So, how do I ‘get’ it?
Once you’ve bought your pattern, you’ll get an email with a link to download your file. The file will be zipped when downloaded, and you’ll need to open it and unzip it. Inside will be the pattern - which we give you layered both with and without seam allowance, and tiled and A0 (so 4 versions). The tiled sheets are designed to be printed at home black & white, on your normal A4 or US letter paper, then assembled (see below for how to). The A0 is what you’ll need if you plan on getting your pattern printed at a copy shop or online (see our recommended resources for some website which provide that service). In the unzipped document you’ll also always find our Instructional e-book (which contain the instructions and all the info you’ll need to make the pattern up), our Inspirational e-magazine and an instructional sheet with diagram showing you the tiled sheets fit together.
Wait - what does layered PDF mean?
We make all of our PDF patterns layered, which hopefully you’ll find super useful! When you’ve unzipped your file and opened your PDF pattern in a reader (we recommend Adobe’s free Reader) you’ll see a menu (in Adobe it’s on the left side of your screen) and normally it’s an icon which looks like a stack of papers. Within the menu you’ll see a list of the sizes (6-18), a layer called ‘Pattern Info’ and (in the tiled document only) another called ‘Tiling’. By clicking on the eye icon next to each layer you remove it or add it back in. Choose the size, or sizes if you’re grading between sizes, you want printed AND the ‘Info’ layer (which contains the pattern markings) and the ‘Tiling’ layer (which contains the markings to help you assemble your pattern). Saves a little ink but more importantly makes your life easier!
Ok - I want to print at home! Help?!
So you’ve unzipped your file and opened the pattern (either with or without seam allowance) in a PDF reader. Go to print and you normally a display box will open with some options - under document size be sure that you’ve selected ‘Actual Size’ and NOT ‘Fit to Page’ or any other scaling (it may say 100% - this is correct). This is the most important part of printing!
Once you’ve printed the document, you’ll see there is a page which has some scaling test squares on - check these measure at exactly the size they say they are. If they aren’t, double check that you’ve printed with no scaling at with ‘Actual Size’ selected.
I’ve printed! Now how do I stick them together…?
You should have a document in your now unzipped file which is called “Printing Instructions” this has a diagram of how you should be attaching your sheets together (there is one for with seam allowance and one without). You’re going to need to cut off edges of some of the pieces to attach them together!
There are instructions specific to the pattern on your “Printing Instruction” sheet which you can follow in regards on which pieces to trim where - but an extra tip I would give is that guillotines are much quicker and easier to use when cutting straight lines!
When sticking the sheets together, I like to use the two part method. First, using a prit-stick type glue, run the glue down the still attached extra edge and line up the next sheet remembering to match the hexagon up. This is slightly movable while wet, so you can adjust and get it perfect. Once I’m happy with how it’s lined up, I attach a long piece of clear tape on top - this helps keep everything together when you cut out the individual pattern pieces. I like using a tape which you can write on - if you are wanting to make any pattern adjustments this makes this much easier.
Then you can either cut around the pattern pieces or trace them off and you’re ready to cut your fabric and start making!