When you walk into our hobby room (AKA the comics, crafting and sewing room) one thing that instantly grabs you is how many PDF patterns I own. They hang on the walls and are held up by binder clips and nails, and some of them haven’t even been blogged about. Either way, I love them.
From first glance, PDF patterns don’t seem so appealing…they seem like a lot of work. You have to download a file, print it out, tape it together and THEN cut it out. A lot of steps. On the flip side, after you download the pattern and save it to where you want (a Google Drive folder for me) you can print it out again. Yes, you have to do all the steps again, but you essentially have a pattern that you can continue to use over and over again.
Other reasons to love PDF patterns:
- Durability. You don’t have to worry about ripping them.
- Easy to store. As seen above, I store mine with binder clips hung on nails. But there are a lot of different ways to store them! See here and here.
- User-friendly. Some patterns, like Hey June, have different styles available for their garments, and they allow you to print only the pages you need. How nice is that?
- Budget-friendly. Yes, print patterns are gorgeous, especially from indie companies. However, they can hit your wallet pretty hard. PDF patterns are normally half the cost of a print pattern. Save your cash for your stash!
- Three words: peace of mind. Let’s say you are a newbie (or even a pro) who didn’t trace your print pattern to tracing paper. And you cut the wrong size out. Well, if you have a PDF pattern you don’t have to worry about that! Just print again. Takes a little more time in the long run, but no wasted money or (too many) tears.
Don’t know if you’ll be a fan? Check out these free PDF patterns to get your feet wet:
- Envelope Clutch by See Kate Sew — perfect for beginners, this pattern doesn’t kill too many trees, and you can get so creative with the design!
- Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studio — this is the first PDF pattern I ever put together. After that, I was hooked. It’s also the pattern that made me fall in love with Grainline patterns!
- Plantain T-Shirt by Deer and Doe Patterns — I have this one printed out, but I haven’t gotten around to using it yet.
PDF patterns. Do you love them or hate them?