Template Tips

Sometimes you have to use templates. I’m making The Necessary Clutch Wallet, and it has templates.

Some options:

(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

This is the best option when you are pressing your fabric around the templates with your iron. I used this method for making applique circles for my Vintage Moments quilt. It avoids needle turn.

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.

template marking

(3) CUT ON THE LINES

Cut on the lines — not to the left or to the right

template trim

(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.

templates2

I’m linking up with Tips and Tutorials Tuesday at Late Night Quilter.

Wanda

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