My number one instant downloadable PDF pattern is in the shop now and I am working on the next ones. The very first pattern is my best selling pincushion. It is a versatile little project - instant gratification with as little materials as possible and great charm potential.
As my quilty projects, this one - the patterns project - took leaps and turns and happened a bit different than expected. I love changes and this makes me happy actually. The reason is another project that keeps me busy all the time this autumn. So fulfilling the start of the pattern-making dream amid a new project is a good thing.
The original plan was a more complex pattern and although it is 90% completed, I had to choose something far more simple and manageable for the start.
I love my customers now have the choice to buy a pincushion or make it themselves.
I am very happy with this first product and its features:
- it is printer friendly - no pictures, no thick lines, no many pages. Looks good in black scale and colour printing.
- it is user friendly - no drafting, no calculations, no tracing, no gluing. Just print and cut pattern piece.
- it is Eco-friendly - just one page to be printed. Pattern pieced and all the illustrated process instructions are on it. The rest of the pages are informative but not a-must printing.
- it is personal and authentic - the illustrations are all drawn by hand. I drew then scan and digitized them. They have that special made by hand look.
One thing that looks tricky with patterns is the selling rights. I saw different approaches here - to prohibit selling the finished items, to allow cottage license, to allow it... I choose to allow. For many reasons, I believe it helps people. A mention or credit would be nice. Will see how it goes.
What is your experience with downloadable patterns?