You know how you sometimes fall in love with a particular pattern and then you find out it’s not available in your desired dimension? Such a heartbreaker. What if we tell you that there are a few ways that you can modify a quilt pattern to fit your desired dimension without compromising most of the design.
Once you have measured your bedsheets (or whatever you plan to make) size and compared it to the expected output size of your pattern, it’s time to make up for the difference. Here are a few tips on how you can do it.
Modify A Quilt Pattern To Fit Tip #1: Add Borders
This is probably the least complicated method. You would want to keep the pattern design in the center so adding a border on all sides, with evenly sized intervals is one way to go. You can copy one design from the actual pattern and turn it into a border or you can get creative and think of your own border design to match the pattern.
Modify A Quilt Pattern To Fit Tip #2: Add Blocks
Almost (again, just almost) all quilting patterns are based on blocks. If you are looking into extending the size of a pattern, you can add blocks of the same size as what’s in the pattern on both sides if you are looking into increasing width and/ or add blocks on top and bottom if you are looking to increase width.
Modify A Quilt Pattern To Fit Tip #3: Add Sashing Between Blocks
When doing this, the easiest way is to add or double the size of space between each block in order for you to add sashing or “insider border”. Once done on all partitions in between all blocks, this will significantly spread out the pattern hence also increase the size.
If you are looking into doing the opposite (decrease pattern size), you can decrease the block size or omit a row from both sides but to be truthful, making a pattern smaller can be more challenging as opposed to making it bigger. However, it is still very doable, you just have to let your creative side out.