People online have asked me, “Why do you give away your doll clothes patterns? Why not sell them instead?”
I have two reasons for this.
First, when I die and meet my maker (hopefully quite some time from now), I want to leave behind a significant legacy: an online free-access library of doll clothes patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes, and knowledge of how to sew doll clothes that will inspire creativity in others for many generations to come.
Second, when my books are released, I want to earn enough money to make a positive difference in the world, by donating ten percent of the proceeds to Chicanos Por La Causa. Free patterns are a platform from which I can let the public learn who I am. That way, when my books are published, readers will already be familiar with my name.
The charity I mentioned will one day benefit from the sales of my books as well. The former CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa, was my uncle, Pete Garcia. Sadly, he passed away in May of 2017, but over the years, I’ve watched him work in philanthropic endeavors. He and his family lived humbly, in a middle-class home, but the charity he worked for gave millions of dollars to worthy causes. That’s how I know this organization is one I can trust. Chicanos Por La Causa provides scholarships to the Latino community among other charitable projects.
In 2018-2019 I’d like to write a nonfiction book that teaches other sewists how to design their own doll clothes patterns, so they can share in the growth of the sewing community.
I will donate ten percent of the proceeds from my books to Chicanos Por La Causa because as a school librarian, I educate Latinos, and I know, first-hand, there is a need for scholarships.
So I give away my patterns, in the hope that one day my followers will share my passion for education, buy one of my books, and in doing so, help to support Chicanos Por La Causa with funding for scholarships.
I love working as a school librarian, and in my library, I see how people benefit from all the educational tools that are available through the internet (including free tutorials and free patterns). More than anything, I want to make a positive difference in the world. Sharing my passion and talent for sewing is one great way to do that.
Do I need to sell my patterns? Not really. My job as a librarian is enough for me. It brings me joy to connect people to learning tools. Yes, I do hope to become a published writer, and I do hope my books will sell. But more importantly, I want to contribute to a world-wide learning community, in an area in which I have been blessed with talent: sewing dolls’ clothes. God willing, I will always find a good cause (preferably an education-related one) with which to share my financial and intellectual blessings.
And that’s why I give my doll clothes patterns away for free.