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    Super Member justwannaquilt's Avatar
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    If you get a magazine with a template in it, what do you use to trace the template on and then cut around? I was thinking about just using a cerial box but I am sure I would slice it when I went to cut with the rotary!

    How do you use a template from a magazine?
    I know how to use one but...ya know what I mean!

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    I have used plastic cutting mats, plastic from the front of poster frames and even floor tiles, how about the cover from a oleo tub,cardboard works too you just have to be careful.

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    I use the plastic sheets you can get in packages for stencils and pattern templates...it's inexpensive and if you have a package it lasts for a while.

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    I photo copy it and go from there... i can then cut it out without ruining my magazine!

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    you can buy template material, which is clear plastic. I use it all the time.

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    Sometimes I use freezer paper, sometimes the plastic lid from my coffee container, and I've bought the sheets of plastic for making the stencils. It saves me ruining my fabric by cutting into the center or something like that.

    Coordination is not my middle name so I use whatever will keep me from ruining the fabric. I also copy the pattern with my printer/scanner and then cut it out of whatever I'm using that day.

    Just be sure you label it with Magazine, pattern, date, and keep them for future use. I have a whole notebook full of patterns and templates. :shock:
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    I was able to get a whole stack of used x-ray film sheets from a doctor's office. (repurpose!)

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    I use the templet plastic with the grids on it. But, I have also used paper and just taped it to the back of my ruler for quick cutting it out. It depend on whether I have to match the fabric to piece it correctly, or not. The plastic gives you the viewing of the block after you cut it out better. And lets you see where the quarter inch seam will cut it off in the design.

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    Great ideas!!
    Thank you so much, I will have to try a few things and see what works best for me but you all have given me great ideas!

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    Good ideas! :lol:

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    i scan it into the computer and i duplicate the image X number of times to fill a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

    i cut freezer paper down to letter size and put it in the printer and print the template out.

    then i iron that to the fabric and i cut the shapes out - either by rotary or scissors which ever is easier.

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    I have my persnickety perfectionist husband cut the pieces from masonite. He then uses a Braille labeler to make the labels for the pieces. I keep them stored in little tins that breath mints come in, also labeled. That way, I can find them.

    I have a set of lazer cut quilting shapes, cut out of hard, thick and clear plastic. They have sandpaper dots on the backs to keep them from sliding. If the angles and size is correct, I just get that piece out. He keeps a master list of all the pieces I have so we don't mix things up too bad. My triangles are all in the same box, so are my squares, and then my rectangles. Appliques are kept together... you get the idea.

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    Super idea!

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    I mean Klue: That is a super idea. Way to use technology :D

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    I work for an Attorney and we get a lot of records sent to us that come bound in a folder-type of thing with a clear plastic front. Usually these have some kind of printing with the name of the copy service on it. So I will use that sometimes.

    Klue, I love your idea, too! I use a lot of freezer paper so this is another good use for that "tool".

    HTH,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    you can buy template material, which is clear plastic. I use it all the time.
    That's what I use too, particularly when it is a piece that needs to be traced multiple times. Sometimes - for one-ups I just use freezer paper.

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    I use exposed X ray film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    you can buy template material, which is clear plastic. I use it all the time.
    Me too :) Works great and not too much $

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    Whatever you use to make the templates, lay a ruler along each edge of the template and rotary cut it. It's so much easier than using scissors.

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    messed up

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i buy clear acrylic sheets 1/8" - 1/4" thick at the home depot and dh cuts them out for me in his workshop. then he drills holes in the corner of each piece and i put them on a keychain with a label with i'm through. each piece is labeled in permanent marker. then i lose them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Whatever you use to make the templates, lay a ruler along each edge of the template and rotary cut it. It's so much easier than using scissors.
    That's what I do too.

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