Hi all! I am going to start charging for some of my patterns. Don’t worry I am still going to be posting free patterns! After what happened recently with my pumpkin turtle and chunky pumpkin patterns being stolen I have decided I would like to make some money from my hard work and time. I wanted to ask you all how much you’d be willing to pay? I have never sold a pattern and I want to charge a reasonable price. I am so grateful for this community and I consider you all friends!
I would say for me personally I would pay about 4-5 dollars maybe but I honestly know nothing about pattern selling so…
Ooo! Maybe about 3-5
I think it depends on how intricate the pattern is and how much time is put into making it.
honestly after that thread and seeing people steal patterns, i feel like it’s gonna be hard releasing free patterns without constantly thinking of getting it stolen maybe it’s just me being paranoid not sure on how much you should price them. maybe look at a few peoples patterns that look similar and price them off that? idk
We definitely understand, no worries about charging! I know there’s a ton of topics that ask this with a lot of great answers in the comments (too many to link tbh lol) I would search in the community and use the keyword(s) maybe something like how to price patterns and click the topics that match that best with comments and see how it’s answered there’s different types of opinions and thought processes, I think pick the one(s) that works for you
oh no! Im so sorry they got stolen. Id say anywhere from $3-5!
I was thinking $3.00?
from personal experience, I can usually see a picture and make a pattern/item similar however I do often buy patterns just because I don’t want to bother with trying to spend the time figuring it out. Or another maker has referred me to a designer they liked a pattern from. I believe in supporting other artists… pay it forward so to say! I will pay up to $8.00 for a nice pattern, but I mainly stay in the $5.00 average area unless its exceptionally rare and detailed. then I will spend more! i have spent up to $15 for patterns that have multiple options to them!
I haven’t put my work into patterns until recently. I am in the process of turning my hobby into a business to work at home with while I care for my mother and Son. I was told to get an LLC and have everything branded, and copywrite my designs to have legal authority to fight theft, but I’m not there yet. I tend to look online and see if other makers have made similar patterns and if so how many are out there because I am afraid that if my work looks similar someone may accuse me of plagiarism. So I am just figuring out how to go about writing pattern for sale. I was referred to ribblr because of the platform to write and work patterns on. I actually love it and will probably use it exclusively. I also love that we can test each others patterns before release!
I agree with the comment on selling pattern so they cant be re-written and sold off as someone else’s. One thing I have thought about after seeing how our community came together to report that user… i will probably post my patterns for sale and then offer then for free to ones on our community that we talk with on regular basis on our private forums. this way I know a little about the character of who I am giving my work to and their moral values as a fellow maker. I will arrange for it to be a gift through our platform. this way I can still offer free patterns but I descide who is trust worthy to have my hard work for free. just a thought…
I was also told that if I write a pattern and mail it to myself and don’t open it, it is like a copywrite… maybe because it is postmarked and then can be used as proof of when it was written so anything after the date would not be original work??? not sure but if it helps anyone here than its worth mentioning!
I think the maximum I would pay for a pattern is $5 if that helps at all lol <3 I love your patterns though, I’m planning to make a couple really soon :>
I put my free patterns on ribblr up as pdfs for sale on all the other major sites (with watermarked images), like etsy and ravelry. That way if anyone comes across a pirated version, hopefully my legitimate one will also show up (or potentially discourage people from stealing it in the first place).
watermarks is such a good idea ! i literally completely forgot they existed when you make the pdfs, do you put the watermark behind the print too ? (not sure what it’s called) like on those legal documents that have “confidential” printed across the page behind the paragraphs of text. i imagine that’s one way to deter pattern thieves.
You could, but I just have © Lily’s Handcrafts at the footer of each page.
if i ever make my patterns into pdfs, i think i’d be taking that extra step of security and putting it behind my text it might be crazy but if it means my patterns can’t be stolen, i’ll do it.
You just want to make sure that it isn’t busy/isn’t distracting, but a subtle element
yes ofc! it would annoy me and my adhd if i ever make pdfs, i will have to play around with some of the layouts and stuff. i’m not that well versed with microsoft word/making pdfs but i’ll figure out a way
If you have a pattern on Ribblr, there is an option to convert it to a PDF! It has a Ribblr watermark in the background too, for extra protection
I say $3-5 is a good range for that style of amigurumi pattern! I would maybe go closer to $5 that way you can still participate in sales without having it dip into your profits too much
I absolutely love your pumpkin turtle pattern!
I’ve made one and I think you could charge $4 -$5 maybe even more.
I’m a really big fan of all your designs!