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Posted on: 6/4/05 4:16 PM
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I found out that using a dinner plate to draw the rounded edge on any large itme that you want to give a curve to is perfect. I was going nuts with a tulle wedding veil and used the plate to be a guide when I rounded the corners with my rotary cutter.

And if you use the same plate on all corners... they are all the same. I used a glass and "ground" it into the fleece to leave marks so I could get a bunch of 3"round circles. I found that if you dip the glass or other "marker" in ground chalk it can leave a chalk mark behind!

I often use a "box" to make a template for pockets.. I have used shoeboxes (kiddie size) and CD cases and VCR cases, too! I use business cards to space buttonholes and even used my DH's cross cut saw to get a LONG ragged edge!

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DOJO said... (6/17/05 8:21 PM) Reply
VERY CLEVER!
Stitchology said... (6/5/05 9:37 AM) Reply
Nice recycling tip, wink, wink. Especially like the chalk idea.
Debbie Lancaster said... (6/4/05 7:56 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip. It occurs to me that the rounded corners of food storage boxes and rectangular cake pans would work well, too!
 
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