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We are so excited to partner with Sprout Patterns and the members of our amazing creative community to find the perfect Japanese Garden-themed design for a new sewing pattern release! Popular vote will determine the winning design to be featured in all photos and marketing materials for the launch of Named Clothing’s Asaka Kimono pattern, the first in this patternmaker’s lineup available through

Challenge Terms and Conditions

No Purchase Necessary

1. Sponsors. Sprout Patterns, 2810 Meridian Parkway, Suite 176, Durham, NC, 27713 and Spoonflower, Inc. (“Spoonflower”), 2810 Meridian Parkway, Suite 132, Durham, NC, 27713 (Spoonflower and Sprout Patterns, collectively, referred to as “Sponsors”).

2. Eligibility. Promotion is open only to persons who are 18 years of age or older as of April 19, 2016. In order to submit a design to the contest, each participant must also be a registered member of Spoonflower at the time of entry. To become a registered member of the Spoonflower web site, individuals must register for, create an account, and agree to the Spoonflower web site’s Terms of Service, set forth at (“Terms of Service”). Proof of age may be required. There is no fee or charge to become a registered member. Employees, officers, directors and representatives of Sprout Patterns and Spoonflower, as well as immediate family members (spouse and parents, siblings and children and their spouses) and persons living in the same households of each of the above are ineligible to participate. In order to participate you must be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Sponsors that you do not have a current contractual arrangement that would prohibit you from fully participating in this contest and entering into a contract with Sprout Patterns for merchandising and distribution of your designs on textiles.

3. Territories. The competition and its rules are void where prohibited by law. All federal, state, provincial and/or local laws apply. This Promotion is open to residents of any country, with the exception of residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, Zimbabwe and/or any other country with U.S. sanctions in place, and is void where prohibited by law.

4. Timeline. The Promotion submission period begins at 10:00am Eastern Time (“EDT”) on Monday, April 4, 2016. All submissions must be uploaded to Spoonflower and entered into the contest by 10am EDT on April 19, 2016. Public voting on all submitted designs will open on April 21, 2016 and end at 6:00pm EDT on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Popular vote will determine the winning design and the rest of the top ten, and results will be announced Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Summary of Contest Timeline
4/4/16 - Submissions open
4/19/16 - Submissions close at 10am EDT
4/21/16 - Public voting opens
4/27/16 - Public voting ends at 6pm EDT
4/28/16 - Spoonflower + Sprout Patterns announce the winner + top ten designs

5. How to enter a design in the competition. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. You must be a registered member of Spoonflower in order to enter a design submission for the Promotion. To register and to enter, visit, fully complete all required fields on the online registration form as presented, submit the online registration form and then upload and enter your design per the instructions below. There is no cost or fee to register or to enter or to become a registered member of Spoonflower. The contest is limited to one (1) design submission per person. The design theme for submissions is Japanese Garden. Designs must be original and cannot have been entered in previous Spoonflower contests. Previously entered designs may be disqualified and deemed ineligible to be selected. Multiple entries may be disqualified. To enter a design in the contest from a Spoonflower account:

  1. Log in to Spoonflower. If you don't have an account, create one.
  2. Once you have logged in to Spoonflower go to your design library. If you don't yet have any designs, upload the design you wish to enter.
  3. Upload a design in JPG, PNG, or TIF formats, or .AI, .EPS, or .SVG. Artwork should be sized at 150 dpi. Your Spoonflower preview will be viewed at 150 dpi in a fat-quarter size (21” x 18”). Once uploaded, you can use the contest entry page to edit the repeat style of your fabric design. Please proof the size and layout of your design carefully. All contest fabrics will be previewed for voting using the ‘fat quarter’ view, which is at a scale that shows a 21” x 18” representation of fabric. Please make sure your design is in repeat. Do not choose the ‘centered’ layout option.
  4. Pull down the Action menu over the design you wish to enter in the contest, and select Japanese Garden under the heading Enter in Contest.
  5. Choose the layout option for your design, then click the button that reads "Enter in Contest". If you wish to change the size/dpi of your design or its repeat style, you can do so using the edit option on this page.
  6. If you decide to enter a different design or make changes, you can withdraw a design by following the same steps, then entering a new design.
  7. You can have only one design active in the contest at a time. Once the entry period closes, we will 'freeze' the submitted designs.

6. Ownership Of Submitted Designs. All design submissions will be subject to the Spoonflower's Terms of Service ( and the additional terms set forth below. Each entrant must be the rightful owner or have authorized use of the e-mail account associated with the e-mail address used to create the Spoonflower account. Limit one (1) person per e-mail address and one Spoonflower account per person. If more than one entry is generated by an individual, additional entries will be disqualified and ineligible for the Promotion. Entries and registration submissions that are inappropriate or in any way out of compliance with these Official Rules will be disqualified. Only the winning entry will be featured in marketing collateral for the Named Clothing Asaka Kimono release on Sprout Patterns. All contest entries remain the property of the individual entrants. Design submissions will be accepted only through Submissions by email, mail, on CD or through any other means will not be included for consideration. Designs submitted for voting must be public, but need not be available for sale. By entering the Promotion, you acknowledge that the design you submit is your own original work, has not been previously published, and does not contain any trademarks, logos, copyrighted material, or any other intellectual property belonging to any third party. You agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required by Sprout Patterns to certify the use of the rights you granted above. You acknowledge that Sprout Patterns and Spoonflower reserve the right to decline to use the design for any reason. You understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your design, other than what is described in these Official Rules. If the Sponsors determine in their sole discretion that an Entrant has materially breached a representation or warranty at any time during the Competition, then the Entry will be disqualified.

7. Expectations of Entrants. The theme for this contest is Japanese Garden. Contest winner will be expected to work with the team at Sprout Patterns to prepare the file for marketing photos. Participants also grant Sponsors the right to use your name, image and/or likeness, and any biographical information that you provide to us, in connection with the Promotion or your design, in all media (now known or later developed), in any manner, throughout the world, in perpetuity, to promote the Promotion, Spoonflower or Sprout Patterns.

8. Ownership of winning design. The winning participant in this contest must agree to grant Sprout Patterns permission to use the design in photos for the Asaka Kimono pattern release. The winning designer will be credited in all photos featuring this design. All participants in this contest retain full ownership of submitted designs. Neither Spoonflower nor Sprout Patterns assert any rights over submitted designs not designated winners. Entrants are free to delete designs they have uploaded to Spoonflower at any time.

9. Expectations of Voters. Voting will be open to everyone via the contest page on Votes by phone, email, or mail will not be accepted. Online voting will be restricted to one vote per person. Duplicate votes or votes for which Entrants have offered some incentive or compensation, as determined by IP address and other fraud-detection tools, will not be counted.

10. Similar Ideas. Each Entrant understands and acknowledges that: i) the Competition Entities have wide access to ideas, images, artistic works and other creative materials, and those new ideas are constantly being submitted to thereto and/or being developed by other individuals; ii) many designs or images may be competitive with, similar to, or identical to content in the Entry and/or each other in style, concept, rendering, or other respects; iii) Entrants will not be entitled to any compensation as a result of the Sponsors' use of any such similar or identical material that has been or may be received by any of the Competition Entities from other sources. Except where prohibited by law, each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Released Parties do not now and shall not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the Entrant’s copyright in and to the Entries. Finally, each Entrant acknowledges that, with respect to any claim by an Entrant relating to or arising out of any Competition Entities' actual or alleged exploitation or use of any Entry or other material submitted in connection with the Competition, the damage, if any, caused to the applicable Entrant will not be irreparable or otherwise sufficient to entitle such Entrant to seek any injunctive or other equitable relief or in any way enjoin, otherwise interfere with, delay, or interrupt the production, distribution, exhibition, or other exploitation of any production based on, or allegedly based on, the Entry, and Entrant’s rights and remedies in any such event shall be strictly limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at law.

11. Prize. Winner will have their design featured in the photoshoot and all publicity associated with the Named Clothing Asaka Kimono pattern release on Commission on fabric used to create the garment in photographs to be paid by Spoonflower in the form of Spoondollars. Sprout Patterns and Spoonflower each will also award the winner $100 in credit to use for purchases on and, respectively. Spoonflower will write a press Release featuring the winning designer to be submitted via local, regional, national, and international outlets. Winner will be invited to collaborate on one blog post for Spoonflower’s blog. All of the rest of the top ten will receive $50 in Spoonflower credit and $50 in Sprout Credit. The winner will be the design that receives the greatest number of votes by the time contest voting closes at 6pm EDT on April 27, 2016. All top 10 finalists will receive $50 in Spoondollar credit and $50 in Sprout Patterns Credit. All decisions by the Sponsors as to eligibility of voters, votes, or submitted designs are final. No transfer, assignment, substitution or cash equivalent of any prize element will be permitted. Other expenses are not included and are winner’s sole responsibility unless indicated herein as being awarded. Winner is solely responsible for the reporting and payment of any applicable federal, state and/or local taxes on his/her prize. The actual value of royalties in the prize elements set forth above will depend upon the yards printed of the winner’s collection for photography. Winner agrees and acknowledges that Sponsors may share his/her name, address and other contact information with one or more third parties in connection with the awarding and/or delivery of the prize.

12. Contact. If you have any questions, please drop us a line here, or email The selected finalists and winner will be notified by e-mail (via the current e-mail address associated with selected winner’s Spoonflower account) according to the contest timeline above. Sponsors shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason. In Sponsors’ sole discretion, a selected winner may be required to forfeit his/her prize and an alternate winner may be selected in accordance with these Official Rules from among the remaining eligible entries if such selected winner: (i) is unreachable or winner notification is returned as undeliverable; (ii) declines or cannot accept, receive or use the prize for any reason; or (iii) fails to comply with these Official Rules. A forfeited prize may not be awarded. If the winner is a minor, Sponsor will require additional documentation from winner’s parent or legal guardian.

13. General Conditions. By participating in this Promotion, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors, which are final and binding in all respects and cannot be appealed. By entering, each entrant agrees and acknowledges that Sponsors, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, franchisees and advertising and marketing agencies, and each of their respective employees, officers, shareholders, directors, representatives and agents (collectively, “Released Parties”) are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, garbled or unintelligible entries; (ii) telephone system, facsimile, technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections or transmissions, disconnections or other errors of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Promotion, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses, costs, expenses or damages to person or property of any kind caused, in whole or part, directly or indirectly, by the prize or resulting from redemption, acceptance, possession, loss or use or misuse of any prize or from participating in the Promotion or any Promotion related activity; (v) inability to participate in the Promotion; or (vi) any printing, typographical, human, administrative or technological errors in any material associated with the Promotion. No more than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules will be awarded. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend this Promotion (or any portion of the Promotion) should an error or a virus, bug, computer problem or other cause or problem corrupt or inhibit the administration, security or proper operation of the Promotion and, in such situation, to select the winner from the remaining eligible non-suspect entries received prior to and/or after such action or in such manner as deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsors in their sole discretion. In the event that Promotion is modified, cancelled or suspended, notification of such event will be posted at Sponsors may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Promotion or winning a prize if, in their sole discretion, Sponsors determine entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or any representative of either of the Sponsors. Any attempt by a person to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsors have not made and/or are not responsible for any misrepresentation or guaranty, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prizes.

14. Right of Publicity. By accepting a prize, winner agrees and acknowledges that the Sponsors and any of their designees may, without any limitation or further compensation, use his or her name, voice, biographical data and/or likeness in any and all media now known or hereinafter devised, throughout the universe and in perpetuity, for any commercial purpose including, but not limited to, advertising and promoting the Promotion or any other promotion, contest or promotion sponsored by one or both of the Sponsors, except where prohibited by law.

15. Technical Limitation of Liability. To the extent permitted by applicable law, neither the Sponsors nor any of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, legal and financial advisers, any and all companies associated with this Competition after these Official Rules are published, and each of their respective officers, directors, shareholders, agents, licensees, licensors and employees, nor any Internet access providers (collectively “Released Parties”) are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information, human error, technical malfunction, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failure of any telephone, computer or other network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, inability to access the contest entry page or the Spoonflower website, for problems uploading any Entries or downloading or viewing any Competition-related materials from the Spoonflower website or the Promotion Contest website, or for late, lost, stolen, damaged, misdirected, incorrect, garbled, delayed, undelivered or incomplete Entries, or other materials, except to the extent resulting from the negligence of a Released Party. For purposes of these Official Rules, receipt of Entry occurs when the Spoonflower website’s servers successfully receive the uploaded design file and record the required Entry information via the contest entry instructions described above. Any Entry/Entrant information collected during the Competition shall be used only in a manner consistent with the consent given by Entrants, at the time of entry, with these Official Rules.

16. Limitations of Liability. Sponsors disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system related to participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with the Promotion. Except where prohibited by law and to the extent that the negative consequences described below are the foreseeable result of matters within the Released Parties’ reasonable control and are the direct consequence of negligence or default by any of them, the Released Parties are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry of information, human error, technical malfunction, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failure of any telephone, computer or other network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, inability to access the Spoonflower website, for the inability to upload or download any Competition-related materials from Spoonflower, or for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, delayed, garbled, incorrect inaccurate, stolen, damaged, or incomplete Entries or votes.

17. Applicable Law.By entering the Promotion, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Promotion, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out of pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Promotion, but in no event will attorneys’ fees be awarded or recoverable; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and each entrant hereby knowingly and expressly waives all rights to seek, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and/or any other damages, other than actual out of pocket expenses, and/or any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues concerning the construction, validity and enforcement of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsors, shall be construed and governed by the laws of the state of North Carolina, without regard to conflicts of law. All suits or claims brought in connection with this Promotion must be brought in a state or federal court in North Carolina.

18. PrivacyEntrant’s Personal Information. Information collected from entrants is subject to Spoonflower’s Privacy Policy (

Download Challenge Terms & Conditions


  • The winner receives $100 in Spoonflower credit and $100 in Sprout credit
  • The winner has their design shared on Spoonflower, Sprout, and Named Clothing's social channels
  • The winner is featured in a Spoonflower press release
  • The rest of the top ten receive $50 in Spoonflower credit and $50 in Sprout credit


  • 04/04/2016: Submissions open
  • 04/19/2016: Submissions close at 10am EDT
  • 04/21/2016: Public voting opens
  • 04/27/2016: Public voting ends at 6pm EDT
  • 04/28/2016: Spoonflower and Sprout Patterns announce the winner and top ten designs

How to Submit a Design

a. Log in to Spoonflower. If you don't have an account, create one here.
b. Once you have logged in to Spoonflower go to your design library. If you don't yet have any designs, upload the design you wish to enter.
c. Select Sprout Patterns: Japanese Garden from the Challenges Dropdown

For complete instructions, see the Challenge Terms and Conditions.
Screenshot of submission selection
Submit Design
Closes April 19

How To Vote

Once voting is open for this challenge, you will be able to follow the link below to vote for your favorite designs.

Vote for Designs
Opens April 21

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?
This contest is open to ALL Spoonflower community members. All submitted designs must be the original work of the entrant. Please do not use stock images or base your design on the work of another artist.

How many designs can I enter?
You can enter only ONE DESIGN in each contest. Designs entered in previous Spoonflower contests are not eligible. Designs already licensed for reproduction on fabric with other companies are not eligible.

Who will judge the contest?
The winner and the rest of the top ten designs will be selected by community voting.

Who can vote?
Anyone can vote (when voting opens on April 21, 2016), but only one set of votes may be submitted per individual. Upon submitting your ballot, voters are eligible to sign up for Spoonflower and Sprout mailing lists for a chance to win $50 in Sprout Patterns credit. Duplicate votes are filtered using fraud detection software and not counted toward final totals, and duplicate email addresses will not be entered to win twice.

What if I don't want my design to be purchased by other people?
Designs are not made available for sale without explicit permission from their creators. By participating in this contest, you are granting permission to make your design available to the public for voting and non-exclusively for sale if your design finishes in the top 10.  Any subsequent design work needed to ready the file for print will be negotiated between Sprout Patterns and the winning entrant.

Am I giving up the copyright of my design by entering it?
You are not giving up ownership of your design, but by entering your design in the contest, you give us the non-exclusive right, should your design finish in the top ten, to make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace per the customary terms of the Spoonflower Marketplace. For any sales generated in the Marketplace, you will receive a 10% commission. You will always be credited for your design and you are free to continue to sell it on your own, now and in the future.