Thursday, August 31, 2006

Interested in Creating Patterns?

Let's say you've been creating your craft designs and selling them either online or off. Now your interested in creating patterns of your designs. What is the first step you need to take to make that happen you ask? Well, first of all you need to understand the make up of a pattern. The following are the basic components of creating a pattern:

  • Front Cover
  • Supply List
  • Instructions
  • Templates
  • Back Cover

    Front Cover: This is where your banner, logo, website address, and picture of the design will go.
  • Supply List: You'll need to list all the required supplies for making your design here. Be sure and include brand names if you used them. Also the supply list can go on the back cover and this makes it easy for the customer to see what is required without taking the pattern out of the bag.

    Instructions: The best way to create instructions is to take notes while your making the item. Type them out using MS Word or Works. Be as detailed as possible without writing War and Peace. Also remember to write your instructions as if your instructing someone that has never done your peticular kind of craft before. When your finished it's very important to proof read and use spell check.

    Templates: When you make your creation you should make sure you trace out templates on cardstock. So this way you can have them to trace onto paper again for the pattern. If you have shapes like circles or need straight lines, use a small glass, plate and a ruler. Trace your templates out on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Make sure your drawings are accurate in size and don't resemble being drawn by a 3 year old. There's nothing worse than for a customer to get what they think is going to be a great pattern only to find the templates distorted or drawn poorly.

    Back Cover: The back cover is the best place for the supply list and any additional information like size of the finished item you think the customer needs to know.

    Once you've finished all these steps your ready to scan your pattern pages above. Or take the originals to the printer to make copies. Next we'll talk about putting your patterns into PDF format....

    Kelle Arvay

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