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Design a Folksy Tote Bag and Bumper Sticker Competition!

by Camilla

Design the official Folksy tote bag & bumper sticker competition

Imagine nipping out to the supermarket and popping your fig rolls into your Folksy tote bag… or winding your way across the Cornish coastline with a Folksy bumper sticker sitting proudly on your rear. We want to spread the word about Folksy as far and wide as possible, until every cashier in the country and every pigeon on every lamp post knows that Folksy is the home of British craft. But we need your help.

We’d like YOU to design a Folksy tote bag or bumper sticker (or both!). We’re looking for beautiful, eye-catching or fun designs that tell everyone what Folksy is about – craft and handmade.

We will choose one tote bag design and three fab car bumper stickers as our winning designs. The winners will receive a tote bag + bumper sticker set, plus the coverage on the Folksy blog and in our newsletter. (As well as the knowledge that they are totally awesome.)


Design a Folksy Tote Bag

We’re looking for a brilliant Folksy tote bag design that you’d be happy to carry on your shoulder. We’d like the design to promote Folksy, or show people what Folksy is all about, but we’re also looking for designs that work well at a glance. At this stage we don’t need fully detailed, high-resolution files – we just want to see your idea and your designs!

Tote bag specifications:

  • The winning design will be screen-printed on a coloured cotton tote bag (see below for the tote bag colours)
  • Designs can either be one colour or two colour (NOT full colour)
  • Maximum print size = 28.5 cm x 30 cm
  • The tote bags must feature either the words Folksy or folksy.com or the single-colour folksy logo somewhere on the design (you can download that here).

To submit your entry, email your design idea, along with your name and Folksy shop (if you have one) to community@folksy.co.uk.

tote colours

Colours swatches showing the various colour options for the cotton tote bags. Your design will be screen printed over one of these.

Design a Folksy Bumper Sticker

We’re also looking for three different bumper sticker designs that you would be proud to have on your car. They can be a bit of fun, a play on words or just a pretty design, but we’d like them to be memorable and easy to read. You can go to town with your design skills here, or if you’re more of a wordsmith just send us your slogans and we’ll create a design around it. You can design one sticker or as many as you like – there are five sizes to choose from, so you could even do five different designs.

Bumper sticker specifications:

  • Choose from 5 size options: 15 cm x 5 cm rectangular sticker; 10 cm x 7 cm rectangular sticker (portrait or horizonal format); 8cm square sticker; 8cm circular sticker; or 12 x 2cm long skinny sticker.
  • The winning design will be printed digitally in full colour
  • The final design will need to be CMYK, 300dpi with a 4mm bleed all the way round in either PSD, AI, PDF, JPEG, TIFF or EPS format – BUT if that’s all just too technical, we’re happy to accept ideas or even just slogans!
  • Designs must include either the words Folksy or folksy.com or the Folksy logo (you can download a jpg version of the full-colour Folksy logo here)

To submit your entry, email your design idea, along with your name and Folksy shop (if you have one) to community@folksy.co.uk.




The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 24th July, so get out your pens and pencils… and send us your ideas. Good luck! 

Photo credit: Screen-printed Stuff Tote Bag by Catherine McGinniss

Competition T&Cs  1. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 24th July 2016. 2. Prizes cannot be exchanged for their monetary value or other goods. 3. Winners will be selected by Folksy from all entries received. 4. The competition is not open to Folksy employees. 5. The winners will be contacted after the competition closes. 6. Folksy reserves the right to offer a prize of equivalent value if the stated prize is not available. 7. Folksy’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 8. Folksy reserves the right to alter and/or cancel the competition without any prior warning. 9. All personal data submitted with consent will be kept by Folksy for the purpose of sending out the prize. 10. The competition is open to UK entrants aged 16 and over. 

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Freelance Isn't Free July 13, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Here’s a novel idea! How about, y’know – actually paying creatives for their work?

Camilla July 15, 2016 - 1:09 pm

We absolutely agree that designers should be paid for their work. This competition came about because members of the Folksy community on the Talk Folksy forum asked us for bumper stickers and tote bags and wanted to help come up with ideas rather than us designing them in-house. Based on this, we decided to get as many people involved in the process as possible by running it as a community event, and rather than asking for fully-finished designs we chose to ask for ideas, slogans or designs to open it up to makers who don’t have graphic design skills. Some of these entries will be fully developed designs, but others are just ideas which we will work into final designs.

As we don’t know whether the winning entries will be fully-developed or just slogans it was hard to decide what the reward should be, so we chose to keep it very simple and make more of it as a community event. We may look at this again depending on the level of work involved in the winning designs. Please also be assured that any profit from this project will be used towards making services available that sellers have asked us for.

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