Hello dear Gavanna customer!
Sadly, some people are intimidated or outright scared of printing and assembling a Pdf pattern themselves! But no worries, my patterns are easy and logical to understand, and just follow this step by step method to get it all right.
First of all, print the test square and get the printer settings right! The test square must be printed at 100%, and come out in the correct size. If not, you will NOT be able to complete your new garment without problems!
You might also need to check that the printers setting is to print at it’s maximum size. I.e. as small margins all around as possible. Otherwise the outer grid or orientation lines might not print properly.
When you are satisfied with the settings, make a note and save it for later (why do the job again?)
And now you’re ready to print! All my patterns have the required number of papers needed stated in the description, you might want to load up paper before you start.
Some patterns have design or size variations printed on specific pages, maybe you don’t need to print them all. Check this in the instructions before hitting print.
My patterns fit on both international and US standard printing paper. They are also made in color, but it’s no problem printing them using only black.
So, hit print, and wait! All the papers in the pile have a big number on on it, as seen above, on paper no 1.
There is also an overview included, like this one:
On the overview you can see that there are three rows of papers, with 9 papers in each, in this particular pattern. All patterns are different.
(There are also test squares included here and there, sometimes printers get “tired” and change the output halfway through, if your pattern sheet don’t come together at all, you can check all the squares individually)
Start with the top row, here that would be number 1 – 9, and put the rest to the side for a while.
All the papers have lines forming a grid or a frame that makes up the outer border of the usable pattern, on each paper. Are they missing? Double check that your printer is set to print with as small margins as possible.
All the numbers are positioned in the same direction, none of them should be upside down or sideways.
To assemble, start with cutting that border off, along the RIGHT side of each paper, with the number in the right position. ( not upside down or sideways, that is) Leave all other sides of the paper for now.
Do this with all the papers in the first row.
You see the correct position here, the number 7 is placed in the “normal” way. Not upside down and not sideways.
Next step is to tape the paper numbered 1 ON TOP of paper no 2, along the side. The cut edge goes on top of the line below. Match up all the details of the pattern as well as possible.
Adjust until the grid lines are on top of each other, AND the top and bottom lines match up perfectly.
Tape in place!
(There is no need to tape outside of the grid line)
Repeat this for the whole row. Always place a cut edge on top of an uncut edge. You need a bit of space, this will be a big piece 🙂
Finally, you cut off the bottom edge, following the grid line, along the whole row.
Now your first row of paper is ready, put it aside and repeat all the steps, in the same way, for all the following rows.
(When you reach the bottom row, you can skip cutting the lower edge off, as there are no papers below it.)
When all your rows are done, start taping the first row on top of the second row. Always put an edge that you have cut, over ( on top of) an edge that still have the margin attached. See photo below!
This means tape row one on top of row two! And repeat with the second on top of the third and so on, depending on how many there are.
Just as before, the line you have cut along should be exactly on top of the grid line on the row beneath.
And the perpendicular lines, the ones from top to bottom, should naturally match up too, at a right angle.
Matching vertical and horizontal lines in the grid!
If you have some minor mis-matching, don’t worry, something looking like this is still OK.
Just draw in a new line where you even out this little kink and end up with a smooth line.
The whole sheet completed!
Time to start tracing, and in no time you have your new pattern ready to go!
Now, how to keep this big piece of paper for the future? There are many ways, my favorite is to roll it and put a hair elastic around it (they have the perfect size I have discovered 😉 and store it standing in a cardboard box.
Folding it works too, but it’s not fun to try to flatten it out the next time you want to use it!
Some people cut through all the tape, and store it as loose papers, in a plastic folder or similar. To re-use, you obviously need to re-tape it!
Hope you find a solution that works for you!