OCT 28, 2008 updated Apr 26, 2021


The other day I posted about the Fresh:chiyogami pool of free-to-use designs and perhaps was unclear that they could indeed be printed on fabric as long as you weren’t intending to use said fabric to craft items for sale to others.  If you go this route, be sure to get in touch with the individual designers for complete details about what things are permitted in using their designs.  I hope that’s a little clearer.  I’m bad about thinking I’ve communicated all relevant details when in fact, the conversation I had or the blog post I wrote was mostly in my head.  Just ask Stephen.  Sigh.

I’ll be clearer about Patternhead, though.  Patternhead is a website that offers repeating patterns for sale to print on fabric.  I say "for sale," but in fact what’s for sale is a license to use the pattern–you won’t own it exclusively.  These designs are not free but at $5 per pattern they’re pretty close.  (That’s $5 for personal use only.  It’s $125 per pattern if you need an extended use license that allows you to print the pattern for resale items.)

When you purchase a license to use a Patternhead design, you’ll receive a link to a file–in both jpeg and EPS format–that you can download, unzip, and print.   Stephen printed up a pretty zinnia design yesterday to test out the shift from their CYMK image to LAB color. That’s their image on the left and the printed fabric on the right.  We thought it looked pretty nice!

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  • Your article on Designer Fabric Store has very beautifully defined the various types of Online Fabric Store which is very knowledgeable for me as I have a great interest in the various kinds of Online Fabric Store. Similar to your article is a website named that is offering a variety of hand dyed Online Fabric Store which looks really beautiful. There is a wide variety of Online Fabric Store Textiles which is really commendable! The colors, designs, Patters of the fabrics are really heart throbbing.

  • I don’t know if this is kosher to mention this here and I really don’t want to be spammy –
    But I have started to design repeating patterns to sell on Etsy for crafters to use and I don’t mind if people want to make and sell stuff out of them. (I am 100% ok with the small scale, handmade cottage industry thing)
    So my apologies for using this as a commercial for my own designs but you can’t blame a girl for trying to get the word out:) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Also I’m pretty friendly so anybody on etsy can feel free to convo me! πŸ™‚

  • Catherine Jones

    Thanks for letting us know about Another source of patterns for licensing that I came across recently is (At their website type in the keywords “seamless” and “pattern” to the search box.) –Catherine

  • Kim-Congratulations on the write-up in the brand new and fabulous new magazine, Stitch! We have it in the store (Thimble Pleasures) if you have not seen it yet. (Not on newstands until November 11th!)

  • When i was a litte girl i had a dress whit a fabric i want to print. Can i do that? its there a problem? Its 30 years ago . /Karolina