Have you struggled with uploading sewing patterns into Design Space? Or just trying to get your pdf sewing patterns downloaded onto your IPad and then somehow get those pattern pieces into Cricut Design Space? I feel your pain! I’m also here to help!
It is important to note I am referring to patterns that can only be the size to fit on a Cricut Cutting Mat. We are not talking about a size 10 ladies’ dress pattern for this tutorial. Perhaps an 18″ Doll Dress Pattern will work tho! If you are unfamiliar with the current 2 sizes of fabric cutting mats and what they look like you can see the small one here and the large one here.
Before I proceed with the tutorial, I want to give a special shout-out to Linds the shop owner from whom I purchased my pattern for this tutorial. She graciously gave me permission to share one of the pattern pieces in my YouTube video and on my blog plus the cover pattern picture seen below…..Thanks so much, Linds! I love helping fellow business owners by sharing their amazing products and talents. The shop’s name is Linds Handmade Designs. I chose their amazing H20 2Go Sling pattern which also comes with an SVG pattern version to purchase along with the H20 2Go Sling pattern if you desire….Hello! Yes, please!
One of the things I dearly love about this sewing pattern is the amazing step-by-step video tutorial on how to make this sewing project. Plus you can join a Facebook Group (search Linds Handmade Designs in FB search area) where there is an amazing community that shares even MORE tips, tricks, and inspiration from others who made this design.
Details For Uploading Sewing Patterns Into Design Space
Cricut Design Space is the free software Cricut provides to users to design with while using their amazing cutting machines.
Currently, Design Space can accept the following Image formats to upload into Design Space. I also note what each format initials stand for in case you wondered.
- .JPEG – (Joint Photographics Expert Group)
- .GIF – (Graphics Interchange Format)
- .PNG – (Portable Network Graphics)
- .BMP – (Bitmap Image Format)
- .SVG – (Scalable Vector Graphic)
- .DXF – (Drawing Interchange Format)
Notice .PDF format is not listed. Therefore we need to get creative at getting our pattern pieces into Design Space so we can cut sewing pattern pieces with our cutting machines.
Basically, there are two methods that work really well.
- SVG Sewing Patterns
- Screen shots of individual pattern pieces saved in .jpeg or .png formats
SVG Sewing Patterns
Sewing Patterns created in SVG formats are becoming more common but still, they are difficult to find. And then when you do find them, they are only as good as they were created and with the information, they provide as far as how to size the pattern pieces.
To help you understand the sizing issue, think of it this way. If the pattern maker does not note the height & width either on each .svg file itself or in a printed instruction sheet such as a .pdf, you have no idea what size to make each individual pattern.
To help you understand even more how important that is….you can use an SVG file for a ginormous Bill Board sign with no lack of quality just like you could use that same SVG and make a doll outfit for an 18″ Doll. It is also one of the main reasons why SVG files are so amazing in the digital crafting industry!
Does Size Matter When Looking For Crafting SVG Files?
Also to note, SVG Files designed with t-shirts, stickers, stencils, etc in mind (way too many to list) don’t need to specify on the .SVG file or in printed instructions as it’s up to each individual user to decide what size they want which is the beauty of an .SVG file.
But you could see how tricky that may become on very specific sewing patterns such as a purse or doll pattern if each pattern size is not noted.
I hope this helps clarify what to look for with a sewing pattern in .SVG format. If you have any questions please leave a comment on my blog down below or on my YouTube Channel for this video. I love to help!
If you purchased an .SVG Sewing Pattern and the sizes are not noted, I’m sure you could reach out to the pattern designer or owner for clarification. Since this is a relatively new venture, I’ve noticed some honestly didn’t think to note it.
Video: Uploading Sewing Patterns into Design Space – iPad version
There are so many helpful tips in this video below that I felt it better to not make a step-by-step process with all the screenshots provided on this blog post.
I Highly Recommend Watching the Video Which Includes These Tips
- How to download pdf sewing pattern onto iPad using Notes and Books Apps
- What size patterns can we cut with our Cricut Cutting Machines
- How to take screen shots of sewing pattern pieces
- How to upload sewing pattern pieces into Cricut Design Space
- How to clean up screen shots prior to saving them as an image
- How to size your 1″ square on the Design Space Canvas
- How to Duplicate pattern pieces
- How to check your size of 1″ square after seperating from pattern piece
- How to use “Slice & Contour” to seperate pattern pieces
- How to use the place fabric on fold method in Design Space
- How to decrease pattern size by 1/4″ all the way around a pattern piece
- How to print your pattern pieces in Actual/100% Scaling size from a home printer
- Printer IOS apps
- How to print patterns from Notes, Books and Acrobat
More Helpful Uploading Patterns into Design Space Tutorials
- Uploading PDF Sewing Patterns to Design Space (Desktop or Laptop Compter)
- Uploading PDF Sewing Patterns Using the Print then Cut Option
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