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Thread: paper templates HELP!!!!

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    I'm looking for anyone who started out with using paper templates. I don't have any plastic ones and really can't afford to go out and get them, so I made them out of paper that I pin to the fabric. Problem is the fabric shifts under the paper and I end up cutting the fabric wrong. Any suggestions to keep it all in place?????

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    I wonder if you can redraw the patterns on the backside of fine-grain sandpaper?? Means duplicating what you've already done but, if you use the templates many times, it might be worth it. Good luck!

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    I usually use freezer paper. You iron it to the fabric and cut accordingly. Freezer paper templates can be re-used numerous times.

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    I'd use the freezer paper also, you can use the same peice numerous times, or,a spot of glue stick to the center of your paper

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    Every time you buy bacon you get free template plastic. Just make sure you wash it really, really well with Dawn before using it.

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    freezer paper....

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    Try using fabric basting spray on the back of your templates. It worked for me when I tried it. I had the same complaint. I got some of that quilters plastic to make templates; there are several sheets per package, cheaper than buying the individual templates.

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    Right now school supplies are on sale. I bought the plastic dividers for binders (not the ones with the folders these are just plain clear matte plastic)
    I think I got a 8 pack for 3.50 at walmart.
    You place the paper template on a table and tape it down. Then draw the template on the plastic and then cut the plastic out.
    Then trace around the template on the fabric


    Also if you are only going to use a template a few times you can use card stock paper its heavier but because of paper it will lose its accuracy after you trace around it a lot of times

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    Before I knew what template plastic was, I always traced my pattern pieces onto cereal box cardboard. Now I wonder how I ever managed to fit the pieces together and make a halfway decent quilt. Live and learn!

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    I use freezer paper and if I need plastic and I'm out of template plastic I use a gallon plastic milk carton. Look around you , you will notice many things you could use , just think outside the box!!

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