Announcing October’s Design Challenge Themes

SEP 6, 2019

Did you know that tea towels originated in 18th-century England? We’re celebrating this classic kitchen accessory–and Marketplace favorite–with a Spoonflower tradition: tea towel design challenges! For five weeks, we’re challenging you to design a tea towel that you’d proudly put on display in your kitchen, gift to a friend or use to kick off the new year.

Like previous years, all tea towel entries will automatically be previewed on a Spoonflower Tea Towel during voting. Jump ahead to learn more about the ins and outs of formatting your entry to ensure a picture-perfect preview!

2020 Tea Towel Calendar | Entries due by September 24

We’re kicking off our month-long design challenge series with a Spoonflower tradition: tea towel calendars! For this challenge, create a 2020 calendar to welcome in the new year. Get a head start with our 2020 calendar templates (updated 9.16.2019) or create your own. 

Pro tip: This is a great time to update the 2019 calendars in your shop to reflect the new calendar year!

Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ x 18”) and previewed on a Spoonflower Tea Towel. Submissions close September 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins September 26. Winners will be announced October 3. See official rules.

Hand-Lettered Tea Towel | Entries due by October 1

Tea towels are the perfect way to display everything from a motivational quote, punny punchline or even a fun fact. In this week’s challenge, break out your pens, markers and Procreate brushes to create a design inspired by the art of typography. Whether you scan your handwritten lettering or work just in your go-to design program, the holidays are just the “write” time to gift a hand-lettered tea towel.

If you’re new to this style of design, Skillshare’s hand-lettering classes will help get you started.

Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ x 18”) and previewed on a Spoonflower Tea Towel. Submissions close October 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins October 3. Winners will be announced October 10. See official rules.

Folk Art Tea Towel | Entries due by October 8

Folk art is a style that celebrates cultural heritage and reflects everyday life. What we love about this art form? It is of, by, and for the people, and most often features a handmade quality. Whether you choose to paint a rural scene, mimic folk-style embroidery or are inspired by an icon like a Swedish Dala horse, we want to see how you weave culture, community and tradition into an artful tea towel.

Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ x 18”) and previewed on a Spoonflower Tea Towel. Submissions close October 8 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins October 10. Winners will be announced October 17. See official rules.

Zodiac Tea Towel | Entries due by October 15

We just read your October horoscope, and an amazing design is in your future! For this week’s challenge, we’re asking designers to look to the stars and create a tea towel design (perfect for holiday gifting) inspired by the zodiac. Get ideas by researching your own astrological moon or sun sign, or combine all 12 to represent the entire zodiac. 

Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ x 18”) and  previewed on a Spoonflower Tea Towel. Submissions close October 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins October 17. Winners will be announced October 24. See official rules.

Hometown Tea Towel | Entries due by October 22

It’s time to let your hometown pride shine in our first-ever Hometown Tea Towel Design Challenge. No matter where you live in the world, we want to see what makes your local community unique*—from the motifs that rep your local scene, to maps, landmarks, recipes, traditions and more. Think creatively as your design could not only be the perfect giftable tea towel but perhaps turned into a banner or flag too! 

Entries will be submitted at the Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter size (27″ x 18”) and  previewed on a Spoonflower Tea Towel. Submissions close October 22 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins October 24. Winners will be announced October 31. See official rules.

*Designs featuring copyrighted motifs or logos will not be accepted.

Spoonflower Tea Towel Guidelines

In order to ensure the entirety of your design is captured in a ready-made Spoonflower Tea Towel , we’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 Tea Towel measures 16’’ wide x 24’’ tall.  Your design will be automatically rotated 90º clockwise for the Spoonflower tea towel preview. Following the guidelines below will ensure that your design looks beautiful as both an unfinished Linen Cotton Canvas fat quarter as well as a finished tea towel. Need a little help? Download the Spoonflower 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 main design details like calendar dates within the safe area (14.5″ x 22.5″) to ensure they don’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

1st place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit and one (1) Spoonflower tea towel in their own winning design ($17 value).

Second Place

2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit and one (1)Spoonflower tea towel in their own winning design ($17 value).

Third Place

3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit and one (1) Spoonflower tea towel in their own winning design ($17 value).

The rest of the top 10

Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit one (1) Spoonflower tea towel in their own winning design ($17 value).

All of the top 50

The top 50 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive a 10% commission on every sale — no $5 swatch required.


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