Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
home made design stencils for hand quilting >

home made design stencils for hand quilting

home made design stencils for hand quilting

Old 03-25-2011, 08:39 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
lbaillie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pomona Park FL
Posts: 312
Default

Has anyone make "home made" stencils. I have a design I found in a book but I'm not sure how to go about making my own stencil. Any suggestions. This a stencil so I can put the design on the quilt and hand stitch it.
lbaillie is offline  
Old 03-25-2011, 08:40 AM
  #2  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 17,068
Default

Yes, I've made them.
I bought Mylar and used one of those carving blades (the pointy one that Olfa makes)
Hope this helps!
sueisallaboutquilts is offline  
Old 03-25-2011, 08:44 AM
  #3  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 10,590
Default

Yes I have but it was more a template then a stencil. I broke the motif down into sections and cut templates out of stencil plastic to use to transfer the motif to my quilt.

Another motif in the same quilt I drew my design then traced it onto tracing paper so I could see through the paper for placement. Once the motif was where I wanted it, I slipped a piece of Transdoodle transfer paper under the tracing paper design and transferred it to the quilt with a stylus. This method also worked but I found the transdoodle rubbed off very easily so had to go over my transfer with a fons and porter mechanical pencil. I also had to make numerous tracings of my original design because the stylus tore the paper very easily and it only lasted for about 3 or 4 transfers.

I have read that Saral transfer paper works just as well and is a fraction of the price. I plan on ordering some and see for myself.
feline fanatic is offline  
Old 03-25-2011, 08:45 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 661
Default

First transfer the design to freezer paper or something similiar. They actually have template plastic that after having your pattern marked on it you then use a special heated tool that cuts and melts your design in the plastic template.

I would do a google search for quilt template tools.

You can also trace the design onto paper using a light box or the window. The cut out the design and you then trace around the design as your would a template.

Pam M
milp04 is offline  
Old 03-25-2011, 08:59 AM
  #5  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: My Sewing Room
Posts: 1,180
Default

I have done it. In fact, I am just finishing up a quilt where I made a stencil of a music staff. I found a .jpg file that I wanted to use, enlarged it to the size I wanted, then printed it out. You can use card stock to print on, or you can use regular paper and transfer the design to something heavier. I ended up using a thin cardboard letter mailer that I had received in the mail and it worked great.

I used an Exacto knife to cut out the stencil lines, testing it to make sure the cutouts were wide enough to accommodate the marking pen I used. If you're using something like a pounce pad, the lines wouldn't need to be very thick at all.

Good luck. :)
jlm5419 is offline  
Old 03-25-2011, 03:09 PM
  #6  
Power Poster
 
QuiltnNan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
Posts: 51,432
Default

you'd trace the book design onto the mylar and cut with the craft knife. remember to keep parts uncut so it doesn't fall apart.
QuiltnNan is offline  
Old 03-25-2011, 03:19 PM
  #7  
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sturbridge, Ma
Posts: 3,992
Default

go to the post of March 21. the subject was Stencil Cutter.
I wrote a long piece about cutting your own stencils.
Holice is offline  
Old 03-26-2011, 11:16 AM
  #8  
Member
 
cawsings's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 40
Default

I took a class a couple of weeks ago where the teacher used tracing paper over the design to copy it to the tracing paper. Then she laid tulle over the tracing paper and traced the pattern onto the tulle with a Sharpie (Sharpie doesn't go through the tracing paper). Then you have your tulle template (secure it to the quilt materials) and can use a chalk pen to trace over the tulle template.
cawsings is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
wgsherman
Main
3
01-08-2019 11:28 AM
teddysmom
Main
28
06-22-2017 04:27 PM
katiebear1
Main
20
10-20-2010 09:09 AM
Ms Grace
Main
5
04-28-2009 04:23 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter