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Posted on: 9/6/05 8:28 PM
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I haven't seen this one, but I assume everyone must know of this source for cheap large sheets of paper, and if you didn't, you do now! Butcher paper can be found at local restuarant supplies (i.e Smart N Final), or out-of-business liquidation sales. One large roll of this stuff will last you forever.

White butcher paper is thicker than tissue, pretty much the same weight as printer paper. I suggest you draft your pattern pieces, mark them, cut them out, then pin them (in that order!!) I know some people use newspaper, but it is nearly impossible to trace with that stuff, and it leaves an icky ink.

Butcher paper isn't transparent, per se, but is also usually thin enough to trace with providing you have adequate contrast. if you're tracing a pattern piece, you can place a white sheet under the tissue, and then the butcher paper on top. That usually provides enough information for tracing purposes.

And here's another use for butcher paper: The kids. Lots 'n lots of nearly endless white paper for doodling!!

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dawnegreene said...
Was looking for a cheap source for paper and you provided it!! Thanks a bunch!
1/14/08 2:53 AM
bettymell said...
and...if you get the coated kind, you can iron sheets together to make even larger ones! Also, can iron flimsy paper patterns that you use a lot onto coated butcher paper to preserve the pattern.
9/9/05 11:24 AM
JO913 said...
bakers parchment paper works too, and it's transparent, for tracing. When I use either one, use a paper punch in the top of all of the pieces and put a large paperclip thru them all , then onto a hanger. This makes it very easy to store. They could also be numbered and info kept in a file, makes it easy to find one, when you have lots.
9/8/05 10:08 AM
Clev said...
Yup, it' great stuff. I bought a huge ream of butcher paper at Costco and it lasted me for years, even with the 5 kids tearing off pieces to draw on. Great stuff if you are tracing lots and lots of patterns. Now that I trace less often I'm buying the stuff the fab. stores sell at about $1.49 per yard. But that butcher paper served me well when I was sewing for all the kids and their ever changing sizes.
9/7/05 11:30 AM
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