How to buy sewing patterns


Paper sewing patterns are a physical product that is delivered to you in the post. The product is made up of a paper instructions booklet and large piece(s) of paper with the sewing pattern printed onto it. You can read more about our full delivery options here, we ship worldwide. Search for paper sewing patterns here. For help using sewing patterns take a look at our Pattern Tutorials series.


PDF sewing patterns are digital and the file(s) are sent to you via an email link, they are not a physical product and you don’t receive anything in the post. Once you have completed your order, you will see your order details on the screen and links to download the PDF pattern files. You can also download your digital PDF patterns from the ‘downloads’ section of the website in My Account and from the confirmation email you receive for your order.

Open your digital PDF sewing patterns using software such as Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free here. You can print your digital PDF sewing pattern at home using your printer onto A4 sheets of paper. When you have printed out your pattern sheets onto A4, they will need sticking together before you can cut out the pattern pieces. For help on how to do this, find out more about printing digital PDF sewing patterns here. Remember to set your printer scale settings to 100% and measure the scale box before cutting into your fabrics! Please note: PDF patterns cannot be downloaded onto your phone, please download them onto a device such as a computer that is connected to a printer, so you can save a copy of the files.


The best of both worlds! You receive a PDF sewing pattern immediately (as described above) plus the large scale A0 sheet version of the pattern is printed out by us and posted to you next working day. This saves having to print the pattern out onto lots of A4 sheets of paper and stick them together. Plus you don’t need to download the PDF files and upload them to another website, we do this for you!

We do not print out the instructions so you can either view these using the digital PDF pattern you received (see above) or print them off at home on a home printer onto A4 pieces of paper. We print the A0 copy shop pattern onto specially designed 60gsm paper using a professional laserjet printer (called Brenda!), it’s a pretty standard weight printer paper, easy to cut out but thicker than tissue paper so it doesn’t tear. You can store it and use it again and again. Your pattern will be printed out, folded and posted to you with a reusable envelope you can store the pattern pieces in once you’ve cut them out. You can read more about our full delivery options here, we ship worldwide.