14 thoughts on “Tutorial Or Pattern?

  1. a tutorial shows you how to do it but really doesn’t supply the pattern…a pattern is the guts of the project…I would think for most things you need both

  2. A pattern is directions for the quilter/sewer to follow while a tutorial is led by a tutor the quilter/sewer can follow. I am a visual person and it sure helps if I am confused with pattern directions.

  3. i think a tutorial is telling us how to make the pattern you are giving us..you could just print the pattern which would be a picture of the project with the instructions but you also add to the instructions ‘uncomplicating’ some of the things the pattern says do and also give us shortcuts on some of the ways you took shortcuts so that makes it a tutorial…i see the difference myself…so i would imagine you would have to watch what patterns you give us the tutorial for–such as getting permission from the pattern designer to use their pattern…i think the ones you show us you designed..

  4. A tutorial is usually free and a pattern you usually pay for. A tutorial is something you want to share with other crafting people, quilters etc. A pattern is something you want to make money from.

  5. The fine line between patterns and tutorials is becoming more blurred. I think a tutorial explains step by step how to achieve a particular method; e.g., binding, half square triangles, strip piecing. A pattern (unless it is explaining a technique unique to that item) tells you the steps to create a certain thing without explaining how to achieve each step individually. With the availability of the internet and blogs, a lot of what is offered on quilting sites is a combination of the two. The word tutorial is starting to be used interchangeably..

  6. A tutorial usually bas lots of step by step photos or videos while a pattern has drawings and assumes more knowledge and skips the smaller details.

  7. Excellent question. I have thought about it too. I concluded that a pattern follows a specific format: fabric requirements, cutting instructions, block assembly, then quilt top assembly. There may be a few diagrams to help with some steps, but it is usually more words than pictures.

    A good tutorial should include the fabric requirements and cutting instructions, but not necessarily all upfront. In my view, a tutorial relies more on photographs than words. The written instructions support the photographs.

    In some ways I prefer tutorials over patterns. I like to figure things out from a photograph rather than read a long explanation.

  8. wow this is a really good question. I would say that a tutorial has step by step directions with pictures. While a pattern has only step by step directions .
    Look forward to hearing the answer

  9. I think a tutorial is more detailed! A pattern gives you the how but most of the times leaves out those pointers and detailed directions or photos that a tutorial gives you. A tutorial is usually small step by small step while the steps in a pattern are more broad. I’m repeating, aren’t I? LOL

  10. Really good question. All of the above for sure. The only difference being is if you want to share or make an income. Pattern writing for an income applies a different set of rules. There is setting up an Etsy shop, paypal account, pdf thingy and getting yourself out there in the online community if you want to sell on line. For a paper pattern there is the printing , packaging and the postage. Also the marketing to the shops to be able to sell to them wholesale for their retail customers. Big decisions for anyone contemplating how to earn an income from our craft. With the online community so big people find lots of free patterns and opt for them rather than buy patterns.

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