How to Find the Free PDF in the Featured Tutorial

Hello dear readers! I’ve had the pleasure of receiving some delightful emails from some of you who are happily downloading a free PDF every day and loving it.

I’ve also been discouraged to receive some angry emails from people who can’t find it. A few people are calling me not very nice names. 🙁

Let me assure you that the link to download the free PDF is at the bottom of the featured tutorial because I personally put it there before I send the newsletter each day. If you can’t find the link, it’s probably because you are scrolling too fast, not because I am one of those not very nice things.

So here are some tips for finding the link to download your free PDF:

  • First make sure you are reading today’s email (meaning not the email from the day before). The date is at the top of the email. Each tutorial is only featured for one day and I remove the link for the free PDF at midnight MST.
  • Next, click on the link for the featured tutorial. Scroll down and look for the words ‘THIS IS TODAY’S FEATURED TUTORIAL!’ surrounded by a pink box, as seen in the example below.
  • Please note that the link is not on the pink box. The link is on the name of the pattern that is below it. The words may be in all caps or underlined.
  • The link is at the bottom of the tutorial, which is not necessarily the bottom of the page. See the example above. If you are scrolling on a mobile device, the sidebar has moved from the side of the page to the bottom of the page. So if you are scrolling really fast, you will scroll right past the link to the free PDF and down into the sidebar content.
  • Some say refreshing the page made the featured content appear, although I haven’t had to do that.
  • In some cases, clearing your browser’s cookies may help. Cookies can sometimes prevent you from seeing temporary text like the featured tutorial information.
  • Remember that the PDF versions of my tutorials are always completely optional. You can move your device to your sewing machine and read the tutorial there and never have to print. You can also use CTRL+P on your computer to print for free!

I hope these tips help and everyone can now find the free PDF for the featured tutorial. I don’t have a customer service department. I try to answer all my emails myself, but I can’t always get to every email.

If I keep getting complaints from people who can’t find the link to the free PDF I will have to stop offering it. How else will I ever have time to sew new things for you? 🙂

Also, please read my Terms of Use regarding what you legally can and cannot do with my patterns.


P.S. Don’t know which one is the featured tutorial each day? Only my newsletter subscribers know!

Disclosure: some of my posts contain affiliate links. If you purchase something through one of those links I may receive a small commission, so thank you for supporting SewCanShe when you shop! All of the opinions are my own and I only suggest products that I actually use. 🙂

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  1. Lori J Smith says:

    It is so generous of you to offer the downloads, thank you. I’m sorry that some people are so rude.

    1. Janey Kapell says:

      It is so generous to offer the downloads. I paid for access to all the blog posts. I find it an excellent resource. There is NO excuse to be rude at all.

        1. Cheryl Presser says:

          I’ve been following you for years, I love your projects and it takes work to do what you do. You do a wonderful job. And your site is priceless ❤

  2. I’m so sorry folks are rude, I want you to know I really appreciate your articles. I do have to confess I am not good with down loading items, so I have not figured out the download que. Try and have a great x-mas

  3. Deborah W says:

    Well, you know, some people are NEVER happy. My goodness, Free, and still complaining. So sad. WE appreciate you each and every email, free download or not!! Merry Christmas, Caroline!!

  4. Sue DePalma says:

    Dear Caroline, Thank you so much for your free tutorials. Just don’t let a few disgruntled people ruin for the rest of us. You are an excellent teacher and I’ve learned so much from you.

  5. So sorry people are sending you bad messages. I have tried clicking on the pink box as well and I am unable to access your pdf. Maybe it is a browser issue? I just move on….thank you for all you do for this community.

    1. I have been unable to place the download link on the pink box.

      The download link is on the title of the document that is in bold and all caps. The pink box is there to catch your eye and help you find the link that is just a few lines below it.

      Hope that helps!

  6. Kathy Kelley says:

    So sorry for the unkind sad sorry people out there. They are b=never happy about anything! We appreciate all that you do and Thank you.

    1. Dianna Martinez says:

      I never have an issue finding your links. I check erlvery day because you always have cool projects!! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Rude comments or messages are never called for.. I do like like downloading PDF tutorials and patterns.. But I will also say in a kind voice and tone… Most sites dont charge to download a PDF version of a free pattern. They have a bottom that says “PDF” and you click and download. But each site owner has different ways of doing.. I dont agree with charging $2 to download a PDF version of a free But that is only my kind hearted opinion.
    Have a Blessed Day

  8. Tara Lynn says:

    Thank you for all your shares. I am sorry there are such rude people out there these days. You are so generous with your patterns, there just is no need for this. We sensible people love you!!

  9. Love receiving & reading your emails.
    You’re very talented & I love all your tutorials.

  10. Thank you so much for your patterns. Yes people can be rude. I don’t blame you. It takes a lot of work to create a pattern that works. Have a blessed day.

  11. I am sorry people had to be so rude to you. I tried to click on The bold print Download The fabric storage box but I wouldn’t let me click on it. Have a wonderful evening.

    1. Hi Mary, That is not today’s featured tutorial, so there is not a free PDF download. If you like, you can hit CTRL+P on your computer to print.

  12. Grace Mastrangelo says:

    Hi I am trying to print the pdf for the bag insert, not for what is today is that possible?

    1. Hi Grace! I think you are looking for the Handy Purse Organizer. Please type those words into the search bar on the front page of xoxo

  13. Susan August says:

    I love this–and I’m so sorry that people are being difficult

    1. Judy Sugg says:

      I totally agree with. Why let someone get you down when you can block them!!! I understand you charging a small fee for the pdf files. You need a lot of supplies to be able to get create the videos you have for us. Supplies cost a lot!! Keep up the good work!!

  14. I love your sewing projects, and even if I were unable to download the project, I would never complain or call you names! Gee, what is wrong with people!!! Thank you very much for your awesome patterns! 🙂

  15. Caroline—please don’t let rude people ruin your day. I have never had any problem downloading any of the free patterns. I am learning to quilt following your Kitchen Sink quilt a long. Nearly everything I make is from your website. I get loads of compliments on them. BTW I am 72, retired and have always liked to sew. My mom taught me young.

  16. Anna Shetler says:

    I am sorry you are receiving nasty emails when you have been so nice and share sooooo much with us. You just need tp realize there are some nasty people out there that do not appreciate anything. Thank you for having us vote on projects, giving us ideas and free patterns and PDF patterns. Keep up the great work-I appreciate it.

  17. I really appreciate you giving us these free pdf patterns. I know it’s not easy but try to ignore these rude people. I don’t know why they find it so difficult to find a link – maybe a little patience is needed. I’m here to tell you that I appreciate all of your great tutorials!

  18. Diana Perez says:

    Thank you for your kindness! I enjoy your patterns so much!

  19. Caroline – your creativity and generosity are fantastic. Thank you for sharing and your kindness.

  20. Christine Vincent says:

    I am so excited and can’t find my cart. Seems silly but I do pay and need to!

    1. Hi Christine,
      I’m some mobile browsers the cart button likes to hide. Please try on a desktop computer.

  21. Dommage pour vous de recevoir des courriels pas gentils.
    Merci beaucoup j’apprécie recevoir un patron par jour gratuitement.

  22. I’m so sorry that you have to put up with the rude people. I really appreciate all that you do. You make it very easy. I have no problems at all.

  23. Thank you! You know we’ve never met, but every day you make a connection with me and so many folks! Inspiring and generous – just remember if any one is rude to you, they are are trying to bring you down to their level and you certainly don’t need to go there! – Warmest wishes from Amanda in Scotland x

  24. Tellement triste de savoir qu’il y a des gens pas très gentil, merci pour tous les patrons que l’on reçoit grâce à vous.

  25. I am sorry you are being blamed for user error.
    Thank you so much for all your posts and all the patterns you provide.

  26. So sorry that some people are so rude when you are being so kind as to have a special link to a free tutorial every day! Thank you for doing that, the patterns and tutorials are very helpful.

  27. Janice King says:

    Caroline, there will always be rude people…don’t let them mar your day! Thank you for the patterns you share and your cheerful posts each day!!!

  28. Wendy L. Buchanan says:

    Love your patterns and ideas! Need help finding the correct download.

    1. Hi Wendy,
      Here are some pointers:
      You can print any tutorial or pattern by pressing CTRL+P on your computer when the blog post is open.
      My PDF files are normally $2 and you can find them by clicking ‘PRINTABLE POSTS’ in the menu bar at the top of the page. Then use the search bar that is about halfway down to search for the file you want.
      There is one free PDF each day except Sunday.
      You can find out what the free PDF is by reading my daily newsletter. Click the link for the featured tutorial that is in the newsletter.
      The link to download that day’s free PDF is near the end of the blog post (not the bottom of the page).

  29. There is absolutely no reason to be rude just because you can’t find anything. Didn’t you guys learn that in kindergarten? I did.

  30. Dorothy Rainbow says:

    There’s no need to be rude just stop read the comments and slowly do whatever is necessary and you will get through. Caroline thanks for sharing all the details and the lovely 🥰 freebies, caring and helpful tips. Have a great Day👍. Cheers..

  31. Lillian Green says:

    It looks like a great pattern and project. I wish I could find it

  32. Goodmorning! So glad to be here as an insider to your online group. Enjoy reading your newsletter & I follow you on Pinterest & Instagram. Don’t let na-sayers get you down. I think you do great work & share what you do & learn with your readers. Appreciate it!

  33. Goodmorning! I appreciate what you do. You share & educate your readers. I follow you on Instagram & Pinterest. Thank you for being you!!

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