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WORTH Partnership Project

Modular Patterns

A novel approach to home sewing, utilising as little paper as possible. The team developed a technique for optimising the use of resources for all future home sewers

Modular Patterns

Key Message

Modular Patterns aims to enhance the sustainability and adaptability of DIY sewing for passionate at-home sewists. The team, in collaboration with the DIY sewist community, have developed a more sustainable and modular approach to sewing patterns. By analysing and assessing current patterns and their usage, the project focuses on reducing paper waste while increasing the joy of creating personalised handmade wardrobes.

The idea behind the project

Modular Patterns aims to make at-home DIY sewing more sustainable and adaptable for passionate at-home sewists.

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

Building an updated method of using and sharing patterns, the partners analysed and assessed patterns, how consumers use them, and how they are delivered and shared. This project strives 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.

TAUKO 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 and innovative designs.

Modular Patterns
Modular Patterns

Contribution to the New European Bauhaus Initiative

The project provides a new technique to substitute and finally replace 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 developed and built a prototype set of instructions and accompanying tools that will allow them to make an entire wardrobe at home and hone their crafting skills in various size ranges using as little paper as possible.

Modular Patterns
Projects Edition
  • WORTH Partnership Projects II
Project Call
  • 1st Call Projects
Project Sector
  • Textile
Project Challenge
  • New European Bauhaus



TAUKO Magazine


The Fold Line

United Kingdom

Karsten Schuhl