TERMS OF USE: All patterns shared on fandominstitches.com are derivative art created by fans and are free for your personal & non-profit use ONLY.  Patterns
 are not to be used for distribution, resale, or manufacture. That means no selling the patterns themselves, PHOTOS, physical projects made using these patterns (including but not limited to: commissions, custom work, no selling on Etsy, Ebay, craft shows, etc), or for-profit classes using these patterns. By downloading/printing these patterns, you agree to these terms. For more info, please visit our FAQ page. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hey There, Designer


Thank you for considering sharing your awesome patterns with Fandom in Stitches! We are an entirely volunteer quilting community and bringing fun, free fandom patterns to the world is a group effort!

Please note: Fandom In Stitches is a fan-run website and is funded by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked. All FiS Designers are volunteers and there is no compensation for posted patterns. Designers keep all rights to their patterns and only agree to allow Fandom In Stitches to share. We reserve the right to refuse any pattern that is inappropriate  for our website and designers may ask us to remove patterns at any time.

Patterns are provided by designers free for non-profit and personal use only. Patterns are not to be sold anywhere at any time. Fandom in Stitches reserves the right to remove patterns after they have been published if necessary. Reasons include, but are not limited to: selling unlicensed merchandise, broken links, non-communication from designers, and pattern errors that are not corrected. Designers also retain the right to ask that their patterns to be removed. ?

Use for manufacture to make items to sell using Fandom in Stitches patterns and duplication to sell patterns is strictly prohibited. All patterns are created by fans for fans and are free for personal & non-profit use only. Read more here.

Here's what you need to know before you submit your work:
  • Patterns must be fandom-related: movies, music, books, etc. If it doesn't fit in a fandom, it is not for this website. 
  • Patterns must be your own original work.
  • Patterns may not in any way incorporate existing patterns, replicate, or alter another designer's work without the express written permission of that designer. 
  • Collaborations are welcome.
  • Patterns can be drafted using drawing or quilting software or hand-drawn, as long as they are clean and easy to understand (see suggested resources below).
  • Please search Fandom in Stitches and do a Google search to make sure your pattern idea hasn't already been designed by someone else. Similar subjects are okay, but if you feel your pattern is very close to someone else's work, please contact that designer before submitting your own design to Fandom in Stitches.
  • 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. This is as a courtesy to our fellow fan-artists.
  • Patterns technique and style are designer's choice. Any style is acceptable as long as it can be used for a quilt and made by hand or basic sewing machine. Examples would be traditional piecing, applique, embroidery, paper piecing, cross-stitch, etc.
  • All FiS patterns are PG-13 or less. This makes our website accessible even when "safe search" is turned on.
  • For legal reasons, we don't share or distribute fandom-themed machine embroidery files.
  • For legal reasons, we are unable to share patterns from designers who sell unlicensed fandom-themed patterns or products. For more about this, please read our post, Not For Sale.
  • Read about Copyright in the U.S.
  • Read about Creative Commons

We reserve the right to refuse any pattern that does not comply with the above guidelines.

To share your fandom themed pattern with fandominstitches.com:

===> Fill Out This Submission Form <===
(Secure Google Form)

  • your name - Please include any contact information you might wish to share on your actual pattern. We also recommend including "free for personal & non-profit use only" somewhere on your 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 1000 pixels wide). 
    • We will download your block photo and host it on our website. In the past, we asked that you host your own image, but we've had a lot of issues with photo hosting websites changing formats. Photos can also be emailed.
  • PDF Pattern
    •  All patterns should be tested for errors before being submitted. You can test the pattern yourself, have someone else try it out for you, or better yet, have more than one person test. If you need help finding a pattern tester, please contact us to be invited to the Fandom in Stitches Designer & Pattern Tester Group on Facebook. We have lots of members who are happy to help!
    • PDF patterns should be one file. Please merge if necessary. We no longer support folders for a single pattern.
    • 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 the context of Fandom categories and you get traffic to your site. We recommend using Google Drive for hosting.  Please set your document to "share" so we can link to it from FiS. Google Drive is useful as patterns can be updated without changing the original file link. Click here to learn how to manage files in Google Drive.
    • If you prefer, FiS can upload patterns to our Drive account. 
    • Tag us! @fandominstitches on Instagram & #fandominstitches everywhere!

Pattern submissions are not accepted via social media. Thank you.

Helpful Software (both free & paid) and Tutorials:
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