In the Spirit of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” –FREE Pattern for Everyone!


Hi Everyone, in the spirit of “no good deed goes unpunished”, I want to make this super popular pattern free to everyone for the next week.

Sometimes I'm tempted to believe that rather cynical phrase “no good deed goes unpunished”, but in the end, I get far more motivation and inspiration from our many, many supporters than I do from the occasional detractor.

We recently launched a new platform called Ko-Fi that would allow our supporters to make small, one-off, or even on-going donations to help out our site.  These funds allow us to continue to produce free sewing patterns and other sewing related content on a weekly basis.

Introducing Ko-Fi (pronounced like “coffee”) –a Great Way to Support Our Site

The response has been overwhelming with many, many readers contributing support.  Frankly, I've been stunned, so naturally, I wanted to do something in return.

To thank all these lovely readers, I offered one of our most popular paid patterns, the Ultimate Wallet Pattern which sells normally for $6.95, to supporters for at no cost.

The intent was not to sell the pattern but to thank readers for supporting us and to encourage new readers to do so if they felt it appropriate and they could afford it.

As seems to often be the situation, however, you can't make all the people happy all the time.  While many were very gracious and appreciative, there were some readers who complained that the pattern wasn't free to everyone or that it was a quid pro quo to sell the pattern in exchange for the support so it wasn't free —which was simply not the case.

To the readers who chose to support us over on Ko-Fi and especially those who were generous enough to make on-going contributions, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You're awesome!   It is your support, kind messages, and your on-going passion for the art and craft of sewing are what motivates me and gets me up in the morning and keeps me working late at night.

Please follow the link below (just under the large, red arrow) to directly download the PDF pattern.

Happy Sewing, Mayra


If You'd Like To Support Our Site

If you want to help us continue to bring you a wide selection of free sewing patterns, projects, and sewing-related articles, please consider buying us a coffee to keep us going.  We'd really, really appreciate it.

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68 Responses to In the Spirit of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” –FREE Pattern for Everyone!

  1. Tris says:

    Thank you so much.

  2. ANN ROBINSON says:

    Thank you so much this is a lovely gift x x x

  3. Julie says:

    You have been wonderful and should never feel pressured to give your work away. You are so deserving and most of us really appreciate you. Thank you for your generosousity, but really..never sell your talents short. You can never please all of the people all of the time.

  4. Allie says:

    You do make revenue off us clicking on the adds right? Otherwise I’ve been waisting my time…

    Sometimes I’ve only got less then $2 left in my account after bills and that for 2 weeks… so I may not be able to purchase or support in the traditional way but I use the adds to support. I just hope you get the revenue??

  5. Dianne says:

    Happy Mothers Day! Thank you for your big hearts and wonderful patterns over the years. And for this wallet pattern. It’s so great! Blessings to you ladies.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      HI Dianne, it has been almost 5 years since I have been on my own making patterns at SSE since I purchased the site from the last owner, I republish the old articles because there is no way I can do all this alone and because they are good content that anyone can benefit from., It is a huge site and I am already working over 12 hours a day every day. My team is small I wish I could bring more people in to help with the load of work. Still I love what I do so I shall keep going until I have shared everything I can. Thank you for your support!

  6. Mary says:

    Thank you sew much for the free pattern, it is much appreciated.

  7. Linda says:

    I’m a pensioner. I also live in South Africa. I can’t always buy patterns as the ZAR/$ exchange rate is horrendous! I saw the opportunity of supporting you on Ko-fi, as well as the opportunity of getting a pattern I needed at a special price? To me it was a win win, and I received another surprise in my inbox today, another lovely free blouse pattern! As we get so much from you guys for free, it was time for me to show my appreciation and thanks you for everything you do… 🙂

  8. Sandy Harms says:

    Thank you for the pattern and directions! Another idea for Christmas 2020!

  9. Bev Mruphy says:

    Thank you for this pattern—-I have downloaded items from you previously and have always been grateful for them…… no exception now!
    I like the directions, too, for the projects……. they are easy to follow. Thank you for THAT, as well!

    • Sheryle J Augustine says:

      Thank you so much for the pattern. I am sorry some gave you grief for charging for your hard work. Shame on them! You have been more than gracious under the circumstances.

  10. Ann McKenna says:

    You do your very best, but for some very sad people, it is still not enough. They are to be pitied. Their glass will always be half empty. Our glasses will be half full and always delicious. Well done you and a big thank you.

  11. Lynn Zukowskil says:

    What a generous mother’s day gift- thank you for the Ultimate wallet pattern. hope you had a wonderful day- you definitely deserve and I do believe good deeds given with an open heart will always be noticed and appreciated. thank you

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      I did once all the dust settled, my daughter made me favourite breakfast Eggs Benedicts with Hollandaise sauce on a bed of spinach and focaccia bread. Then my son made a filet mignon, pasta al pesto and greens, around a fire because it is cold tonight. The best part we were all together! So thank you!

  12. Shirley Eagle says:

    Having to be one of those who can’t afford much in pleasure, I thank you so much for being so generous. Now, when I find the time to make up this cute pattern, it will be perfect. If you come to Arkansas, I’ll be happy to serve you coffee and maybe something of a snack. Thanks.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Ahhh Shirley, I do want to come and it would be an honour for me to sit and share a cup and coffee with you. Stay safe!

  13. Karen says:

    Thank you for the free pattern it is greatly appreciated. Happy Mother’s day!!!

  14. Kris says:

    Thank you for the wallet pattern! I was one of those who donated but then couldn’t figure out how to download the pattern. No problem; I just figured it was the least I could do to thank you for the patterns I’ve received in the past. Being able to download it today is very nice. Thank you!

  15. Charlene Powell says:

    Thank you for your unselfishness and generosity with the free patterns. I know how much thought and work you put into the patterns. I love your patterns and also love your wonderful instructions. Thank you again.

  16. Dagmar Burrer says:

    So sweet of you. Thank you von so very . much

  17. Jet Ham says:

    Thank you! I am so sorry that you were exposed to such nasty people! It’s your business! YOU get to decide what you want to do! Apparently some adults have yet to grow up.

  18. Faith says:

    Thank you for providing patterns and good information to all. I’m sorry people had the nerve to complain, but that does seem to be the world we live in. Gimme gimme gimme. Truly a sad world we live in.
    Thank you for giving far more than you should.

  19. Kelly L says:

    Thank you so much for offering the pattern free to everyone. So many of us are not working and unable to earn an income right now. So purchasing even little extra things is not an option when we’re trying to figure out how to feed our families.

  20. LanaH says:

    First off, thank you and Happy Mother’s Day. Either people don’t care, understand or both how much time and effort it takes into maintaining any sort of website. In addition to that it takes a tremendous amount of time to create, make and test patterns. Thank you for your time, effort and generosity.

  21. janet says:

    thank you for offering the wallet to all. i am so sorry that you were subjected to negative comments. in these difficult times, it is very generous for designers to offer their patterns free when they can…and for those of us under difficult financial situations who would still like to try new designs it is a true gift.
    thank you again for your ever present generosity!!!!

  22. theoddowl says:

    Thank you so much, and thank you for all of the helpful resources you provide.

  23. Judy says:

    Thank you so much for your generosity. I appreciate your designs and your tutorials are great. I’m 78 and I’m still learning and your explanations have been very helpful.

  24. tina says:

    I am glad I enjoyed a cup of coffee with you,

  25. Lucy says:

    Thank you! I really do appreciate all that you do for us. You are so generous and your heart shines bright.

  26. Jane Lecher says:

    I made this wallet awhile ago, using the music-related fabric that I always have, and nearly every time I pull it out, someone comments on what a cool wallet it is. It holds ALL of my crap, plus too much more, and is the size of a small purse. That happens to be EXACTLY what I need in a wallet!

  27. Irene says:

    Many thanks, and may there be many more good deeds in the world and less paranoia!

  28. Lynn says:

    Thank you & sorry about the unappreciated comments left.

  29. Karen says:

    Thank you for all of your patterns and hard work that you put into them. It is too bad that some people have to ruin a nice gesture. Don’t worry about them and keep doing the great job that you do.

  30. Robyn H says:

    I choose the support on Ko-fi, because u think it’s a good business choice on your part Get a little from the masses, instead of a lot from the small amount of one who want a particular design. I appreciate all you do for us, and a coffee is totally in my budget! I hope you get the kinks worked out and can continue to post items for those supporters. If people aren’t willing to contribute a coffee for your work, then placating them carries little value for your efforts. Time is money, people.

  31. Carol Harvey Dixon says:

    Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity in this very stressful time. 🙏

  32. Sherry S says:

    You offer awesome patterns and inspiration and give so much away for free!!! Anyone complaining needs to go to the naughty chair for a time out. Happy Mother’s Day!

  33. Delma says:

    Thank you so much God bless

  34. EllenM says:

    Thank you for the pattern, I’m looking forward to making it, and thank you for your continued inspiration and motivation. Very sorry for the unappreciative people. Thanks again!

  35. Lynn Harris says:

    Thank you SEW much 😣
    Missed yesterday’s kerfuffle over Koi- Fe , but thank you for the freebie it’s fabulous.

  36. Susanne says:

    Don’t let it get under your skin. Some people just have to be nasty. It makes perfect sense to give people who give extra something extra. It is a nice gesture of “thank you.” If someone does not understand that, they most certainly don’t need to be supported by surrendering to their demands. Thanks for all you do.

  37. Patricia C Meek says:

    This is Nice Idea WOW, Thank you…

  38. Mary J Koertje says:

    thanks so much for straightening out web to download the pattern

  39. Samina says:

    I’m sorry that people are so greedy. I’ve purchased many patterns from you over the years, but I’ve also appreciated the freebies you’ve offered. I’m sorry that you’ve succumbed to entitled folks. Not everyone is entitled to everything. Hang in there, though. We still appreciate all you do!

  40. Becky Meyer says:

    It surprises me too how people sometimes misinterpret things. I’m sorry for that and really appreciate what you do.

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