How to turn cardboard patterns into digital patterns

Turning cardboard patterns into digital patterns is now super easy, thanks to large format digital scanners.

So, what are the benefits of using digital patterns instead of cardboard patterns?

Let’s look at a pair of leggings as an example: cardboard patterns will work well for “all over” print designs that have a small repeat, such as the floral pictured below.

Using cardboard patterns over a printed fabric means you can’t control which part of the design lands where. For small repeats, this is fine, however if your aim is to ensure a stripe always lands in the same place, then cardboard patterns wouldn’t really fare too well.

Also, cardboard patterns can be physically large, depending on the size of the garment, which means you need to be able to store them and store them correctly so they don’t get damaged.

Cardboard patterns on fabric

Digital patterns are perfect for when you want to ensure each and every pattern piece is printed and sewn identically to eachother.

As digital patterns are exactly that: digital, you can view your leggings pattern on screen, then add any design, motif, logo or text you wish.

These digital patterns are then printed directly onto the fabric, ensuring that each time a legging is printed, it will always have the same design elements in the exact same position.

Digital patterns on fabric

You would then receive your fabric with pre-printed leggings on them, ready to be cut then sewn.

Love it, now where can I turn my cardboard patterns into digital patterns?

Right here at Mereton Textiles. Check out our pattern digitization service page for more information.

We can scan patterns up to 90cm x 120cm in size. You will receive a true scale vector file back to you with all of your scanned pieces inside, ready for adding your designs to!