Craftsy Patterns FAQ


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Questions From Pattern Designers

Why does Craftsy feel it’s important to support independent pattern designers?
I already sell my patterns on other sites. Why should I sell them on Craftsy, too?
What is a Craftsy Pattern Store?
Does Craftsy charge me to list my patterns for sale?
How do I sell my patterns on Craftsy?
How can I sell MORE patterns on Craftsy?
How can I find my patterns after I upload them to Craftsy?
Can I also publish the patterns I have on Craftsy on other sites?
When I post my patterns on Craftsy, do I maintain the copyright for the pattern?
How does Craftsy handle potential copyright concerns?
Is there a limit to the size of the PDF file that I upload for my pattern?
Can I upload multiple PDF files for one pattern?
I do not see an appropriate category or item classification for my pattern. What should I do?
Why do I need a PayPal account to sell my patterns on Craftsy?
Can I offer patterns for free on Craftsy instead of selling them?

 

Questions From Pattern Buyers

Why does Craftsy feel it’s important to support independent pattern designers?
After I purchase a pattern on Craftsy, how will I receive it?
If I have trouble downloading a pattern, what do you suggest that I try?
If I lose the PDF after I buy a pattern on Craftsy, how can I get access to it again?
Can I sell the item I make from a pattern I get on Craftsy?
How can designers sell patterns for “established” or “traditional” designs?
Are there any system requirements to use Craftsy?

 

Answers For Pattern Designers

 

Why does Craftsy feel it’s important to support independent pattern designers?

When you buy a pattern from an independent designer, you not only get exceptional creativity and quality, but you make a choice to support a real person (and their small business). By supporting our independent pattern designers, we’re able to deliver on the values that matter most to our community, such as:

  • Variety and originality: When Craftsy members look for patterns, they want something unique and inspiring. Indie designers are constantly pushing the cutting edge of creativity, introducing new patterns and techniques for all to enjoy.
  • Personal connection: As we’ve seen with our online classes and workshops, Craftsy members love being able to communicate directly with designers and experts. It simply feels good to make a connection with the creative person behind the patterns you love. What’s more, it’s a lifesaver when you get stuck and need a little expert help.
  • Support for small businesses: Independent designers make a living by selling their creative ideas to other passionate crafters. Supporting indie designers directly fuels local economies and helps keep a lot of creative businesses thriving around the world.

I already sell my patterns on other sites. Why should I sell them on Craftsy, too?

As an independent designer, you want to get your patterns in front of crafters who are looking for inspiration. You look to get the most out every sale, and you seek maximum exposure. That’s why we’ve made Craftsy free for indie designers to sell their patterns. When you sell your patterns on Craftsy, you can rest assured knowing that:

  • It’s free. Buyers buy directly from you via PayPal. Craftsy does not charge any fees, nor do we take any commissions.
  • It’s hassle-free. You use a simple form to set up your lovely pattern sales pages, and Craftsy handles the rest. Buyers download your pattern directly (no email headaches, no mailing anything). You get paid immediately.
  • You get your patterns out to a vibrant craft community. With more than a million Facebook fans and 500,000 monthly visitors, Craftsy is a rapidly growing marketplace where you can connect with a lot of potential buyers.
  • You create an ongoing relationship with your customers. Your followers get notified every time you post a new pattern. Buyers are encouraged to post photos of finished projects and review your pattern. Popular patterns can gain even more attention on leaderboards, increasing sales and reputation within the community.

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What is a Craftsy Pattern Store?

It’s where you sell your patterns. As a pattern designer, you sell your patterns on Craftsy by uploading your patterns, descriptions, and photos. These become your Craftsy Pattern Store. You can visit your store anytime to view pattern sales, edit pattern information, finish your saved pattern drafts, and delete patterns.

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Does Craftsy charge me to list my patterns for sale?

No. Never. No way. Absolutely not. In other words: It’s free. Craftsy does not charge any fees or commissions for designers to list or sell their patterns on Craftsy. Buyers purchase directly from you using PayPal, so all payments will be made immediately to your PayPal account. Note that different PayPal accounts may charge fees or commissions, though these are usually nominal. Again, though, those are PayPal’s fees; not ours.

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How do I sell my patterns on Craftsy?

To get started, visit Craftsy Patterns. Click on the “Add a Pattern” button to review information on how to upload your patterns for sale and create your Pattern Store on Craftsy. You can upload as many patterns as you want to your Pattern Store. You can visit your Pattern Store anytime to view pattern sales, edit pattern information, finish your saved pattern drafts, and delete patterns.

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How can I sell MORE patterns on Craftsy?

Check out our blog on How to Sell More Patterns on Craftsy, and the Web.

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How can I find my patterns after I upload them to Craftsy?

You can get back to your published patterns and saved drafts any time. To find your published and draft patterns, log in to Craftsy. Then click your name or profile image in the top right corner of the page. Click on your “Pattern Store” tab within your Craftsy profile.

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Yes, you maintain all copyrights to your patterns. In fact, when you upload a pattern to Craftsy, we require you to confirm that you own the content and have the right to sell the pattern.

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All pattern designers who sell their patterns on Craftsy agree to the Craftsy terms of use when they upload a pattern, declaring that the designer has the right to market and sell the creative content they are providing. When a designer provides evidence of their own copyright being infringed upon (as described in Section 4(J) of the terms of use), we follow a strict resolution process and follow up immediately with both parties. If you have concerns about a pattern listed on Craftsy infringing on your own copyrighted material, please contact patterns@craftsy.com.

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Can I also publish the patterns I have on Craftsy on other sites?

Yes, you can absolutely continue to sell your Craftsy-listed patterns on other sites.

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Is there a limit to the size of the PDF file that I upload for my pattern?

You can upload PDF files up to 10MB. Please note that, depending on the bandwidth of your internet connection, files over 5MB may take up to five minutes to upload. Also, there are several ways you can potentially make your PDF files smaller and more manageable for your buyers. For instance, see below:

If you have Adobe Acrobat ® Professional, you can use some of these tips to create leaner PDFs »

If you use a Mac, you can use the Preview tool to reduce the file size »

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Can I upload multiple PDF files for one pattern?

Craftsy currently only supports patterns that include a single PDF. If your pattern includes multiple PDF files, one option is to combine them into a single PDF file that you can upload on Craftsy.

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I do not see an appropriate category or classification for my pattern. What should I do?

If you feel there is not a fitting category for your pattern, please classify it as “other.” However, rest assured that we continue to add classifications and types as we see demand for them. We encourage you to send us a suggestion for a new classification at patterns@craftsy.com.

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Why do I have to have a PayPal account to sell my patterns on Craftsy?

Buyers purchase patterns directly from you using PayPal, so all payments will be made immediately to your PayPal account. Craftsy does not handle the transaction, nor do we charge any fees.

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Can I offer patterns for free on Craftsy instead of selling them?

Yes, the Craftsy community loves free patterns! To offer your free pattern on Craftsy, go to the Craftsy Patterns page and follow the steps to submit your pattern. As part of the process, you will be asked “Is this pattern free?” Simply confirm that it is, and your pattern will be free to any Craftsy member!

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Answers For Pattern Buyers

 

Why does Craftsy feel it’s important to support independent designers?

When you buy a pattern from an independent designer, you not only get exceptional creativity and quality, but you make a choice to support a real person (and their small business). By supporting our independent pattern designers, we’re able to deliver on the values that matter most to our community, such as:

  • Variety and originality: When Craftsy members look for patterns, they want something unique and inspiring. Indie designers are constantly pushing the cutting edge of creativity, introducing new patterns and techniques for all to enjoy.
  • Personal connection: As we’ve seen with our online classes and workshops, Craftsy members love being able to communicate directly with designers and experts. It simply feels good to make a connection with the creative person behind the patterns you love. What’s more, it’s a lifesaver when you get stuck and need a little expert help.
  • Support for small businesses: Independent designers make a living by selling their creative ideas to other passionate crafters. Supporting indie designers directly fuels local economies and helps keep a lot of creative businesses thriving around the world.

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After I purchase a pattern on Craftsy, how will I receive it?

Once you buy a pattern via PayPal, you’ll be brought to a page where you can download it as a PDF file. You won’t ever have to worry about waiting for a pattern to show up in your email inbox or your mailbox.

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If I have trouble downloading a pattern, what do you suggest that I try?

First, if you don’t already have it, you may want to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. We have heard from many members that this makes a difference for viewing any PDFs (both on Craftsy and everywhere else on the Web). Second, you might try closing and re-opening your Web browser, or opening up a different Web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox).

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If I lose the PDF after I buy a pattern on Craftsy, how can I get access to it again?

You can access your downloaded patterns any time. To find your patterns, log in to Craftsy. Then, click on your profile image in the top right corner of the page. Select the “Pattern Library” tab within your Craftsy profile.

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Can I sell the item I make from a pattern I get on Craftsy?

In most cases, pattern designers would say their patterns are for personal use only and not resale. We would always strongly recommend that you ask the designer before you sell your finished product to avoid potential future issues. If you build upon the skills you learned from your pattern, and change the finished item significantly, it may not be a violation of the designer’s copyright for you to sell it.

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How can designers sell patterns for “established” or “traditional” designs?

Many patterns (in particular, quilt patterns) often leverage well-known traditional designs or blocks. Pattern designers may choose to create their own unique combination of process, technique and/or enhanced design – and package it for sale. The designer does not have the copyright on the traditional design, nor do they claim to. However, they may have a copyright or IP related to their own creative additions to the design. Regardless, shoppers on Craftsy are free to decide if the designer’s unique spin is worth purchasing, or seek out the traditional design somewhere else.

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Are there any system requirements to use Craftsy?

Yes, but the good news is you likely already have everything you need. Craftsy is best when used on a computer manufactured in the past couple of years, and that has a good broadband internet connection (not dial-up). We also highly recommend using the latest version of Firefox, Safari, or Chrome as your internet browser, though recent versions of Internet Explorer will work as well. Craftsy (and most other sites) looks its best when your screen resolution is 1024 x 768 or larger.