If you’re hosting a Passover Seder this year, bring new energy to your table by creating unique table linens with prints designed by indie designers on the custom fabric website Spoonflower.
For this year’s Passover design theme I chose the desert. It was in the desert that Moses encountered the burning bush. The Israelites escaped into the desert when they left Egypt. They received the Torah and in the desert, and for forty years they trekked through the desert on their way to the Promised Land.
Spoonflower, if you’re not familiar with the site, sells fabric that is custom printed to order. The prints are created by independent designers, so you get to choose from thousands of designs in styles and colors you’re not likely to find in any one fabric store.
Even better, you can order designs in any of a range of fabrics, including cottons and linens that work great as napkins, table runners, table cloths, and more.
So you can create unique touches for your table.
In this post, I’ve collected 21 fabric prints created by designers who were inspired by the desert landscape, its sand dunes, palm trees, and flowering cacti. When you visit each pattern page, you can learn more about the designer, and in some cases find a collection of coordinating prints.
Place your fabric order as early as possible. Because Spoonflower prints each custom fabric to order, shipments do take longer than with conventional online fabric orders.
Now scroll ahead for fabric prints inspired by palm trees, cacti, sand dunes, and desert flowers.
This classic black and white print, called Linen Palms, was created by designer Tara Neal.
Tara gives the same palm trees a super-sophisticated color treatment in muted pinks and blues for Botanical Bungalow in Papyrus.
Eva Kovacs offers folk art Turquoise Palm Trees. The dots on the ground almost suggest footsteps in the desert sand.
Anchor & Ivy give us a formal arrangement of Blue Palm Trees.
Julia Schumacher’s Boho sunshine palm leaves in turquoise is striking not only because of the color but also its large scale. The photo of the tablecloth on the right gives you an idea of the print’s scale.
Succulent plants continue to play a big role popular culture, and Spoonflower designers offer lots of variations on the theme. This green cactus print by Shop Cabin is called Muted Desert Mix and Match.
Aaron Christensen captures a block print effect for Cactus Garden on White Block Print Style.
Here’s the same design in larger print and a color scheme of white on teal.
Is mod your mood? Kater Hees feels you with Mod Desert Garden.
In Night Desert, Nespola Designs captures the look of moonlight reflected off of the white stripes in the cacti leaves and the cacti’s needles.
For a simple black and white motif, here is Magical Desert Scapes Black on White by Art by Alesha. As in the earlier Turquoise Palm Trees, the flowing lines of dashes and dots almost evoke the footprints of people, and maybe quails, too.
Desert Sand Dunes
Transport your Seder guests to the mindset of a desert trek with Roby Riker’s Desert Sand and Sky.
Lucia Fontes offers an abstract interpretation of sand, sea, and sky with ribbons of color in Cozy Ribbon Light – Petal Solids Coordinate – Navy, Fog and Desert Sun.
If you prefer earth tones, you’ll appreciate Wren Leyland’s waves of brown and blue in Sandstone Desert.
Bring swaths of rich tones to your Passover table with Southwest Sky by House in the Orchard.
The desert inspires floral designs that are a lovely as an English garden. Example: Desert Garden by Valentina Harper.
Inspired by the flowers of the saguaro cactus native to Arizona, Western Wallflower Co. created sophisticated Saguaro Blooms in pink.
Designer Decora West brings a seventies color palette to Cactus Blooms Bianca Large.
Here’s another version of Cactus Blooms with a turquoise background.
Designer Anna Tine created this stunning pattern, inspired the the blossoms of the yucca plant. The Yucca plant is native to deserts of the U.S. desert but also grows in Israel. The background color of White Desert Yucca Blossoms on Very Peri is Pantone’s 2022 color of the year.
More periwinkle, this time in a graphic print the evokes palm fronds. Designer Kristen in Stitches brings us a graphic print that suggest palm fronds in Now Very Peri Illusion Floral.
Pakanta Handmade brings us this Mid Century Palm Leaf motif. Visit Pakanta’s fabric page to see a collection of coordinating fabric designs.
Desert Blooms is another graphic pattern in blues and golden brown that would look fabulous not only for Passover but for year-round. The motif is by Rhonda Designs.
No time to sew this Passover? You can order custom table linens from Spoonflower.
Passover is a busy season, there’s no doubt. If you love one of these prints but don’t have time to sew table linens yourself, Spoonflower’s sewists can custom sew table linens and home decor items from most of these designs. To check out the custom-sew items available for any particular print, click the link to the fabric pattern and scroll down a little on the page to see the link to the “Home Decor” items.
For example, here’s Night Desert sewn up as a set of table napkins in a linen cotton canvas:
Cozy ribbons works especially well as table runner, here shown in cotton sateen:
Do you follow the custom of leaning on a pillow while drinking the wine during the Seder? Here is a cotton sateen sham to cover a pillow created from Linen Palms pattern.
Ready for some more Passover Seder inspiration?
Now that your Seder napkins are sorted, get excited about setting your Passover table with the top-notch napkin fold demonstrations in this video. I especially love the leaf fold on the left to bring some height to a palm front napkin and the star anise fold on the right to complement those lovely cactus flower prints. Hat tip to Blossom Media for the video. I’m getting excited already.