FAQs

Shipping and Refunds

Patterns will be emailed to the email address you provide. Nothing is shipped - these are digital items. Because of the nature of digital items, refunds are not available. 

What sets Blank Slate Patterns apart from other PDF patterns?

Well, first Blank Slate Patterns have a wider range of boy patterns than anyone else – boys deserve custom sewn items too!

Blank Slate Patterns are designed by someone with over 30 years of sewing experience, and then digitized and computer graded for professional pieces. You will find flawless construction instructions that don’t shy away from ready-to-wear details like functioning zip flies; instead Blank Slate Patterns strive to make those details clear and accessible to home sewists.

Additionally, all pattern pieces print in black and white(as opposed to colored lines that many PDFs use) so you don’t have to waste your colored ink. If you choose to print the instructions, those are in full color.
Patterns are formatted for international customers-all patterns will print on standard paper sizes outside the U.S. without losing edges. All patterns include measurements in metric units as well. Finally, unlike when you buy a pattern in a big box store, you can get in touch with the designer (me) anytime you run into issues or get confused. I am usually able to respond to emails within 24 hours.

 

What is a PDF Pattern?

A PDF pattern is a digital file that you download from an emailed link. It includes sewing instructions with color photos, and pattern pages. You print the pattern pages on your home printer. The pattern pages require some trimming and taping together to get your complete, full size pattern. Instructions for printing and piecing your pattern together are included in the file. PDF patterns are great in that you get them instantly and don’t have to wait for a trip to the store to start sewing! And since they’re digital, there’s no shipping charge.

This is a video of the printing process:

 

Where is my pattern?

You're shown a download link immediately after purchase, and if you chose to create an account during purchase you can also sign into your account on this site to download your pattern. You also receive an order confirmation email that contains the link. Please check your inbox or spam folder to find that email. If you are unable to find it please contact me with your order number. Remember, these are digital, not paper, patterns, so you will only receive an email with a download link.

 What software do I need?

Most newer computers come with Adobe Reader installed, but if yours doesn’t, you can get it here for free. There are other PDF viewing programs, but I have found that they may not be as accurate when printing.

 Can I sell items made from these patterns?

You are welcome to sell items you personally make from these patterns. Manufacturing of any scale where others besides you would be using the pattern is not permitted. 

Can I share this pattern with friends?

Again, these patterns are licensed for personal use only. That means you can print as many copies for your own personal use as you want, but you are not allowed to redistribute, sell, or reproduce the pattern for anyone else. Emailing to, printing for or digitally sharing the pattern with anyone else is a violation of copyright law.