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Thread: Hint for Template Material Seekers!

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    Super Member Chigger Holler Quilter's Avatar
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    I live in the country so when I wanted some Template material the search was on! My neighbor picked some up for me in town....it was very sweet of her, but I was a little taken back at the price! So I got a little creative next time. I was in a dollar store and found a package of those clear or semi transparent cutting mats to try. They work like a charm...marked with sharpie type marker and cut very nicely with kitchen shears! No more expensive template plastic for me! Hope this help someone save some $...we all can stand to do that about now! Blessings....Chigger

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    great idea - thanks

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    Yes, they do work great. I have been using them for several years now.

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    The plastic in pkgs of bacon works well too :D:D:D

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    I have used the plastic from the bacon alot.


    I scrub it with comet and liquid soap. :thumbup:

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    How do you get them not to smell like bacon though?

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    You say that like there's something wrong with the smell of bacon. :mrgreen:

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    I LOVE the $ stores. Will have to remember this if I ever need templates.

    Pat

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    What a clever idea! I'll be getting some! Thanks for sharing! Quilters certainly know how to improvise :)

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    I reuse my plastic cutting mats for lining the wire rack shelving in my laundry room. They help me keep small items in place and prevent bottle from tipping over. They are like a drawer liner for the wire rack. I love them.

    I will remember this idea for using them for templates. I used to use the bacon insert, but we quit eating bacon! Thanks to all of you for all your clever ideas! Few items are one-use items any more. Creative minds put then to good use. Keep those ideas coming!

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    Thanks for sharing, great idea and hope that I remember it next time I need a template! :-D

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    Great tip.

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    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    The plastic in pkgs of bacon works well too :D:D:D
    I love it ....., and just what I needed a good reason to eat bacon.

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    Thanks for the tips!

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    Great idea!! But I wish you'd just told me....now there'll be a run on them like there were with rotary blades at Harbor Freight!!! LOL

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    What a GREAT idea! Thank you so much! I live in a rural town and the closest sewing store is a 45 min drive, but we DO have a dollar store in town! :)

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    What a great idea!!

    A friend of mine used to work in the x-ray dept at the local hospital. If the film was ruined for some reason, she got to bring it home and all of us had template material for free!

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    great idea - Thank you

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    You could also use the stiffer place mats.

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    Thanks for the tip! I just realized that I have a new package of two which I have never opened. I bought them at a flea market for $1.00 for two chopping mats. You guys on here are sooooo helpful.

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    I've used the front and back of those spiral-bound notebooks: after you've used the paper, just cut the wire spirals (NOT with your sewing scissors! lol), and you've got two pieces of potential template material. (Some backs are stiff cardboard, and if you use it, you need to be careful not to cut into the template).

    Jory

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    I use the heavier plastic folders, they work out great, check the clearance after school starts I can usually find them pretty cheap. I am using my own cut out templates for my grandmothers flower garden,couldn't afford to do it any other way

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    I use the cutting mats in the bottom of the purses I make; just make a little fabric sleeve for them.

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    I am a dollar store junkie, but reading here, I do not understand what kind of cutting mat you are talking about. I don't use many plastics for templates or for totes but inquiring minds would like to know. Help... Signed nosy dollar store junkie

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