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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.


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.


  • 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)
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(private design)

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 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.


  • 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

Pastel Halloween Design Challenge

Pastel Halloween

See the Challenge

Winners to be announced August 5

Phantasmagoria Design Challenge


See the Challenge

Voting begins August 5

Nocturnal Animals Design Challenge

Nocturnal Animals

See the Challenge

Submissions close August 10 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins August 12

Neutral Geometric Wallpaper Design Challenge

Neutral Geometric Wallpaper

See the Challenge

Submissions close August 17 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins August 19

Current Challenge Past Challenges