This page is to help you if you’re having an issue accessing one of my free patterns. While I love getting more people hooked on sewing and enjoy sharing some of the (mostly one size) patterns I’ve created, one of my least favorite parts of that is troubleshooting when people can’t access them.
Here’s how the free patterns work:
- First you subscribe to the newsletter
- Then you confirm your subscription
- Then you get an email with the password and link to the free pattern page
- Once you click the link and enter the password, a page appears with ALL the free patterns on it. Click the one you want and it will open.
If you’re already a subscriber, you already have access to all the free patterns; just look at your most recent newsletter for the link and password. Newsletters are sent every Friday.
Here are some common mistakes to check.
Where did you subscribe and what did it look like after you hit subscribe?
The free pattern access link and password is only sent out to blog newsletter subscribers, not subscribers of any other email lists (the Blank Slate Patterns shop email for example). You can subscribe from the menu bar or by clicking here.
How did you get to the free pattern page and what did it look like?
You must enter the password from the newsletter email you received. There are not individual accounts on this site, so you do not set your own password. In addition, you must click the link from the newsletter to get to the secret free pattern page. Clicking the link from the menu bar won’t get you there.
Please note that free patterns are never delivered as email attachments. You must click through to the website to get them. I am also not able to email free patterns to individuals.
I just tried to sign up but something isn’t working.
When you sign up, the first thing that happens is that you’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription. You have to click the link in this email (or copy/paste it into your browser) so my email service knows you wanted to subscribe. Otherwise, anyone could stick your email in anywhere and subscribe you to any newsletter. If you can’t find yours, several things could have happened:
- You entered your address incorrectly. If that’s the case, just try subscribing again.
- The confirmation email is stuck in a spam, trash, junk, social or promotional folder. I can’t access any of your settings for you, so this part is up to you to know your email service and your settings.
- Sometimes older email services have problems. If you’re using a Sbcglobal, Bellsouth, AOL, Hotmail or other account from a company that has been bought out at some point, they can be pretty unreliable at times, and this is on their email server receiving end so there’s nothing I can do about it. I recommend using a newer email address if that is the problem you’re having.
I’ve confirmed my subscription but still don’t see a welcome email
See steps 2 and 3 above, because those can happen again after you confirm. Also, sometimes it takes a few hours for the welcome email to get sent out automatically – it depends on how much traffic is going on and how many server requests it’s getting. Again, I have no control over any of that, so your best option is to sit tight and wait if options 2 and 3 above don’t help.
But I’ve been a subscriber for a long time.
That’s easy then – check your most recent email for the Free Patterns page link and password (bottom of the newsletter) and follow those instructions. Emails go out every Friday, so your most recent one would be the most recent Friday. If you don’t see one from the most recent Friday, it’s time to check your spam/trash/social/promotional/
I have the password but I still can’t get to the pattern I’m looking for!
Passwords are case sensitive, so if you have the most recent one (that’s important – see paragraph above) and you still can’t get in, try copying/pasting to make sure you’re entering it correctly. I often use numbers in place of letters in the password, so you might be typing O when I used 0, for example. Make sure you’re not inadvertently copying or pasting a space in front or at the end of the password. If you’ve copied/pasted and still get an error, try clearing your browser cache. You can also try using a different browser or different device.
If you’re on the free patterns page and you still can’t get to the pattern you’re looking for, are you sure it’s a free one? None of the Blank Slate Patterns in the shop are free. Also, make sure you’re clicking an image from the center of the page, not something in a sidebar (say, one of my popular posts). Some of those sidebar images are also ads, which would obviously not have my free patterns in them. I’ve got a desktop view below, though this may look different on different devices. The biggest hint is that if you click on something that doesn’t go to a pdf pattern file, it’s not a free pattern.
If you clicked on the pattern picture and got a blank screen, try scrolling (you may not be seeing the whole page) or refreshing the page. If you don’t see all the pattern images, try a different browser or device.
Above is an example of what you should see when you get to a pattern. You can either do file>save as or right click and save to your computer.
If you’re still having issues, please know that there are many combinations of emails/browsers/computer operating systems, etc. You can also try a different browser, try a different device, wait and try again later, or Google your specific issue with your specific browser/operating system/device.
I have the pattern but I can’t find the instructions.
All the tutorials for my free patterns can be found through links on this page. The links on the free patterns page take you to the pattern pieces only, not the instructions. Yes they’re separate, and yes part of that is due to the ads that support this site.
My pattern isn’t printing correctly.
Check this post for printing tips, the biggest one of which is make sure you are downloading the pattern (google how to do that for your specific device and browser if you’re not sure) and then opening through Adobe Reader or the Adobe Reader app.