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twitterday: background patterns


After I updated the look of my own Twitter page (as well as my blog), I thought it would be fun to make some background tiles that you all might want to use. I received some lovely suggestions, and although I didn't make all of them, I had so much fun making these patterns, that I might make more soon.

First, here's the deal. You can use these seamless patterns on your personal anythings (Twitter, blogs, websites, printed, whatever), and you don't even need to credit me. But please, please, don't use these on anything that you're selling, and don't use them in a way that would appear to be branding for your shop. Okay? Okay.

Now, here's the first batch...some different designs and sizes:




To use them, just right-click (Control-Click on a Mac) then choose to save the image to your computer.

In Twitter: Go to "Settings", then to "Design". Scroll down under the images they give you, and choose "Change background image."
Click on "Choose Image" and locate the file that you downloaded to your computer. Make sure that you check the box that says "tile background". Save your changes, and your new background will show up!

In Blogger: Go to the "Design" tab, and choose "Template Designer". Click on "Background", then click in the area under "Background Image".
Click on "Upload Image" then "Choose File" to select your downloaded image. Hit "Done" and Blogger will automatically tile the image for you.

(I'm afraid that I only know how these get set up in Blogger, but other blog platforms will have a similar situation, I'm sure. Also, I work on a Mac, so I realize that some of the directions could look a little different for you.)

But you didn't think that I would make those patterns, and not have something embroidery related, did you? You already got a peek in the Twitter screen shot...and I shan't disappoint! (yes, I just used the word "shan't") So, here's some embroidery floss in some of my favorite (signature!) colors. You'll be wanting to switch out backgrounds on things constantly to fit your #flossmood (see what I did there?)



Again, just right-click (Control-Click on a Mac) then choose to save the image to your computer.

All of these patterns can also be used as computer desktop backgrounds too. Just set one as your background, and choose "tile". If you want to print something with the patterns, Photoshop allows you to "define patterns", which basically saves the image so that you can fill an area with the tiled pattern.

Oh my. This ended up being a far more technical post than I planned on it being. I don't usually write instructions for this kind of thing, so if I confused anyone, I apologize! Leave any questions in the comments, and I'll do my best to answer!

Now, go prettify your backgrounds!

29 comments:

  1. These are absolutely adorable! Thank you!

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  2. I just used one! They all are great! Thanks for sharing these :)

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  3. Thanks for the great backgrounds!!!

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  4. Thanks, Mollie! As if twitter wasn't enough of an addiction, now I'm lured in even more with my sweet new background ;)

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  5. will you PLEASE OH PLEASE put these designs on Spoonflower? i love your illustrations and want to incorporate them into my sewing projects!

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  6. Oh, Amy! That's a lovely idea! I'll work on that and see what happens...

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  7. Wow - thanks for sharing these! They're brilliant... going to try to use one now!

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  8. Great job!! You're a super star lately!

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  9. Wow Mollie! You always continue to out do yourself! Makes me wish I had a twitter account to use these on. I cannot even decide which I think is the cutest. P.S. I am loving all of the changes you have made to the look of your blog ... it looks wonderful!

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  10. these are adorable!! i love your designing style :)

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  11. Wow! These look great! Thank you so much for taking my yarn suggestion! I love these and will definitely be using them on my twitter & blog!

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  12. I was going to look for a new background today and then I saw yarn! with knitting needles! Perfect! Thanks so much.

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  13. thanks, everybody! they were so fun to make.

    ps: I realize that I left out my crocheting and sewing friends in this round. don't worry...they'll come in the next batch!

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  14. Very cute.

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  15. Super cute! I love the colours you used!

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  16. oh goodness those are so stinkin cute! i can't wait for your sewing backgrounds ;]

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  17. This backgrounds are the cutest. I love the fact that they are seamless and I already used one on my twitter.

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  18. Yay! I've wanted backgrounds like these for the longest time! They would look great as a wallpaper..... :)

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  19. Thanks so much for the backgrounds--I am getting tired of the ones I've been using... Feel free to check out the blog to see how your design looks and thanks again! I really enjoy your illustrations.

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  20. and i meant to post the blog address: http://thevossler-mathewsalliance.blogspot.com/

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  21. LOVE it! I used the honeybee logo on our beekeeping chapter's blog. So adorable! Thanks, thanks, thanks. :)

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  22. Those peas in the pod are just TOO cute!!

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  23. Hey, Mollie. Just wanted to mention that I did credit your design--linked up to your blog in a separate post tonight. Sorry it took me so long to do that! Again, thanks for the patterns!

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  24. these are all too dang cute, and i second the spoonflower suggestion, i would be all over buying up that fabric!!!

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  25. Thank you! I will have my son to help me put in one to my blog.It really needs something new. Sorry for my bad english..

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  26. These are so much fun!

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  27. Thank you, Mollie :-)

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  28. Thank you so much! Peas for my twins :)
    -Momofthreeunder

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