Patterns must be your own original work (not a recreation of someone else's pattern) and must be fandom-related: movies, music, books, etc. If you reference a piece of fan art, please have permission from the original artist to use their work and provide a link to them for our post.
Patterns technique and style are designer's choice. Any style is acceptable as long as it can be used for a quilt. Examples would be traditional piecing, applique, embroidery, paper piecing, cross-stitch, etc.
All FiS patterns are PG-13 or less.
Patterns can be drafted using drawing or quilting software or hand drawn, as long as they are clean and easy to understand. Here are some helpful resources:
Helpful Software (both free & paid) and Tutorials:
- Quilt Assistant - Free Quilt Design Software (please read the user agreement carefully, this software is for free patterns only).
- Tutorials from Quilt Assistant
- Tutorial with video from Sew What Sherlock on converting traditional blocks to paper piecing with QA
- Jennifer's review of Quilt Assistant.
- Electric Quilt 7 - for-purchase quilt design software, used by a number of our designers.
- Inkscape - An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Excellent for designing embroidery designs.
- Inkscape Tutorials
- GIMP - GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Great for editing.
- LibreOffice - Open Source office software includes Writer, the word processor, Calc, the spreadsheet application, Impress, the presentation engine, Draw, drawing and flowcharting application, Base, database and database frontend, and Math for editing mathematics.
- Thoughts and suggestions on designing with graphics software: Drawing A Patchy Heart from Sewhooked
You can submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- your name - Please include any copyright and contact information you might wish to share on your actual pattern. If you prefer to not share your contact information, please at least share a name or username and we will forward any messages received through Fandom In Stitches regarding your pattern(s).
- Pattern Title
- style used (paper pieced, embroidery, etc.).
- size of finished item in inches
- skill level out of 5 (example 2/5 - see the top of any of our pattern pages for more information on how patterns are rated)
- photo/scan of design
- Submissions need to be accompanied by a quality sample image of the actual quilt or quilt block (photograph or scan, at least 500 pixels wide).
- If at all possible, post to Flickr or Photobucket. This works great because we can share your image, but you retain control of it.
- Sharing must be enabled on Flickr & Photobucket or we will not be able to use your link.
- Emailed photos work fine, too.
- PDF Pattern
- All patterns should be tested for errors before being submitted. You can test the pattern yourself or have someone else try it out for you (or both!). If you need help finding a pattern tester, email us or ask on the Fandom In Stitches Facebook group. We have lots of members that are happy to help!
- If you already have a blog or website where you post your patterns, we can link directly to your pattern there. This works out great for everyone: Quilters have easy access to your patterns in context of Fandom categories and you get traffic to your site. Patterns hosted using Google Drive, Craftsy, Dropbox, etc. work just fine. On Google & Dropbox, make sure your pattern document is set to "share" so we can link to it from FiS. Google Drive and Craftsy are our prefered hosts as patterns can be updated without changing the original file link. Click here to learn how to manage files in Google Drive.
- If you would prefer, FiS can upload patterns to our account. We will even convert your images and documents to a single PDF if necessary. Word Processors generally have the ability to save as a PDF as do most graphic design softwares. If you would like to save your own patterns as PDF files, but do not have software that will do it, try using Primo PDF or Cute PDF, both are free print-to-PDF software.
Please do not submit patterns via comments or flickr group.
- Photo of yourself (optional) - Flickr photos work best
- A brief description of your work.
- Link to your blog or website.
Please note: Fandom In Stitches is funded by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked and there is no compensation for posted patterns. All FiS Designers are volunteers. You keep all copyright for your patterns and only agree to allow Fandom In Stitches to share them. We reserve the right to refuse any pattern that is inappropriate and you may ask us to remove your patterns at any time.