Some times you just don't want to cut a pattern out of a magazine, or you want to preserve or strengthen a tissue paper pattern. Perhaps you want to draw up your own pattern or make a quilting motif stencil. Here is a great way to make super strong, translucent pattern paper.
You will need:
White plastic garbage bags
White tissue (el cheapo from the dollar store)
Pressing cloth or parchment paper
Cut a plastic bag down into the size of your tissue paper, you only need one layer of plastic so one bag will make at least two sheets of pattern paper. You want little to no overlap of the plastic.
Sandwich the plastic with two pieces of tissue. Lay down a protective cloth on your ironing board, I use a worn out sheet. With parchment paper as a press cloth to protect your iron, press the paper sandwich on a linen setting until bonded. It is good to have some ventilation like an open window as the plastic does stink.
The patern paper is cutable, tearable, pinable but quite durable. You can tract through it, or draw on it and it will last a long time.
Bond one sheet of tissue to a comercial tissue pattern and then cut out the pattern. It will never tear and degrade with much use.
Bond a sheet of tissue to decorative paper like maps and such...I have even made lampshades with this paper. It is very strong.
Bond a sheet of tissue to some fabric to make book binding fabric. If you buy this it is very expensive and only comes in some boring solids. You can make your own book fabric...the glue won't come through to the top. If you like to do book crafts as I do it is a lot less expensive.
Trace off multipal sizes from an existing pattern. No need to loose the larger size when you want to start with the smaller one.
Trace a quilting motif and with a pin make holes along the lines, use a chalk pouncer to transfer pattern to the quilt.
Cheaper than the plastic ones and you can have any pattern you can trace.
I am sure there are other uses, these are just the one's I have come up with so far.