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One Thimble is a digital sewing magazine (e-zine) that includes 6-10 PDF sewing patterns in each edition. Included sewing patterns may be clothing (any gender and age group), accessories, toys, quilts or home wares. All patterns come with cottage licences allowing readers to make and sell small quantities of items without needing to purchase additional licences.

Patterns included in an issue are also sold as single purchase PDF’s on the One Thimble website with 70% of money from stand alone PDF’s going to the contributing designer. Contributing pattern designers also receive a once off payment for the inclusion of their pattern in the e-zine.  The size of this once off pattern varies according to the complexity of the pattern but generally is between $100 – $300 (payments are made in Australian dollars). Exclusivity of the pattern remains with One Thimble till 3 months after the original publication date, after which time designers can elect to remove the stand alone pattern from the One Thimble site and sell it on their own site. Back issues of the e-zines continue to be sold beyond 3 months. All pattern designers who appear in a particular issue receive a complimentary half page advertisement in the issue their pattern appears in & a complimentary copy of that issue.

Patterns must be original work of those submitting them and should not have been previously published, given away as part of a promotion or sold elsewhere.

Generally patterns & tutorials are submitted after testing by the designer, as word documents with the photos and tables separate so we can assemble them. The single PDFs may be submitted as per your existing layout. In certain cases it may be possible to have us digitise your pattern, photograph and assemble your tutorial and test your pattern for you.

We choose patterns 18 weeks before the next Issue is published. Final patterns are to be submitted 6-8 weeks (depending on who is taking the publicity shots of your pattern) before publication.

Clothing patterns for an edition are grouped around Australian seasons ( February – Autumn, May – Winter, August – Spring, November – Summer). If you would like to know what pattern types we are looking for coming issues please email us and I will send you out the Pitch Inspiration Kit for the upcoming issue.  Pitch Inspiration kits are sent out 20 weeks before the issue release & you have 2 weeks in which to make your pitch.

If you have a question please email or use the contact form below. Please do not send a completed pattern or sketch before discussing your idea with us.

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