Designing Patterns That Work: Creating Motifs for Products | Learn with Spoonflower | Samarra Khaja | Skillshare

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Samarra Khaja, Pattern-maker, Designer

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10 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Making a Motif

    • 3. Drawing Your Motif Theme

    • 4. Designing Your Pattern

    • 5. Building Your Pattern in Illustrator

    • 6. Motif Pattern into Product: Fabric

    • 7. Motif Pattern into Product: Stuffy

    • 8. Motif Pattern into Product: Tote Bag

    • 9. Your Cohesive Motif

    • 10. What's Next?

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About This Class

Make a full motif inspired by your favorite city with designer and pattern-maker Samarra Khaja!

Join Samarra in this fun, energetic class to learn the ins and outs of creating an effective motif. From the importance of a hero image to creating a pattern with different components, Samarra shares her process for building a collection and using Spoonflower to bring her creations to life as fabric, tote bags, pillows, and more. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a complex motif with hero and supporting images
  • Design a repeat pattern with varying components
  • Optimize components of your motif for a variety of products

Whether you’re a pattern-maker or designer looking to explore your style or are just looking to create a souvenir set inspired by your city, this easygoing approach to pattern and motif design will give you the skill set to create items that are fun and functional.


Spoonflower is a place where you can design, print and sell custom fabric, wallpaper & gift wrap on-demand. Or shop from the largest marketplace of independent surface designs.