Free Paper Patterns

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Patterns & blocks to download

Openwear is a free online magazine with some interesting ideas for repurposing textiles products along with printable paper patterns where appropriate. There are also a couple of paper patterns for new products as well. The website also has some videos on making some of the products

patternlab is an online platform by Ralph Pink (British fashion designer and pattern cutter and Mike Cassells an Australian software engineer) that allows you to draft blocks & create your own designs (some blocks are free).

Bootstrap Fashion is an online platform that allows you to draft blocks and create your own designs. The website also has additional features for those who want to develop a fashion business. (via Jutka Czirok)

Make My Pattern is a free pattern website that generates patterns based on your body measurements. You choose the style from a selection on the website and there are instructions on how to make each item. The site is run by Joost who designs the patterns himself as a hobby (note he is not a tailor or professional pattern maker). He is particularly keen to get men sewing! The site is interactive and you can add images as well as helping to improve pattens and instructions.

free-historical-costume-patterns has a list of websites where you can download free historical patterns 


  • Download this #ThinkDo card (click on the image to see it in more detail). 

    Teachers: Why not use this as a lesson starter? 
    Students: After you have done the activities on the card print it 
    out as a revision card and use it to make revision notes on.

Dress copy

Other Links

No Patterns Needed is a book that helps you create your own patterns from rectangles, circles and triangles. You can find out more about this book here

Practical activities and ideas are provided as a starting point only. Students should use these as inspiration as part of an iterative design process developing the idea further themselves. Credit should be given to the original source where appropriate.

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