Skip to the main content
Important Update—Please Read

February’s celebration of the Lunar New Year also welcomes a new zodiac sign, and 2018 is the Year of the Dog. It’s said that people born in this year have the gift of realism combined with a keen sense of observation. Create a repeating design inspired by what Year of the Dog means to you. From your 4 legged friends to a zodiac approach, we can't wait to see what you create!


December’s design inspiration will test your creativity as we explore a wide range of themes. From four-legged friends to one-of-a-kind tattoos (and everything in between!), there’s bound to be something for every type of artist. Keep reading to find out which themes will pique your interest most (we hope all of them!) during December’s design challenge.


  • 1 first 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.

Year of the Dog Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 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.


  • 11/03/2017: Submissions open
  • 12/05/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 12/07/2017: Public voting opens
  • 12/12/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EST to determine top 25 entries
  • 12/14/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Canadian Wildlife Design Challenge

Canadian Wildlife

Vote Now

Winners to be announced June 11

Quiet Spaces Design Challenge

Quiet Spaces

See the Challenge

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

Large Birds Design Challenge

Large Birds

See the Challenge

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

Current Challenge Past Challenges