This year was definitely a strange one…but you don’t need me telling you that. Let’s keep it light by recapping all of the fun things that happened in our teeny, tiny Patterns for Pirates corner of the world. I haven’t always done recaps, but it’s fun for me (and I hope for you too) to see just what we did during the year! So without further ado… here is what P4P accomplished during 2020:
We added 10 new patterns to the shop (20 if you count the youth and adult as separate patterns!):
In order of release:
- Oversized Sweater + Youth Oversized Sweater
- Flutter Wrap Top and Dress + Youth Flutter Wrap Top and Dress
- Classic Sports Bra + Youth Classic Sports Bra
- Runabout Romper and Dress + Youth Runabout Romper and Dress
- Sunflower Swim Top + Youth Sunflower Swim Top
- Busy Bee Swim Bottoms + Youth Busy Bee Swim Bottoms
- X-Factor Crop and Dress + Youth X-Factor Crop and Dress
- Vintage Jumper and Youth Vintage Jumper
- Cozy Pants and Cozy Wrap + Youth Cozy Pants and Youth Cozy Wrap
I truly love each and every pattern we put out this year! (I might even be wearing some Cozy Pants and Cozy Wrap as I’m typing up this very blog post.)
We did some extra Free patterns this year because we felt like more people could use some smiles throughout this rougher year. So, here are all the freebies we released!
In order of release:
- Plushie Pals,
- Peg Legs- Colorblock Pack,
- Sailor Gaitor,
- Braided Infinity Scarf,
- Pirate Pillowcase,
- Bear Hug Rug,
- Paw-Fect Stocking,
- Hickory Hat.
We also made an announcement about how our free downloads are handled. Starting 1/1/2021 when you check out with a freebie it will stay in your download section for 30 days. After 30 days it will expire. You can either download it to your own device or go through the checkout process again if you need to reprint in the future and didn’t save it. The freebies will always remain free and will always be there if you don’t want to save them to your own device/cloud/etc.
What else did we do this year? How about some special events we held…
Or what Sew A Longs we put on?
You can find each Sew A Long on our blog and as a playlist on our YouTube Channel:
- Cocoon Cardigan Blog – Cocoon Cardigan YouTube
- Flutter Wrap Blog – Flutter Wrap YouTube
- Runabout Romper Blog , Runabout Romper YouTube
- X Factor Blog , X Factor YouTube
- Sporty Piko Blog – Sporty Piko YouTube
I always love to see what the most popular patterns are through the year as well!
- Gala Gown (Dec 2019),
- Cocoon Cardigan (Jan 2017),
- Oversized Sweater (Jan 2020),
- Flutter Wrap Top and Dress (March 2020)
- Runabout Romper- Bundle (May 2020).
It looks the Pirate Community as whole likes to be equal parts glamorous and comfy… exactly how I feel too!
Let’s look at the most popular freebies this year!
Here are some links in case you want to snag these favorite freebies for yourself:
And our most popular YouTube Videos while we’re at it! We worked hard trying to add more videos into Patterns for Pirates this year, I hope you enjoyed the added videos!
I was surprised to not see the Infinity Scarf with Hidden Zipper Pocket in the top freebies, but since it is on the blog and not downloaded that is probably why! You don’t need to “checkout” or download any pattern pieces to make one up. 😉
We work hard on all social media fronts to make Patterns for Pirates easy for you to find and enjoy. Here are some social media highlights from this year:
Our blog is run mostly by the wonderful Alex- you know her from our Sew A Longs! But we also have a team of contributors who help up write up blogs… together we managed to put out 6 more P4P University blog posts…these are great beginner blogs answering the questions we see asked the most frequently in the P4P FB group! So, if you ever have a basic sewing question hop onto the P4P blog and use that search… we are working on having the answers for you!
P4P University added this year: Waistbands , Elastics , Grommets , Easy Gathering Methods, Sewing Machine vs. Serger , Intended vs. Preferred Fit , and Sewing with Swim . You can also find all the P4P University blogs rounded up in the FB Group Album!
Here are a few more highlights from the different Social Media outlets we use to keep you in the loop! If you follow me on each one you will notice I use them all slightly differently. I tend to share more selfies, in the moment/candid pictures and sneak peeks on my Instagram. I use the Facebook Group and Page to announce new patterns, sales, etc. I use the Blog to keep all details from everything from new patterns, sales, how tos, hacks, etc. The YouTube channel of course has all our videos from sew a longs, P4P universities, and tutorial videos as well.
Thank you to all the new followers, members, etc and for everyone who was here already and stayed with us! I appreciate each and every single one of the follows, members, subscribers, etc!
I’m excited to see what 2021 will bring for Patterns for Pirates as well- I wish you all a Happy New Year!