Searching or Creating a Collection

How to Start

Selecting a Template and Fabric

How to Design

Common Issues


Spoonflower is revolutionizing the way you replenish your fabric stash! With multiple designs filling a yard, you can now get the fabric you want in just the amounts you need. We offer a variety of templates that can be customized for your project including 1/2 yard designs along with our most popular Cheater Quilt templates. 



Searching or Creating a Collection

To start working with any Fill-A-Yard® template, you will need a Collection. You can use one you have created or browse for collections in our search options. You can also browse for collections created by designers and other users directly on the Fill-A-Yard® page. For more information about creating a collection, be sure to go here first: What are Collections and how do they work?

Personal Collections:

To access a collection you have already created, hover over the profile icon in the top right hand corner of the page and select the option for Collections (Option 1) in the drop down menu. You can also go to your Design Library and select the Collections option under the Views (Option 2) section.



Marketplace Collections:

To browse for collections in our marketplace, select Collections (Option 1) in the search drop down menu once you have entered in the designs you are looking for, or you can go directly to the Fill-A-Yard® page for Browse Collections (Option 2).



How to Start

You can start a Fill-A-Yard® from within your Collections page by hovering over any collection and clicking on the small pattern square (Option 1). Or, you can go to the collection you would like to work with and then you will see a Start Designing (Option 2) button at the top.



Selecting a Template and Fabric

The Fill-A-Yard® page will contain the following options:

1. Collection Name (how many designs included)

You can choose a different collection or view the full collection within this option.

2. Choose a Template

We offer 6 template options. The Horizontal and Vertical Split Templates can be used for 2 designs with 1 yard of fabric (1/2 yard of each). The 1 Yard Cheater Quilt 6" Squares Template can contain up to 42 different designs. The 2 Yard Cheater Quilt 9" Squares Template can be used for up to 48 designs. 

There are also project template options: Dinner Napkins (up to 12 designs) with 2 yards of fabric and Infinity Scarves (up to 4 designs) with 2 yards of fabric.

3. Choose a Fabric

The fabric option available for each template will depend on the one you have selected. Some templates do have limitations for the fabric type that can be used due to the printable width and template size.

4. Design Your Project

Once you have made all the selections above, click the Design Your Project button to continue with building your Fill-A-Yard®.



How to Design

To fill up the blank template you have selected, you will need to first select the design you would like to start working with (right hand side of the template preview). Once the highlight is visible around the design, you can start filling in any portion of the template by clicking into each space.

Keep in mind, there is not a way to customize each space of the template to have the design centered or change the scale and orientation. The template mimics the yardage of the design you are using. As the template can't be saved, it is best to finish the template at one time.

Once the template is finished, you can add the design to your cart with the Add to Cart button. You can also continue to shop or proceed through the check out process.



Common Issues


Can I save a finished template?

There is not a way to save any Fill-A-Yard® template. Be sure to finish it all at once and add to your cart to purchase or to save for later. If you may need to recreate the same design later on or may be worried about losing it, be sure to take a screenshot!

Why can't I see the full design in the shopping cart?

As mentioned above, the thumbnail image in the shopping cart is just a representation of the design you've ordered, but not the actual layout. If you're happy with the preview on the template page when you added the design to your cart, then you'll know how your design will print.

Can I change the template after I've started?

It is not possible to change the fabric type or template for any Fill-A-Yard® design once it has been started or after you have added the design to your cart. 

Why won't the design show up in the template square?

Always be sure the design you are using is highlighted prior to clicking on a box in the template. It is not possible to click and drag a design into an empty portion of the template.


See also: Our Top Tips for Making the Most of Fill-A-Yard®

See also: When A Yard is More Than A Yard