I've Pieced It Together: Web Sites Offer Full-size Patterns
I hope I'm not too far behind the times but I've just realized you can download full-size patterns from Web sites. I love that they offer patterns at the actual size! You don't have to scale them up on graph paper or copy them freehand, which I think can be a chore.
How it works: You download a PDF file, print it out on in sections on letter paper, then assemble the papers into the pattern.
Two sites I know of that offer full-size (and free) patterns:
- Burda offers free as well as for-a-fee premium patterns on BurdaFashion.com. Only registered users may download patterns, but the registration process is quick and doesn't cost anything.
Once you've registered, click on the "Downloads" tab in the Web site navigation bar. Burda has an excellent tutorial to show you how to check the scale of your printouts against a "control square." If the scale is correct (and they tell you how to make adjustments in your printer settings if it isn't) you print out and tape the paper pattern pieces together. I counted at least 44 free patterns from Burda - garments, accessories and home decor items.
- At the Amy Butler Web site the home page menu has a "Free Patterns" link, which is subdivided into sewing patterns and craft patterns.
The sewing patterns feature colorful home decor projects, including quilts and pillows, plus bags and other accessories. Not all of the patterns print out at actual size, but the recent ones do, and the instructions are very detailed. I like that the site has separate files you can download that cover specific issues such as pattern terminology or how to convert the English measurements to metric.
As I mentioned, I've just started to explore online for downloadable patterns. If you know of any other Web sites that have patterns, please share. If they offer full-size patterns, wonderful, but that's not absolutely necessary! I'd also like to hear about anyone else's experience using patterns from the Web. Were they accurate and complete? Just let me and the other Threads community members how you use the Internet to find patterns and inspiration.
In a few weeks, I plan to post about "The Rasterbater" an application you can use online or download to your computer that exponentially increases the size of images. You can take a small photo, motif or pattern - nothing copyrighted of course! - and create huge versions that cover multiple sheets of paper. It's very cool and comes in handy for many projects.