Announcing November’s Design Challenge Themes

OCT 4, 2019

Gingerbread Houses | Entries due by October 29

We love the charming holiday tradition of decorating gingerbread houses, which originated in Germany in the 19th century. From Victorian-style architecture to log cabins, there’s a house style for every taste. Show us your whimsical take on a sugary confection design that could adorn holiday table linens, children’s apparel or even Christmas stockings.

Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close October 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins October 31. Winners will be announced November 7. See official rules.

Chintz | Entries due by November 5

Trend report: chintz is back! Remember those large, English florals on lightly colored backgrounds that were everywhere in the ‘80s? We’re starting to see chintz pop up again in everything from home decor to pottery and we’re not hating it. Chintz has quite the history, dating all the way back to 17th century India (the word is Hindi in origin). While chintz may recall memories of decadent ‘80s upholstery for some, these floral designs were originally inspired by patterns of Indian textiles and Mughal art. Have we chintzpired you, yet? We can’t wait to see your take on this iconic floral pattern!

Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close November 5 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins November 7. Winners will be announced November 14. See official rules.

Kaleidoscope | Entries due by November 12

Coined by its Scottish inventor David Brewster, the word kaleidoscope roughly translates to beautiful shape which can be observed. This week designers should draw inspiration from the delicate arrangement of symmetrical color, pattern and reflected light created when viewing a kaleidoscope. Whether you go geometric or organic in shape, consider the application for your finished fabric design. Abstract and large-scale prints are perfect for wallpaper and home decor, while smaller scales can inspire an ornamental quilt or holiday DIY projects. The possibilities are endless when you’re creating a kaleidoscope of your imagination.

Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close November 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins November 14. Winners will be announced November 21. See official rules.

Whimsical Wonderland Wallpaper | Entries due by November 19

We can’t get enough of wallpaper and the Spoonflower community couldn’t agree more! This week we’re taking the home decor trend on a magical adventure and challenging you to create a wallpaper pattern that is bursting at the seams with imagination. From playful animals and woodland adventures, to the perfect storybook ending, show us what your whimsical wonderland would’ve looked like when you were a child.

Pro tip: Wallpaper patterns make the biggest impact when design elements are 12”-24” and set at a basic repeat

*In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, voting will be open for two weeks.

Entries will be previewed on Spoonflower wallpaper. Submissions close November 19 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins November 21*. Winners will be announced December 5. See official rules.

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner each week will receive $200 in Spoondollars. The winner will also receive additional exposure in our email newsletters and social media mentions.

Second Place

The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars.

Third Place

The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars.

The rest of the top 10

4th through 10th place winners will receive a $20 Spoondollar credit.

All of the top 50

Each of the top 50 entries, determined as set forth above, not receiving one of the foregoing prizes will be automatically proofed for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (approximately a $5 value) (the “Runner Up Prize”) if winners are verified sellers.


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    • Hi Kelly,
      Great question! A fat quarter is a quilting term that refers to a one-fourth yard of fabric cut in half width and length wise. Your design challenge entries will preview as a 21″ wide x 18″ tall fat quarter on the voting page. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!