An EASY WAY To Trace A Sewing Pattern From A Template

So you love sewing but not so much the pattern tracing work? This sewing tips tutorial is for you: an EASY and super FAST SOLUTION to get the (right size!) pattern from the template. Takes only a minute!

how to trace a sewing pattern - quick&easy


Whenever I wanted to sew something bigger than a hat or a ball, there's that additional cumbersome work that needs to be done BEFORE any cutting and actual sewing can happen: tracing the large pattern from the template onto the fabric. Oh, I hated that! I wanted to sew, not to trace and draw and then observe how much I missed the desired pattern line...

Until I found out about this easy solution to do it:

Baking parchment paper. It is semi-transparent, and that is what makes it easy to use. Super easy.


You'll need:

  • your multi-sized pattern
  • a piece of baking parchment paper
  • a permanent marker


how to trace a sewing pattern - quick&easy

HOW-TO:

  • Simply place the pattern on a flat surface
  • cover the entire area you want to trace with a piece of baking paper
  • trace the (right size!) line of the original pattern.
  • Cut it out and - voilĂ !

how to trace a sewing pattern - quick&easy

Was this article helpful? What else would you need? Let me know, I'd love to help you!



Damjana

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17 comments:

  1. Great idea, Damjana! My daughter loves to sew, I'm definitely sharing this with her!

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  2. I'd not thought of parchment paper. That should be sturdy, too. Thanks for the idea.
    I hope it's okay that I pinned it. If not, please e-mail me and I'll remove it.

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/257690409904476601/

    Blessings,
    Laura Lane

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    1. Laura,

      it's great you like the idea! Off course you may pin it, thank you! Damjana

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  3. I use freezer paper. You cut your pattern piece then fuze it to the material with a HOT, dry iron. Cut the fabric and peel off the paper. It can be used multiple times. I have one piece that I've used well over 30 times. :)

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    1. I use freezer paper for cutting out very slippery fabrics. I use only a light touch of the iron.

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    2. That is a brilliant idea! I sew pyjamas for my grandchildren and great nephews, I will be using this one for sure! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. I prefer Swedish Tracing Paper or Bosal Create-A-Pattern. They can be pinned on the body and have a better drape.

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    1. Thank you for the idea!
      Have a great day, Damjana

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  5. I wonder if you have any hints for changing the pattern size. I want to make my project larger than the pattern.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi,

      I'm sorry, I haven't posted anything about resizing existing patterns (not that I don't need to do it occasionally - and that would make a great suggestion for a future post, thank you!). however, I've found in my links something that might help you: http://mellysews.com/2014/09/make-sewing-pattern-bigger-smaller.html

      Happy sewing! Damjana

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  6. I iron a pattern onto lightweight fusible interfacing if I know I will be using it over and over. I roughly cut the pieces apart, place them onto the interfacing (buy the cheapest fusible or use a coupon) and iron them. I then cut around them all on the lines with paper scissors not my fabric scissors. Also, when I have a 50% off coupon, I will use it on a whole bolt of fabric when the coupon says 1 CUT OF FABRIC. The counter clerk has to measure it all out, then put it back on the bolt. But it is considered 1 cut.

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  7. I trace my patterns on to light weight sew in interfacing in the size I want. This sticks to most fabrics eliminating the need for pins!

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    1. Thanks, Paula, for this clever idea! Love it!

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  8. I use Swedish Tissue (from Amazon online) to trace patterns; it's sturdy enough to sew and use as a muslin on which I can make fitting changes. Then take it apart and I have a custom fit pattern in just 1 step.

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  9. I use parchment paper -- I buy it in the giant economy size boxes! It rolls up nicely for storing. I don't like doing the tracing but it is necessary. My brother-in-law made me a light box that is 2 X 3 ft. in size. I use this so I can easily see the lines on the pattern paper, it makes it much easier to trace.

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    1. Karen,

      that's great! And the light box is an amazing idea.

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