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Posted on: 1/7/07 6:25 PM
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When you need a plastic template for a much used pattern, try making them with flexible cutting mats found in the housewares section at Wal-Mart (near the cutting boards). They are similar to the ones quilters often use, but are so cheap (only a few bucks for 3 sheets - sorry I can't remember the exact price off the top of my head). There are three different colors in the package (clear, aqua, and light blue) and they are 12"x15". I just trace the pattern onto the sheet, then cut it out with a pair of regular scissors. It makes it so easy to cut out your pattern pieces with a rotary cutter (no worries that you're slicing your pattern up). It even works great to tape sheets together too (I use wide clear mailing tape).

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Jemparrot said... (1/11/09 6:01 AM) Reply
Great tip! I just found some cutting mats at Dollar tree, but didn't get them. Time to go back....
Janime said... (1/22/07 12:54 PM) Reply
What a neat idea! I was wondering very recently how I might be able to make pattern pieces more permanent. Thanks for the tip!
regine said... (1/17/07 12:05 PM) Reply
My sewing teacher uses old X-ray plates for templates, they work very well, are easy to cut and are firm enough to use as templates.
pjrsews said... (1/10/07 9:32 AM) Reply
I just love it when sewers come up with new and clever uses for ordinary stuff. This was a great hint. I went right out and bought some. Thanks!!!
igi said... (1/10/07 8:30 AM) Reply
Thanks for a wonderful tip!
PixieCat said... (1/9/07 5:15 AM) Reply
What a great idea! Thanks!
MaryFran said... (1/8/07 1:37 PM) Reply
Thanks Melissa, a great tip!
thaiyal said... (1/8/07 9:13 AM) Reply
wonderful idea! thanks Melissa
SewVeryTall said... (1/8/07 7:47 AM) Reply
I didn't know these existed. I keep thinking I should pick up some quilter's template plastic, because it would be so handy for rotary cutting...I'll get these instead! Thanks for the tip, Melissa!
 
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