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Patreon is the official home of Charm School, the new theme for Gertie's monthly subscription that connects you to new projects, a community of sewists, special rewards, and so much more.

This must-join community has several tiers so you can customize your experience. Do you want Gertie to walk you through patterns via a monthly video tutorial? Need to ask fellow students their opinion on your fabric choices on the Charm School Discord Server? How about sneak peeks at upcoming Charm Patterns? The four subscription levels offer a variety of discounts and rewards.

What’s Patreon?

Patreon is a platform for creators that enables them to create monthly subscriptions. This gives the subscribers (who are called patrons) exclusive content in a variety of formats, at a reasonable price.

Which tier is right for me?

Check out all of the subscription options to see what’s included. For example, the Sewing Circle tier gives you access to the monthly pattern and accompanying video tutorials, and exclusive monthly livestreams with Gertie. The Glamour Circle tier gets all that, plus bonus patterns and 4 issues of the digital Vintage by Gertie magazine throughout the year. Each tier offers additional benefits, with the Princess Circle and the ultimate Inner Circle tiers giving you everything from pattern hacks and private videos, plus discounts, rewards, and more.

Patreon F.A.Q.

Our Patreon community has several tiers so you can customize your experience. All tiers get a monthly sewing pattern with a companion video tutorial, access to the Discord sewing community, a monthly live event with Gertie, and sneak peeks at upcoming Charm Pattenrs. The four subscription levels also offer a variety of discounts and rewards. The best way to learn more about Patreon is to check it out for yourself!

How do I get the "x" pattern?

When you join Patreon, you get access to ALL previous patterns released at your subscription tier (with the exception of the Starburst Pattern, which was a special exclusive for patrons who joined us during the very first month). If you don't see the pattern you want listed above, it might be a Charm Pattern, one of our free pattern releases, or included in one of Gertie's books.

What if I only want one Patreon pattern?

If you've fallen in love with one of the Patreon patterns, feel free to join for one month, download your pattern (and anything else that strikes your fancy!), and then cancel your Patreon membership. There is absolutely no obligation to stick around - although, once you check out all your patron benefits, I'll bet you'll want to!

Why can't I access a pattern or see some posts?

Each tier has different rewards, and those rewards will be locked and inaccessible to non-patrons and members at a lower-level tier. If you want to get access to a pattern or post, just join or upgrade your tier level.

When should I join?

This is a great question! You can join at any time.

In October 2023, we switched to Patreon's "subscription billing" method, which means you will be charged the day you sign up, and your next monthly renewal will be on the same date the following month. This means if you sign up on the 27th of the month, you'll be charged every month on the 27th, as long as you stay a patron.

Patrons who joined us before October 2023 will continue to be charged on the 1st of the month, unless you change your membership.

What if I paid for the year, but now I want to upgrade my tier?

No problem! You can upgrade and you will only be charged the pro-rated annual difference between your old and new tiers.

Wait, what? I can pay for a year all at once?

Yes, and it's an awesome way to avoid dealing with monthly charges or worry that you might miss out if you get a new credit card or your card expires. And it makes a great gift, too!

How do I cancel?

You can easily cancel your Patreon membership, and this link will show you how.

Help! I'm having trouble logging in to Patreon.

Patreon has fantastic tech support when you are having problems logging in, upgrading/downgrading your tier, or are experiencing other issues with your membership. You can get your problems solved here.