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Showing posts with label help. Show all posts
Showing posts with label help. Show all posts

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Enlarge It! Reduce it!

How to Enlarge & Reduce Patterns using Adobe Reader

Happy Saturday everyone! We've got a bonus post for you today to help with one of the most persistent questions we receive here at Fandom In Stitches: How do I resize a pattern?

The easiest way to ENLARGE or REDUCE a pattern is to print it as a poster using Adobe Reader and the chart below.

Pattern Size Needed
Pattern Size

Follow these steps and use the chart below to make it even easier:

  1. Download the PDF pattern file.
  2. Open pattern in Adobe Reader.
  3. Open the Print dialog (shown below) by clicking the printer icon.
  4. Choose which Pages to Print. In the example "All" is chosen, but if there is an instruction page, skip that and just enlarge the pattern pages. It may be least confusing to enlarge one page at a time.
  5. Under Paper Sizing & Handling, choose Poster (see image).
  6. Determine the starting Pattern Size and the chart below to determine what percentage to enlarge to Pattern Size Needed. For example, to print a 5" pattern at 10", Tile Scale (see below) will need to be 200%.
  7. Print these instructions for easy reference.

Big thanks to designer Addie Clark for sharing the poster printing tip over on our Facebook Group!  

Share photos of your blocks and other projects you have made using Fandom In Stitches patterns with our flickr group for a chance to win one of our fabulous monthly prizes! You receive one entry for each project. Only photos posted to flickr are eligible to win.

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Fandom In Stitches and it's designers do not hold copyright on any of the fandom titles represented on this site. Respective Designers reserve copyright on patterns only and request that out of respect for the fandoms we love, that you use them for personal and non-profit reasons only. The Designers at Fandom In Stitches receive no payment for any of the patterns posted and expressly forbid resale.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Google Docs

UPDATE: After months of attempting to find a way around the printing errors and problems with Google Docs, Fandom In Stitches is relocating all patterns we currently host for easier access. You can read more about that here.

Patterns are on the move! Update.

Original Google Docs post:

The great majority of the patterns currently available on Fandom In Stitches are hosted through Google Docs. It's a great way to share documents of all kinds. Each of our Google Docs patterns are PDF files.

Mystified by how to print? Here's a quick and easy run down for you!

This is the menu on the left side of each Google Doc. Click on "File" to get to the drop-down menu.


From here, you can either download or print the pattern. Downloading allows you to save the pattern for later. If you're a Google user, you can also add the file to your own Google Docs for future reference.

If you choose to download, go to the file location and open it in Acrobat Reader or the PDF reader of your choice.

If you want to print without saving the document, and receive an error message stating there were "too many redirects," try clearing the cookies from your browser. Clear the cookies on: Chrome; Explorer; Firefox, Safari and then try again!


Make sure to chose "no scaling" when printing paper pieced patterns to keep the patterns from changing size. For absolute best paper piecing results, square up blocks after you piece them!

For future reference, you can get to this page through our Help! Page, accessible through the right side-bar menu.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Everybody Needs A Little Help Sometimes

Need a little nudge to get you moving in the right direction?

We're here for you! The Help page is now live! You can find helpful links to tutorials to help you on your quilty way.

We're currently accepting tutorial recommendations for:
  • Appliqué
  • Quilting (hand & machine)
  • Traditional Piecing

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quilting Help

Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone

The Beatles, Help

Have a favorite technique tutorial? Email your recommended link to!

How to Use Fandom In Stitches

  • Difficulty Levels - FiS patterns are rated on a scale of 1 - 5. You can find this chart (or similar) on each pattern page. Patterns are rated by their respective designers. 

  • beginner

    adv. beginner


    adv. intermediate

  • When printing pdf patterns, choose "no scaling" for the most accurate pattern size. This is especially important on paper pieced patterns.
  • How to Enlarge & Reduce patterns
  • How to be a Fandom In Stitches Designer


taking tutorial recommendations


Designing Your Own Patterns


Paper Piecing

  • Complete How To Paper Piece Tutorial
  • Practice Paper Piecing from Quilter's Cache
  • Paper Piecing Art: Beginner & Beyond (Learn to Paper Piece) from Jennifer Ofenstein
  • Paper Piecing Tutorial from Such A Sew & Sew
  • Paper Piecing a 5" Harry Potter block from ThriftyFun
  • How to Paper Piece video in Italian by Gaya
  • More Paper Piecing Hints

    • Always use 100% cotton, good quality quilting fabric.
    • Use lightweight paper when printing, as it tears off easier. Recycled printer paper works great. You can also try a specialty paper like Carol Doak's Foundation Paper .
    • Many of the patterns include 1/4" seam allowance, for those that do not, you can easily add it using this tutorial.
    • Our Designers originate from all over the world, and paper sizes vary. Printing with "no scaling" ensures that patterns print at the size the designer intended.
    • 5" patterns can easily be enlarged to 10" by copying at 200% on your own printer or at a copy shop (they can use bigger paper!) . Use this awesome Enlarging/Reducing scale at The Quilted Snail for more sizes. You may find that more complicated patterns are easier to piece when enlarged.
    • When enlarging patterns, we recommend printing, cutting apart the pattern pieces and enlarging the units individually.
    • Almost all patterns are mirror images. The image will be correct AFTER you piece it.
    • To make sure your blocks align perfectly, find adjacent corners of two pattern pieces, push a pin through the exact corners of each to match the two. Pin or hold the pieces in place for sewing.
    • Colors used on patterns are just a guide for fabric placement, the selection is up to you. Black and white printing is always an option.
    • Leave the paper attached to the block until you sew it in it's final place, whether it be a quilt, purse, etc. That will keep the bias edges from stretching.
    • Most of our patterns are multi-unit patterns. Accuracy is very important. If you're new to paper piecing, just take your time and practice, practice, practice!
    • Suggested uses... quilts (of course!), handbags, banners, pillows, totes... use your imagination!


Rotary Cutting

Traditional Piecing

Have a favorite technique tutorial? Share it in comments and we'll add it to the list!