design challenge themes
It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end, but here at the Spoonflower HQ, we can’t help but feel the excitement for cooler weather and the most magical time of the year – our annual fat quarters sale! To help prepare, we’re challenging you to create your very own cut-and-sew fat quarter project, one of our most popularly requested design challenge themes this year. If this is your very first challenge, don’t forget to review how to submit an entry before you get started and as always, have fun!
Can you believe Spoonflower’s very first design challenge was held almost 8 years ago? The daffodils theme challenged the Spoonflower community for the very first time and holli_zollinger’s daffodils_yellow won the hearts of the community as she took home our very first grand prize. Since then, the weekly prompts have made Thursdays our favorite day of the week (after Saturday, of course!). We can’t wait to see what designs make it into the winners’ circle during our May and June challenges.
If this is your very first challenge, don’t forget to review how to submit an entry before you get started and as always, have fun!
Marrakesh | Results Announced May 17
2018 marks Spoonflower’s 10 year anniversary and as we continue to grow, we are dedicated to keeping our ecological footprint small in sharp contrast to today’s textile industry. From a print-on-demand process designed to minimize our fabric and ink waste to a small garden outside our North Carolina headquarters that is filled with herbs, lettuces and cherry tomatoes planted (and enjoyed) by our employees, sustainability is at the heart of all that we do. As we approach Earth Day on April 22, we hope this month’s design challenge themes will inspire you to ask yourself how you’re making a positive impact on Mother Earth.
Gardening | Results Announced April 19
From a challenge inspired by International Women’s Day on March 8 to a prompt that will have you dreaming up your next fixer upper, this month’s design challenge themes will spark your creativity (and maybe even your taste buds!). If you’ve been trying to design more in 2018, why not set a goal of entering all four challenges this month? Can’t commit to all four weeks? That’s OK! Our monthly challenges are designed to encourage your creativity in a fun way that works with your busy schedule!
Sisterhood Around the World | Results Announced March 15
From the beginning, women have always played a vital role at Spoonflower. From the dedicated women on our team to the creative and ever-inspiring women in our community, there wouldn’t be a Spoonflower without women. On March 8 people all over the world will be honoring International Women’s Day and we invite our community to join the celebration during this week’s design challenge. From proudly marching with your sisters or showing support for those around you, we challenge you to create a repeating design honoring what sisterhood around the world means to you. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close March 6 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins March 8. See official rules. [Read more…] about Announcing March’s Design Challenge Themes
If “create more art” was one of your New Year’s resolutions, February’s design challenge themes will be just the thing you need to keep the inspiration flowing. Cuddly creatures, limited color palettes and a challenge inspired by Roostery’s newest product line will kick your resolution into high gear and keep you on track. Sharpen your pencils, charge up those tablets and start your design engine! [Read more…] about Announcing February’s Design Challenge Themes
The Spoonflower community is a melting pot of designers from all over the world and during January’s design challenges, we’ll be celebrating this designer diversity with a sampler of five internationally inspired themes. We’ll be starting our adventure in Africa with a challenge welcoming the newest exhibition at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and ending our excursion in Japan honoring a traditional paper art technique. Pack your design tool box because it’s time for a design adventure!
African Art with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Results Announced January 11
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
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.
For the month of August, we’re heading back to our classic design challenge format…with a little twist halfway through! Next month, enjoy themes that will challenge you to think outside the design box, including one theme created and voted on by the Spoonflower community. Keep reading to see which theme won the community’s vote and find out what other fun design themes we’ve dreamt up for this month! [Read more…] about Announcing August’s Design Challenge Themes