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Thread: Templates

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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    What do you use to make your templates for your patterns?

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    I use plastic or heavy cardboard. I save plastic from packaging and use that. Sometimes I use the plastic sheet protectctors.
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    I have a sheet of Plaid Simply Stencils, which I've used. It's quite thin, but I've not had any problems using it for quilting templates. And it was pretty cheap too. My husband also made me some 1.5", 2", & 3" templates out of masonite scraps he had.
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    I'm not looking for anything in particular, just wondering how everyone does it. I've used thick cardboard and just paper sometimes. The pattern I'm working on for a tote back calls for a corner cutting template and I just traced into onto printer paper and used that when I needed to cut the corners off. I want to use the template sheets they sell at joann but they are too thin I think. They used to sell a thicker brand but haven't carried it in a while.

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    I use template plastic, there are different brands, the one I like is smooth on one side and rough on the other so it doesn't slip.

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    The dollar stores sell thin flexible cutting board sheets. They work very well for templates. They are thicker than the grid type, but you can easily cut them with scissors. I also save the clear plastic lids from coffee cans and the big plastic ice cream tubs. :wink:

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    I use exposed X ray film. It works great and is free.

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    I have used exposed x-ray film but I usually buy template plastic at WalMart, Hobby lobby or just wherever I find it.
    some is VERY heavy and some is fairly light.. I hand piece so I mark each piece of each block individually and add seam allowances, then cut each one out with scissors. I keep my templates in "sheet protectors" with the block design, piecing diagram, etc. I have a few notebooks of patterns.

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    Template plastic

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    I like the medium weight gridded templet plastic the best. It is easier to see it when you set it down somewhere. LOL! The plastic helps you to position it if you are fussy about your design layout too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    I like the medium weight gridded templet plastic the best. It is easier to see it when you set it down somewhere. LOL! The plastic helps you to position it if you are fussy about your design layout too.
    the last gridded plastic I bought (years ago) didn't measure exactly the same way in both directions.

    might want to double check it before cutting it.

    other than that, it works okay.

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    How do you cut the heavy cardboard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I use exposed X ray film. It works great and is free.
    it is funny you say x-ray film. i remember my first quilting class in 1968 someone worked for a doctors office and introduced this. i guess the oldies still work. sometimes we forget these things when all the high tech stuff is calling out to us from the shelves.

    reusing is still best, isn't it.

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    Whatever is closest to the project at the time!

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    I asked a question about cutting templates and the E-mail told me an answer had arrived but can't find it. If you aren't the person to ask I apologize. Thank you for your help.

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