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We will be ringing in 2017 with a brand new Spoonflower tee printed by Raleigh's own House of Swank and we want YOU to design it! What does Spoonflower mean to you? What kinds of things come to mind when you think about the brand? Is it sewing? Design? Community? Flowers? Spoons? Put it all down into a unique, never before seen surface pattern for a t-shirt. Here's the tricky part: you are allowed to use just 3 colors. Elements of your design will be screen printed onto both white and charcoal gray t-shirts so make sure to use a color palette that would look great on both!

2017 Spoonflower T-Shirt Design Challenge

2017 Spoonflower T-Shirt Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (27” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. Spoonflower will choose one grand-prize winner to have printed on the 2017 Spoonflower t-shirt from the top 10 popularly-voted designs.
  • Designs previously published on the Internet are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • Read our interview with House of Swank to learn more about the T-Shirt Challenge


  • 10/21/2016: Submissions open
  • 11/15/2016: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 11/17/2016: Public voting opens
  • 11/30/2016: Public voting ends at 3pm EST to determine top 25 entries
  • 12/01/2016: Spoonflower will announce the winner


Spoonflower will choose one grand-prize winner from the top ten popularly-voted designs. The grand prize winner will receive $500 in cold hard cash. In addition to the cash prize, the grand winner will receive a $250 Spoondollar credit and a free t-shirt printed with their winning design. The design itself may continue to be available for sale in the Marketplace where you can earn up to a 15% commission.

  • 2nd place (popularly voted): $250 Spoondollar credit
  • 3rd place: $100 Spoondollar credit
  • 4th - 5th places: $50 Spoondollar credit
  • 6 - 10th places: $25 Spoondollar credit
  • 11-25: Designs will automatically be proofed and made available in the Spoonflower Marketplace ($5 value)
  • How to Submit a Design

    1. Log in to Spoonflower. If you don't have an account, create one here.
    2. Once logged into your account, upload the design you wish to enter into the challenge.
    3. Select 2017 Spoonflower T-Shirt from the Challenges Dropdown.

    For complete instructions, see the Challenge Terms & Conditions.

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    Submit Design
    Closed November 15, 2016

    How To Vote

    Voting for 2017 Spoonflower T-Shirt has closed. Check out our current challenge!

    Vote for Designs
    November 17 - November 30, 2016

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can enter?
    This contest is open to ALL Spoonflower community members who are 18 years of age as of November 15, 2016. All submitted designs must be the original, previously unpublished work of the entrant created especially for this contest. Please do not use stock images or base your design on the work of another artist.
    How many designs can I enter?
    You can enter only ONE DESIGN in this contest. Designs entered in previous Spoonflower contests are not eligible. Designs licensed for reproduction on fabric with other companies are not eligible.
    Can I share my entry on social media and make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace before voting opens?
    The spirit of the Design Challenge is to give a creative prompt that inspires designers to create a new design that speaks specifically to the theme we have crafted with our brand partners. Spoonflower is seeking an exclusive set of designs for tea towels, so all designs should be created anew for this Design Challenge. We absolutely encourage sharing your process and finished design on the web and you can make your entry for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace, but to ensure that your work is eligible for the end product, we ask that it is not an existing design from your portfolio that has been previously made public on Spoonflower or another ecommerce website.
    Who will judge the contest?
    All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. Spoonflower will choose one grand-prize winner from the top ten designs with the most votes.
    Who can vote?
    Anyone can vote starting November 17, 2016, but only one set of votes may be submitted per individual. Email addresses will be collected from voters. Duplicate votes are filtered using fraud detection software and not counted toward final totals.
    What if I don't want my design to be purchased by other people?
    Designs are not made available for sale without explicit permission from their creators. By participating in this contest, you are granting permission to make your design available to the public for voting and non-exclusively for sale if your design finishes in the top 25.
    Am I giving up the 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, should your design finish in the top 25, to make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace per the customary terms of the Spoonflower Marketplace. For any sales generated in the Marketplace, you will receive a 10% commission. 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.

    Upcoming Challenges

    • Rainbow Tower on the Beach Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

      Submissions close May 30 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 1

      Designs in this series will feature beach and lagoon, with additional inspiration from Hilton's iconic Rainbow Tower and famous Diamond Head Crater. Add in some surfboards, palm trees, and/or canoe rides, to round out the best of what Hilton Hawaiian Village has to offer in the way of fun family-friendly outdoor activities. More Details

    • Mid-Century Modern Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

      Submissions close June 6 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 8

      The Hawaiian Village Hotel was built in the 1950s before Conrad Hilton purchased it in 1961. Tiki culture thrived at the resort. There was no Rainbow Tower but there were plenty of thatched roof guest rooms, the lagoon, pink catamarans, palm trees and Waikiki Beach. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close June 6, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. More Details

    • Blue Hawaii Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

      Submissions close June 13 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 15

      Hilton Hawaiian Village was the birthplace of many exotic, tropical beverages - Blue Hawaii, Tropical Itch, Hawaiian Cooler, Guava Lada, Hot Buttered Okolehao and Scratch Me Lani are all Harry Yee originals. Think Hawaiian Village tiki cups, hollowed out pineapples, exotic stir sticks or a paper umbrella, and you'll have captured the essence of this thirst quenching design challenge. More Details

    • Friday Night Fireworks Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

      Submissions close June 20 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 22

      Fronting the Rainbow Tower, with the moon in the sky over Diamond Head, the ocean is ablaze with color every Friday night at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Capture the Waikiki skyline with Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Rainbow Tower as your focus for this design challenge. Enjoy a seat under the palm trees, grab a Mai Tai, and sit back for a spectacular fireworks display. More Details