How to Print PDF Sewing Patterns

Once you have purchased and downloaded your PDF Sewing Pattern, all you need to do is ‘Print it’, it is and easy as that.

We live in a time with the convenience of being able to buy sewing patterns at home, AND you are able to download it from the comfort of your own home giving you instant access to a pattern.

Though some prefer to pop in store to peruse for their favourite pattern, some of us don’t have that privilege with living so far away from my local Sewing stockist.

I have found that printing a PDF pattern at home is pretty much like printing any PDF document, usually accompanied with the pattern upon download.

How to Assemble a PDF Sewing Pattern

Print using A4 Paper

Printer settings:
Confirm that your settings are set at 100% scale/size or “Actual size”
DO NOT resize, zoom, fit to page or adjust to paper size.

Always print a test page:
Find the page with the test Square and print to confirm sizing, by measuring the square, BEFORE printing the entire pattern.

IF, for some reason, your test square is too small or too big, THEN, you can adjust the scale (99% or 101%) until the correct size is achieved.

Remembering – you can save on paper by printing the pattern pieces only and viewing the instructions online.

Assembling the PDF Pattern

Following the enclosed diagram of the pattern layout, fold or cut the pages using the symbols and pattern lines as guides.

Tape together to form pattern pieces.

Once your pattern is assembled, either trace or cut your pieces, noting that you can reprint your pattern at any time, once saved you your computer.

Sample of a PDF – How to Assemble a PDF Pattern Instructions

How to Assemble your PDF Sewing Pattern

Now that you have printed your PDF sewing pattern, it is time to put it together. Most PDF sewing patterns include a pattern layout, illustrating how the printed pieces of paper should fit together., a bit like a JigSaw really. Study this before you get started and you should find that assembling your PDF pattern should be a breeze.

You have two options:

Trim the edges off before you start, or
Fold away and overlap your pieces ready to trim once the pattern is complete.

I find that I trim right at the end to save a lot of time in the long run, but use which ever method suits you.

The make joining multiple pieced patterns, most have them numbered or marked in some way to make piecing them together, a breeze.

Once you have put your PDF sewing pattern together, either trace from it, saving it as a master paper copy, or; cut the pattern to the required size, remembering that once you have the PDF saved on your computer, you can print it off as you require it in the future.

Remembering though, to use your paper scissors when cutting out your pattern pieces. We want to keep things as simple as possible so as not to lose interest in sewing for you, your family and friends.

Have you had difficulty in the past which has put you off making a particular item? I would be interested to know about it and if you managed to fix it or what your alternative ended up being. Please share in the comments below, I am excited to hear about your experiences.

JoAnne Adrian
Director: Learn to Sew at Home with Jo ‘n’ Sew

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