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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tips Tricks and Techniques: Make Reusable Pattern Pieces


Do you have a favorite paper pattern or template that you use all of the time?  I have several, but the problem with having favorites, is that they receive quite a bit of wear.

A cousin of mine shared an idea for preserving personal patterns.  This works best for small pattern pieces and templates.  Simply purchase some inexpensive drawer or shelf liner at the dollar store, cut your template to size, and use and reuse it.



The foam/plastic material makes it waterproof.  I do a lot of sewing in my kitchen, and on more than one occasion I've laid down a paper pattern piece on the counter, only to discover that there was a wet spot waiting for me.  

I also love the small holes in this material.  You don't need to worry about damaging your pattern with pins.  


You can also write directly on the material with a magic marker. I've made bib templates, burp cloth templates, baby bootie patterns, and even headband patterns out of the material.

 

10 comments:

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

That is pretty much genius, leave it to you to share such a brilliant idea with us. Thanks Tricia!!! Hows the shop going?

Take care girl!

Bella :)

Emily said...

Great idea!!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

That's about the smartest thing I've heard all day!

Terra said...

What a great idea! And congratulations!

Unknown said...

Sooo smart! Must run in your family.

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

great tip! thanks for sharing!

abipolz said...

That is a terrific idea! I may just have to try that for myself.

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

That is a really great idea! Thanks for the tip!

Unknown said...

what a great idea. this stuff can be easily rolled and put away. Thanks

Mama Rachael said...

I hadn't thought about putting patterns on something like this. The clear vinyl is also niffty. Thanks!