Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Lessons, Pillow, Projects, Sewing | Comments Off on Making Your First Pattern

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This is part two of a series designed to walk you through the steps to hand-stitch a pillow on your own. You can visit this link to find a list of all of the steps in order.

Your completed pillow will be a 9” by 9” square. Because I have no clue on how to create a printable pattern, and even if I did, no one would want to pay to print out a square on a large-format printer. Besides, learning to draw a square is an important first step in learning to draft out your own patterns. For this, you’ll need a piece of pattern paper, a pencil, and a straight edge.

The purpose of learning to draw the pattern the way I’m going to show you is because it’s the best way to make sure lines are straight when drawing them in the future. I’ve used this technique many times when chalking out a pattern directly on fabric, and I think it’s better to use it on paper first.

Also, I can pretty much say this is the only technique I’ll illustrate with graphics rather than actually physically going through the steps and photographing them. That’s because I did photograph it and discovered I’ve got to make darker lines in the future. We live, we learn.

Okay, onto making a square.

Step 1

Roll or lay out your pattern paper on your cutting surface.

Step 1

Step 2

Place a piece of masking tape at the 9 inch (23 cm) mark. Make sure the front edge of the tape is exactly on the line for the measurement.

Step 2

Step 3

Place your straight edge even with the bottom of the paper. This will allow your first line to be straight.

Step 3

Step 4

Make a small mark with your pencil at the 1 inch (3 cm) measurement.

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Step 5

Move your straight edge to where the 0 is on the mark you just made, keeping the bottom edge flush with the edge of your paper. Draw a line along the tool from the 0 mark to your tape.

Step 5

Step 6

Turn your straight edge 90º. Place its 0 end flush with the line you just drew. That will allow you to draw another straight line at a 90º (square) angle to your first.
Draw from your first line to the tape marker.

Step 6

Step 7

Turn your straight edge back to how it was originally. Resting the tape marker against your vertical line, make a mark at the 0 measurement above your original line. If you make sure to align your tape marker with your vertical line, it should keep your edge as straight as possible. If you’re worried, make this first mark with the straight edge resting on top of your horizontal line.

Step 7

Step 8

Continue making marks up the paper in the same way. I recommend making at least 3-5 marks as you travel upward. Take your time with each one to make sure your straight edge is parallel to the horizontal line and perpendicular to the vertical line.
When you reach the top of the vertical line, draw a second horizontal line across the top.

Step 8

Step 9

Turn the ruler 90º again and line it up against the marks you made as you went up the vertical line. The purpose of making more than 2 marks is so that, if one doesn’t match up, you should follow the majority.

Step 9

Step 10

Draw your second vertical line.

Step 10

Now look! A square with four 9-inch (23 cm) sides! Now wait. Don’t cut it out yet. We have something to add next time.

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