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Designing Patterns That Work: Creating Motifs for Products

Samarra Khaja, Pattern-maker, Designer

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10 Videos (52m)
    • Introduction

    • Making a Motif

    • Drawing Your Motif Theme

    • Designing Your Pattern

    • Building Your Pattern in Illustrator

    • Motif Pattern into Product: Fabric

    • Motif Pattern into Product: Stuffy

    • Motif Pattern into Product: Tote Bag

    • Your Cohesive Motif

    • What's Next?


Project Description

Create your own souvenir!

Whether it's your favorite city, or the town you live in, select a place to create a souvenir set around. Begin with a brainstorm list of your favorite spots or qualities of that place. Start drawing or designing your ideas, and play with their application! Using Spoonflower to print or apply your designs onto products, you can make almost anything you can think of, including:

  • Repeat patterned fabric
  • Pillowcase
  • Stuffed toy
  • Tote bag
  • Wallpaper

Share your sketches in the project gallery, and if you get your product made, be sure to share that as well!


Print your product on Spoonflower. Find plenty of inspiration and resources to make your design come to life.

For more on how to make a pattern in Adobe Illustrator, check out Introduction to Designing Repeat Patterns in Illustrator with Elizabeth Olwen

Want to experiment with analog patterns? Check out Illustrating Patterns: Creating Hand Drawn Wallpaper with Julia Rothman