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Ships ahoy! From sailors and seashells to iconic maritime flags, there’s no shortage of inspiration once you set sail for this week’s design challenge. Crashing waves and rocking boats may be the anchor to your design, but don’t forget to think about how your nautical-inspired design could be used on home textiles.


Overview

Whether it’s a pirate party for a pair of leggings or an elevated seersucker for a patio pillow, we can’t wait to see where the high seas take your design.

Prizes

  • 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 50 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.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 66

(private design)
wild sea
190
(private design)
Shells
170
Sardinas
130
NAUTICAL
130

Nautical Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 26, 2019 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 50 winning designs.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com 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

  • 03/01/2019: Submissions open
  • 03/26/2019: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 03/28/2019: Public voting opens
  • 04/02/2019: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 04/04/2019: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Vegetable & Herb Gardens Design Challenge

Vegetable & Herb Gardens

See the Challenge

Winners to be announced June 24

Take a Hike Design Challenge

Take a Hike

See the Challenge

Voting begins June 24

Submissions close June 29 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins July 1

Stone Fruit Design Challenge

Stone Fruit

See the Challenge

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

Seek and Find Playmats Design Challenge

Seek and Find Playmats

See the Challenge

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

Retro Bugs Design Challenge

Retro Bugs

See the Challenge

Submissions close July 20 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins July 22

Current Challenge Past Challenges