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WORTH Partnership Project

Modular Patterns

A new technique for replacing paper patterns with a toolkit that allows sewers and creatives to create potential patterns directly on cloth

Modular Patterns

The message of the project

To use as little paper as possible and to develop a technique to optimise the use of resources for all future home sewers.

Modular Patterns
Modular Patterns

The idea behind the project

Modular Patterns was inspired by the desire to make at-home DIY sewing more sustainable and adaptable for a wide range of passionate at-home sewists.

TAUKO and THE FOLD LINE have discovered an opportunity for innovation in the way they develop, distribute, and communicate at-home sewing patterns. Together with their DIY sewist community, they want to make sewing patterns more modular, less material demanding, and hence more sustainable, while preserving the spirit of creating and the handcrafted personal wardrobe.

To build an updated method of using and sharing patterns, the partners analyse and assess patterns, how consumers use them, and how they are delivered and shared. This project attempts to make patterns more ecological and user-friendly by paying specific attention to the quantity of paper often used in printed patterns, whether at a copy shop or at home.

AUKO Magazine is a trailblazing independent print journal for home sewers worldwide. It includes sewing patterns as well as interviews and essays from worldwide authors.

The Fold Line is an award-winning online sewing pattern retailer. They provide a large selection of paper and digital PDF sewing patterns, as well as copy shop printing services and global delivery.

Karsten Schuhl is a freelance designer and precision manufacturing expert. He collaborates with artists, academics, and SMEs to create ideas and technology, supervising the creation and execution of creative designs.

Modular Patterns

What next?

The project provides a new technique to replacing paper patterns with a toolkit that enables sewists and creatives to design potential patterns directly on cloth. Inspired by the zero-waste pattern-making approach and modular design thinking, they want to develop and build a prototype set of instructions and tools that will allow them to make a full wardrobe in various size ranges using as little paper as possible.

Modular Patterns



TAUKO Magazine


The Fold Line

United Kingdom

Karsten Schuhl