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Posted on: 7/22/05 3:26 AM
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Each time I open out a pattern I find something unexpected - this time there was no seam allowances included!

So I'm sitting there, chuntering under my breath. I didn't fancy measuring around each pattern piece to mark seam allowances before cutting.

There sitting on the top of my sewing box was my Cereal box template I'd made the other day for hemming a jacket.

Aha! I just used this in reverse - to add 1.5cm around the pattern with tailor's chalk. Job done in about 10 minutes.

Thank you to the template inventor - thats twice its saved me pulling my hair out! Thanks.

Lisa

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smallbod said...
ladies - sorry for delay been away from boards. i picked the idea up from PR - called a tagboard template for hemlines. Essentially a strip of stiff card - about 2.5" wide by about 8". I measured in 1.5cm along one edge, drew a line and used this as a guide to press a hem up. The eureka moment came to flip it round the other way to add 1/5cm - for a seam allowance. Just use the line to match to pattern edge & chalk along outer edge of card. Great for straight lines - for curvy bits I did this by eye - adding a smidge for safety. Lisa
7/26/05 8:03 AM
MaryLynn in Long Beach said...
since we don't eat cereal, I use manila folders. Good tip, small!
7/25/05 9:22 PM
appleC said...
Thanks, Betty. I guessed wrong. I thougt people only use cereal box(or any cardboard) template for quilting.
7/25/05 7:07 AM
SewVeryTall said...
I'm guessing that you're guessing right, Betty ;)
7/25/05 4:16 AM
Everyday Sewist said...
I think she means a piece of cardboard from a cereal box. The way I'm reading this, she cuts a strip as wide as the seam allowance needed and uses this as a template. I can definitely see how this would be faster than measuring it out, especially for straight lines. For curved lines, you could just pivot the template along the curved edge as you draw the cutting line. (Am I getting this right?)
7/24/05 9:06 PM
Patzee said...
I've not heard of a "cereal box template" either.
7/23/05 12:29 PM
appleC said...
Mmm...I still don't get it. How do you use a 'cereal box template' to add 1.5 cm seam allowance to a pattern piece? Could you be more specific? Thanks.
7/23/05 8:13 AM
 
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