In my day job, I’m a school librarian, but in addition to running this website, I also write books.
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, through the publication of the books I write, I want to earn enough money to make a positive difference in the world, by donating ten percent of my proceeds to charities that support scholarships for underprivileged youth, like the Be A Leader Foundation, Chicanos Por La Causa, and NALCAB.
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, like scholarships for Latino teens. I want to be able to make a positive difference like my uncle did, through the charitable donations I can give to scholarship funding.
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. Eventually, I’d like to place the cover art for my books on each of my free patterns and add a brief book blurb to my tutorial videos. That will help spread the word that my books exist and are available for sale.
People who enjoy my free patterns may also want to buy my books, just to show their support for my free pattern website–although I really hope they enjoy reading them too!
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 the youth of America 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. Writing books that inspire young people is another. Donating to organizations that offer scholarships is yet another, and I have been donating ten percent of the proceeds from the ads on this website to charitable education-related causes as just a small start. But I’d like to do even more.
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. 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.