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About Us


Makerist’s digital solutions brings more joy to crafting - by making traditional crafts more modern, accessible, simple and fun. Our goal is to motivate more people to become makers and artists by offering inspiration from the creative community as well as concrete skills and tools to just start making.


At Makerist we’ve brought together the largest selection of PDF patterns from our network of independent pattern designers for instant download. To support makers in learning new skills or improving existing skills, we've produced video classes with expert trainers to show how to achieve the best results in crafting and textile hobbies - sewing, knitting, crochet, patchwork and more! You can access these videos any time and as often as you like.

Whether you’ve completed one of the projects from our patterns marketplace, or something of your own creation - we want to see it! That’s why we set up the Makerist Showcase: where you can show off and share your finished DIY projects with photos, description and information about where you got the pattern and the materials. Check it out to add your own projects or get inspiration from others!


  • We believe there is enormous power, relaxation and reward in the process of making something with your own two hands.
  • We believe in the creativity and individuality that lives in everyone - and want to help showcase this to the world.
  • We believe everyone can be an entrepreneur and want to use our network to support self employed creatives reach more customers.
  • We believe in the health and wellness benefits that crafting brings.
  • We believe there is more value in something handmade than something store bought.
  • We believe in supporting and encouraging others.
  • We believe together we are better.


Makerist was founded in 2013 in Berlin, Germany by Axel Heinz and Amber Riedl and is the market leader in Europe for digital patterns and e-learning classes. Axel has a background in digital marketplaces and internationalisation of digital companies, and has worked at DaWanda, 9flats and eBay. Amber came from founding a previous start up for online wedding planning and has a background in communication, PR and brand marketing. Amber grew up in Canada, which is one reason she is passionate about bringing Makerist to the North American market.

Our team thrives on transparency, communication and feedback and has created an exceptional company culture, defining common values and beliefs which support our work together. This is underscored in our Code of Conduct, which we are proud to support, improve and share.

If you think Makerist is someplace, you’d like to work - please check our Jobs page for openings and reach out.


Become part of the Makerist Movement by visiting us on our social media groups and tagging your own creative projects with #Makerist; or visiting our Showcase and uploading your projects.

If you want to join our network of independent Pattern Designers or Video Designers- please read more here - we’d love to welcome you to the Makerist Network.

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