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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.


For the month of August, we’re heading back to our classic design challenge format...with a little twist halfway through! This month, enjoy themes that will challenge you to think outside the design box, including one theme created and voted on by the Spoonflower community. Keep reading to see which theme won the popular vote and find out what other fun design themes we’ve dreamt up for this month!


  • 1 first place winner each week will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • The 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.

Illustrated Maps Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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.


  • 07/07/2017: Submissions open
  • 08/01/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 08/03/2017: Public voting opens
  • 08/08/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 08/10/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Vintage Travel Poster Tea Towel Design Challenge

Vintage Travel Tea Towel

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Winners to be announced October 29

Cozy Reading Design Challenge

Cozy Reading

See the Challenge

Submissions close October 27 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 29

Snail Mail Design Challenge

Snail Mail

See the Challenge

Submissions close November 3 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 5

Game Night Design Challenge

Game Night

See the Challenge

Submissions close November 10 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 12

Current Challenge Past Challenges