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Fabric Design Competition

Would you love to see your designs printed onto fabric?  Would you like to sew with fabric you designed yourself?  The Sewing Directory have teamed up with fabric printers Woven Monkey, Sewing World Magazine and Brother Sewing Machines to make it possible.

Fabric design competition


Top Prize - Keen to support budding designers Brother have kindly offered the beautiful Innov-is 10a as a prize for the winner.  This machine is simple to use and features 16 stitches, including 3 style of buttonholes plus it would look fab in any sewing room!

To use with your new sewing machine Woven Monkey will be sending the winner 3 metres of their winning design printed on fabric.  What’s more Sewing World will be featuring the winning design in their magazine which will be great exposure for the winner. The winner will also be interviewed on The Sewing Directory website.

Win a Brother Innov-is 10a in this fabric design competition


Runners Up Prizes - There will also be 4 runners up prizes of 2 metres of fabric per runner up, printed with their design kindly donated by Woven Monkey.  The runner up designs will also be featured in Sewing World. 

Requirements of entry

Your fabric design must be sewing themed.  This could include sewing supplies, sewing stitches, tailor’s dummies, sewing room pictures, sewing machines, garment or project related designs – anything that is obviously sewing related.

If it is not sewing themed then it will not be entered into the competition.

IMPORTANT Your design must be a unique design and not breach anyone’s copyright.  By entering the competition you confirm this and accept liability for any copyright breaches.

The competition is limited to entries from the UK and Ireland only due to the cost of shipping the main prize out of the UK.

Sewing design fabric competition - The Sewing Directory
Examples of sewing themed fabric prints


How to enter

You do not need to be a designer to enter, Woven Monkey have written a tutorial on how to use free design software to create your fabric design.  You can also draw or paint it and scan it onto your computer, this can result in a loss of quality so make sure you preview your design on the Woven Monkey site before entering.

All entries should be submit via the Woven Monkey website using this link:

When you upload you will get the option to choose your layout, you can put your design on repeat, half drop, half brick, mirror, or centre.  Do see their site for more information.  The file specifications are below, you need to make sure that:

Woven Monkey fabric design competition

Any issues with uploading your design please contact Woven Monkey on and put ‘Competition’ in your e-mail subject box.



Representatives of Sewing World, Brother and The Sewing Directory will all be judging the designs by allocating a number of points to each design.  The design with the highest points score will be the winner.  In the event of a tie break we will call in a fabric designer Nel Whatmore to have the final vote.

Important Dates

Deadline – All entries must be received by midnight on Monday 30th June 2014.  Late entries will not be accepted.

Winner’s announcements - Both the winner and runners up will be announced in the October issue of Sewing World, on sale the 19th of September.  The following Monday (the 22nd) the winners will be announced online on The Sewing Directory website –


Terms and Conditions

Employees of any of the companies involved in this competition are not permitted to enter.  All entries must be submitted via the Woven Monkey website by midnight 30th June 2014 to be entered.  Late entries will not be accepted.  Competition entrants must live in the UK or Ireland.  The winners will be chosen by a voting panel of judges, the judge’s decisions are final.

Your fabric design must be sewing related and must be an original design not breaching anyone else’s copyright.  Any liability for breach of copyright rests with the designer not the companies hosting this competition.  Entrants are limited to one design each, multiple entries are not permitted.  By entering the competition you give The Sewing Directory, Brother, Woven Monkey and Sewing World permission to publish your design on their websites, social media and in print.




Brother sewing Machines


Brother is a market leading manufacturer of innovative, stylish and competitively-priced sewing and embroidery machines With over 100 years of history behind it, Brother Sewing continues to develop and produce high quality and reliable sewing machines all over the world.

Seiwng World Magazine


Sewing World is one of the UK’s leading sewing magazines with a focus on machine sewing. Following their recent revamp you can now find many more projects, technique guides, interesting articles and more.  You can also visit their new website: for more inspiration.

Woven Monkey UK fabric printers


Woven Monkey are a newly launched fabric printer who want to make it easy for everyone to get their designs printed on fabric.  Their goal is to create a community of fabric lovers.  Find out more by visiting -