Bellini Sewalong: Printing and assembling your PDF pattern September 07 2014

Today I’m going to go through a little bit of pre-amble about how to print and assemble your pattern. I’m sure most of you know how to do this by now, but I didn’t want to leave anything out. If you’re a PDF pro, take today off and come back tomorrow for some chat about choosing fabrics.

Firstly, make sure you print the right file! You want Bellini Print at Home Pattern.pdf, unless you’re printing it on big paper in a copy shop, in which case, use the other one. It’s up to you whether you print the instructions; I like to make notes on mine as I’m working, but you could just as easily view them on a tablet or something to save trees.

It's important to get your printer settings right, so that the pattern prints without scaling.

In your 'Print' dialogue, make sure that Scaling type is set to 'None' (highlighted in the image below). If you see any option like 'Fit to page', be sure to UNCHECK it. Auto-Rotate and Auto-Centre are OK to leave checked.

Please print the first page of the pattern on its own first, to check the scaling. There is a printer test square on page 1 which measures 10 x 10cm. Measure the square on your printed test page with a ruler to check it measures 10 x 10 cm. If it does, you can continue to print the rest of the pattern with the same settings.

The easiest way to assemble the sheets is to take your printed pages from your printer tray and, keeping them all the same way up, carefully cut the top and right hand (or left if you're a lefty) borders off each page.

In a large, clear space (perhaps on the floor), lay out the pattern pages in order. There is a diagram of how the finished, assembled sheet should look in the instructions PDF, so you can see what you’re aiming towards...

There are also lettered and numbered semi-circles to help. Semi-circle 'a' matches another semi-circle 'a', and semi-circle '1' matches another semi-circle '1', etc.

Working across the rows, glue each page border and stick it to the corresponding next page, matching the semi-circles exactly. Then glue the rows together in the same way.

The patterns are printed so that you can cut the pieces directly from this sheet, so there is no need to trace them unless you want to.

Questions? Leave me a note below and I’ll answer ASAP.