We have established a uniform and descriptive rating system for all of our kits. This system uses a NUMBER to indicate the difficulty of the individual steps, followed by a LETTER to indicate the amount of sewn pieces used to complete the project. We hope that this will help you better determine which kits are appropriate for your skill level, as well as the amount of time required for construction.
This indicates the skills and difficulty involved in constructing each project, 1 being the easiest.
LETTER=How Many Sewn Pieces
This indicates the number of pieces (including appliqués and accents) that need to be sewn to complete the kit. It does not include trims such as eyes, washers, webbing and ribbons. The higher the letter, the more sewn pieces are involved in the kit, as follows:
Based on this system, a 2-A kit and a 2-E kit both have about the same degree of difficulty, but a 2-E kit will take longer to construct because it has more pieces than a 2-A kit. In addition to this rating system, please read the item descriptions to determine the construction method of each kit (such as pre-cut, pre-printed, paper pattern, or measure and mark), as that affects the difficulty level, as well.
These icons on every kit's product page will tell you the construction method of that kit. Haan Crafts offers kits with a variety of different construction methods to fit the skill and time requirements of every user. You can also search for any kits with a certain construction method on the home page.
With pre-printed kits, the patterns, including all cutting lines and locating marks, are printed on the fabric. This helps to assure accuracy and makes construction quicker and easier.
Paper Pattern Kits
Paper pattern kits come with paper patterns that are pinned to the fabric and cut out during construction. With garments, all sizes (usually XS through XL) are printed on the same pattern sheet, and the pattern has 1/4 inch seams in red on one side and 5/8 inch seams in black on the other side. Paper pattern kits are a little more time-consuming and provide the experience of working with paper patterns, including transferring marks to fabric.
With pre-cut kits, the fabric pieces (such as pillow panels) are already cut to the exact size you will need. Pre-cut kits are very quick and easy to make.
Measure and Mark Kits
Measure and mark kits do not include patterns. The instructions tell you how to measure, mark, and cut your fabric to the correct size. These kits utilize math skills, such as measuring with a ruler and working with fractions.