Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 100

Thread: How to make plastic templates

  1. #1
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    Welcome to the template tutorial.

    I am going to show you how to make a basic template out of plastic. There are many wonderful ways to make templates including out of paper and freezer paper.
    I choose to do it this way because you never know when you are going to need that size template again.

    Materials
    Template plastic= This can be quilters template plastic, I have heard unused x-rays can work if you have a source for them. I use for right now plastic dividers. In back to school season you can pick up an 8 pack for around $3.50. The main thing is that they are clear

    Marker= I like sharpie brand ultra fine point. It must be a fine point or your lines can be to big and cause your template to be the wrong size.

    Printed templates on printer paper

    Tape= I like Painter's tape that way you can re use it for each page of templates but Scotch or masking will work.

    Scissors= Any scissors that you can cut plastic with (Not your fabric scissors)

    1/16 hole punch= These are found at Micheal's and Joann’s for around 5$ they make life so much easier.
    If you are unable to get them you can punch holes VERY carefully with and awl (found in hubby's tool box) or a streak knife.

    This is my first Tutoial so sorry if its confusing :D



    1.The Materials
    Print out your template pattern on regular copy paper.
    2. Tape to a table so it does not slide. Tape the plastic over the template in the right spot. I try to minimize waste so I place the plastic on an edge.
    3. Start out by drawing around the outside line

    Step 1 Materials
    Name:  Attachment-92174.jpe
Views: 5746
Size:  42.7 KB

    Step 2 Tape to a table
    Name:  Attachment-92175.jpe
Views: 5701
Size:  14.6 KB

    Step 3 drawing around the outside
    Name:  Attachment-92179.jpe
Views: 5706
Size:  20.6 KB

  2. #2
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    4. Once that is completed draw the inside line

    5.When you are done with the first shape move your plastic to the next shape. Retape the plastic down and follow steps 1-5 for as many shapes as you have.
    If you have a shape that is not the same on both sides and you have to do one reverse simply write an R on the back of the plastic shape so you know to reverse it when the time comes.

    6. when all your shapes are drawn on the plastic Cut them out. (remember not a good idea to use fabric scissors)

    Step 4 Inside Line
    Name:  Attachment-92182.jpe
Views: 5701
Size:  15.9 KB

    Step 5 Next shape
    Name:  Attachment-92183.jpe
Views: 5698
Size:  18.0 KB

    Step 6 Cutting
    Name:  Attachment-92184.jpe
Views: 5678
Size:  23.4 KB

  3. #3
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    7.On a shape that has been cut out. Using your hole punch, punch a hole on the corners of the inside line.
    If you are making holes without the hole punch Place the plastic on a Cork board or Styrofoam or something that will absorb the punch. Your cutting mat would work in a pinch.
    Place the template down and steady and awl or steak knife on on the corner of the line and tap with a hammer.
    If you do it this way PLEASE PLEASE be careful. It is easy to hurt yourself.

    8. Now your templates are cut out and ready!

    Next up how to get them on the fabric
    Once you have your fabric chosen lay it out on the table the back side facing you. Right side down.

    9. Please your plastic template on the fabric. When doing this think about what way the pattern is going and if the template is straight on the grain.

    Step 7 Hole punch
    Name:  Attachment-92188.jpe
Views: 5725
Size:  25.8 KB

    Step 8 Ready templates
    Name:  Attachment-92189.jpe
Views: 5670
Size:  17.2 KB

    Step 9 Template on Fabric
    Name:  Attachment-92190.jpe
Views: 5673
Size:  31.0 KB

  4. #4
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    10.With one hand hold the template. With the other trace around it. (Note if you have trouble with the template moving you can back it with find grit sand paper. Also I found sometimes it is hard to trace and I trace it with a pen and it is easier. you are just cutting that part away anyways)

    11. When you have traced around the whole shape place your pencil or pen in the middle of the dots you made and make a mark. Take care to make sure the template is still lined up on the drawn outline. I find it is easier to mark it by twisting the pencil to make the mark.

    Now you should have a shape with 3-4 dots on it (or more) depending on your shape.
    Some people can sew dot to dot and not have to make a sewing line. I can not because my vision is poor. If you can skip to step 14

    12. With a ruler place on edge on one dot and line it up with another dot. Once you have it straight and on the dots mark a pencil line ( I like pencil at this step more then pen)

    Step 10 Tracing around the template
    Name:  Attachment-92195.jpe
Views: 5662
Size:  21.7 KB

    Step 11 Making dots
    Name:  Attachment-92196.jpe
Views: 5662
Size:  37.4 KB

    Step 12 Marking sewing lines
    Name:  Attachment-92197.jpe
Views: 5656
Size:  44.7 KB

  5. #5
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    13. Once your inside lines are drawn you can cut out the shape. Cutting on the outside line.

    14.. And you are done

    If you are hand sewing you sew from the inside line corner to corner.
    If you are machine sewing I think you sew all the way to the edge I have not done it yet so someone here who has may be able to correct me on machine sewing them

    Step 13 Cutting
    Name:  Attachment-92198.jpe
Views: 5653
Size:  42.7 KB

    Step 14 Done!
    Name:  Attachment-92199.jpe
Views: 5643
Size:  36.2 KB

  6. #6
    Super Member quilterguy27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    North Canton, Ohio
    Posts
    1,452
    Great tute! Thanks for sharing. here's a helpful hint: maybe use a ruler so your lines are more accurate? Maybe use a rotary cutter so your cut lines are more accurate? It would have to be new and sharp and of course BE CAREFUL. What do you think? Just a suggestion, hope it helps. Not trying to infringe on your tute, but I thought It might help a bit.

  7. #7
    Super Member dglvr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Eastern Washington
    Posts
    3,997
    Great tute. Thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

  8. #8
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    Great tute! Thanks for sharing. here's a helpful hint: maybe use a ruler so your lines are more accurate? Maybe use a rotary cutter so your cut lines are more accurate? It would have to be new and sharp and of course BE CAREFUL. What do you think? Just a suggestion, hope it helps. Not trying to infringe on your tute, but I thought It might help a bit.
    Hi thanks for your helpful hints.
    I use a ruler on the only line that needs to be accurate and thats the sewing line. Also I use scissors instead of rotary cutter because you need something to cut against at least I do.

    This is just a different way of cutting out fabric and I have tested it and it is very accurate. Thanks again


    Also Donnajean I PM you about the fabric

  9. #9
    Pati- in Phx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Phoenix,
    Posts
    137
    Wonderful tutorial, but may I make a suggestion?
    If you make your templates the finished size of the piece, you can just draw around that, then add the quarter inch seam allowance by eye, or by using a ruler and rotary cutter for the fabric.
    When hand piecing the exact seam allowance doesn't really matter since you are "sewing on the line", not lining up the cut edges really.

    Thanks for the tute.

    Pati, in Phx

  10. #10
    Super Member brookemarie19's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    1,750
    Thanks abby. This is just what I needed to start the project. I really appreciate your help.

  11. #11
    Super Member Kooklabell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    RVing in USA and Canada
    Posts
    1,416
    Abby,

    This tutorial is great! Thank YOU! It will be so much easier than what I was doing. Wish I had asked my question earlier. Hey, now maybe I can tackle the basket!

    Yikes, If anyone wants to know how to make things more difficult than they need to be, just let me know.

  12. #12
    Super Member brookemarie19's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    1,750
    Quote Originally Posted by Kooklabell
    Abby,

    This tutorial is great! Thank YOU! It will be so much easier than what I was doing. Wish I had asked my question earlier. Hey, now maybe I can tackle the basket!

    Yikes, If anyone wants to know how to make things more difficult than they need to be, just let me know.
    OOOO Looks like your working your way out of the slacker club :lol: I havent even printed out the first blocks templates. One question.... did you use the template from the book or the internet files? I want to try to save paper if I can, but don't want to print out the combined if they are not correct.
    Brooke

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    380
    Abby, great tutorial. Now, I am inspired to get my doll quilt started! Thank you for sharing and teaching this.

    Ronda

  14. #14
    Super Member wvdek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    A million dollar view!
    Posts
    8,889
    The fabric is available at Walmart.

  15. #15
    Super Member Chele's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Belle Isle, Florida
    Posts
    6,737
    Never thought about those plastic folders for templates. Great idea! My kids bring used ones home from schools every year. Now I know how to recycle them.

    Do try rotary cutting and quilt rulers if you get a chance. Most quilting templates are made just for odd shapes. Plastic folders would be great. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much time and energy you save using a rotary cutter and quilter's ruler. No templates, seam allowance or scissors necessary. And the precision cutting really helps in your piecing. You can still draw a stitching line if you're hand sewing or haven't mastered that quarter-inch.

  16. #16
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    Never thought about those plastic folders for templates. Great idea! My kids bring used ones home from schools every year. Now I know how to recycle them.

    Do try rotary cutting and quilt rulers if you get a chance. Most quilting templates are made just for odd shapes. Plastic folders would be great. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much time and energy you save using a rotary cutter and quilter's ruler. No templates, seam allowance or scissors necessary. And the precision cutting really helps in your piecing. You can still draw a stitching line if you're hand sewing or haven't mastered that quarter-inch.
    Ohh no I use rotery cutting all the time :D Dont think I could get anything done if I didn't lol.:lol:
    I am just doing the templates for the farmer's wife quilt as that is what was provided for the book. I think someone is doing rotary cutting directions but I chose to do it this way for this quilt. Once you get all the templates made like for the farmer's wife there was 106 templates. Its not so bad as we are only doing 2 blocks a week so the time thing isn't a factor.
    This is my slow down and enjoy the roses quilt.

    I think that we have become so rotary cutting only that some people dont know how to do templates. This was how I started out in quilting so when some quilters were asking how I thought I would do a tutorial on it.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    681
    Thank you for the info. You explained it very well. I know this is gonna come in handy.

  18. #18
    pal
    pal is online now
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Long Island, N.Y.
    Posts
    1,672
    What a great tute! The search is on for the small hole punch!

    I've always wanted one, and never had a reason to buy it.

    Can't wait to try making my own templates. Thank you so much.

  19. #19
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    I did forget to mention in the tutorial that the hole punch is found in the scrapbook section

    I was going to edit the first post but its taking a long time to load cus the pics

  20. #20
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,663
    Blog Entries
    194
    thanks for the tutorial

  21. #21
    Super Member quilterguy27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    North Canton, Ohio
    Posts
    1,452
    Quote Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    Never thought about those plastic folders for templates. Great idea! My kids bring used ones home from schools every year. Now I know how to recycle them.

    Do try rotary cutting and quilt rulers if you get a chance. Most quilting templates are made just for odd shapes. Plastic folders would be great. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much time and energy you save using a rotary cutter and quilter's ruler. No templates, seam allowance or scissors necessary. And the precision cutting really helps in your piecing. You can still draw a stitching line if you're hand sewing or haven't mastered that quarter-inch.
    Ohh no I use rotery cutting all the time :D Dont think I could get anything done if I didn't lol.:lol:
    I am just doing the templates for the farmer's wife quilt as that is what was provided for the book. I think someone is doing rotary cutting directions but I chose to do it this way for this quilt. Once you get all the templates made like for the farmer's wife there was 106 templates. Its not so bad as we are only doing 2 blocks a week so the time thing isn't a factor.
    This is my slow down and enjoy the roses quilt.

    I think that we have become so rotary cutting only that some people dont know how to do templates. This was how I started out in quilting so when some quilters were asking how I thought I would do a tutorial on it.
    OOPS! OK, now that I understand the concept forgive me for butting in. Your directions are just right the way they are without me putting my two cents in. Great job and thanks for sharing an alternative way of doing things.

  22. #22
    AbbyQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Monroeville, PA
    Posts
    579
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    OOPS! OK, now that I understand the concept forgive me for butting in. Your directions are just right the way they are without me putting my two cents in. Great job and thanks for sharing an alternative way of doing things.

    I dont mind at all when people butt in hehe.
    If I was doing a tutorial because I thought that templates were the only way and had not tried rotary cutting then your hints and others would be spot on.
    Thats how we all learn sharing and being there. Otherwise we would all still be quilting with only a needle and nothing else. (some still do including me but now its a personal choice instead of the only way because we all learn form one another)

    P.S we are nearly neighbors Hi from Pittsburgh!

  23. #23
    Senior Member stefanib123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    645
    THANK YOU!!! I hadn't been doing the dots, now I will.

    Also, guys, remember to check that chart I made to see how many of each template you need. Theres a lot that you will only use once, so I am just printing those on heavy cardstock instead of "wasting" my plastic!

    There are about 10-20 that you will want to make plastic, you will use them over 100 times!

  24. #24
    Power Poster Tweety2911's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    17,104
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by pal
    What a great tute! The search is on for the small hole punch!
    On my way to Michaels. Didn't know they made such small ones. Thanks for the Tute.

  25. #25
    Super Member paintmejudy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ suburb
    Posts
    3,966
    A suggestion -- when I am cutting straight edges on the template plastic, I use my plastic rulers and an exacto knife on the self-healing cutting mats -- works perfect, and you have super straight edges with no little snags on them.

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.