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Where to Print Large Format Sewing Patterns

It’s no secret that I love PDF patterns. Nothing beats the ability to instantly purchase a sewing pattern—from anywhere in the world!—and start working on that project the very same day if you want to. But what about printing them?

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If you want the instant gratification of a PDF pattern, you’re probably going to have to spend an hour or two cutting and taping together various paper pattern pieces. Depending on the size of the pattern and how many pages there are to print, this can sometimes feel like a major chore! If you’re somebody who’d rather get straight to sewing and doesn’t mind paying a little extra, copyshop printing might just be for you.

What is a Copyshop or A0 file?

So what exactly are copyshop and A0 pattern files? Unlike an A4 or 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper, copyshop and A0 sheets can accommodate the full size of an individual pattern piece (like a pant leg, for example)—eliminating the need to cut and tape multiple pieces of paper together. “Copyshop” paper is 36” x 46” and is used primarily in the US, while “A0” paper is approximately 33” x 47” and is used in the rest of the word. 

Luckily, you don’t need to worry about these size differences with Helen’s Closet Patterns. Included in every pattern purchase is a zip file that contains instructions, a Print at Home (A4) file, and a third PDF labeled with the text “Copyshop-A0”. This file can be sent to any printer that offers copyshop or A0 printing, regardless of where you are based.

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A0 Printing Benefits

In addition to saving time, A0 printing is a great way to avoid the hassle of dealing with an at-home printer. Who hasn’t started up their printer only to realize that they are out of ink again? If you like to plan multiple projects at once, you can have your patterns batch-printed and (usually) save on the overall cost of shipping. Depending on the print shop, you can also opt print your patterns on lighter- or heavier-weight paper, which is typically not an option with at-home printing.

Since it’s fundamentally still a PDF pattern, A0 printing allows you to preserve the flexibility of being able to print out your pattern again if you ever want or need to. Even better, the lack of cutting and taping means you won’t accidently introduce sizing errors into the pattern, making it the most accurate way to print PDF patterns.

How to Select a Printer

Every copyshop is different, and when it comes to printing and shipping, every sewists’ preferences are different. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when selecting a sewing pattern printer:

  • Cost to Print: for many this will be the most important factor in determining where to purchase printed patterns. Some shops price per sheet, some require minimum orders, and others offer a sliding price scale depending on the number of sheets printed.
  • Shipping: The cost to ship can vary widely in different countries and from store to store, and you may need to consider a shop that offers international printing if there is nothing available locally. Conversely, if you happen to live close to a shop you may be able to take advantage of free order pickup. Make sure to calculate the shipping price in order to determine the true cost of printing. It is not uncommon for shipping rates to equal or double the cost to print, or for flat rates to be limited to a certain number of printed sheets. 
  • Folded or Rolled Patterns: Ever seen a sewing room filled with long white tubes of paper? These are copy shop files that have been rolled up and shipped in a long tube, typically for a premium shipping cost. Not all print shops offer this service, so double check before purchasing if you have a strong preference for sheets that are rolled instead of folded.
  • Paper: Do you like working with pattern pieces on sturdier paper? Or do you prefer a classic light tissue paper? While most shops print on paper that is similar in weight to what you would print on at home, there are some that offer lighter weight tissue options. Referred to as gsm (grams per square meter) or lb. (US only), the higher the number—the heavier the paper. For something close to regular printer paper, look for options that are around 90 gsm or 20 lb. Anything listed lower than that will be lighter weight, and anything higher will be sturdier.

Your preferences, budget, and what’s available locally to you will all affect which printing service you ultimately decide to use. We’ve included some basic information for each shop below (current  as of October 2021), but don’t hesitate to reach out to the printers themselves if you have any questions.

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Canada

Sew YYC
• $4 CAD per sheet rolled, $5 CAD per sheet folded
• Ships folded or rolled
• Free shipping when folded; or $18-$20 for rolled sheets

Gattous Fabrics
• $4 CAD per sheet rolled, $5 CAD per sheet folded
• Ships folded or rolled
• $3-$7 shipping when folded; or $20 for rolled sheets

The Fabric Snob
• $4.50 CAD per sheet
• Ships folded or rolled
• Free shipping when folded and bundled with fabric purchase; or $15.50 for rolled sheets

Spool and Spindle
• $4.50 CAD per sheet
• Ships folded or rolled
• $12 shipping folded, or $15 shipping rolled

Winnipeg Sews
• $4.80 CAD per sheet or $1.20 per linear foot
• Ships folded
• $1.80 shipping up to 5 sheets, $12 shipping over 5 sheets
• Continuous roll printing available

The Business Box
• $4.80 CAD per sheet rolled, $5.80 CAD per sheet folded
• Ships folded or rolled
• Shipping is additional

Rives Compagnie
• $5 CAD per sheet
• Ships folded
• Shipping is additional

USA

PDF Plotting
• $1.39 USD per sheet, $10 minimum order
• Ships rolled
• $7 shipping
• Printed on 20 lb. paper

Pattern Printing Company
• $2.50 USD per sheet
• Ships folded
• $3.46 – $8.24 shipping up to 10 sheets, $14.16 shipping over 10 sheets
• Printed on 16 lb. paper

Brooklyn Motif Printing
• $5 USD for the first sheet, $2.50 per sheet after that (per pattern)
• Ships folded
• $4.50 – $7.25 shipping
• Printed on 18 lb. translucent paper

Stitch Sew Shop
• $5 USD for the first sheet, $2.50 per sheet after that (per pattern)
• Ships folded
• $5 shipping up to 5 sheets, $10 shipping over 5 sheets

Acadia Sewing
• $6 USD per pattern (up to 2 sheets), $3 per additional sheet (per pattern)
• Ships folded
• $5 shipping up to 5 sheets, $10 shipping over 5 sheets

Sublime Grafx
• $6-$10 USD per pattern
• Ships folded or rolled
• $7 shipping (1 pattern), $10 shipping (2-3 patterns)
• Printed on 20 lb., 18 lb. or tissue paper

U.K.

Printing and Plotting
• £0.70 per sheet, £5 minimum order
• Ships folded or rolled
• £5 shipping folded, or £10 shipping rolled

Plot Giant
• £0.75 per sheet, £5 minimum order
• Ships folded or rolled
• £3.50 shipping folded, or £8.95 shipping rolled
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

Plan Printing 24
• £0.75 per sheet, £5 minimum order
• Ships folded or rolled
• £5 shipping folded, or £10 shipping rolled

CLC Essex
• £1.50 per sheet
• Ships folded
• Free UK Shipping
• Printed on 90 gsm paper

Flamingo Prints
• £1.50 per sheet
• Ships folded
• £1.50 shipping
• Printed on 75 gsm paper; lighter weight available

Net Printer
• £1.50 per sheet, £5 minimum order
• Ships folded or rolled
• £3/ £5 shipping rolled (up to 8 sheets / up to 15 sheets), or £8.50 shipping folded
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

Wild Orchard Pattern Printing
• £2.00 per sheet
• Ships folded
• £1.50 shipping UK (up to 250g)

Fabulosew
• £2.15 per sheet
• Ships folded, storage envelopes available
• £1.65 shipping UK; £7 shipping Europe; £10 shipping Worldwide
• Printed on 20 gsm paper

Patternsy
• £2.50 per sheet, £5 minimum order
• Ships folded
• £2 shipping UK; £5 shipping Europe; £8 shipping Worldwide
• Printed on 22 gsm paper.
• Continuous roll printing available

The Savvy Sewist
• £3.99 per order minimum
• Order price already includes shipping and VAT
• Printed on 40, 60, or 75 gsm paper

The Fold Line
• £4 per pattern minimum
• Ships folded in an envelope to store pattern
• £2.50 shipping UK/Northern Ireland; £6.50 shipping Europe/Republic of Ireland
• Printed on 75 gsm paper.
• Continuous roll printing available

Eternal Maker
• £4 for the first sheet, £1 per additional sheet
• Order price already includes shipping
• Printed on 80 gsm recycled paper

Ireland

Crafty Studio
• €3.00 per sheet
• Ships folded
• €2.95 shipping Ireland; €4.95 shipping UK / Scottish Isles & Channel Islands

Australia

MDM Copy and Print Centre (Melbourne)
• $2 AUD per sheet
• Additional for shipping
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

MakePlanDo (Melbourne)
• $3 AUD per sheet
• $9 shipping Australia-wide
• Continuous roll printing available

Megan Nielsen (Perth)
• $3.85 AUD per sheet
• Ships folded
• Additional for shipping

A Sewlution
• $4 AUD per sheet
• Ships folded
• Flat $7 shipping Australia-wide
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

Officeworks (Melbourne)
• $4.35 AUD per sheet
• Ships folded
• Additional for shipping; free delivery on orders over $55
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

Fibre Smith (Melbourne)
• $4.80 AUD for the first sheet, $2.40 per sheet after that (per pattern)
• Ships folded
• Additional for shipping

Eprint Online (Brisbane)
• $5 AUD minimum
• Ships folded or rolled (additional $4.25 shipping)
• Additional for shipping
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

New Zealand

ChCh Sews
• $6 NZ per sheet
• Ships folded
• $7.20 shipping for up to 6 sheets, $15 shipping for up to 12 sheets
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

Studio of Sewing
• $7 NZ per sheet
• $6.50 ($10.50 rural) shipping for up to 12 sheets
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

Warehouse Stationary
• $7 NZ per sheet
• Additional for shipping
• Printed on 80 gsm paper

Niche Print
• $7.25 NZ per sheet
• Ships folded or rolled
• $7.50 shipping folded, or $14 North Island / $16 South Island shipping rolled
• Continuous roll printing available


Do you know of a great shop or printing service that we missed in the list above? Let us know in the comments!

About the author

Helen

Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

25 Comments on “Where to Print Large Format Sewing Patterns”

  1. We print patterns too – £4 for the first page, £1 each page after (these prices include U.K. postage). We print on 80gsm recycled paper.
    Great post!

  2. Australia, Melbourne – Plan Make Do prints A0 patterns, supplies printed envelopes for storing your prints, and mails anywhere in Australia (possibly beyond). I’ve used Plan Make Do a few times now and love their service, they are sewists and check every file and print.

  3. Sublime Grafx in the US has a flat rate for printing Patterns- $6-$10 and they can print on onion skin, tissue paper and lighter weight copy paper. They’ll even stitch together Mood patterns for a small fee. The customer service was great. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast I received my order.

  4. Thanks for this round up Helen! I’ve been using @PlanMakeDo who are based out of Melbourne and ship Australia wide. They are cheaper than the big office stores and Shelley is a sewist so understands the importance of scale $3AU per A0 page and $9AU for shipping

  5. Wild Orchard Fabric Company in the UK is where I get my patterns printed – they arrive quickly and with plastic free packaging. £2/page, and shipping £1.50 (UK) for up to 250g.

  6. Probably a dumb question, but can AO Printers print just 2-3 sizes, or only the complete size range?

    1. No dumb questions! By default, yes – A0 printers will print the entire size range. However, there are many shops that also offer select size printing (you can find this info in the product description, FAQ, or just reach out and ask!).

  7. I can recommend preiswertplotten.de in Germany. They charge 1.29€ per black and white A0 sheet (folded) plus 1.55€ for postage. They are also super fast – if I order in the (late) afternoon I usually have the pattern the next day

  8. You already mentioned PDF Plotting, but I wanted to add that they can print large sheets in color, which makes identifying the right line so much easier. Some printers can only do black and white printing.

  9. I am still not a fan of PDF patterns. Why pay twice for a pattern? Once to purchase the pattern and almost the same for printing it. Of course it depends how you decide to print it. Plus I have problems with reading the instructions off the computer. Happy Creating.

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