Sometimes you have to use templates. I’m making The Necessary Clutch Wallet, and it has templates.
(1) CARD STOCK
This is a good option when you don’t need to fussy cut or when you don’t plan to use the template that often. Put it in the copier and press OK. But, remember to set on “Actual Size.”
(2) CLEAR PLASTIC TEMPLATE
This is a good option for fussy cutting, and it’s durable.
(3) NO MELT MYLAR
Using your templates:
(1) STARCH YOUR FABRIC
If you use regular starch, you’ll get better results.
(2) CUT OFF THE TEMPLATE LINES
If you cut the template line just to left of the line, you will make room for your marking pencil/pen. That sliver of marking can make the difference in getting a perfectly cut piece. I’m not always consistent in doing this, but it is the best practice.
(3) CUT ON THE LINES
Cut on the lines — not to the left or to the right
(4) LABEL YOUR TEMPLATES
Some fabric has to be cut on the grain and the markings on the template are a reminder to do that. And, you’ll be able to find it when you want to use it again. I use a permanent marker.
I’m linking up with Tips and Tutorials Tuesday at Late Night Quilter.