This tutorial is going to show you how I like to assemble pdf patterns and a few tricks and tips along the way. After printing your desired pattern pieces, it's time to start assembling the pattern. First will be prepping the pattern and then assembling using either tape or glue. For this tutorial I am using a back yoke pattern piece from the Genavieve pattern.
Cutting the Pattern Pieces
To start we are going to need to cut one long side and one short side off of each pattern piece. There are a couple of ways to achieve this one with a paper cutter and the other with scissors.
The first way, that I am going to show you is using the paper trimmer. First up grab your pattern pieces (some people like to stack three or four sheets to cut at a time, I prefer to cut each one at a time because I think it is more accurate).
Taking one sheet of your pattern cut along one side of the long edge on the line, I like to cut off the right edge. Just make sure that you always cut the same side off with all the rest of the pattern pieces.
Repeat the process along either the top or bottom short edge. I like to cut the top off. Again once you decide which edge you are cutting, stick to the same for the rest of the pattern pieces. Once the two edges (one long and one short) have been cut off your piece should look like this:
Repeat the process for all the rest of the pattern pieces.
Assembling your Pattern Pieces
Now, it's time to start attaching our pattern pieces together. Here's what you will need to assemble your pattern.
Assembling the Pattern with Glue Stick
Layout your pattern pieces following the layout diagram and matching the numbers to align patterns. On KZJO'STUDIO patterns the numbers are located in half a polygon and you would match 1A to the other 1A to make a complete polygon. Using your glue stick, apply the glue to the long edge of the pattern piece and lay the corresponding piece cut edge pattern piece making sure to align the edge and hexagons to complete the pattern pieces. The cut edge of one page should be on top of the uncut edge of the corresponding piece.
Press well. Continue with this method of attaching your pieces together. I find glue to work ok, but I prefer using clear tape as the quickest and easiest method for assembling the pattern pieces.
Assembling the Pattern with Clear Tape
Start by lining up your pattern pieces with the corresponding numbers. On KZJO'STUDIO patterns the numbers are located in half a polygon and you would match 1A to the other 1A to make a complete polygon. The cut edge of one page should be on top of the uncut edge of the corresponding piece. Using a piece of tape secure the pattern together.
Continue the process with the remaining pattern pieces. Tip: I like to make sure to add tape where I will be cutting the pattern to make sure that when I cut out the pattern pieces the pattern will remain taped together.
Using Dot Stickers
This is a completely optional step, you can just use the clear tape but I have found this to be an easy and quick way to secure where the corners meet up. Another neat thing about using dot stickers is that I can easily color code pattern pieces i.e. green for me, purple for S, and yellow for my mom or you could use yellow for dresses, purple for tops, and green for bottoms, etc.
Just apply the dots to anywhere 4 corners meet up on your pattern pieces. Quick, easy, and secure!
There you have it, you're now ready to start cutting out your pattern pieces!