Buying PDF sewing patterns can allow you buy sewing patterns which are not easy to find in the UK, or from indie designers who only sell their patterns as PDFs. However the process of printing them as numerous A4 sheets, sticking them all together before you can use it takes up precious sewing time.
Thankfully several sewing pattern printers have sprung up recently offering the ideal solution. Using their websites you can upload your patterns and they will print them full size for you, on good quality paper which is more robust than the thin tissue paper many companies use, and post them out to you.
Their service can also be very handy for those of you who design your own patterns and want to print small quantities to sell. If that is you do make sure you check out our post on designing your own sewing patterns.
A note on paper weights
Paper weight is measured in grams per sqaure metre (GSM). This means the higher the GSM the thicker the paper. Tissue paper tends to be between 10 – 35 GSM, average printer paper is 70-100GSM. Most the printers below offer a weight between the two, so it has more stability than tissue paper, but is still a little translucent so you can see your fabric underneath for pattern placement.
Below are the details of the British pattern printing companies we have come across, with a summary of the service they offer and a price guide.
PLEASE NOTE – We do not print sewing patterns ourselves, please contact one of the companies below with any queries or orders.
Netprinter print sewing patterns on 80 gsm paper and they scale check each pattern where possible. Their standard size is up to A0 but you can contact them for a quote if you require larger. They also offer colour printing which is ideal if you have a pattern that has multiple pattern pieces overlayed as they often do each one in a different colour.
A0 prints cost £1.50 for black and white prints and £4 for colour prints, excl. VAT. and plus postage.
Fabulosew can print your sewing patterns on lightweight 20gsm paper A0 paper. Because it’s lighweight it takes up less storage space and feels more like traditional tissue printed paper. They can also stitch A4s together into A0. A single A0 page costs £2.15 plus postage.
Get more information at https://fabulosew.co.uk/
Ezeeprint can print your pdf A0 or A1 sewing patterns on high quality 80GSM paper which can be used for pinning so no tissue pattern is necessary.
You can print in black and white or colour, there is no minimum order. Prices start at £1.20 per page.
Find out more by visiting their website: www.ezeeprint.co.uk
Part of Dotty Print, this company have been printing sewing patterns for designers for years and now offer their services direct to stitchers too. They can print on 40 gsm, 60 gsm or 75 gsm at no extra cost.
Their price for a single A0 print is £4.99 (including postage & VAT). There are discounts if your pattern requires more than one page, and keep an eye on their social media for offers. They also print in whatever colour your pattern comes in, black and white or colour, for the same price. They can print any length of pattern up to 10m.
Find out more about their sewing pattern printing service at https://savvysewist.co.uk/product-category/sewing-pattern-printing/
Pattern printing service for sewing industry professionals or those who sew as a hobby.
They will print your sewing patterns onto industry standard 75 gsm plain paper using high speed wide-format laser printers in either colour or black and white.
There is no minimum order quantity. You can order a single print or 1000’s of prints at fantastic low cost prices. Fast turnaround service too.
Fabric Godmother will print your PDF patterns onto A0 (copyshop) size paper. At Fabric Godmother they print onto 80gsm paper, this is a light weight paper that is thicker than a tissue paper so it will last for longer, but not too thick that is is difficult to handle. Your pattern will be printed, folded and posted to you ready to cut out, no more sticking together pages and pages of A4 sheets.
Find out more on the website here.
The Avid Seamstress now offer copy-shop printing for any A0-size digital sewing pattern. Your pattern will be printed on 50gsm/60gsm paper, and folded into a neat A5 bundle.
Prices from £4.00. Visit the website https://www.theavidseamstress.co.uk/collections/a0-sewing-pattern-printing
A0 / Copyshop printing: £3.50 for the first sheet of each pattern then £1.00 per sheet thereafter and UK First Class postage is charged at a flat rate of £1.50 per pattern.
They have also built some relationships with select PDF pattern designers which enables them to sell their patterns direct to you through their online shop. Here’s the lovely bit – if you buy one of these patterns and choose the “Add Printing” option on the product page, you can take advantage of a lower printing charge! £2.50 for one sheet and the same as above for additional sheets and postage. Details here https://fabricateshop.co.uk/pages/pdf-pattern-printing-service
Using a brand new A0 plotter printer they can print your pattern onto 90g/m2 paper in colour or black and white, depending on your file format.
It’s nice and sturdy, thicker than the traditional tissue paper that sewing patterns are often printed onto, but still easy to handle if you wanted to work straight from the paper. Or if you prefer tracing, the paper is durable, so will stand the test of time.
The price is dependent on how many sheets are in your pattern file. The first sheet is £3.80 and subsequent sheets from the same file after that are an additional £1 per sheet. The price includes the A0 print out only, not the instructions.
Another option to consider, especially if you want to get your pattern printed locally is that many paper printing firms/copy shops offer plan printing. This is large format printing up to size A0 originally intended for architect plans which is what gives it it’s name.
One big difference between those firms and the ones mentioned above is that you may not get the scale check that several of the sewing pattern printers offer. Plus you’d need to specify that you wanted it on lighter weight paper than the standard paper.