First Pattern in the Works

by Angela Bowman October 31, 2014

Develop products that I want to use. That’s one of my guiding principles as a creative business owner.

So…. Since I love sewing, I’m drawn to geometric design, and I love personalizing stuff, my first product is a sewing pattern for making letters with half-square triangles. This is so fun for me! I’ve designed an alphabet, complete with numbers and punctuation. I’m working on the actual PDF pattern layout right now.

Throughout my life I’ve made a lot of things from sewing patterns, so I’m in-tune with how the pattern itself makes the process enjoyable for me. Here’s a little checklist that makes a good pattern in my eyes:

  • The sewing project is something I’d love to have, or I know that someone would love it if I made it for them.
  • The pattern is visual, easy-to-understand, and it calls for widely-available materials.
  • It has a ton of value, with size variations or customization options.
  • It doesn’t make any assumptions about my sewing skill level. It explains the process to be beginner-friendly, yet not too simplified to turn me off if I have more advanced sewing skills.
  • It provides extra tools or guides to aid in understanding, to make the project easy, or to just make it more fun.

And so I’m using this checklist as a set of standards for developing this first pattern of mine. It’s important to me to have this pattern “just right”, so I’ve been taking my time to make it great.

While designing this pattern, I’ve made a few sewing projects to test things out: a couple of baby quilts, a mini quilt, and a table runner. It’s really fun to make the block per the pattern instructions, then be creative with adding colorful HSTs to make whatever I want.

I have to say that I have loved using this pattern so far. Stay tuned, folks!

Angela Bowman
Angela Bowman


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