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Posted on: 12/20/05 7:51 PM
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I have been drafting a pattern for a Christmas gift handbag and needed pieces of paper larger than A4.
The cheap answer was right in front of me -rolls of gift wrapping paper.Each year I buy some more-'just in case'- and so I have a large choice.Many designs I've just got tired of.This year I even have rolls of strong paper that measure 99 cms x 4 m,costing $2 each,destined to wrap a very large present.
So,using the wrong side,(sometimes even having a pattern that consists of straight lines on the reverse ) I have been able to draft to my heart's content.Now I just have to iron the pieces(carefully for thinner paper) to remove the curves, caused by being on a roll, from the pattern pieces.

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belle said... (12/27/05 11:04 PM) Reply
when ironing the pattern pieces after cutting out be careful you don't stretch it
Stitchology said... (12/21/05 7:04 AM) Reply
Good idea. I'm always taping together smaller sheets. You can get the curl out by rewinding the roll in the opposite direction and letting it sit for a day. Might still need a little ironing, but much less.
Patzee said... (12/21/05 3:23 AM) Reply
Good idea! I have also found that surplus and left-over wall paper also works. It's usually sold from a bin for around $1.00/roll and the rolls are long. Just don't get the pre-pasted kind (LOL).
 
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