Announcing September's Design Challenge Themes

AUG 6, 2021 updated Aug 10, 2021

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.

Be sure to visit the blog to learn more about Spoonflower’s Design Challenge rules and moderation process.

Autumn Botanicals | Entries due by August 24

Leaves, acorns, and a pinecone on a bright yellow background

Once a year we fall for color-changing leaves, acorns, gourds, and earthy florals. What will you choose to highlight in your ideal autumn arrangement?

Picture your design on table settings like placemats and napkins fit for a fall feast or Thanksgiving celebration. Include all your harvest time favorites such as colorful berries, rugged branches or uniquely shaped mushrooms and pine cones. Explore fall-festive color palettes surrounding the beauty of the changing season, with colors like burnt orange, golden yellow or taupe brown.

Entries will be previewed on a 21″ x 18″ fat quarter. Submissions close August 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins August 26. Winners will be announced September 2. See official rules.

Ice Crystals | Entries due by August 31

Ice shards overlapping each other

Bundle up for this week’s challenge because we’re hitting the ice! From blankets of snow to walls of crystal-like icicles, frozen water can present itself in so many beautiful forms.

When the temperatures drop below freezing we get so much inspiration from the natural world. Take a closer look at geometric snowflakes, frost-covered windows, gigantic glaciers, and slick skating ponds. There is no shortage of creative (and chilly!) considerations for the wintry design from the brrrr-rillant Spoonflower artist community.

Entries will be previewed on a 21″ x 18″ fat quarter. Submissions close August 31 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins September 2. Winners will be announced September 9. See official rules.

Petal Solids Coordinates: Joy | Entries due by September 7

Petal solids colors: Lagoon, Mustard and Cotton Candy

This month, two of our contests will ask artists to create a design that coordinates with a collection of three colors available soon as Petal Signature Cotton® Solids.

Coming in September, Petal Signature Cotton Solids are new 100% cotton solid dyed fabrics that make it easier than ever for makers to coordinate with their favorite Spoonflower designs.

​​Our Research & Development team worked hard to identify RGB hex codes that perfectly match our Petal Signature Cotton Solids. This week, create a design that utilizes the colors: Lagoon (#2F909F), Mustard (#C3932B), and/or Cotton Candy (#F1D2D6) to use alongside the Petal Solids fabrics.

These fun, gender-neutral colors are sure to spark joy for whatever sewing or craft project they are used for! Imagine your design along these three colors used in projects like a quilt, for kid’s apparel or a color-blocked tote bag.

hex codes for petal solid colors

An Important Note About Your Design Challenge Entry

Artists must use 1, 2 or all 3 colors from the provided Petal Solids hex codes colors Lagoon (#2F909F), Mustard (#C3932B), and Cotton Candy (#F1D2D6). Additional colors are ok to use, but we recommend keeping it simple with no more than 4 colors total (not including black and white) to ensure your design coordinates well with the colors Lagoon, Mustard and Cotton Candy.

Buy your Petal Signature Cotton Solids Swatch Book today to explore a 2″ x 2″ (5 cm x 5 cm) swatch of all 50 soon-to-be-available dyed solid color options.

Entries will be previewed on a 21″ x 18″ fat quarter. Submissions close September 7 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins September 9. Winners will be announced September 16. See official rules.

 

Submit a New Design

Petal Solids Coordinates: Calm | Entries due by September 14

Petal solids colors Mushroom (#9D8C71), Sky Blue (#A7C0DA), and Pine (#496B60)

This month, two of our contests will ask artists to create a design that coordinates with a collection of three colors available soon as Petal Signature Cotton Solids.

Coming in September, Petal Signature Cotton Solids are new 100% cotton solid dyed fabrics that make it easier than ever for makers to coordinate with their favorite Spoonflower designs.

​​Our Research & Development team worked hard to identify RGB hex codes that perfectly match our Petal Signature Cotton Solids. This week, create a design that utilizes the colors Mushroom (#9D8C71), Sky Blue (#A7C0DA) and Pine (#496B60) to use alongside the Petal Solids fabrics.

These subtle earth tones can help to create a cozy environment for those wanting to bring the calm of the great outdoors in! Imagine your design along these three colors used in projects like bedding or a pillow collection.

hex codes for petal solid colors

An Important Note About Your Design Challenge Entry

Artists must use 1, 2 or all 3 colors from the provided Petal Solids hex codes colors Mushroom (#9D8C71), Sky Blue (#A7C0DA), Pine (#496B60). Additional colors are ok to use, but we recommend keeping it simple with no more than 4 colors total (not including black and white) to ensure your design coordinates well with the colors Mushroom, Sky Blue and Pine.

Buy your Petal Signature Cotton Solids Swatch Book today to explore a 2″ x 2″ (5 cm x 5 cm) swatch of all 50 soon-to-be-available dyed solid color options.

Entries will be previewed on a 21″ x 18″ fat quarter. Submissions close September 14 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins September 16. Winners will be announced September 23. See official rules.

 

Submit a New Design

Holiday Traditions Toile | Entries due by September 21

Family around the table for a christmas meal

Whether you celebrate special occasions with feasts of several courses or the star is the guest of honor’s favorite cake, gatherings at the table with loved ones deserve special consideration! This week, illustrate your innovative spin on the classic toile pattern inspired by your favorite holiday traditions that would be perfect as a table runner, table cloth, placemat or napkin at your next party.

Traditionally, Toile de Jouy, or toile (pronounced “twall”), refers to a decorative pattern that depicts intricate scenes one might discover in rural living. These two-toned illustrated designs have maintained their popularity in home decor and interior design. We can’t wait to see all the creative and contemporary takes inspired by toile and your holiday traditions!

Entries will be previewed on a 21″ x 18″ fat quarter. Submissions close September 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins September 23. Winners will be announced September 30. See official rules.

Weekly Prizes

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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