Where to Donate or Sell Your Old Sewing Patterns

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If you've been sewing for years, odds are that you have a collection of sewing patterns. Eventually, you will no longer want all of those patterns; what will you do with them?

Those patterns were an investment that may have been used many many times and they still have value. A simple A-line dress can be a summer dress, a winter jumper or a simple shirt if it is shortened. An old pattern may have a twenty-five cent price on it, to replace that pattern today it will cost much, much more.

Some doll and doll clothing patterns may not even be made in the present but many people may be searching for those patterns. Simplicity pattern company has been producing " retro patterns" which have proven wonderful to me.

The stash of patterns can have a second life and will be cherished by someone who wishes a pattern company had thought to make it a retro pattern.

Re-Homing Old Sewing Patterns

  • Visit Vintage and Discontinued Pattern Websites. Inquire about them being purchased by or offered on those sites. One of the sites may be operated from a location that is local to you. Patterns on those sites become available to the masses and someone who is searching for a pattern will be grateful to find it.
  • Local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores usually take donations. Donating your stash of sewing patterns is tax deductible to these organizations. Many people started sewing with a sewing machine that was purchased in one of these stores.
  • 4H clubs may be interested in your patterns. If you are unsure about how to make contact in your local area, the National 4H Council can help.
  • Contact Sewing Organizations and Groups such as Sewing and Quilting Guilds. These organization would probably love the opportunity to sort through these treasures.

    Drawbacks

    • Many times small pattern pieces are not in the envelope. Facing pattern pieces are commonly missing but with a little practice, you can make a facing pattern.
    • Tracing wheels and transferring pattern markings are known to tatter a tissue pattern. There are ways to preserve a tissue sewing pattern.
    • The fitting may be different than what you have been using in recent times. Carefully check the measurements on the envelope and make adjustments where they are needed.