Here’s where you’ll find answers to some common questions. . .

Digital Patterns

I don’t know how to download a pattern.

It’s super easy – you just need to click on the button that says “download” and it should automatically download to your computer. If you have more questions (Where do I save it? How do I back it up?) or you just want to actually see what all that looks like, here’s a video showing the process – with LOTS of explanation.

I never received my pattern.

You should receive your patterns within a few minutes of completing any order. If you use a POP account for your email it’s possible that it could take up to an hour, depending on how frequently your system checks for new mail.

Are you checking the right email address?

Are you checking the email address you used for your order? If you have a different email address that you use for Paypal, for example, it could be going there. Check any email address you may have used when you placed your order.

Did it go to spam?

If you checked all your email addresses and didn’t find it, check your spam/junk/trash folder. That’s where we almost always find missing orders. 🙂 If you find it there, please mark it “not spam” so that future orders don’t go there.

Please check your spam folder even if you normally receive emails from me with no problem. The emails with your download links are automatically generated and some spam filter systems treat those different from other emails.

Do you use Gmail?

If you use Gmail, be sure to check your Promotions tab.

I checked everything.

Sometimes emails just plain disappear. It’s rare, but it does happen once in a while. If that happens, log in to your account and grab your order number. Send it to me (there’s a contact link at the top of every page, or email me directly at smile@shinyhappyworld.com). I’ll resend the email with the download links as soon as possible.

When I try to download my pattern, it doesn’t work.

Yep. Sometimes things just go wrong and I’m always happy to help – but I need more info than, “It didn’t work.”

In this video I talk about some of the most common problems people run into when having trouble downloading their patterns – and one easy thing that fixes a whole ton of weird and unexpected problems.

Here’s the link for that awesome browser site. www.whatismybrowser.com.

If you try these fixes and still have problems opening your pattern, just get in touch and I’ll help you out. Please let me know how long ago you bought your pattern (Roughly. Has it been minutes? Hours? Days? Years?), what’s happening when you try to download, details about any error message you may be getting, and what browser (and version of that browser) you’re using. There’s a link to a contact form in the top menu bar on every page or you can email me at smile@shinyhappyworld.com.

I bought one of your patterns on Etsy and now I can’t download it.

Etsy has a help article here.

I don’t really know what a PDF is or how to work with digital patterns.

This post has some good general info about what a PDF is.

This post has a bunch of additional helpful info for you, including how to download and save a digital pattern, the importance of backing it up, and how to print it. It also includes a link for help with some common printer troubleshooting.

I don’t have a printer.

You can still work with digital patterns! This post has several tips for how to do that.

Clubs and Online Classes

I can’t find/login to my online class/Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club.

My online classes (including the free ones) are hosted on Teachable – you can find them all here. Teachable has its own login and password. If you have any problems logging in, please contact them directly at support@teachable.com.


Can I sell things I make with Shiny Happy World patterns?

Yes! As long as you are making them yourself. If you’re paying someone to make them with you or for you, please contact me and we’ll work out a fair licensing agreement.

Can I use one of your photos on my blog?

Sure! Just link back to me please. Ideally, your reference should include two links – one to the original post that the photo came from and one to the Shiny Happy World home page. For example: “This cute bunny block [link to original post] was originally posted by Shiny Happy World [link to home page].”

Please do not repost entire tutorials! A photo of the project and a link back to Shiny Happy World for the instructions is great.

Just Plain Weird

Why did my order contain a single packing peanut?

If your order is very flat, I’ll often add a packing peanut for one of two reasons.

  1. If your order has something small and hard in it (maybe some plastic eyes?) we don’t want the post office to mistake it for a flat and send it through a sorting machine. That will destroy the envelope – and possibly what’s inside. Putting in a puffy peanut is more effective than writing “please hand sort” on the envelope.
  2. If your order is truly flat (like a single package of fusible adhesive) I add a packing peanut to make it less expensive to ship. A three-ounce package (with tracking) less than 1/4 inch thick costs a few dollars more to ship than a three-ounce package (with tracking) that’s over 1/4 inch thick. It’s a quirk of the US post office, and adding a single packing peanut fixes the problem. 😄

If you need anything else – email me at smile@shinyhappyworld.com. I’m happy to help!