Sometimes it’s just not worth getting paper patterns. As beautiful as the packaging usually is, once you account for the extra costs and time of delivery etc. it’s often better just to print it out yourself at home.
It can be a bit daunting though, especially when you realise you’ve just printed out 47 A4 sheets that you now have to painstakingly put together!
But don’t fret, you can do it! Here are a few of my tips to help you out!
1. Triple check your printer settings! You don’t want to print out a ton of pages then realise it’s not set to 100% on the scale.
2. Check out the diagram showing the layout! This’ll give you an idea of the final product.
3. Only trim two edges per sheet! Pick 2 sides and only trim those for all the sheets. I always trim the right side and bottom edge. This means you can overlap the sheets to make it easier to line up and stick down.
4. Use tape sparingly! At least to start of with whilst you make sure everything is lined up. You can always add more later.
5. Trace off your size! Don’t cut it out as this gives you flexibility to make multiple sizes so you don’t feel like you’ve put in all that effort for just one!
It’s a time consuming process but worth it in the end (mostly)!