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Thread: How not to make a template

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    Junior Member dallen4350's Avatar
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    Unhappy How not to make a template

    I wanted to make a template using a heavy plastic (Plexiglas type material). I went to the hardware store and bought a piece of plastic. The pattern appeared in a book, so I though I might be able to print it using an old t-shirt transfer. Print the pattern on the t-shirt transfer and then iron it onto the plastic. Enough to say, the plastic didn't pick up any of the transfer but did buckle.

    I did it out in the garage with the door open to prevent fumes. And used parchment paper to protect my iron. Perhaps my only good ideas.
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    well , you can get some Mylar plastic. Not as hard as Plexiglas type. trace your design and cut it out. it is heat resistant and makes good templates. good luck!!!
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    I've used the cheap, plastic binders, to make templates. You can see through the lighter colors, and simply trace the design, with a Sharpie. The binders are pretty cheap and when they go on sale, you can't beat them! I also like that they're in colors, which make the templates easier to find.
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    Ah, we live and learn. Some of my brilliant ideas have failed! One never knows until we try. Lesson learned. Thanks for the helpful info on what not to do!

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    Just a suggestion for Nessie & others that may use the binders for templates, I find LOT'S of binders at thrift shops for pennies. Never know what you will find to use for quilting & sewing in the thrift stores
    Vonda-Texas MiMi of 4 Beautiful Grandbabies

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    I miss my days as a draftsmen with a CAD system. always had perfect designs, agree. the thin Mylar purchased at the large fabric store.. maybe not allowed to tell where is best.. altho.. I have used plastic from lids.. with residue gone.. think what our 1900's little ladies had.. Repetition I use card stock and run it through the Xerox machine.
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    I remember when I first started quilting I made templates out of sand paper. They clung to the fabric nicely. Now I use Mylar.

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