I've been spending too much time today idly poking around the internet, but along my travels I made an amazing discovery: a website that lets you design and print your own fabric! How have I not managed to see this before? It's called Spoonflower.com, and it looks like you basically just upload an image file and they print it out for you. The fabric choices are really great, too -- not just boring quilting weight cotton, but also cotton sateen and cotton lawn. I'm drooling over this now.
I'm ABSOLUTELY going to try this out at some point, but since it's a little spendy I'll have to think about what I want to make first. Perhaps not surprisingly, my first instinct is to make some sort of science inspired design. Imagine, for example, an electrophoresis stripe pattern in a cotton lawn:
I can see that being amazing with this pattern, which I just so happen to have coming my way when my SO's parents come over from Germany this summer.
I'm also totally obsessed with the Brainbow mouse images, although my SO thinks this would be ugly as fabric:
Or what about another amazing neuron print based on something like this, with two different contrasting colors:
Don't you just want to make some fabric right now? Some day, some day!