her fabric choices have a steady ‘feel.’ She has a fun collection of on-trend gender neutral fabrics and she is working on a big collection for her webshop launch. Even though her webshop is not quite open yet, we wanted to share some of her cute pineapple and cacti leggings and those gender neutral rompers with you. For now, you will have to try and have a little more patience until she opens up her shop you can follow her on Instagram. I already have my eye on these cool cacti leggings. Click here if you want to follow this brand new small business.

Monday, March 11, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // Memphis Designs



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you our colorful Memphis print that is available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Licensing print designs in 3 easy steps // Everything you need to know to start licensing pattern designs // A step by step guide to licensing



We work together with lot’s of small start-ups and usually these are the best collabs. It is lovely to connect with new business owners and mompreneurs that are starting their new ventures. But licensing can be a little scary. Every step you take is new and there are so many things to consider if you launch your own product. With this blog post, we’d like to give you a little more insight into licensing artwork for your products.

We’ve been licensing print designs for over 8 years now and every time we collab with newbies we see how this process makes them super insecure. We understand that hiring an artist for artwork can be scary, but it’s not all that complicated and expensive as you might think. This piece is for all you peeps who are on the break of licensing their first pattern designs. These are three easy steps to license artwork for your business.

Step 1 // What do you want?
Before you license designs, it might be good to think about the following. Are you looking for a complete visual brand-wide signature, a coherent collection containing print designs that involve working around a theme or season? Or would you like to license single print designs? Working in collections might be a little pricey. Most starting businesses we collab with ask us to license single prints and later on grow into licensing collections. Make sure you know what you’d like to tell your customer. What’s your vision? Together we can select prints that are carrying your own unique vision. We have lot’s of themes, color palettes and styles to choose from and we’re always up to date about trends and waves going on on the global market. If you know what suits your company best, what you’d like to reflect, we can assist you in picking the right prints. Free of charge.

Step 2 // Pricing
We have over 10.000 non-exclusive print designs to choose from. We have been building our portfolio for over 10 years now. These designs are also available in our Spoonflower shop, and because we can monetize our prints this way we can offer our print designs at low cost. If you license our non-exclusive designs know that we never license prints to similar companies. We always check availability first. This way you can have unique print designs and don’t have to worry about competition and you don’t have to spend a crazy amount of cash. Pretty good right?

Step 3 // The process
Once you’ve selected a bunch of prints, or just one (we value each and every customer!) we’ll prepare the files & invoice for you. Depending on what you’ll be using the prints for we can send you the files you need. The standard three we usually sent out are a high resolution .tiff. The original vector or .psd image. And a .jpg visual. Some designs are made in vector, some are made in watercolors, depending on the origin of the design we’ll make sure you’ll get the right files to send to your own printer or producer. Once payment has been completed these files will be sent to your inbox. Usually, the licensing process only costs two business days. Once you have all files but need further assistance you can always reach out and ask whatever you need. We’re here to assist you even when all files are sent.

Of course, we do not only license our non-exclusive designs. Each quarter we also send out exclusive work to customers who signed up for our mailing. You can also receive these in your inbox. Just send us a quick message. Note that exclusive designs are available form €268. If that’s a little pricey for you licensing our existing designs might be a better solution. We can always tweak colors and detailing and create a one-of-a-kind print.

If you are looking to create a series of print designs for your business and would like a fully exclusive range of designs, that is an option too of course. Since every single custom design process is different we’re happy to chat with you about how this works and we look forward to discussing this directly by email. Just reach out and send us a message.

Monday, February 11, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // New Abstracts



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our abstracts that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.