How to Print Doll Patterns

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Marysia Walcerz

    About the Author

    Marysia Walcerz has been writing since 2008. She has been published in several compilations of artistic and philosophical work, including "Gender: Theory in Practice" and "Retold Comics." Walcerz has a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts and philosophy from The Evergreen State College.

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    Doll patterns are templates with instructions for sewing dolls. There are numerous free online resources for doll patterns, including some vintage patterns that have been digitized for modern day doll makers. If you want to make a doll from an online pattern, you'll need to print it out before you can begin cutting the fabric and sewing your doll.

    Things You'll Need

    • Printer
    • Printer paper

    Find a doll pattern online. You can find free doll patterns at websites like Cloth Doll Connection, Doll Maker or Hawk's Crossing.

    Click on your desired pattern and follow the download instructions. Depending on the pattern, it may be saved as a .pdf (Portable Document Format), a .doc (Document) or .img (Image File). Save the pattern where it can be easily found, like your desktop.

    Open the pattern using the appropriate software. You'll need a .pdf reader for a .pdf file, word processing software for a .doc, or graphics editing software for a .img.

    Check that your printer is turned on and communicating with your computer. Load the paper tray with paper.

    Select "File" from the program menu and chose the "Print" option. Select the appropriate printer. Make sure the pattern fits on the paper in the preview window. If not, make the necessary adjustments. Click "Print" when you are satisfied.

    • Check the pattern carefully after it has printed to make sure that the image is clear and the right size for your project.

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