How to Assemble my Printable PDF Templates / Pattern Pieces

Most of my PDF sewing patterns come with full-size, printable pattern pieces (templates) to make life easy. However, due to the limitations in home printer paper sizes, some pattern pieces have to be made from more than one piece of paper and so will require taping together. I’m using an updated method of assembling pattern pieces which I’m hoping will prove easier to do.

Firstly, you need to ensure that you print the pattern pieces at 100%, ie: no scaling. My newest patterns use the following method of assembling pieces: pages that need to be taped together have dashed lines near the edge of the paper, which you need to cut to remove the excess blank border on that side.

Cut along the dashed lines to remove edges of paper.

Cut along the dashed lines to remove edges of paper.

The page with dashed lines cut to remove borders.

The page with dashed lines cut to remove borders.

Along the trimmed edges there are triangles with a number or letter. You need to match up the trimmed edges so that the triangles form a diamond shape with the corresponding numbers or letters within. You’ll also find an instruction page proceeding the template pages which shows a diagram of which pages go next to which and what the whole pattern sheet should look like, once taped together. Once the pages are taped together in the correct order, you’ll then see that the solid black outlines of the pattern pieces are all whole pieces now and ready to be cut out. Smaller templates will be printed on separate pieces of paper that don’t require any taping together. So they can be cut out straight after printing.

Match up the numbers in the triangles to form diamonds with same numbers inside.

Match up the numbers in the triangles to form diamonds with same numbers inside.

The pattern sheet assembled from 4 pieces of paper, edges taped together

The pattern sheet assembled from 4 pieces of paper, edges taped together

The full template pieces are now ready to be cut out.

The full template pieces are now ready to be cut out.

The full templates cut from the taped pages.

The full templates cut from the taped pages.

The other templates cut out (these ones didn't require any taping together.

The other templates cut out (these ones didn’t require any taping together.

And there you have it, a full set of templates to make your bag with! I know it might be a bit of a pain to have to tape pages together but it’s the only way to achieve larger full-size templates on a home printer. The good thing about it though is that it saves you the time and expense of going to a print shop to enlarge templates that have been reduced in size. I hope you’ve found the info above useful. Happy Sewing!

P.S. the above images are from my new Triana Bag sewing pattern, available for instant download in my Etsy shop. Want to give it a go? Get the PDF pattern here.

The Triana Shoulder Bag Sewing Pattern by SusieDDesigns

The Triana Shoulder Bag Sewing Pattern by SusieDDesigns

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