Free Sewing Patterns: Learn the basics to Pattern Assembly for PDF Sewing Patterns. Learn the tips, tricks ( and to avoid potential pitfalls) when putting together a digital sewing pattern that you print from home.
If you are just starting sewing or have been sewing for a while but are a newbie when it comes to digital patterns. This quick tutorial will walk you through the ins and outs of how to assemble the patterns and avoid the pitfalls of printing your pattern from home!
Materials you will need:
One of Fleece Fun’s Free PDF Sewing Patterns (You Can check out the Master Index here)
Paper ( 8.5 by 11 inches)
Scissors or paper cutter
Pattern Assembly for Digital Sewing Patterns Tutorial:
Step 1 – Print Up the Pattern (Correctly)
First things is first you will need to download and print up the pattern. Make sure that you have enough paper and ink in your printer. Also it’s best to print in Adobe PDF and NOT from your internet browser. I have found that some browsers have a tendency to mess with the size of the print, and thereby making the pattern wrong.
If you’re worried that this has happened, there’s an easy way to double check that I’ll show you.
Step 2 – Measure the Sewing Pattern Size Check Square
One some patterns a 1 inch square is provided so you can double check to make sure that your pattern has printed to scale. Simply measure the squares height and width to make sure that you pattern isn’t warped in any way. I confess that not all of my patterns have this handy square. But I do have this – pattern size check that you can print up to double check your printer. You can download that here – Download and print the pattern size check here – to make sure that the patterns are printing up correctly.
Step 3- Using the Map, Assemble the Sewing Pattern PDF
Unless the pattern fits onto one page, you will need to tape the pattern together. The pattern will come with a “map” that shows you how the pattern should come together.
Since home printers typically don’t print right to the edge of the paper, a white gutter that is not part of the pattern is around each page. Simply cut this gutter off to assemble your pattern.
Line up the lines and tape the pattern together. The “grey lines on this pattern overlap to make the pattern. Use the outline of the pattern and the words on it to also help you line it up properly.
Some patterns can look a little different.
In this pattern’s case instead of having gray overlapping lines, you line up the diamonds for Pattern Assembly.
Step 4- Cut it down to the Sewing Pattern and/or size you need
Once you have the entire pattern assembled you will need to cut it to the right size. I don’t want you to ruin your nice sewing scissors!
Make sure that you find the correct size by cutting to the corresponding color or pattern.
Using your paper scissors cut away the excess.
That’s it! You’ve completed Pattern assembly. Your pattern is ready to go and the beauty about the paper is that it’s really durable and you can use this pattern many times once it’s been assembled. I like to keep my patterns in large 12″ by 12″ envelopes like these for storage.
Because you are printing the pattern from home, in most cases you will have to assemble parts of the pattern.
For older patterns:
On the second page there is a picture of what the completed, assembled pattern will look like (it’s at the top of the page so you’ll know it’s not the pattern).
The pages following that picture are the pieces to the pattern.
All of the pages overlap .5 inches.
At the top and bottom you will notice small lines ( _ I )these are guides to help you line up the pages.
Tape the pages together.
Because the paper you’ll be printing on is much thicker than the tissue paper of most patterns, I recommend pre- cutting the pattern with your paper scissors so you don’t dull your sewing scissors.
Now you’re ready to use the pattern! The great part is that you can just store these patterns and use them multiple times because they are so sturdy.
Pattern size Check