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Thread: I need help in making a template

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    I am in the process of making a quilt for my bed. My hubby wanted it made from head bandana's, this is the problem I have ran into. I found that the sizes of the bandana's are not all the same, I think the smallest is 19", but it has been so long since I messed with it I could be wrong. I cannot find something "clear" to use to cut these to be all uniform in size. I tried cardboard and realized that I can't see the design to not cut into it, and the template material I have found like at Joanns isn't big enough, and I tried clear vinyl, but it wants to roll up. Now I know that some of you more experienced quilters will have an answer for me so I can get this finished up in time for Xmas. Please someone help me in figuring out what I can do. Hubby keeps asking for it, and he makes the comments when I finish another one up if I am making progress on his, and I told him my problem, but neither of us have figured out what to use. Let me know what you think might work to get these to be all the same size without cutting into the designs. Thank you! Cathy

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    What about plexiglass (sp?). I'm not sure if that can be cut.

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    Fold the bandanas in half and then in half again then cut. This might work but I can't guarantee it.

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    plexiglass is great - but kind of expensive - Some hardware stores are great about cutting it to the size you want. Bigger would be easier for them to cut than really small.

    I've heard of people using X-ray film, but I have no idea where one could get it.


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    plexiglass is very expensive.
    I was thinking - - since you do not want to cut into any of the bandanna designs, why not add strips to the smaller blocks to help them match the bigger size?
    As far as template, if you are not going to go buy a ruler,
    templates can be made out of cereal boxes, soda cracker boxes, any type of cardboard (and you draw around them)
    freezer paper ... cheap, cut the size you want, using the technique mentioned above, iron to the back of the fabric and cut out ...
    best all round template would be a 6 x 24 inch Omnigrid plastic ruler at your quilt store or local craft store ...
    cheaper than plexiglass.
    The next ruler I would purchase would be the 6 x 12 plastic ruler ...
    and the rotary cutter, and the mat ...
    those three/four items will pay for themselves faster than you can make one quilt.

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    I would suggest getting one of the June Tailor Shape Cut Plus ruler (I've seen them at the LQS, JoAnns and Hobby Lobby). The large one is 18" wide, and it is divided into 1/2" spaces, which makes it great for strip cutting sashing and bindings. http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...RODID=prd17893


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    For large size templets that I can see through I bought a poster size frame from Walmart- about $12.00 and cut the front plastic to the size I wanted. Use an exact o knife or sharp kitchen shears.

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    Plexiglass, or sheet acrylic, is NOT very expensive, unless you are buying it at a sewing store :D

    Any hardware store, home improvement store or the like will cut to size for you. Here is a link to an example available at Home Depot, it's 18 x 24 and for about $7:


    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...02&R=100402508

    Just tell them you need to have it cut carefully SQUARE, in whatever size you need.

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    Yes the hardware shop is the place to go, or if you have a shop near you that replaces car windows, sometimes they have chunks of tempered glass that they'll bevel the edges on & you can get a good price on these. The glass is alot heavier than the plexiglass but if the price is right.....
    Or if you don't wish to spend any money, take a sheet of newspaper & a carpenter T-square, draw yourself a square the correct size, cut out the center and use the "frame" section for a window. Lay your ruler carefully on the edge & either mark the fabric or cut with your rotary cutter.

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    You can actually use 2 rulers butted together to trim all the bandanas to the same size. It will be time consuming and you'll need to do each one by itself but it is possible!
    I use this method when I need a large square for a medallion.
    HTH!
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    Bandanas are so thin, you'll want to stabilize them with iron on interfacing anyway. Why not just cut the interfacing to size, then do the cutting?

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    if you want to spend some money you can get the 20 1/2 inch omingrid ruler. joanns may have it now at the store, not just on line, but use a coupon. plexiglass sounds good though. and i'd trim all of the bandana's the same size. easier.

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    I just bought a 18" x 24" piece of template plastic at Hobby Lobby for $3.39.

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    With all the reports on how reasonable plexiglass is, I will have to let my friend know that she just got ripped off BIG TIME!
    Bummer!
    She went to the glass shop in town.
    Never thought about Home Depot.

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    I went to Wal Mart and purchased the heaviest plastic yard stuff, it is found with the plastic table cover stuff and I got a half yard so Ill be in the see thru pattern busines for awhile.. It can be measured and cut any size you need and stored flat anywhere. I write on the plastic the size so it is easy to read and remember what Im looking for....Good luck

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    I would use a 12" square quilt ruler. You can use it for sized up to 12-1/2.

    Walmart even has them.

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    What about the Freezer Paper method?
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    What great ideas. I knew all I needed to do was ask. Thank you so much for all of them. I will look into them and see what I can do.

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    Great suggestions, here!!! :D :D :D

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    Lot's of good ideas here, I have read old used Xray plastic makes good templates and you can sort of see thru them. or how about a clean pizza box. 8) good luck Karen WV

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    I hand quilt and use templates for everything. Just go to LQS and look for the large sheets of template material.. they make them in at least a couple of sizes. Hobby Lobby also carries the large sheets of Template material. I'm not sure of the exact dimensions, but I know it's quite a bit larger than the standard 8x11.5" sheets. http://www.quiltfabricstore.com/prod...8in-p-764.html there's one for an example.

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    If you just need to make them all a uniform square a square-up ruler I think would be the easiest way. Or fold in half and in half again, pinch the center of the fold and when you unfold, you will have the center marked and can trim around as you need to.

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    Thanks everyone. I tried Home Depot here in town and they wouldn't cut to size for me. So I ended up calling our local glass company, told them what I wanted, they cut me a piece of acrlic the size I wanted for less then 8.00 and in an hour I had it. So hubby is thrilled I get to continue on his quilt. I appreciated everyones ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    plexiglass is great - but kind of expensive - Some hardware stores are great about cutting it to the size you want. Bigger would be easier for them to cut than really small.

    I've heard of people using X-ray film, but I have no idea where one could get it.
    can't get that anymore. just tried. they use discs now. we are so advanced, it makes me scream!

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    they take the pictures the same way, but they expose them, or whatever, onto a disc, instead of that x-ray sheet that we're used to seeing. then they scan them on a computer. that way their files are itty-bitty.

    i KNOW! my life is flashing before me! :shock:

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