Apr 25 2014

How to Add [and sell!] a Pattern on Craftsy

1/2015: Updated with NEW Tips!
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In addition to tons of online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee!

Adding a pattern to Craftsy and starting your pattern store is easy! The pattern store can be found from the Craftsy main page just by clicking the “Patterns” tab after you logged in.

1. Make sure you have a Business Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns. Your PayPal will charge a small transaction fee, but that’s typical with all PayPal transactions. Craftsy does NOT take a percentage or cut of your sale fee.

2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.

PRO-TIP: To do this, most programs have a Save As option. There are also many online converters that can be use free of charge.

3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching peoples’ eyes!

PRO-TIP: Make sure the photo is of a large enough size that it will work well with their site’s metrics. I haven’t tinkered with this a lot, but occasionally one of my photos will be rejected (it’s immediate, so don’t worry about waiting for this) for being too small to view well. If you’re using good lighting and a good camera, or even just your phone’s setting with a high pixel count, you shouldn’t have any issues.

4. Fill out the pattern description. They will ask you some basic questions about your pattern,  making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.

For more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy, or to get started, visit Craftsy today! While you’re there, check out the pattern I wrote for a great baby hat and distributed online since 2011, and now at over 1,200 downloads, it’s available for only $1!


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