Are you scared of PDF (digital) patterns? Have you struggled with them so much, that you now shy away from them? Stopped sewing all together because of it? Well, I have some tips and tricks that just might help you get back in the groove. I have to admit that I used to go back and forth over my love/hate with paper or digital. They both have their pros and cons, but I am about to share with you a way to turn the CON of digital into a PRO!
I have shaved my cutting and piecing of a digital pattern to mere minutes and want you to do the same, so let’s get started:
First, you must commit to good tools. You can’t be thinking that you can achieve digital pattern bliss with a pair of scissors. Invest in a rotary cutter and quilting ruler. Your life will never be the same. Serious.
Of course, you need tape, and having it in a handy dispenser just makes life easier too. Great when wrapping loads of Christmas gifts too 😉
You can get the Omnigrid Quitling Ruler HERE
You can get a Rotary Cutter HERE
I’ve also seen them at Joann’s and you can use a 40% off coupon but they turn out to be about the same price as listed on Amazon
Cut off the left strip of the right pattern piece using your quilting ruler and rotary cutter
Once you have all the pieces aligned and attached, tape the entire pattern at the meeting points. That means every place that two pieces meet or are crossed. If you don’t do this, your pattern piece will be floppy and has the potential to distort your cutting of the material.
Option 1: Keep the pieced pattern in tact and trace the size you need. This makes it simple to make different sizes all at once or if you’ve got awesome organizational skills, keep it stored for the next 8 years and pull it out when you need to trace the next size.
Click HERE for a full tutorial on how to trace patterns and cut fabric using a rotary cutter.
Option 2: Just cut out the size you need directly from that pattern you just taped together. Being as how simple it can be, you might just opt for this route as I have. Once your child has grown a bit, just reprint and use this quick way to repiece the pattern together!
Hope this little tutorial helps you be more confident with digital patterns and gets you back on a sewing roll!
Do you have any tips you’ve learned along the way with piecing digital patterns? Do tell!
In case you were wondering, this pattern I am piecing is the Anywhere Dress from Go To Patterns. I will be posting soon on the several I have made. Check it out…It is super easy and super comfy for the girls this summer! The pattern is from 12M-12Y. Nice!