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?


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.

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Until now, this class has been my favorite. Fantastic tutorial and Samarra is a pleasure to watch.
loved this class. :)
Kimberly Gonzalez


um omg, you're amazing, I just want to be your best friend! I came here just looking for tips on making a pattern for spoonflower, I was just trying to make some curtains and this is literally the most amazing idea! I'm so inspired! I was just browings and you had me watching the whole series in one sitting (while at work whoops!) Honestly one of the best skillshares I've watched! You must be a teacher and if not you absolutely should be. Your ability to be engaging and educating is magnificent! Make more videos!





Samarra Khaja

Pattern-maker, Designer

Samarra Khaja makes happy, beautiful things, inspired by her love of travel, local markets, food and culture, and her young sons.

She studied for her masters in photography and moved to New York City to work across disciplines as a graphic designer, art director, illustrator and photographer for the likes of The New York Times, the Guggenheim, Bliss, Time Magazine, Victoria's Secret and Cirque du Soleil, all in her signature whimsical style.

She regularly creates popular pattern...

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