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When you peel back the layers, there’s a lot going on beneath our feet. Geology is 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 volcanoes and fossils to rock strata and climate change, get inspired by this Earth science to create a repeating design and rock this challenge.


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.


  • 1st place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

Geology Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 3 PM EST.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on 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.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.


  • 03/09/2018: Submissions open
  • 04/17/2018: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 04/19/2018: Public voting opens
  • 04/24/2018: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 04/26/2018: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Winter Glamour Design Challenge

Elegant Holiday Limited Color Palette

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Winners to be announced May 24

Animals by Air Design Challenge

Animals by Air

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Voting begins May 24

Animals by Land Design Challenge

Animals by Land

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Submissions close May 29 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins May 31

Animals by Sea Design Challenge

Animals of the Ocean

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Submissions close June 5 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins June 7

Bauhaus Design Challenge

Bauhaus Movement

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Submissions close June 12 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins June 14

Four Wheels Design Challenge

Four Wheels

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Submissions close June 19 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins June 21

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