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The Northern Lights are one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomenons that many of us would be lucky to witness at least once in a lifetime. Look to the skies and create a surface design representative of Aurora Borealis. It can be abstract and watercolor to geometric; think outside the box and flex your creativity on this one. Entries will be previewed on a 21" x 18" FQ and should repeat.


Overview

To celebrate the arrival of cozy season, we’re offering loungewear / athleisure patterns from our sister brand Sprout Patterns as prizes for the top 3 winners of each week’s challenge!

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive a pair of Sloan Leggings sewn with white glove service from Sprout Patterns. In addition, the grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive a pair of Sloan Leggings from Sprout Patterns, along with $100 in Spoonflower credit. 3rd place will receive a pair of Sloan Leggings from Sprout Patterns, along with a $50 Spoonflower credit. 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.

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive a pair of Sloan Leggings with white glove service in their winning design or design of their choosing from Sprout Patterns. In addition, the grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive a pair of Sloan Leggings in their winning design or design of their choosing from Sprout Patterns (without white glove service). In addition, the 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner will receive a pair of Sloan Leggings in their winning design or design of their choosing from Sprout Patterns (without white glove service). In addition, 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.

The Winner

constellations
473
401 Votes

The rest of the Top 10

The full list of entries and votes

  1. 401 votes for constellations by holaholga
  2. 324 votes for Geo Borealis by brittany_vogt
  3. 318 votes for In the midst of an aurora by vo_aka_virginiao
  4. 307 votes for Aurora Embroidery by marketa_stengl
  5. 295 votes for Aurora Borealis by vinpauld
  6. 278 votes for Arctic Song by nouveau_bohemian
  7. 227 votes for Village Aurora by katielee
  8. 225 votes for Aurora sky by elena_naylor
  9. 220 votes for Aurora Borealis by whimsicalvigilante
  10. 207 votes for Northern Lights by robyriker
  11. 205 votes for Aurora Borealis_Color sky lights by mia_valdez
  12. 201 votes for (private design)
  13. 200 votes for Inuit under the northern light stars sky in the mountains by heleen_vd_thillart
  14. 199 votes for Cosmic Particles by Friztin by friztin
  15. 195 votes for aurora borealis by pamelachi
  16. 194 votes for Aurora Bearealis by hollybender
  17. 193 votes for Wild Northern Lights by lisa_kubenez
  18. 188 votes for Lone Polar Bear by jvclawrence
  19. 188 votes for A Curious Fox by ciara_moriarty
  20. 188 votes for bear-borealis by gaiamarfurt
  21. 186 votes for (private design)
  22. 186 votes for Aurora by dilettantealchamist
  23. 184 votes for Aurore_Boréale_rose by un_temps_de_coton
  24. 173 votes for Northen Lights/ Woodland Artic animals/ Polar Bear Deer Bunny by flora&bear
  25. 162 votes for They Watched the Lights Dance Together by irishvikingdesigns
  26. 140 votes for Stripes of Lights by morsing_around
  27. 137 votes for Northern Lights by julia_diane
  28. 137 votes for (private design)
  29. 133 votes for Little Arctic Aurora by landpenguin
  30. 133 votes for Northern_Lights by beckylou_design
  31. 131 votes for Northern lights over Manitoba by weavingmajor
  32. 125 votes for Aurora Borealis by anniemcbridedesign
  33. 123 votes for Night Sky by andreaalice
  34. 122 votes for dream waves by stofftoy
  35. 119 votes for Turning_Point_a_01 by bgarner
  36. 118 votes for Red North by mariaspeyer
  37. 115 votes for Aurora Borealis with Wolves by micklyn
  38. 112 votes for rainbow borealis by analinea
  39. 109 votes for The Auroras by ceciliamok
  40. 106 votes for Aurora Galaxy by lovelypuddle
  41. 104 votes for Aurora Borealis by thread_sa
  42. 100 votes for Aurora Borealis Weave by flutterbi
  43. 100 votes for aurora bears' by arjadne
  44. 99 votes for Chevron Aurora by eclectic_house
  45. 99 votes for Northern lights by forestwooddesigns
  46. 94 votes for Aurora and Stars by greyfire
  47. 94 votes for Winter Bear by charlottemahy
  48. 93 votes for Starry_Night by eraerica
  49. 90 votes for Aurora Borealis by elystrations
  50. 88 votes for (private design)
  51. 86 votes for GeoMagnetic by byre_wilde
  52. 86 votes for AURORA BOREALIS INSPIRED FIBERS by paysmage
  53. 85 votes for northern lights by craftwithcartwright
  54. 82 votes for Aurora and Stars by enid_a
  55. 81 votes for Abstract Northern Lights by dunnspun
  56. 80 votes for Inside the Aurora Borealis by gargoylesentry
  57. 80 votes for Loch Lomond Aurora by floramoon
  58. 80 votes for Aurora Borealis by zsmama
  59. 77 votes for Northern Lights by seesawboomerang
  60. 76 votes for The Sky Watcher, Aurora Borealis, lime green turquoise aqua blue pink white black chartreuse yellow by amy_g
  61. 75 votes for aurora3 by lesliecassidy
  62. 73 votes for Multi Directional Feline Fruit Fusion Larger Scale ©Jennifer Garrett by jennifer_todd
  63. 73 votes for aurora twinkle by jackiejean
  64. 71 votes for Dancing Lights by callalilybeauty
  65. 66 votes for Aurora Borealis in Watercolor by pinky_wittingslow
  66. 64 votes for POLAR NORTHERN LIGHTS by bluevelvet
  67. 64 votes for Polar Bear Northern Lights Play by bloomingwyldeiris
  68. 63 votes for Aurora Borealis Tartan by spicerroots
  69. 63 votes for Aurora Mountains Linen by pond_ripple
  70. 61 votes for Northern Lights Skyline by clyde_mooney
  71. 60 votes for Spring flowers by matite
  72. 59 votes for Labradorite by chihuahuashower
  73. 59 votes for WinterForest_TAPESTRY by miketyau
  74. 59 votes for Aurora Borealis by malibu_creative
  75. 58 votes for Uptown Lights by ottomanbrim
  76. 55 votes for Aurora by pegeo
  77. 54 votes for aurora stripes by josiewhitmoreso
  78. 54 votes for Aurora Dave and Alice by orangefancy
  79. 54 votes for Science behind Northern Lights by orasie
  80. 53 votes for Northern Lights Aurora Borealis by megandunagan
  81. 52 votes for light__stars___rainbows by trixiepop
  82. 51 votes for Aurora_Ombre by modernfox
  83. 49 votes for Mountain_Range_Aurora by kristinloo
  84. 49 votes for Goddess Aurora by scrummy
  85. 49 votes for Polar Ice Castles by paula's_designs
  86. 48 votes for Glow of the Lights by gnarllymamadesigns
  87. 47 votes for 06019914 © ribbons of light in space by sef
  88. 46 votes for Aurora Borealis Scroll-4 by ambrosiacottage
  89. 45 votes for Happy eskimos look at the Aurora Borealis by mnlva
  90. 45 votes for Nordic_Light by maredesigns
  91. 45 votes for Aurora Borealis by elramsay
  92. 41 votes for Aurora Borealis by elainesparadiseprint
  93. 41 votes for Aurora Digitalis - Large by chinaberries_studio
  94. 40 votes for Northern Lights Starry Sky by art-with-ali
  95. 40 votes for Northern Fire by millcitytextiles
  96. 39 votes for Aurora Borealis Dragonfly Sky by hnldesigns
  97. 39 votes for Aurora by snickerdoodlesandtea
  98. 38 votes for Icelandic Aurora Ombre by zo&so
  99. 38 votes for Nirvana by ganimade
  100. 38 votes for Surreal Christmas by beautiful_distractions
  101. 37 votes for snowflake_AB by kaiacannon_
  102. 37 votes for Aurora_Glow_Ikat by ftgirl
  103. 36 votes for Aurora Mystery by menny
  104. 36 votes for Aurora by olgart
  105. 35 votes for Aurora borealis watercolor by paint_and_brush_
  106. 34 votes for Sapphire Flower Vintage Bohemian Arabesque Damask Pattern Classic Navy Blue by clipsocallipso
  107. 34 votes for Revontulet by greenedevine
  108. 34 votes for Aurora by belana
  109. 34 votes for (private design)
  110. 32 votes for Aurora-Borealis by calendulaandtape
  111. 31 votes for Magical Northen Sky by raoulandsimone
  112. 31 votes for Tribal Leaf by pinecone-design
  113. 31 votes for (private design)
  114. 29 votes for orca_color_small by izzycreates
  115. 29 votes for Ombre Starry Night Border by twilfley
  116. 29 votes for Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis by whyitsme_design
  117. 29 votes for dreamy landscape by lisahilda
  118. 29 votes for Fox Fires by heliothryx
  119. 28 votes for DSCF566454 by quest
  120. 28 votes for Impressionistic Aurora Borealis by wickedrefined
  121. 28 votes for Aurora Borealis by palusalu
  122. 28 votes for Northern dreams-2 by moonhare
  123. 28 votes for starlightpattern by missbmckay
  124. 27 votes for Aurora by woolandbristle
  125. 27 votes for Northern Light B by charldia
  126. 27 votes for Aurora Swirls by wilkesgal12
  127. 27 votes for Aurora by bruxamagica
  128. 26 votes for Aurora Borealis Antique Brooch by franbail
  129. 25 votes for Aurora Borealis Fireworks by allaroundquilter
  130. 24 votes for Light and Sound-opened by katawampus
  131. 24 votes for Dalmatian Camel by lottalorier
  132. 24 votes for Loving the Flowing Colour - Medium Scale by rhondadesigns
  133. 24 votes for Aurora Dream by roseivy
  134. 24 votes for An Arrangement of Light by anniedeb
  135. 23 votes for Zeus by bombaycatdesign
  136. 23 votes for URSA MAJOR with AURORA BOREALIS by di@ne
  137. 21 votes for Aurora-Borealis by madeinvt
  138. 21 votes for Zingy NIghts by inkiblu
  139. 20 votes for apple by jurane
  140. 20 votes for Et Toute Cette Vie Sur Leau Qui Dort by katdermane
  141. 20 votes for 5th_Dimension_Pollination_sm by maisha31
  142. 20 votes for aurora_z by ruthjohanna
  143. 19 votes for AURORA_BOREALIS_32_ by soobloo
  144. 18 votes for IMG_3513 by hannahscarr
  145. 18 votes for Floral Abstract 1 by dream_go_explore
  146. 18 votes for (private design)
  147. 17 votes for Aurora_Borealis_Through_the_Trees by sewindigo
  148. 17 votes for Florella-ed-ed by three128
  149. 17 votes for Aurora by j9design
  150. 17 votes for Sky ballet by lauraflorencedesign
  151. 17 votes for Under_the_Northern_Lights by grandma_coco
  152. 16 votes for (private design)
  153. 16 votes for Magic in the air by flowerdesigns
  154. 15 votes for Primary Seed and Light by rock_farm
  155. 15 votes for IMG_1348 by meeghanz
  156. 14 votes for NightBeauty by christinelynnjohansen
  157. 14 votes for aurora lights - midnight shimmer MEDIUM by drapestudio
  158. 13 votes for Northern_lights_elephant by destinyt
  159. 12 votes for (private design)
  160. 12 votes for marblin_3 by retin
  161. 11 votes for Aurora Streamers by esheepdesigns
  162. 10 votes for Aurora Borealis by spunkygooseberry
  163. 10 votes for Northern Lights by vondy
  164. 10 votes for northern_lights_register_bars_spoonflower by mermaid13
  165. 10 votes for Borealis_explorers by tmmoeckli
  166. 10 votes for Kaleidoscope: Under the Northern Lights green by colour_angel_by_kv
  167. 10 votes for Christmas party cheer by sun_up_design
  168. 9 votes for city_aurora by cocoadesignlife_antleeli
  169. 9 votes for ELENI by agapo
  170. 9 votes for IllumaBorealis by sabrinalouise
  171. 8 votes for Aurora - Gem Half Drop by bfm
  172. 8 votes for Microscopic Crystals by bjdk
  173. 8 votes for Arctic Aurora at the North Pole by pixabo
  174. 7 votes for (private design)
  175. 7 votes for Somali Edition by chocolateapple
  176. 7 votes for Northern_Lights_2 by leroyj
  177. 7 votes for spoonflower_ by chloe_davies
  178. 6 votes for Dancing Lights - Aurora_Boralis3 by b2b
  179. 6 votes for ART_DECO_PANEL by jadonelson
  180. 6 votes for Ugly Sweater by santosv17
  181. 5 votes for Xmas balls by abne
  182. 5 votes for Light by plum_garden
  183. 5 votes for IMG_4547 by mzbeanz_
  184. 5 votes for Northern_lights by linzyb
  185. 5 votes for AuroraButterfly1 by grannynan
  186. 5 votes for Aurora Crystals by dovetail_designs
  187. 5 votes for Norhern_Light_stars-ed by amucraft
  188. 3 votes for CASTLE WITH PINK SNOW by myfourraccoons
  189. 3 votes for Fiery Lights by winterblossom
  190. 3 votes for northern lights cropped merged by deanna_konz
  191. 2 votes for Winter Squash by emliou
  192. 2 votes for spoonflower by clairegk
  193. 1 votes for nail-ed-ch-ch by kae50
  194. 0 votes for IMG_0038 by droenna

Aurora Borealis Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, December 20, 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

  • 11/11/2016: Submissions open
  • 12/20/2016: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 12/22/2016: Public voting opens
  • 12/28/2016: Public voting ends at 3pm EST
  • 12/29/2016: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

A hand behind beige and warm toned floral printed curtains

Retro Floral Curtains

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Winners to be announced August 18

An assortment of herbs, flowers and crystals.

Eclectic Witch

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

Crocheted squares with blue, red and orange fibers.

Granny Square Crochet

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

Submissions close August 30 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 1

Vintage bouquet of pink and white flowers

Victorian-Era Florals

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Submissions close September 6 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 8

Neon colored odd looking plant on a dark background

Otherworldly Botanicals

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Submissions close September 13 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 15

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