I am launching a campaign next month called May is for Makers.
This is a little bit of a soapbox topic, but I hope you’ll hear me out.
One of my favorite parts of sewing is the ability to make something instead of buying it.
It’s amazing and an incredible high, but the balance between what we expect for free and what we are willing to purchase is way out of whack.
We have all gotten spoiled by the amount of free on the internet and I worry about how much longer our community of independent designer’s can sustain that.
I want to make it very clear, that this is not about me. I am a maker myself and I am SUPER guilty. This is not a ploy to ask people to buy from me.
This is something that was laid on my heart as I sat working on patterns of my own.
The thought went something like this:
Gah, I am so tired of working on these illustrations. This is so much work. *continues working* Hmm, should I print my patterns. I wonder if they do better than PDF? How do I have my patterns printed? Is it worth it? How much will it cost? I’m not sure I can afford it? Will my sales match my costs? Research, Research, Research. Worry, Worry, Worry. Wait, when’s the last time I purchased a pattern? I never realized how much work it is. eek.
And then I get back to designing, because it makes my heart SING!
At the end of the day, it doesn’t always matter to a designer if their patterns are selling because they are passionate about it!
There is a lot of work and cost that goes in to self-publishing a pattern and even a free tutorial on a blog and passion can only take you so far. The quality we expect has a price.
Something needs to change, and it can start with me. I need to be intentional with my purchases.
For the month of May, I am committing to support a different pattern maker each week. I am choosing to skip lunch at Chick-fil-a to instead invest in a person.
I will purchase 5 patterns over the course of the 5 weeks and with each purchase I make, I will tell a pattern maker that their work matters. My purchase will tell them that I am grateful for the time, effort and passion they put into their brand. Validation.
I will be sharing my pattern purchase each Monday on social media using #mayisformakers.
I hope you’ll consider joining me. What a wave of love to send the makers of our community. To remind them that while we all love something for free, we also value time and artistry and we are willing to give our support.
Lots of love!
Feel free to grab a button below to share on your own blog. You can also follow me on instagram @lrstitched. I will be doing my pattern sharing there using the hashtag #mayisformakers.