Downloading and printing your PDF patterns

Once you have purchased your patterns and the payment has cleared you can instantly download the files from the order status page. You will also receive an email with download links for your digital purchases.

I have put together this quick tutorial to help you open the downloaded files and print them.

If you have purchased the pattern(s) via my Etsy shop please read my Etsy order troubleshooting guide

If you have purchased the pattern(s) via then your files will be compressed into to zipped file which will may need extracting.

How to extract a zipped file

Step 1

Locate the zipped file within the download folders on your computer. The zipped folder will look like this with a zip running down it.

Step 2

Right-click on the zipped fold and then click on 'Extract all'

Step 3

Choose where you would like the extracted folder to go, by default most computers will send it to your download folder. Make sure to click 'Show extracted files when complete' then click 'extract'

Step 4

You will now see a new version of the folder that looks open and the zipper has been removed. 

How to print your patterns correctly

The most important thing about printing a PDF pattern is to make sure that the print scale is correct. Many printers automatically scale a document so that it fits the paper size. If you allowed this to happen with a sewing pattern it would mean that the pattern pieces would be the wrong size.  

Follow these steps to ensure that your printing is correct.


Step 1

I have separated the files into A4 paper size and US letter size and templates and tutorials. This way, you can easily find the files you need.

What is the difference between A4 and US Letter? Click here to find out. 

Step 2

Right-click on the files you wish to print by right-clicking on them. I recommend using Adobe Acrobat, you can download it for free using these links.





Step 3

Under "page size & handling" select "actual size" and then click print. 


Step 4

Your printer dialogue box may look a little different to mine but you will now need to double-check that your printer paper size is correct. As I am using the A4 sized templates and tutorials I am choosing A4 printer paper size.


Another factor you can control from your printer dialogue box is the printing quality. Choosing an option like “draft” or “fast” will use less ink and "print on both sides of paper" will use less paper. These options are completely your choice. 


Step 5

I recommend you print just one of the templates, to begin with, to check the test box, this should measure 1". 


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