Printing a PDF bag making pattern is a great way quickly get started on any bag making project. Here are some tips for printing your pattern accurately:
Choose the right paper size: Check the pattern instructions to determine which paper size is required for printing the pattern. Make sure that your printer is set to the correct paper size before printing. Note for those of us in the UK some patterns are set to US letter size.
Check your printer settings: Ensure that they are optimised for printing patterns. Select the highest quality setting and make sure that your printer is set to print at 100% scale. You may also want to adjust the print settings to "borderless" to ensure that the pattern prints to the edges of the paper.
Check the size guide on your pattern is accurate, there will usually be a 1" or 2" test square on the first page. Print off this page on its own once you have your settings sorted to make sure the test square matches the size set. This way if there is an error it can be corrected before printing out your entire pattern.
Use high-quality paper: It is important to use high-quality paper when printing your pattern, as this will help ensure that the pattern lines and markings are clear and accurate.
Cut and align the pages: Once the pattern is printed, carefully cut around the edges of each page and align them according to the markings on the pattern. Use tape or glue to secure the pages together, make sure that the lines and markings match up accurately.
Test the pattern: Before cutting your fabric, it is a good idea to test the pattern by assembling a small section of the bag using scrap fabric. This will allow you to identify any errors or inconsistencies in the pattern before cutting into your fabric.
Once you are happy with your pattern it can be laminated to make it last longer and males tracing round the pieces onto your fabric much easier.
By following these tips, you can print your bag making pattern accurately and confidently begin your bag making project