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Design Competition - 2015 tea towel

03 November 2014 08:00

This month, we are asking you to design a calendar tea towel for 2015 for our design contest.  You obviously need to include next year's dates, but apart from that, it's entirely up to you what you include.  You may use a ready-made calendar, as long as it's not subject to copyright, but the rest of the design should be your own work.  The design should be 75cms by 50cms, but you can put your design either way - landscape or portrait.  And don't forget to leave a little border for hemming!  Four tea towels will fit onto a metre of 150cm wide fabric, but we are also introducing individual tea towels.  These come on a roll, so 2 sides have selvedge edges, 2 require hemming.  Hopefully, there will be a 'tea towel' option on the web site in the next day or two.  I will let you know as soon as that is operational.  You can upload your design before then, but you won't be able to see it as a tea towel until then.

This month, the prize for the winning design will be a tea towel printed with the winning design, plus a Print me Pretty voucher for £40, effectively for 2 metres of fabric of your own choice.

Designs should be uploaded to our web site by midnight on Tuesday, November 11th, voting will open on Facebook on Thursday, November 13th and close on November 18th.  The winner will be announced on November 20th.


Please upload your competition designs to your account on our website.  If you haven’t already got an account, it’s simple to set up.  You just need an email address, password and name, which can be your own name, a nickname or a business name.  (You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you try to save your design.)  Then email me at, to tell me the name of your design.  (So I can find the right one!)  I will then put them onto Facebook for voting.  The winning design (and possibly one or two others) will be put into our competition winners slot.  In case you're wondering about the order in which designs are listed on Facebook, the first to arrive in my inbox goes at the top, with the rest listed in the order in which they are sent in.

So, the competition is:

Create a 2015 calendar design suitable for printing as tea towels.

Technical matters:

Your design should be at a resolution of at least 150 dpi, but not more than 300, using RGB colour space and should be 75cm x 50cms.

The design should be centred.  

To enter:

Upload your design onto our website by Tuesday, November 11th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, November 11th, after which designs will be displayed (at the tea towel size) on Facebook for voting .  Voting will close at midnight on November 18th.  The design with the most votes will win a tea towel printed with your design, plus a Print me Pretty voucher worth £40.  The winning design will also be available for sale on our web site for at least 1 week after the close of voting.  

The official bit:

By entering, you agree to our competition terms and conditions.

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on the 2015 calendar.   ‘Your own work’ means any form of art work, photography, etc which you have produced.  For this competition, the only 'clip art' allowed is the 2015 dates, as long as you use a non-copyright image.  Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions.

All entries will be displayed for public voting, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the competition, you give us the right to use your design in any way we wish on our web site and social media, for advertising purposes.

The winning design will feature on our web site and will be available for sale for a week after we announce the winner.  After that time, the designer may leave the design for sale, or remove it from public view.  The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!