22 comments on “Using Plastic Templates for your Favorite Pattern Pieces

  1. Crystal on Sep 9, 2012 8:36 pm | Reply

    Rosie, I’m so glad you shared this tip i shared with you as it has been a time saver for me. To organize these, I not only write on each piece exactly what the paper pattern says, but I store them in large 10×13 Manila clasp envelopes (ones that would be used to mail out catalogs and such)Along with the instructions. I write on the front what the pattern is and also glue a picture of the finished product for description. For me, this works great. I then store them in my sewing room closet with my other patterns.

  2. I am doing the final touches on my “craft room”. I started making doll clothes for my grand daughter last year for the 18″ Canadian doll. They require a little more patience than sewing for kids, but “I LOVE IT”. I am hooked.

    My sister who is retiring next year came up with an idea for us to make doll clothes to sell. I know the market is flooded with this, but we are going to do it anyway.

    I have lots of patterns and am going to try the plastic method of perserving my original patterns. Actually, I am even going to design some of my own. And I am going to purchase my own doll….and dress her up.

    I enjoy making matching outfits for Haley and her doll. I also make greeting cards, so can hardly wait until I get my room ready, got my sewing table, my sewing machine and my serger all ready to go!!!

    Thanks Rosie, love your videos and tips!!!!

    • Hi Marian, it is great to see you so excited about making doll clothes and setting up for a new adventure with you sister. You mention that making doll clothes require a little more patience than sewing for kids and you are right if you don’t know all the little secrets that make it easier. Although it sounds like you are an experienced sewer, you may find my How to Make Doll Clothes course has some great little tips that you have not thought of before. I have a number of customers who are experienced sewers who have done my course and picked up lots of really handy hints. I just mention this because if you are going to be sewing lots of doll clothes to sell, anything that makes it quicker or easier is a blessing.
      I am sure the matching clothes for little girls and their dolls will be a huge success I’m sure.
      Good luck and happy sewing.

  3. Cherrylmaree on Sep 10, 2012 2:10 am | Reply

    Hi Rosie,
    Great tips and pictures. I will certainly look out for some suitable plastic. I’m forever running out of printer ink so that will be a big help.
    Just on another topic..my little sewers get a bit lost with the instruction sheet, sometimes, so I have added ‘boxes’ so the steps can be ticked off as they are completed..seems to help keep track better. I also keep a master copy of each sheet and laminate it, use a hole punch and put them into a binder.
    Have a great week. best wishes

    Cherrylm

    • What a great idea with the tick boxes Cherrylmaree. Laminating the master copies also sounds like a terrific tip too, thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks Rosie! Great method. Save buying patterns, and keeping your tissue patterns from being destroyed!
    Thank you for sharing. Lawana

  5. Tari Hann on Sep 10, 2012 4:48 pm | Reply

    Awesome tip! Now to search for some suitable plastic. I did find 12×18 clear plastic sheets on eBay but it would be great to find huge sheets of this. Although I’m sure online they would be quite expensive with the shipping. Lucky you, Rosie, having that manufacturer so close to home!

  6. Tari Hann on Sep 11, 2012 2:36 am | Reply

    Wow thanks Rosie! I shop Joann Fabrics all the time and since I don’t really have a local quilting shop, this is great and SO much cheaper than the eBay seller wanted for the same exact size! :)

  7. cathy hansman on Sep 13, 2012 1:28 am | Reply

    I use freezer paper .. I can iron it onto the fabric & reuse it many times. It works wonderful with small pieces. I can get more accurate pieces.

    • Wow, I have never heard of this before. I imagine that it would be great for very small pieces, I will have to give it a go.

      • I iron freezer paper to the back of my paper copies of pattern pieces. I tend to build it up with several layers. The more layers of freezer paper the thicker and stiffer the pattern. This way I am only limited in size by the width of the freezer paper.

  8. Laura Lane on Nov 7, 2012 1:11 am | Reply

    Hi Rosie,

    My Amy and I have watched the first few videos about supplies. Watching them and the tips videos that arrived in my e-mail, has made me want to sneak around and make some clothes for Christmas.

    Thanks for helping me feel like Mrs. Santa again.

    Laura Lane

  9. Peggy Stirling on Jun 13, 2013 3:36 pm | Reply

    I have a question about the plastic templates. Is there a way to keep the plastic piece from moving when you place it on the fabric and attempt to cut around it? I would be nervous about it moving off the exact spot and trying to hold it in place with one hand while either using scissors or a cutting wheel can be tricky. If there is a sure solution to keeping the piece in place while cutting I would love to know it. I doubt it would be practical to try to pin it through the plastic. It is important to have the edges accurate so as not to throw the whole pattern off.

    • Hi Peggy, I just hold the plastic template in place with my hand as I use a rotary cutter but if you feel more comfortable using scissors you really need to trace around the plastic template as Crystal mentions above. Once you have traced around it you can place a couple of pins in the fabric (inside the traced lines) to keep the layers of fabric together as you cut the pattern piece out. Hope this helps.
      Happy sewing
      Rosie

  10. Peggy Stirling on Jun 13, 2013 11:24 pm | Reply

    I just read Crystal’s post again and didn’t realize that she meant to trace around the plastic on the fabric. I will definitely have to sharpen my fabric marking pencil to do that. I will give the whole process a try. Thanks for sharing.
    Peggy

  11. Cheryl Watton on Nov 10, 2014 1:23 am | Reply

    I found it awkward to put pins in the pattern & cut a straight line with a ruler so I glued my patterns onto cardboard which makes it easier to cut around them.

  12. Marcy Mahle on Jul 5, 2016 11:35 pm | Reply

    I try very hard to never cut up my original pattern. What I do is to print it on Cardstock. I then cover both sides with Peel and Stick Clear Laminate ( permanent ). It is also called Contac Paper Clear see thru. I then carefully cut out the patterns with a very sharp pair of scissors about 4 ” in length. Must be very careful about cutting pattern correctly. Because of the small size of doll clothing, even a 1/16 mistake on cutting could cause the finished product not to fit properly. Tracing around the patterns on fabric is a dream and a favorite pattern can be used over and over and over again. Also the permanent clear contac or laminate is not expensive.

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