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!
Off to the Horse Races | Results Announced March 22
For this week’s challenge we’re heading to the race tracks with the party planning experts at Black Twine. A celebratory weekend at the track wouldn’t be complete without iconic cocktails like mint juleps, larger-than-life hats, roses and of course, horses! Using your favorite medium of choice, we challenge you to create a repeating design incorporating what you’d see from this equestrian sport. To sweeten the deal, the winning design, chosen by Black Twine from the popularly voted top 25, will be featured in a special Off to the Horse Races party. Find out more about this week’s design challenge partner here. Entries will be previewed as Roostery’s Malay Round Tablecloth. Submissions close March 13 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins March 15. See official rules.
Monochrome | Results Announced March 29
This week’s theme is a twist on a community favorite, the limited color palette. After selecting one color (hue) of your choice, put your skills to the test by creating a repeating design only using tones, tints and shades of this hue, including (but not required) black and white. New to creating monochromatic designs? This helpful color palette generator will guide you along the way! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close March 20 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins March 22. See official rules.
Summer Cookout | Results Announced April 5
By the end of this week’s challenge you’ll be ready to plan your next backyard barbeque! Fire up
the grill your favorite design program to create a repeating design inspired by the savory bites you’ll find at any cookout. Don’t forget to include your favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers and other summer staples like watermelon! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close March 27 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins March 29. See official rules.
Modern Farmhouse | Results Announced April 12
Calling all Fixer Upper fans! This week’s challenge is just for you. Modern farmhouse style is known for its warmth and simplicity, clean lines and use of natural textures and materials like wood or galvanized steel. Iconic to the modern farmhouse style, the mainstay of cream as a thematic color choice presents the perfect canvas for neutrals or bright and bold hues. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close April 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins April 5. See official rules.
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
This week’s challenge will have you flexing your green thumb! From urban gardening to backyard raised beds, there are so many ways to incorporate gardening into your lifestyle–even if you have to leave it to the experts. Take your pick from produce to peonies and create a repeating design featuring what we might find in a garden near you. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close April 10 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins April 12. See official rules.
Geology | Results Announced April 26
When you peel back the layers, there’s a lot going on beneath our feet. However, Geology isn’t just about rocks (although those have plenty to tell us): it’s the study of the Earth’s materials, natural resources and the processes that have acted on our dynamic planet over the entire history of time. From metals, volcanoes and fossils to land formations, rock strata and climate change, get inspired by this Earth science to create a repeating design in your medium of choice and rock this challenge. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close April 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins April 19. See official rules.
Endangered Species | Results Announced May 3
There are over 16,306 endangered species in the world, and we want to help catapult them into the spotlight. People, pesticides and pollution are all factors that can all play a role in the extinction of plants and animals, and awareness is the first step in protecting endangered species. From the Asian elephant to the Amur leopard, we hope this week’s theme sheds some light on the planet’s at-risk flora and fauna. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close April 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins April 26. See official rules.
Cycling | Results Announced May 10
Did you know May 18 is the official Bike to Work day? To celebrate, we’re challenging you to create a repeating design featuring one of the many ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint. Will we find you cycling your way through this theme on one wheel, two wheels or three? Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close May 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins May 3. See official rules.
One Grand Prize Winner each week will receive $200 in Spoondollars. The winner will also receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.
The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars.
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 25
Each of the top 25 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.
Below please find the rules for participating in our Design Challenge.
- Log in to Spoonflower. If you don’t have an account, create one.
- Go to your design library. If you don’t yet have any designs, upload the design you wish to enter.
- On your design library page, pull down the Action menu underneath the design you wish to enter in the contest, then select the contest you wish to enter under Enter in Contest.
- Choose the layout option for your design, then click the button that reads “Enter Contest”. If you wish to change the size/dpi of your design, you can do so using the edit option on this page.
- Be sure to wait until your entry preview fully loads, with a message confirming your contest entry, before you leave the page.
- If you decide to enter a different design or make changes, you can withdraw a design by following the same steps, then entering a new design.
- You can only have one design active in the contest at a time. Once the entry period closes, we will ‘freeze’ the submitted designs. ****If you update your design after this point, you will break the image thumbnail and voters will not be able to see your design.
Themed Design Challenge Rules (updated 10/25/2016)
- Official rules may change depending on the contest, and will always be updated on this page as they become available.
Overview. The general idea behind our Design Challenge is that each week members of the Spoonflower community choose to submit designs and we put them up for voting to determine the Design Challenge. Designs can be entered by the designer via our entry process, but each month the winning fabric is selected by community voting. The winning fabric is then promoted through our weekly email, blog, etc. as a fabric for sale. In addition to earning up to 15% on any fabric sold, the winning designer receives a unique prize that will be determined by the design challenge partners and Spoonflower.
Voting. Each week we will take fabric designs submitted by their creators to the contest and open them to voting from the community. The design with the most votes is declared the winner unless stated otherwise. One vote per person is counted. Duplicate votes are removed automatically from the totals. The full results of voting are generally posted on the blog on the day the winner is announced.
Prize. Prizes will vary based on our contest. If you receive Spoondollar credit for winning, please note that this cannot be redeemed for cash. This has no effect on the commission you earn from sales of your winning fabric through our efforts to promote the contest.
If you enter your design, we may or may not offer it to the community for possible selection as the Design Challenge. The best motivation for submitting a design is the chance to share your work with an amazing community of your peers. Please note that all submitted designs must be original and comply with the Spoonflower Terms of Service.
As of July 7, 2011, we began making all ten of the top ten designs in each competition available for sale. By entering the contest, you agree that if your design is voted in the top 10 and is marked for sale that you agree to be bound by the terms of the Seller’s Agreement and become a verified seller. Designs must remain for sale for one week after the top ten designs are announced. Designers are free to change the for-sale status of their own designs at any time after that week. Please note that designs will remain visible in our past contest archive. Should you change the for-sale status of your design, please keep the design public to keep our archive complete.
Designers who sell designs via Spoonflower are required to supply tax information by filling out a W-8BEN or a W-9 form. Spoonflower will make all top ten designs for sale on the day that the contest standing is announced. If you have not completed your tax information at this time, we will automatically select the option to withhold 30% of the Spoondollars you make from sales for tax purposes.
You can complete your tax information at any point. Once tax information is supplied, we will no longer withhold your Spoondollars. Please find instructions for completing your tax information here.
- All submitted designs must be your own (you cannot nominate other people’s designs or use designs based upon other people’s work)
- Designs must already be in your Spoonflower account. To have a Spoonflower account, you have to have registered on the site and uploaded a design. Doing so is free, by the way.
- Designs in the contests must be public (to edit which of your designs are public, visit the Designs page in your Spoonflower account.). Please submit no more than one design for each contest. Thanks!
While we do not require that a design submitted to the contest have been purchased first (by the designer), please consider that it’s a good idea to at least see for yourself what your design looks like on fabric before entering it in a public contest. Swatches are only $5!
What if I don’t want my design to be purchased by other people? We will never sell or offer for voting any design without explicit permission from its creator. Making your design public on Spoonflower does NOT mean that it will appear in a Design Challenge. In order to appear in the contest you must specifically submit a design using the process described above. Note that the top ten designs in each contest will be made available for sale.
Can I submit more than one design? Please submit no more than one design for each themed contest.
Am I giving up copyright of my design by entering it? You are not giving up ownership of your design, but by entering your design in the contest you give us the non-exclusive right to make it available for sale in the Spoonflower marketplace for no less than a week per the usual terms of the Spoonflower marketplace, which give you up to 15% commission on retail sales. You will always be credited for your design and you are free to continue to sell it on your own now and in the future. After a week, you are also free to remove your winning design from the marketplace.
Please always feel free to let us know what you think by emailing us.