To get the fabric I would need to make the things, like banners, napkins, tablecloths, etc. I am using my new favorite website, spoonflower.com .
You design your own fabric, they print it, you get it. It is amazingly high quality, and somewhat fast. The only downside is the cost (starting at $18 a yard) is more than I normally spend on fabric.
Step 1: Open File in Gimp
You can download it here:
Spoonflower wants uploads to be at 150 dpi. So, under "FILE" at the top of the page, click on "NEW." When the box comes up, you determine the size. I want my image to be a 2 inch square. Under advanced options, you need to change it to 150 dpi. That means 2 inches on the computer will be 2 inches on the fabric.
Step 2: Background Color
Step 3: Open the "Pattern" Image
The cupcake is much bigger than the 2 X 2 square, so I had to scale the layer. When I first opened the layer, all I could see were the sprinkles on the cupcake. On the top under the "LAYER" tag click on scale layer. I know that by square is 2X2, so the biggest side can be no bigger than 2 inches. As long as the little lock is closed it will stay in proportion. Then click Scale.
Step 4: Fine Tune
Step 5: SAVE
Step 6: Upload File at Spoonflower
When the new page comes up, click UPLOAD, then it works like any other image hosting site like facebook, myspace, photobucket, etc.
When the design is upload it will tell you what it will look like in different sizes on different types of material. You can also change the way the print is repeated. Fiddle around with it until it looks good to you.
Step 7: Purchase
I made that for a new maybe Kiley.
I did this one for the tractor contest.
When it gets to you cut it, sew it, and enjoy it.