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Birgitta Helmersson PDF Zero Waste Jumper Sewing Pattern

The Zero Waste Jumper sewing pattern by Birgitta Helmersson has an oversized body with a curved hem and a slim sleeve making it perfect layering piece.

The body size and sleeve length are determined by the fabric width you use.

The crew neck features a ribbed neck band, and the sleeve hem has a ribbed band attached when using narrower fabric widths.

The ZW Jumper sewing pattern comes with tips to adjust the sleeve circumference for extended sizes, as well as a hack to make a smaller jumper size with a narrower fabric.

Birgitta Helmersson has also created a super useful tutorial for this pattern which you can find here.


This is a digital download :)

Shop, pay, download, print, sew. With this pattern, you will not receive a physical pattern, you will receive a downloadable link via email after purchasing.

Fabric requirements

  • Recommended fabric width: 145-175cm
  • Main Fabric: 80cm (this gives a finished garment length of 60cm when worn. To adjust the length you will need to also adjust your fabric usage. Instructions on how to do this are included in the pattern.

Size range

  • This pattern is considered a one size garment.
  • Please refer to size chart image for MAXIMUM hip size suitable for each fabric width.

Supplies you'll need

All Garment Views:

  • one length of cotton bias binding to finish the facing 4cm x 32cm

Garment view 1 & 2:

  • one length of ribbing to finish the neck, 8cm x 43cm 

Garment view 2:

  • two lengths of ribbing to finish the sleeve hems, 16cm x 20cm 

Sewing skill level

  • Beginner

PDF contents

  • Instruction for all sizes
  • Cutting plans and templates, printable on A4 paper size

Sewing pattern description

The Zero waste jumper sewing pattern by Birgitta Helmersson is suitable for both woven and jersey fabrics.

This jumper sewing pattern works really well in a mid-heavy weight brushed cotton fleece/sweater fabric. It also works great as a lighter weight top in a thinner jersey fabric. If you want to use a non woven fabric choose something in a light – mid weight in a fabric that has a bit of drape to it such as linen blends and viscose fabrics.

For the neck and sleeve band choose a cotton ribbing fabric that has a nice amount of structure to it such as 2×1 rib knits.  

Method: This zero waste sewing pattern is a downloadable PDF Instruction booklet.  All Birgitta Helmersson sewing patterns are designed to be drawn directly onto your fabric by using small templates which you can make yourself, or print easily on a home printer.

Suggested fabrics for the Birgitta Helmersson PDF Zero Waste Jumper Sewing Pattern


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