Announcing March’s Design Challenge Themes

FEB 7, 2020

Spoonflower’s Weekly Design Challenges encourage creativity by inviting our community to submit designs around a theme and vote on favorites to win weekly prizes. See what design challenges are coming up and which designers were crowned grand-champion in past challenges here

Micro Modern Quilt | Entries due by February 25

Photo by Floh Maier on Unsplash

We know that large-scale designs work great for wallpaper and curtains, but what about for projects on a smaller scale? We’re celebrating National Quilt Month with a design challenge that will inspire you to take vibrant geometrics and funky florals to a size perfect for featuring in quilted wall art and throws. Imagine ditsy repeating patterns (small and non-directional) and whimsical, vintage-inspired elements in a scale perfect for piecing together into a quilt top.

Be sure to shrink your big ideas into modern prints at a small-scale—designs will be previewing on an 8” swatch, the ideal size for using in a hand-stitched log cabin or flying geese quilt block.

Ditsy Design Examples
(small scale, non-directional prints)

Little Ditsy Sheep by heleen_vd_thillart
Woodfall Ditsy by nouveau_bohemian

Entries will be previewed on a swatch size: 8” x 8”. Submissions close February 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins February 27. Winners will be announced March 5. See official rules.

Pine and Mint Throw Pillows – Limited Color Palette | Entries due by March 3

For the home decor shopper, finding coordinating throw pillows can feel like a daunting task. Will this shade of blue match this shade green? This week we’re challenging you to help them find a solution in our Pine and Mint Throw Pillow challenge. Using just the shades Pine (#436464), Mint (#cbe4e4) and optional black and white, create a repeating pattern inspired by a theme you’d want to see as an accent pillow in your home. By the end of this week the Spoonflower community will be able to easily mix-and-match the winning designs to create the elevated pillow collection they’ve been searching for. 

Limited Color Palette

Pine (#436464), Mint (#cbe4e4), White (#ffffff), Black (#000000)

  • Both colors in the palette above must be included in your design.
  • Black and white are optional.
  • Color variations and colors outside of this palette will not be accepted.
  • To prevent colors from shifting when uploading to Spoonflower, designs must be in the sRGB color space. Please do not create your design in CMYK.

Designer tip: While black and white are optional in this challenge, we recommend using these colors as accents to highlight the pine and mint used in your design. 

Entries will be previewed on a Spoonflower Throw Pillow. Submissions close March 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins March 5. Winners will be announced March 12. See official rules.

Faux-Textured Wallpaper | Entries due by March 10

From professional interior designers to DIY home enthusiasts alike, one thing is certain; wallpaper is making waves in the world of home renovations. And one trend we’re seeing is a budget-friendly approach to tactile walls: faux-textured wallpaper. In this week’s challenge, we want you to reach far outside of your typical toolbox and create a repeating design that you can’t help but touch. From grasscloth to marble, it would be faux pas to miss out on this challenge!

Entries will be previewed on Spoonflower wallpaper. Submissions close March 10 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins March 12. Winners will be announced 19. See official rules.

Nugget Couch Design Challenge | Entries due by March 17 

What’s bright, bold and fun all over? A Nugget couch featuring the winning design in this week’s challenge, of course! Nugget is a modular, infinitely configurable play couch for little ones, and their team is looking for a repeating non-directional pattern featuring bright, color-blocked shapes to turn into a limited edition Spoonflower x Nugget couch. Just like the kiddos who create forts or reading nooks with their couch, your geometric design should fit nicely into multiple room styles alongside growing imaginations. Before you get started, be sure to learn more about Nugget and the Nugget customer.

The winning design, handpicked by Nugget from the popularly voted top 50, will receive a $500 cash prize and be featured on a Nugget Couch coming later this year!

Entries will be previewed on a fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close March 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins March 19. Winners will be announced March 26. See official rules.

Two important notes about your Nugget Design Challenge Entry:
The winning design will be limited to no more than eight colors during Nugget production so please limit your entry to no more than eight colors. Due to the cut-and-sew nature of Nugget manufacturing, your design challenge entry should be non-directional

*The Nugget team will work directly with the winning designer to get their design ready for Nugget’s printing process and to determine a licensing agreement. The winning design cannot be sold outside of Spoonflower, Roostery and Nugget.

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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