|This is a tip I learnt from a sewing teacher and I find it invaluable. She covers her cutting table surface with cork sheeting. All drafting of patterns, tracing of patterns and cutting out of material is done on this cork.
Everything gets pinned on to the cork with drawing pins. It alleviates the hassle of pinning the pattern to the fabric. The fabric, pattern etc. stays in one place and it is easy to do the cutting out as nothing moves.
The drawing pins I use are those with raised heads, I don't know the correct term for them.
I do not have a permanent cutting table so my cork sheeting is kept in storage and when I need it it goes on to my desk.
Hope this is explained well enough, if not please contact me.