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We’re traveling to Marrakesh in Morocco this week! While strolling the bustling alleyways of the souks or bazaars, you won’t miss the bold colors from the handmade rugs, traditional attire and lanterns being sold by local artists and vendors. Channeling the rich hues and the intricate geometric designs on goods you might find, create a repeating design that will inspire a case of wanderlust.


Can you believe Spoonflower’s very first design challenge was held almost 8 years ago? The daffodils theme challenged the Spoonflower community for the very first time and holli_zollinger’s daffodils_yellow won the hearts of the community as she took home our very first grand prize. Since then, the weekly prompts have made Thursdays our favorite day of the week (after Saturday, of course!). We can’t wait to see what designs make it into the winners’ circle during our May and June challenges.

If this is your very first challenge, don’t forget to review how to submit an entry before you get started and as always, have fun!


  • 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.

Marrakesh Details

  • The deadline for entries is Thursday, May 8, 2018 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.
  • 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.


  • 04/19/2018: Submissions open
  • 05/08/2018: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 05/10/2018: Public voting opens
  • 05/15/2018: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 05/17/2018: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Cozy Tones LCP Design Challenge

Limited Color Palette

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Winners to be announced October 18

Cut-and-Sew Projects Design Challenge

Cut & Sew Fat Quarter Project

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Voting begins October 18

Gender Neutral Nursery Design Challenge

Gender Neutral Nursery Wallpaper

See the Challenge

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

Chinoiserie Design Challenge


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Submissions close October 30 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins November 1

Fair Isle Design Challenge

Fair Isle

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Submissions close November 6 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 8

Holidays Around the World Design Challenge

Holidays Around the World

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Submissions close November 13 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 15

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