How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy!
1. Make sure you have a 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.
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.
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 our members’ eyes!
4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around 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.
I’m going to try to build a good business with PDF patterns, and it would be great if you did too. The more people buying indie patterns the better, and I say that as someone who has retailed patterns from one of the Big Four and I know how draining it can be to a shop-keeper’s profits. At least with Indie patterns you know the money is going to the person who did the work, and no-one is losing out.
Craftsy is also a great platform for your patterns. I’ve had more downloads of the Sailor Dress Pattern in the past week than I ever have on B****St**e. I think it’s because having the widget on my blog gets more traffic to it, and people go to Craftsy to find indie patterns. I got 29 downloads on Craftsy on the 25th April! I was so surprised! : )