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Overview

Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? As the new year begins, we all set new goals and refocus on learning new things, improving, and challenging ourselves with hobbies. Here at Spoonflower we are proud to enable your hobbies whether that’s design, sewing, or both! To celebrate this month, we’re launching a design challenge each week that’s inspired by a creative hobby (with a twist, of course). Are you up to the challenge?

Limited Color Palette Sewing Design Challenge

Limited Color Palette Sewing Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 3 PM EDT.
  • 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. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
  • 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.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.



Timeline

  • 12/16/2016: Submissions open
  • 12/27/2016: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 12/29/2016: Public voting opens
  • 01/04/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EST to determine top 25 entries
  • 01/05/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

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 Limited Color Palette Sewing from the Challenges Dropdown.

For complete instructions, see the Challenge Terms & Conditions.

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Submit Design
Closed December 27, 2016

How To Vote

Voting for Limited Color Palette Sewing has closed. Check out our current challenge!

Vote for Designs
December 29 - January 4, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?
This contest is open to ALL Spoonflower community members who are 18 years of age as of December 27, 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, 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. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
Who can vote?
Anyone can vote starting December 29, 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

  • Solar Eclipse

    Submissions close July 25 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins July 27

    On August 21, our friends in the US will have the opportunity to witness "The Great American Total Solar Eclipse." Moon gazers from all over the world will be making a trip to Spoonflower’s HQ state of North Carolina to see the spectacular moon phase for themselves. While the eclipse may only last for a few minutes, a fabric design celebrating this “once in blue moon" event will last forever! More Details

  • Illustrated Maps

    Submissions close August 1 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins August 3

    Stock up on your favorite car snacks, turn on the tunes and get our your maps because it’s time for one last summer road-trip! Create a design inspired by the open roads. Whether you’re venturing through a new city or drafting the perfect treasure map, show us how you’re inspired by this navigation tool. Hand illustrating your map is not required but do your best to create an illustrated style. More Details

  • Swedish Folk Art

    Submissions close August 8 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins August 10

    For this week’s challenge, we’re letting our community choose. In July, we received over 250 challenge themes submitted via social media and took to the blog for a round of voting to find this week’s community chosen theme : Swedish Folk Art. Inspired by fables and allegories and depicted through repeating geometric shapes, this type of art was created to bring pleasure to everyday tasks. More Details

  • Bohemian

    Submissions close August 15 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins August 17

    Channel your inner flower child this week to create a geometric, eye-catching, and bold design inspired by a lifestyle full of adventure! Just like the travelers way of life, let your artistic vision run free for this week’s challenge. More Details

  • Memphis Style

    Submissions close August 22 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins August 24

    The Memphis style was characterized by ephemeral design featuring colorful decoration and asymmetrical shapes. While not loved by many when it was first introduced in 1980, it quickly grew in popularity during the ‘90s. Squiggly lines, graphic patterns, bold colors are just a few ways to create the signature Memphis style. Show us how you interpret this bold style with a Memphis inspired design. More Details