It’s Tea Time: October’s Design Challenge Themes

SEP 5, 2017
tea towel designs by spottedpepperdesigns, amel24 and wickedrefined

We’re getting a jump-start on the holidays with a month of design challenges highlighting your go-to gift of the season, tea towels! Whether you’re doing the hemming yourself or leaving it to the experts over at Roostery, the season wouldn’t be complete without a few new tea towels added to your kitchen collection. Like last year’s challenge, all designs made available for sale in the four tea towel challenges will also automatically be previewed on Roostery’s Special Edition Spoonflower Tea Towel.

Jump ahead to learn more about the ins and outs of formatting your entry to ensure a picture-perfect preview!

2018 Tea Towel Calendar | Results Announced October  5

featured designs from our 2017 Tea Towel design challenge

Ring in the new year with a favorite Spoonflower design tradition: Tea Towel Calendars. Celebrate 2018 (the year of the dog!) with a tea towel calendar design for the new year ahead. Need a little design kick-start? Find a 2018 calendar template here!* Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ wide x 18” high, landscape orientation) but previewed during voting as a Spoonflower Special Edition Tea Towel (16″ wide x 24″ high, portrait orientation). Submissions close September 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time. Voting begins September 28, 2017. See official rules.

*This is also a great time to upload a revision on your 2017 calendars for the new year or move them to the private setting.

Family Recipes | Results Announced October 12

 
Family traditions are especially present during the holidays as everyone gathers in merriment and celebration around the dinner table. For this week’s challenge, share a family recipe that is a yearly staple. Whether it’s Grandma’s famous casserole or the wiggly fruit jelly salad that mysteriously makes an appearance, we want to see what recipe completes your holiday traditions! Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ x 18”) but previewed during voting as a Spoonflower Special Edition Tea Towel (16″ x 24″). Submissions close October 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time. Voting begins October 5, 2017. See official rules.

*Want some culinary inspiration? Check out last year’s Grandma’s Kitchen design challenge. 

Botanical Block Print | Results Announced October 19

Do you spend your weekends venturing to local botanical gardens, dreaming of the next oversized houseplant to make its way into your home? This week’s challenge will be the cure to your leafy green obsession. While you are not required to block print for this challenge, your entry should be inspired by the block printing technique. Find inspiration and learn more about this time -honored technique from block printer and Spoonflower designer, Rochelle New. Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ x 18”) but previewed during voting as a Spoonflower Special Edition Tea Towel (16″ x 24″). Submissions close October 10, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time. Voting begins October 12, 2017. See official rules.

Farm to Tea Towel | Results Announced October 26

Turn the next trip to your local market into an inspirational adventure for this week’s design challenge. Using your design technique of choice, create a repeating pattern inspired by your favorite local produce.Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ x 18”) but previewed during voting as a Spoonflower Special Edition Tea Towel (16″ x 24″). Submissions close October 17, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time. Voting begins October 19, 2017. See official rules.

Spoonflower Edition Tea Towel Guidelines

In order to ensure the entirety of your design is captured in a finished Spoonflower Edition tea towel on Roostery, they’ve created a guideline that can be followed to ensure great previews and finished tea towels.

A preview of a Linen-Cotton Canvas Fat Quarter on Spoonflower measures 27″ wide x 18″ tall. A finished, hemmed, Spoonflower Edition Roostery tea towel measures 16’’ wide x 24’’ tall.  Your design will be automatically rotated 90º clockwise for the Roostery tea towel preview. Following the guidelines below will ensure that your design looks beautiful as both an unfinished Fat Quarter on Spoonflower as well as a finished tea towel. Need a little help? Download the Spoonflower Edition Tea Towel template here and see our guidelines below.

QUICK TIPS:

  • Orient your design so that the top of the design is the left side of the design file
  • Let the background color or pattern extend all the way to the edges!
  • Keep any main content (like calendars) within the safe area (14.5″ x 22.5″) to ensure it doesn’t get cut off or sewn over

If you still have questions about our tea towel design challenges, send us an email at help@spoonflower.com!

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner each week will receive $200 in Spoondollars, $200 in Roostery store credit and one custom Linen Cotton Canvas Spoonflower Edition tea towel in their own winning design from Roostery ($17 value). The winner will also receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

Second Place

The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars and one custom Linen Cotton Canvas Spoonflower Edition tea towel in their own winning design from Roostery ($17 value).

Third Place

The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars and one custom Linen Cotton Canvas Spoonflower Edition tea towel in their own winning design from Roostery ($17 value).

The rest of the top 10

4th through 10th place winners will receive a $20 Spoondollar credit and one custom Linen Cotton Canvas Spoonflower Edition tea towel in their own winning design from Roostery ($17 value).

All of the top 25

Each of the top 25 entries, determined as set forth above, not receiving one of the foregoing prizes will be automatically proofed for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace and Roostery (approximately a $5 value) (the “Runner Up Prize”) if winners are verified sellers.

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