How should I create my submission for the fabric challenge?


The fabric challenge is unique in that when you create your submission image, you will also be creating two of the assets required for your final files.  Please read the article below BEFORE you start designing. Skip to the end to see a video walkthrough of the instructions below.


Please begin with the file named “1_Fabric-Working Template (use this first).ai”

In this file you will prepare one yard (36") of your full repeated pattern at the full roll width of 54"


For the width: You have free rein, go nuts! Just know that we will be requesting a 54” file when you submit final winning files


For the height: The length of a fabric measured as it comes off a roll is called the vertical repeat. In this file, we are requesting you lay out one yard of vertical repeat. You may set up your pattern to repeat as many or as few times as you like within in the yard, HOWEVER it is very important that you make certain that the top of your artboard will match up and repeat seamlessly with the artwork at the bottom of your artboard.  This way if a customer orders 2 or more yards, the pattern will continue.


One way to do this is to decide how many times you want to repeat within 1 yard and size the height of your art to match. For example, if I decide I want to repeat seven times in one yard, I divide 36” (the # of inches in a yard) by 8 and know to make my art 4.5”. If I want to repeat two times, I'll make my art 18” tall. You can also choose to use the entire 36” without repeating, as long as 1 yard will flow seamlessly into the next.


Here is a handy chart for you to use…



Once you are done designing we recommend you do a few checks.

  1. Copy your Full Repeated Pattern and Edit>Paste in Place (shift command V). In the Transform Palette type “+36 “ after the number in the Y coordinate. Your pattern should match up perfectly between the original artwork and the pasted art.
  2. Open the print dialog. Print one page with “do not scale” selected next to Scaling. Check that this is how your want your pattern to look in real life.


Once your Full Repeated Pattern is complete, move on to "2_Fabric-Example Swatch (use this second).ai"

Get your design ready for its close up! Once you have completed your full repeated pattern, we want to see a sample section that best reflects your overall design. You can simply open the Links palette, link to your completed file for 1_Fabric-Working, then resize until what you want to show fits on the artboard. You are welcome to use whatever scale or crop you wish. 


Finally, you are ready to create your Submission image Open "3_Fabric Submission Image (use this last).ai"

From here, just open the Links palette, link to your completed file for 1_Fabric-Working followed by 2_Fabric-Example and you should be ready to go! 


Check out our video walkthrough to show you how its done!


(If you are new to patterns, or just want to see few different techniques for creating them, you might also want to take a few minutes to watch the wonderful Minted Master Class Tutorial from Mintie Kimberly Ellen Hall before you sit down to begin working!) 

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    Michele Cahill

    Where can I find the file named “1_Fabric-Working Template (use this first).ai”

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