Upcoming Fabric Design Contests: Puppet Patterns, Fifties, Tiki

MAY 7, 2010 updated May 30, 2016

Just wanted to post a quick reminder about the three upcoming Fabric Of the Week themes we've announced so far. Contest winners receive $100 credit in Spoondollars + a whole lot of love from their Spoonflower peeps!

Puppets. CinderellaSubmit a pattern
for a sewn puppet (or puppets) that
fits on a quarter-yard of fabric (21" wide by 18" tall). We'd also love
to see photos of finished puppets in the Spoonflower Flickr Group.
Please do not upload photos of finished puppets to your Spoonflower
account. The contest will consist of patterns only. Deadline for entry is Tuesday,
May 11, 2010. [Not many entries for this one so far…]

Submit a fabric design inspired by the
fabric styles and aesthetic  
Palette-restricted fifties contest
of the 1950's. You MUST use only colors from
the palette pictured to the right (here).
You can use some or all of the colors in the palette, but you cannot
use colors outside the palette. Hex codes for the palette are 6C90C4
(blue), C83333 (red), 98D485 (green), 27201D (black), F2F0EC (white).
Deadline is Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

Think Hawaiian shirt. Think outdoor grilling apron. This is a
contest for Tiki-themed designs.
Deadline is Tuesday, May 25, 2010.


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  • Another question is whether you’ll increase the maximum upload allowence. Today I tried to upload a jpg which was a 46×36 design, but image size on 150dpi is about 40MB. And that was only with a few colours. Or is there any other way I can decrease filesize, but still keep all detail? Thanks

  • Stephen, how wide is the bolt of fabric? I’d like to know the dimensions for the one yard apron contest. 36 x ? and do you include the selvage in your measurements?

  • I am so frustrated… I made an elephant puppet and uploaded it for the contest last night, or so I thought… It didn’t upload… πŸ™ Now I can’t enter it into the contest… πŸ™

  • Good idea. Along those lines, we will be launching a contest for apron patterns designed on one yard of fabric. Just as soon as we get the code written to show a one yard preview…

  • thanks for dangling the carrot a little closer to our faces on the puppet contest! you convinced me to drop everything and make a design yesterday from the ideas rattling around in my head. If nothing else it will become a few Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews.
    This contest was a lot more mental work than most trying to figure out how to make and size the puppets… which was why I didn’t just sit down and do it right off! – I’d love it if we could occasionally have a contest like this with a bit more lead time – or maybe just a mention that “X difficult contest will be officially open in another month, so get your brains going”… ;o) But I’m glad to have done it, whew!

  • Hello! I just wanted to let you know how amazing this site is! I’ve been looking for a way to print out the fabric prints I have created seeing as I don’t have the proper printer to do so. I am an interior design student and when I came across this site I thought it was fabulous! I wrote about your site in my blog (hope that’s okay!) truly innovative concept!
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