WeAllSew Pinterest Fabric Design Contest

Have you ever wanted to become a fabric designer? Joining the likes of Tula Pink and Amy Butler? Start with a blank canvas and take your eye for color combinations and patterns a step further.

Well here is your chance!

Break out your colored pencils, markers and stamps and get those creative juices flowing. Enter your original fabric designs (up to 10 per person) to join our Fabric Design Contest between April 1 – 22, 2013. Our very own Sewing Celebrities  with Pat Bravo will be judging your designs for some fabulous prizes including a printed run of your own fabric, an introduction and interview including a professional critque with fabric manufacturer Benartex, and the grand prize, a BERNINA 710!

Read the complete list of rules and eligibility before you begin. Tap into the inspiration all around you and most importantly, have fun!

Jo, Erika and Alice

Steps to Enter

1) First, read through the complete contest rules
 • Note that this contest is for aspiring designers ONLY. If you already have a line you’ll have to sit this one out. :)
2) Create your original fabric design “swatch”
• Designs should be 12” x 12”
• Hand techniques (sketching, painting, drawing, collage, stamping, etc.)
• Computer techniques (PowerPoint, PhotoShop, etc.)
• A combination of both hand and computer techniques
• Need inspiration? Visit our BERNINA Fabric Design Contest Inspiration board on Pinterest
3) Turn your design into an uploadable graphic
• Scan or photograph your original artwork
• Save file as a JPG or PNG
• Resolution must be at least 150 dpi
4) Pin your original fabric design to Pinterest with the description “BERNINA & WeAllSew Fabric Design Contest” (if you don’t have a Pinterest account create one here)
5) Post a link to your pin within the comment section of this original blog post below. NOTE: Your comment within this post below will be the only way we can receive your entry. We will re-pin your submissions within 24 hours.
6) Share with your friends!
•Right click to download and share the “Contestant” badge below on your Facebook page, blog, etc.
• Ask your friends to vote for your design by repinning it directly from the official WeAllSew contest Pinterest board. NOTE: The entry with the most repins wins. Repin numbers appearing on the official contest board are the only numbers that will be considered for the People’s Choice Awards. The re-pinning period ends April 22, 2013.
Winners & Prizes
Pinterest People’s Choice Winner (Two winners based on most re-pins)
• Two winning designs will be chosen based on the most number of repins directly from the contest’s official Pinterest board.  NOTE: The re-pin numbers appearing on the official contest board are the only numbers that will be considered.
• Prize: A Field Guide to Fabric Design book
• Three patterns from Lunch Box Quilts (http://www.lunchboxquilts.com/)
2nd Runner Up (based on Celebrity judges vote)
• Judging will be based on originality and creativity
• Prizes: A Field Guide to Fabric Design book, BERNINA Tote and Benartex Fabrics
• Three patterns from Lunch Box Quilts (http://www.lunchboxquilts.com/)
1st Runner Up (based on Celebrity judges vote)
• Judging will be based on originality and creativity
• Prizes: Custom run of winning design (5 yards), feature on WeAllSew blog  and an introduction to fabric manufacturer Benartex  including a one hour interview
• Three patterns from Lunch Box Quilts (http://www.lunchboxquilts.com/)
Grand Prize Winner (based on Celebrity judges vote)
• Judging will be based on originality and creativity
• Grand Prize: BERNINA 710
• Prizes: Custom run of winning design (10 yards), feature on WeAllSew blog and an introduction to fabric manufacturer Benartex including one hour interview
 • Three patterns from Lunch Box Quilts (http://www.lunchboxquilts.com/)

306 thoughts on “WeAllSew Pinterest Fabric Design Contest

    1. Don’t worry; if it’s a repeat I won’t pin it. To keep spam to a minimum we approve each comment individually, usually within a few hours during the week, less often on weekends. Jo

  1. As I’ve created some designs I’m wondering whether or not it’s important that the edges of our fabric design to match up end over end for seamless printing? If so, I’d like to re-submit a couple of my designs if possible. Thanks so much!

  2. Question:
    Must the pattern be a seamless tile? or? —It doesn’t specify in the rules, but above someone wanted to change what they submitted and was told they couldn’t resubmit.

    So I don’t want to not submit a seamless tile and would appreciate a clarification on this matter.

    Thanks so much for your time and help in advance!


    1. There is no requirement that a design be a seamless tile. Several of the entries we’ve received are seamless tiles; others are not. It’s something to consider as you create your fabric design, but is not a requirement. Jo

      1. Hey Jo!

        Quick question because I know you’re probably super busy…

        I submitted ten links all in individual comments last night. One showed up for repinning this morning, but there’s 5 (and only 5) others that are showing up in the comment list that are awaiting approval. About how long should I expect to wait so I can be sure to add the other 5 since they are lost somewhere in “comment oblivion”?


      2. http://pinterest.com/pin/483714816197549147/










        I hope I did those right, I am new to pinterest, but I am in love with making patterns, and palettes!

        If I didn’t ‘pin’ these correctly, will that count against me?

        If anything is wrong with my submissions, please contact me:
        pinksodapop @ 4 Computer Heaven . com (my email – please no spaces)

  3. Okay! I pinned my ten and commented with ten links so I will be hoping and praying that it worked! I’ll check it in tomorrow to make sure they’re all there before I start sharing!!


  4. I’m getting a little frustrated, as I posted the link to this blog last night (sorry about the extra posts – was having trouble posting). My entry has not been uploaded to the Bernina We All Sew Pinterest board yet and I am getting tons of repins – I’m afraid all the repins that I am getting right now won’t count. Please advise!

      1. I get no confirmation when I sent my links.

        How will I know if you got them?

        When will they show here on this blog?

        And what else can I do to get them to you?

        Your form seems broken, it says I already submitted, but no confirmation is given.


  5. The rules say the designs should be 12 x12 and 150 dpi, but when I upload my design on pinterest at 150 it distorts the color as opposed to the 72dpi. If I uplpoad the design at 72dpi will it disqualify me? It looks like all the others are at 72 dpi. ????

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