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30-Minutes with Workroom Tech: Episode 19 / Pattern Matching

Updated: Feb 7


On Episode 19 of The Sew Much More Podcast: 30-Minutes with Workroom Tech host Ceil DiGuglielmo and workroom expert Susan Woodcock discuss pattern matching. (Air date July 10, 2019) Pattern matching is a skill that is used every day in the workroom.

You can listen to this episode here: Pattern Matching Podcast

The Basics

There are two types of pattern matching discussed on this episode of the podcast.

One is where the fabric design is matched when joining cuts of fabric together. You will see this on draperies and roman shades, duvets, bed skirts and valances. Anytime you need the fabric to be wider than it comes off the bolt ...you will be sewing the fabrics together and if it’s patterned – pattern matching.

The other is where you cut out the pattern motif to make matching sections across a valance, or matching pillow fronts or cushion cuts.

Joining Cuts of Fabric Together

Susan shares three methods that she uses to pattern match fabric cuts. (Three right ways!) The method you choose depends on the project. You can find