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    Template Plastic

    I was just setting down to cut a plastic template and I thought I would share. I don't cut a lot of templates anymore but sometimes I want to cut a shape with the same repeated motif in the fabric(sharpies onto the plastic shape) like the Dresden Plates that Rhonda does. I use these flexible cutting mats from the kitchen aisle at my $ store. They give me a nice 15 inch by 11 inch sheet of opaque plastic that I can cut with my scissors.
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    I use those two. I have also used plastic binder available really cheap during back to school sales.

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    Who knew....thank you for sharing you idea

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    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    thanks for the tip
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    What a great tip! Thanks.

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    I got 5 packages of those this last summer, for $1 each, I hope they have them next year, I'll be getting some more.

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    Which dollar store, please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by annt59 View Post
    Which dollar store, please?
    The green one.....Dollar tree is where I have found them.
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    I love using those cutting mats for templates, especially now that xray film is virtually a thing of the past.
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    Oh man!! I bought a set of four for the kitchen, and when they did not work out so well, I tossed them. (see Anne hitting self in head)
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    I use those chopping mats as well and find they don't get brittle like the quilting template plastic! I've got some that are three years old and still as pliable as when I first cut them! I get most of mine at a local flea market and sometimes get them at half price. Some come in two packs and some in 3 packs. I buy 8-10 packs at a time to keep on hand as I make a lot of templates.

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    Great idea! I use templates for appliqué pieces only but will have to look for these as the plastic sheets are so much more costly.
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    Wow....thanks for this hint......back to dollar tree...I love that store...

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    Template Plastic

    Thanks for the template idea. I just bought some plastic for the fabric store which is no where near the size of the cutting matts. Will keep this tip in mind. Thanks.

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    Thanks for sharing! That is a great idea and savings.
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    What I great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
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    I have a couple pkgs of these and haven't opened yet. Now if I can remember where I put them!

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    What a great idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful idea.

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    Oh what a good idea! I even have some of these in my kitchen that are barely used...I kind of hate them as cutting boards, LOL.

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    annt59-I didn't get them at a dollar store, I got them at our local Ace hardware store.

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    Just home from Dollar Tree...picked up a pack of 2 - 11" x 14" plastic. Thank you again for posting this information.

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    I will need to check our Dollar Tree. I do have X-ray films too but I forgot I could use them for templates.

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    I've used plastic milk cartons when the size of the template needed was smaller than the side of the carton.
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