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We are delighted to team up with Headbands of Hope to create designs for an amazing cause. Headbands of Hope are given to children with cancer in hospitals across the US because, as Jess Ekstrom, founder of Headbands of Hope believes, fashion can be a great vehicle for positive self-identity. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we hope this month’s theme, “dreamers,” will inspire designs of celestial and sky imagery and/or future aspirations, such as travel, careers, and people to one day meet. The top 5 winners will have their designs licensed for an exclusive Spoonflower + Headbands of Hope collection.

  • Check out our blog post and Pinterest board for more design inspiration.
  • The deadline for entries is Friday, September 16, 2016 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Headbands of Hope and Spoonflower will curate 100 designs from all submitted entries to be eligible for public voting.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a swatch size (8” x 8”) on the voting ballot.
  • Headbands of Hope will choose a grand prize winner from the popularly-voted top five 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.
    Headbands of Hope Dreamers Design Challenge

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    Headbands of Hope

    For every ​item sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer.

    Jess Ekstrom was moved to create Headbands of Hope in 2012 after a life changing​ ​internship with a children’s wish granting organization, where she noticed the effect​ ​chemotherapy had on a young girl’s self-confidence. The brand believes that a​ ​simple accessory can improve a child’s outlook on both inner and outer beauty,​ ​uplifting them with just a small gesture. For every headband sold, a headband is​ ​donated to a child battling cancer. For more information, please visit

    Headbands of Hope

    Headbands of Hope Dreamers Details

    See Challenge Terms & Conditions


    • 09/01/2016: Submissions open
    • 09/16/2016: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
    • 09/21/2016: Public voting opens
    • 09/27/2016: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
    • 09/29/2016: Spoonflower will announce the winner


    All top 5 popularly-voted designs will be licensed for an exclusive collection of headbands. Winners will receive 10% commission for each yard of fabric purchased to manufacture these headbands, along with a $50 Headbands of Hope credit + $50 Spoonflower credit. One grand-prize winner will have 50 headbands produced with their design and donated to their local children’s hospital, or the children’s hospital of their choice. Winners will also be featured in an exclusive press release written by Spoonflower, recognition in Sponsors’ emails, blogs and on social media channels.

    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 Headbands of Hope Dreamers from the Challenges Dropdown.

    For complete instructions, see the Challenge Terms and Conditions.

    Screenshot of submission selection
    Submit Design
    Closed September 16

    How To Vote

    Once voting is open for Headbands of Hope Dreamers, you will be able to follow the link below to vote for your favorite designs.

    Vote for Designs
    Open September 21 - September 27

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can enter?
    This contest is open to ALL Spoonflower community members who are 18 years of age as of September 16, 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. Our friends at Headbands of Hope are seeking an exclusive set of designs for a new line of headbands, 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?
    Sponsors will choose the top 100 designs from all submitted entries. These 100 designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 5 winning designs. Headbands of Hope will choose one grand-prize winner from the popularly-voted top five.
    Who can vote?
    Anyone can vote starting September 21, 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 5. All designers finishing in the top 5 will be expected to license their design to Headbands of Hope for headband production and work with Headbands of Hope to ready their file for production. Any subsequent design work will be negotiated between Headbands of Hope and the winning entrants.
    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 5, 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.
    What are the terms of the contract with Headband of Hope?
    Designers finishing in the top 5 will receive a guaranteed commission of 10% for fabric ordered for headband production.

    Upcoming Challenges

    • Abstract Skillshare Whimsical Watercolor

      Submissions close May 2 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins May 4

      Big bold brushstrokes, paint drips, and gestural, broad swaths of color and shapes. The best abstract designs can change your mood and lift your spirits -- and they just happen to be some of our favorite designs for garment sewing and wall art alike. Whip out the watercolors and give us your take on an abstract surface design! Entries will be previewed at the FQ size. Submissions close 05/02/17. More Details

    • Fruits Skillshare Whimsical Watercolor

      Submissions close May 9 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins May 11

      Sometimes we like to get our recommended 2 to 3 services of fruit in the form of a surface design. Nothing says spring and summer fun like a whimsical watercolor fruit pattern! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close May 9, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins April 13, 2017. More Details

    • Insects Skillshare Whimsical Watercolor

      Submissions close May 16 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins May 18

      Creepy, crawly, and in some cases -- surprisingly beautiful. Get inspired by your favorite backyard bugs (...or at least maybe just the ones that don't totally freak you out!) and create a watercolor design worthy of collecting and saving forever in a shadow box! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close May 16, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. More Details

    • Cityscapes Skillshare Whimsical Watercolor

      Submissions close May 23 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins May 25

      We were so inspired by our friend SammyK's Skillshare class about creating motifs inspired by your city, that we knew we had to turn this theme over to our community! “Throw down for your home town” and create a watercolor design inspired by your locale.Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close May 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern More Details