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It’s time to get creative for another edition of our Make the Cut Contest! This time, we’re asking you to design a print for an item that lends itself to a stylish twist: the scarf! That’s right — this 100% viscose ModCloth original is ready for another fab look. So, use our scarf template to compose a new pattern for this popular piece.
We’ll accept your submissions until 11:59 p.m. PT on 6/1, and then our Buying Team will choose their top 10. You can vote for and comment on those designs from 10 a.m. PT on 6/9 to 11:59 p.m. PT on 6/13 via Be the Buyer, the official host for this Make the Cut winner selection. On 6/16, we’ll announce our pattern-savvy champ here on our blog!
What will the victor nab? First, their print design will be produced on a scarf — with the their name on the tag — and sold on ModCloth.com. Plus, we’ll send the winner this piece, along with $500!
Ready to dream up some scarf-perfect prints? Go on and sketch your heart out, but be sure you read the deets below to make certain your print designs are eligible…
And now, the rules:
With the rules and guidelines on your radar, it’s time to design away! Is your print destined for a ModCloth scarf with a personalized tag? Is a $500 prize in your fashion future? Only one way to know — enter!
If you have any questions, check out our legal info, or email email@example.com.
UPDATE: After a neck and neck race for the most ‘picks’ and thousands of votes later, we’re so excited to announce the Make the Cut: Accent Print winner is…drum roll please…Angela Mills!
Thanks for the contest opportunity! Excited to submit. I have a (silly) question – will the scarf template be posed width ways or length ways? (Will it be tall or wide) Hoping I’m making something resembling sense here 😉
The scarf template is blank for me, will you please email me the pdf. Thanks!
Hi Lauren! The scarf template is a blank rectangle–the shape and dimensions of the scarf–so you can add in your print! 🙂
Instead of sketches can i use the illustrator program to do my designs?
Hi there! Feel free to get creative! YOU get to choose what direction your print goes!
The scarf template is blank. Are we supposed to draw our own scarf?
The template is blank. Are we supposed to draw the scarf ourselves?
Hello Kierra! You don’t have to draw the scarf yourself, the template is a blank rectangle–the shape and dimensions of the scarf–so you can just add in your print! 🙂
Hi there, Anne! We’re so bummed that, because of the differing production and retail laws in the US and the Canada, we’re currently only able to extend this contest to US citizens. I’m so sorry this restricts you from submitting a design. You CAN participate in the voting period from June 9th to 13th on Be the Buyer, though!
Hi there. I work a lot with watercolors, which I think looks beautiful on fabric, but I’m wondering how that would work with the 4 color variations rule, as there are a lot of subtle tone and color shifts in watercolor bleeds. Thoughts?
Hi Logan! Though we love a good watercolor print, these scarves will be screen printed and unfortunately, that creates an issue for color blending. We’d love to see your creativity shine through other mediums, though!
“Currently, this contest is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.”
this is a shame !!!! :/ this should be international ….. :((
Hi, Maheshie! I’m sorry you’re bummed! Don’t forget you can have a say on who wins by voting during June 9th to 13th on Be the Buyer!
You should make these type of contests international!
Wondering if white counts as one of the 4 colors? (because the scarf may be white before any screenprinting is put on it). Thanks!
Hi Olivia! I believe the viscose will be a natural color to start, it’s best if you count white as one of your four colors. Happy designing! 🙂
What fun! I have a question: I entered two fabric swatch designs for the last make the cut contest, but neither made the cut. Can I use them for the scarf? Or do they need to be all new?
Hi Elle! As long as they haven’t been produced or sold anywhere else in the interim, feel free to resubmit!
Hey there! I’m interested in joining this competition, but after reading the submission guidelines, I’m a little perplexed by how many files you want submitted per print design.
I understand that you need the in-template design and a close-up of said design, but when you say sketches, do you mean from our own sketchbook? Or is “sketch” referring to the in-template pdf (as in, we are to print it out and sketch by hand)?… So, for example, one design submission would have to include 3 files: in-template, close-up, and sketch?
Just a little confused on the phrasing. Thanks!
Hello! So glad your interested! We’re asking that you either sketch or design using software a print in the provided template in additional to the close up of that print. So, in total it should be 2 files per print. Hope that helps!
I have the exact same question as Keimai! Please give us an update on this soon 🙂
Can we use words as well?
Hi Erin! As long as your prints are saved as JPEGs or PNGs, you can use whatever software you prefer.
I hope one day you guys can let the comps be international! <3
This looks like so much fun! I need some clarification: is there a way to design a pattern with Adobe Illustrator using the template? Or must it be hand-sketched? I’m confused about the role of the template in this project, other than serving as a visual guide for dimensions. Do we print it and sketch on it? Thank you!!
Hi Rae! You can totally use Illustrator, please import the provided template and design within it! Good luck!
Hi! Love that this is happening. I am so excited to enter my designs. But I have a couple questions…
Are JPEGS for sure ok? When I clicked on Submittable the guidelines said PDFs and PNGs.. Also, the image files have to be smaller than 5MB, does that mean if I enter more than one design that all of them together have to equal less than 5MB or cane each image be 5MB?
Hi Daniela! I just verified with Submittable again, JPEG and PNGs are both okay. And yup, all your files must be less than 5MB. Can’t wait to see your designs!
Ok, so just to be clear, can I have two files that are 3.0 MB? or would that disqualify me? Sorry I just want to be sure before I submit anything!
Hi Daniela! All files combined must be under 5MB! 🙂
I had each file under 5MB and I had 6 files submitted in all. The total MB count came out to 12 and it submitted just fine. With as large as their template is, the quality would have to be crappy in order to make ALL images come out to under 5MB so no worries, it works with each file being under 5MB
Fun! Some good questions above, and hoping for more clarification as well…
Will the design definitely be a pattern repeat (“The winning fabric design will be screen-printed as a recurring pattern”), or can the design be printed with the full size of the scarf as the whole “canvas,” such as solid red with one image in one corner? (Giving the rectangle template of the entire/flat scarf suggests this!)
Will a submitted “sketch” of a pattern repeat then be converted to a proper pattern tile by modcloth designers? If we are able to design a true pattern repeat ourselves, are there size specs for the final pattern tile?
What season will this scarf be sold in?
Good question Jasmin! This would likely launch in the Fall!
…and another question! Is the scarf’s base fabric the same sheer, tan brown as “She’s a Lucky Gallop” (linked as an example above) or are there options?
Hi there! Thanks so much for your questions! It’s definitely going to be a repeat pattern, but we don’t currently have the tile specs. That’s why we’d like you to design to scale in the template. The scarf starts as a natural beige, so please include desired background color as one of your 4. Hope that helps!
Does the print need to be a seamless pattern?
Hi Cristen! Yes it does! Thank you for checking!
can designs be done in an adobe creative suite program or only hand drawn?
Allison, you can definitely use adobe! Best of luck!
Open to U.S. Citizens only should be the first rule written in bold. As I had missed it the first time I finished my pattern and re-read the rules before submitting then saw that near the end. I’m in Canada. 🙁
Yikes! I just submitted my design and I thought each file had to be no more than 5 MB. Can I withdraw the design I just entered and resubmit?
Hi Ursula! I checked in Submittable and everything seems to have submitted properly! Thank you for checking. Best of luck!
I’m trying to upload 3 designs (6 graphic files total). I saved them as PNG, JPG, & PDF. The PDF is stated as an acceptable file type for this competition yet SUBMITTABLE will not accept them for upload. The rules state that the template must be used and the file must be created at 300DPI which is fine, and I have done that – but here’s the problem: 5MB is really a tiny size for this template size + the DPI size. I can upload all of my files right now, but my full-sized files are uploading between 19MB-25MB each and my smaller close-up files are uploading around 8-10MB each. I don’t want to get booted from the competition but something in the rules dept. has gotta give. Please advise! Thank you.
Hi there! While we’ve accepted PDF files in the past, we’re asking for either PNGs or JPEGs this time around. I’ve checked in with Submittable and it looks like entrants have been able to upload files that are up to 5MB each. If you can compress your files to at least 5MB each, then you should be able to upload them. If you are chosen as a finalist and we need a higher resolution image, we’ll be sure to send you an email requesting the additional files. Thank you so much for being thorough! 🙂
I am having the same issue. The template is, naturally, HUGE! Should we scale down the template for submission purposes only (obviously including other close up images so that you can see detail)?
Hey Karin, hope this helps. If you are designing in Adobe Illustrator, when you click the SAVE FOR WEB button, where you can choose the file type; ie. JPEG, PNG, etc., you can also choose the compression quality as well, which is under the file type. It will say you can have low, medium, high, very high, or maximum. I chose high or medium for mine and it brought the file size down greatly. This way it’s the correct size, but just scaled down for compression and you don’t really lose loss of clarity either. Hope this helps!
Melissa, thanks so much for the tip! This seems to have worked perfectly!
I have the same question as above. When saving my images at 300DPI they are averaging about 17MB each! Any suggestions for how to stay within the file size guidelines?
I was wondering, do black outlines count as one of your color hues on your design? For example, I have 4 different colors in my design but the design outlined in black, would that count against me?
Hi Jacqueline! Yes, each color in your print requires a screen for the screen-printing process, which would make black count as one of your colors. Hope that helps!
Hello! I just have a quick question, I’m trying to print the template, but sometimes it comes out in half and sometimes it comes out very tiny, I was wondering if you could please tell me the size of the template so I can print it out correctly! Thank you so much!
Hi Lucia! What’s most important is high quality illustrations (or software designs) and that the scale/ratios are correct. If you need to ‘shrink to fit’ when you print, it’s okay!
Will the winner get a scarf of their own or just the award money?
Hi Cynthia! YES! The winner will also receive their submission as a real-life scarf, once it’s produced! 🙂
What is the letter of consent? Is there a file for it? Thanks!
Hi Nia! Just a handwritten and scanned (or typed and signed) note from a guardian will suffice! Can’t wait to see your entry!
If I want to add fringes/poms do i have to include inside the black outline in the template or outside of the black out line.
Hi Hautevintage! Because of some restrictions with the production of the scarves, we ask that you don’t use fringe or embellishments on your designs. Can’t wait to see your design!
Can I use a design that I have on a website for sale, like society6 or redbubble?
I was all excited to apply and then found out I can’t because Im Canadian :((((( Check out my blog for my designs
Hi, I am having trouble understanding how to use the template if our design is hand drawn. The template does not have dimensions so how do we know what size paper to use to to hand design?
Does it have to be a design smaller than the size of the scarf made to be tiled, or can we design a single large pattern that goes the length of the scarf? Thanks!
Do black and white count in the four colors – or can we have four colors PLUS black and white? Grazie!
Read the other questions. This has been answered already: yes, black and white count as colors. So if you use black and white, you’d only have 2 colors left. Hope this helps! : )
I have a quick question. The way I’m designing my fabric is first by making a sketch, and using my computer to repeat the image. I know that the template is blank, so if I don’t use that same “template,” as long as the file is 300 dpi and less than 5 MB, will my design still be accepted? Or is there a certain length and width size that my design must be? Thanks!
Can you please clarify how the winner is chosen? Will Modcloth be selecting the winner, or is it up for votes on Facebook? (I’m really hoping you say Modcloth will select the winner! I hate the Facebook popularity contests). Thank you!!
I agree! I am not on Facebook very often and only accept “friends” who I truly want to keep in touch with, so the Facebook popularity contests aren’t quite my cup of tea…I would love to have to Modcloth choose their favorite designs!
When I printed out the template, nothing came out, and I know that the template is blank. I’m creating my design by sketching it out and then using my computer. All of my images are 300 dpi and less than 5 MB. So is there a certain size my designs have to be, and if so, how do I get my design on the blank template?
I am a legal resident of The United States because I have a Green card, but right now I live in Finland. I have no intentions of moving back anytime soon but can I still enter the contest?
Can i use illustrator to make the patterns?
Enter a cover letter including a short biographical statement. – what does this mean ? My confusion comes from the fact – this is asked not in the attachment section but a section you simply type. How much writing is expected there?
Hi! I entered the contest and today was suppose to be the day all the prints would be up on the Be The Buyer page, but I cant find the submissions for this contest. I looked through every page and could not find it, is it on a different part of the website? Or could you please send me the link for it?
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