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How to Match and Join Pattern Pieces

How to Join Pattern Pieces

I try whenever possible to have my pattern pieces print out on a single sheet of paper – but sometimes I just need to go a little bit bigger. In those cases, you need to tape two pattern pieces together to make one larger piece.

For clothing patterns you can get into taping LOTS of pieces together, but for my softies and applique patterns it’s almost never more than two pages – and it’s easy!

Here’s how to do it. . .

Step 1

Print out both parts of the pattern. Make sure you’re printing at 100%!

How to Join Pattern PiecesThis shows two halves of a new Dress Up Bunch shirt pattern. It’s a one piece pattern (no separate front, back, sleeves, etc.) so that makes it just a little bit too big to fit on a single sheet.

There’s also a pattern piece for the bib to a set of overalls. You can ignore that bit. 🙂

Step 2

Cut off the blank edge of one of the pieces.

How to Join Pattern Pieces

Printers don’t print all the way to the edge of the paper, so you’re always going to have a blank strip at the edge of your pattern pieces. Just cut your pattern piece a bit so that the edges of the piece go right up to the cut edge of the piece of paper. In this case, you can cut anywhere between the line between the two hearts and the edge of the paper. I like to leave as much pattern as possible in there because it gives me more lines to match up, which keeps things accurate.

Step 3

Overlap the two pieces.

How to Join Pattern Pieces

I like to do this step in a window so I can really see the lines on both pieces of paper.

Line up as many points as possible – the line, the two hearts, and the edges of the pattern. Now you can see why you cut away that strip of blank paper – it would have broken up the continuous outline of the pattern piece.

Once you get everything lined up perfectly, tape the pieces together.

Step 4

Cut out the pattern piece.

How to Join Pattern Pieces

Two pattern pages have become one pattern piece. Easy peasy!

Happy sewing!

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  1. Chrissy Leiberan-Titus SAYS...

    Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for sharing this little instruction. As a designer of PDF sewing patterns, probably the thing I hear is the most confusing for my customers is putting the pattern pieces together. I’m always looking for ways to make it easier.
    Chrissy from Muse of the Morning

  2. Sharon Mausey SAYS...

    Overalls for the DUB softies! Can’t wait for this new pattern! Will it be available soon! Thanks for all of your great patterns and inspiration. You have a wonderful sense of design and color! After owning a custom drapery and upholstery workroom, fun was not always the word I would use for a lot of my sewing. I worked with a lot of beautiful fabrics and antique furniture pieces, but very few “fun” designs and colors. I love the fun you put into your patterns. I know running a business, even if it’s something you love, can still be a lot of work. Thank you for all the cute and free patterns. I wish your videos had been around when I started sewing, quilting, and doing embroidery. I’m also a self taught seamstress. Even after 31 years, I’m still learning new skills. The lesson there is to never think you can’t learn new tricks or the using of new tools that are available now, to improve you’re finished projects. Again, thanks for all you do. Sharon

    • Thanks so much for your lovely note! The overalls pattern (with a new super simple one-piece shirt and a sleeping bag) will be in the shop on Friday. 🙂

  3. Sheila Perl SAYS...

    Thank you so much for the little tutorial on putting the patterns together properly!! I’ve sewn for years using commercial patterns but sometimes these PDF patterns baffle me!! LOL!

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