Create a simple design using free software
Sometimes, you want a fairly simple design - say spots or stripes - but you want a colour scheme which is not available in the shops. Now you don't need to worry about that - you can create your own design!
All you need to create a simple spot design is Paint.net, simple-to-use software which you can download for free!
If you haven't got Paint.net, the first thing you'll need to do is download it. I find it very useful, and simple to use.
How to create a spotty design
- 1. Click on File/New to open a new canvas. Set the resolution to 150dpi and the size to whatever size you think you'll need. This will depend on the size of dots you plan to use, and on how regular your pattern is. Small dots in a regular pattern will only need a small canvas, because our web site will do the repeat for you. If you want larger dots and / or an irregular pattern (I'm thinking of Kate Middleton's leaving-hospital dress after the birth of Prince George) you will need a larger canvas. If you make your canvas bigger than you need, you can always crop it to size when you've finished. (You can make it bigger, too, but it's easier to crop a too-big canvas.) I made mine 4" square, so you can see it here!
- Select a colour for your background. (Click on the colour wheel at the bottom left of your screen. If the wheel isn't there, click on the tiny one in the top right corner. That will bring up the bigger one.)
5. Click on the Paintbrush and select a brush width.
8. All done! Flatten your design (Image, Flatten), save it and upload it to our web site, where you can play with the repeats. Order your fabric!