|I dont know if this has been posted before, but i found it very helpful. If you do not have a light box but want to trace patterns you can use clear gift wrap and a sharpie pen. This is extra helpful for tracing from bwof or other pattern magazines with lots of lines. I think this would also be good for fabric pattern matching as you can see through it. then you cut out the pattern, and use a whole punch for the other markings. When i lay out the patterns i lay it curl side down and use weights. The wrap can be found at dollar stores and target in my area.