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Acrylic Template for TNTs (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 12/19/08 9:03 AM
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Do you have a favorite TNT pattern that's falling apart because you use it all the time? You might want to consider making your own clear acrylic pattern template. It's fast, easy, and relatively inexpensive to create these handy and virtually indestructable pattern templates.

To create the template for my favorite TNT (Christine Jonson's BaseWearTwo tee shirt pattern) I started with ten 12" by 18" Dritz acyrlic sheets that I found in the quilting section at my local Hancocks. To save money, buy them when your sewing store has a 50% off sale. Note that there are two types of templates -- one is made of slightly thicker acrylic. I used the one made of thinner acrylic

I taped a couple of sheets together with clear plastic duct-type tape to form a larger sheet. Keep in mind that the tape line will form the fold line for your resulting pattern.

I overlaid this larger acrylic sheet over my TNT pattern piece and traced the outline with a Sharpie marker. Then I drew a vertical line down the center front to serve as the grainline.

I cut the acrylic pattern piece along the outlines with a 45mm rotary cutter.

Note that when you're working with your fashion fabric, you can either trace the outline with a marker and then cut, or you can place your rotary cutter against the edge of the plastic and cut.

I also created "dickies" with different necklines for my TNT and taped them to my base pattern.

I store my pattern pieces in an inexpensive paper portfolio I found at my local Micheals.

If you create Frankenpatterns, it's great to have your TNT on a clear material because you can place the template over your new pattern and adjust until the patterns are aligned in the proper position.
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Barbara3 said...
What a great tip - and a great description of the tip. I'm going to try this - thanks!
12/19/08 11:22 AM
MelissaB in WA said...
I have done this before but used plastic cutting mats from the houseware's section at Walmart, here is my tip if you want to look ~
12/20/08 1:41 PM
nancy2001 said...
Melissa, great minds think alike...LOL.
12/20/08 3:38 PM
ladybegood said...
Great tip! I love the idea of the dickies.
12/21/08 1:02 PM
quathy said...
Brilliant! That sure beats retracing or interfacing, and I like the idea of a "modular" pattern, where you just add the style of neckline you want. Great tip!
12/22/08 6:54 PM
KateS said...
Great tip. Love the term "Frankenpatterns"! :)
1/1/09 8:00 AM
wendlesue said...
Great idea. You can also find large pieces of clear or translucent acetate at an art supply store like Dick Blick. Not sure how the cost compares, but it may be worth a look.
1/15/09 9:58 AM
sewtime said...
Nice tip, thank you.
1/27/09 7:59 PM
lorimeister said...
Great idea
10/3/12 4:33 PM

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