Designing a perfect fabric print with Contrado

Hello my lovely readers!

Have you ever had a project in mind, but could not find the perfect fabric to match your vision? Maybe the color of the fabric was not right, you needed a specific print or a different fabric type so you put the project aside for a later time or forgot about it all-together. Fear not, there is a simple solution to this problem!!! Just design your dream pattern/color and get it printed on a fabric of your choice! It is pretty simple with Contrado!

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For some time now I had planned to make a backpack for my partner who is a big fun of anime ‘One Piece’, but could not find any suitable fabric print to complete the project. Then one day I browsed the internet in a search for a fabric printing service in the UK and came across Contrado. I did not know what to expect and was not sure if it would even work but I thought I have nothing to loose and begun designing the pattern. I created somehow repetitive pattern using Inkscape that I wanted to use throughout my project and uploaded it onto a Contrado website.

When you click ‘upload your design’ button it takes you to the next page when you can simply add an image of your design or create a design out of multiply images.

Once all your images are uploaded you can choose what fabric you want your design to be printed on, print size, color of the background and edge finish by clicking on ‘product options’ tab. After completing this section you can start working on your design by clicking on ‘images and text tools’.



The page shows a live preview of your design while you work on it, and you can change, add, remove any images, change its size or placement to suit your needs.


There are few useful tools to help you out with a layout of your images, rotation, size and color. It is a quick way of changing your pattern design to see different styles. To complete the order simply click on ‘preview and buy’ button, fill in your personal details and pay for the product.



The design was printed and delivered to me 3 days later and the quality exceeded my expectation. The fabric was of high quality and the print had sharp and intense color. I couldn’t be more happier with it. The price starts at £14.50 for a 30 cm long, however it is absolutely worth it. I had ordered 60cm by 159cm, and used every little scrap of it .


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