Stuffed animal, tote bags & other sewing patterns

Hermanus, South Africa

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Louis and Mireille Pretorius

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Louis and Mireille Pretorius


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About Patternpal

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On Etsy since 2018

A sewing shop in Africa!

Couple Louis and Mireille own a sewing shop, called Creative Notions, located in a small coastal town called Hermanus in the sunny country, South Africa.

Holding sewing workshops and courses are synonymous to a sewing shop and that's where it all began!

Sewing has been part of Louis' life for over 35 years. Hybre soon joined the team as sewing workshop instructor and whilst Louis and Hybre designed patterns to construct in workshops, Mireille, being a graphic and web designer by trade, would do the layout and marketing.

Soon the word spread and the demand grew for Patternpal sewing patterns. And that's when we decided to open an Etsy shop. We'd love to share to the world the patterns that locals have come to love!

Shop members

  • Louis Pretorius

    Designer & Maker

    Louis has been involved in the sewing industry for over 30 years. The knowledge he gained has earned him the title of expert in his field! Louis has designed & made numerous dresses, including wedding dresses, undergarments, plushies and more!

  • Mireille Pretorius

    Layout & Marketer

    Mireille, Louis' wife has over 15 ten years experience in graphic design and web design. She maintains their shop's online presence & does all the marketing. Together they make a power couple!

  • Hybre Lombard

    Designer & Maker

    Needlework & creative needlecraft are a passion of Hybre since childhood. I has been teaching & developing new projects for the past 30 years.

Shop policies

Last updated on 20 Apr, 2018

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Last updated on 18 May, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Can I sell items made with your sewing patterns?

Most certainly! Small business owners & hobby crafters may make & resell the soft toy, provided that:

a. the pattern is bought by each crafter making the soft toy &
b. you give credit to PatternPal whether with a link to our Etsy shop online or a label/tag that the product was made using a PatternPal pattern.

However, the product may not be mass-produced in any way. Also, the sewing pattern may not be shared or sold to anyone, reproduced or altered in any way.

Can I print the pattern on my home printer?

Yes, all of our patterns can be printed on your home printer. Should you be in Europe, you would most probably print on A4 size paper, while the USA mostly prints on letter size.

That said, make sure your printer settings are selected on "full scale", "do not scale" or "print actual size". Also, always choose "portrait" as your page orientation. Thereby, it really won't matter on what size paper (A4 or letter size) you're printing.

Is seam allowance included in your sewing patterns?

On all of our patterns seam allowance is included. It will stipulate how much in each pattern.

Can I order printed patterns for you to ship to me?

At this time, unfortunately not. As we live in South Africa, and most of our customers live in the Northern Hemisphere, we've decided that it will not be cost effective for you to have us print the pattern and ship it to you.

We therefore suggest that you purchase the digital pattern and have someone assist you in transferring the file onto a portable, USB stick. Thereby, you can take it to your local printer shop and have them print it for you. It will cost you much less, not to mention much faster!

How do I download the digital pdf sewing pattern after purchase?

All of our products are digital products. And the wonderful thing of a buying a digital product on Etsy, is that it always stays available in your account!

To access your purchased digital products, you can either:

1. click on the order confirmation email sent to you by Etsy after purchase. This link will take you to the digital product on your Etsy account to download. Just follow the instructions.


2. when on Etsy, go to the top right menu. From "You", go to "Purchases and Reviews". Find your recently purchased order and click on the blue "download" button to the right of the screen.

VERY IMPORTANT: You can only download a digital from your desktop, NOT from the Etsy app.