What are SewingForALiving.com’s patterns?

Our patterns are carefully tested through the years in various sizes and fabrics by many returning clients. Although we are relatively new to the online digital pattern making, we have each of our patterns carefully tested by home sewists so that we can offer the best quality of digital pattern file.

All patterns include step-by-step printing, assembling, cutting and sewing instructions as well as fabric recommendations and consumption.

Where is my pattern?

Immediately after purchase, you are going to see a download link. You can also sign in to your account to download the files.

On top of that, you are going to receive an email with the order confirmation that contains the download link. Please check the inbox or spam folders to find that email. If you are unable to find it or experience any other difficulties, contact us with your order number at daniela@sewingforaliving.com

Please check your Paypal email address if you chose to pay with Paypal and have a different email address associated with that account.

What is a digital PDF pattern?

A digital pattern is a downloadable file that you need to print and assemble by yourself. By purchasing this pattern you will get a link to the pattern and no physical goods will be shipped.

What software do I need?

To open this file, you are going to need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer or device. You can get it for free here.

Shipping and refunds

Because of the nature of digital items, refunds are not available.

Since this is a digital pattern, you are going to receive only the link to download the pattern, so no shipping is involved.

How to download the free patterns?

Some of my patterns come free as a thank you gift for my email subscribers. To download the patterns from the Free patterns category, you need to become a subscriber to our newsletter. Here is a video how to do it:

What is included in the pattern file?

In the A4/US letter pattern file you are going to find detailed printing, cutting and sewing instructions, as well as fabric consumption and recommendations together with the pattern itself.

The pattern comes in layered PDF file, which allows you to print only one size, several sizes or all the sizes together.

The print shop A0 file contains only the pattern details as well as some printing instructions. To get the full cutting and sewing instructions, open and read the print-at-home version of the pattern.

The A0 file has the layered option as well so that you can print only the sizes you are going to need.

What size paper do I need to print the pieces?

These patterns can be printed on both A4 and US letter (8.5’x11’’’) paper. The large format version comes in a separate A0 file that can be printed in a print shop.

How do I know the pattern printed correctly?

To check if the file printed correctly, first print the page that has the test square on it. If it measures exactly 5×5 cms or 2.5×2.5 inches, the file printed in actual size.

How to put the pattern tales together?

The pattern tales include watermark numbers, printing borders and aligning circles. Follow the numbers, fold or cut the paper at the printing borders and align at the circles.

Inside the printing instructions you are going to find an image that shows how the tails align when the pattern is assembled. There are full printing instructions included  in the pattern.

What is layered feature of the pattern?

The layered feature means that you can print the pattern only in the sizes that you need. This way you don’t have to trace countles lines to cut. You can still print all the sizes at once if you prefer.

On the image below you can see the layered option turned on. You need to click on the eye icon next to size to reveal it. 

To print the file correctly, always chose actual size and no shrinking in your printer settings.

how to print a pattern

Can I sell items made from these patterns?

You are welcome to sell your personally made items. Manufacturing where others would be using the patterns is not permitted.

Can I share these patterns with friends?

These patterns are licensed for personal use only. If you want to share a pattern with a friend, please refer them to the original link at SewingForALiving.com

Have another question?

Email me at daniela@sewingforaliving.com or join the Facebook group where we discuss anything related to SewingForALiving’s patterns and sewing tutorials.