Tuesday, April 12, 2011

El Cheapo Templates

In the comments from my last post several people commented on my fussy cutting of the gorgeous AMH print I used for this bag.

AMH Buttercup Bag by Poppyprint

Well, here's my big secret. Binder dividers.

El Cheapo Template Plastic

I had a package of these left over from school a couple of years ago and they make perfect template plastic. They are thick enough to trace around with a pencil, marker or disappearing pen, they are see through and they hold together really well with masking tape!

El Cheapo Template Plastic

El Cheapo Template Plastic

If I know I'm going to make lots and lots of a fabulous pattern, like the Buttercup Bag or Valori Wells' adorable little wallet), I'll make templates out of divider plastic and then I clip all the pieces together (with the instruction pages) with a gorilla clip and toss them in my pattern basket!

Thanks everyone for all of your well wishes for our Weekend to End Women's Cancer fundraiser last Friday. We raised just over $3500, bringing our team total to about $35,000!!!! It was so much fun. My favourite moment might have been seeing the Harley Davidson-riding guy in leather chaps carry my Buttercup Bag away from the silent auction for $30. He says he bought it for a co-worker's wife. His secret is safe with me (and all of you)! We sold lots of raffle tickets too, and the quilt I made received wonderful compliments, which is always nice.

I've got a busy week...retreat on Saturday to prepare for, and helping get the word out about a Walk for Justice for our friend Pavel.


felicity said...

Great idea! Back in the olden days when I took my learn-to-quilt class (at Cloth Shop! with Barb K!), I bought some template plastic and I still have some. I recently bought some at Dressew for 25 cents but it's a bit dark for fussycutting.

The story of Pavel is completely horrifying.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

What a great idea!! and so easy..thanks

Canadian Kristin said...

You are such a smarty-pants! I totally have binder dividers like that from university and they'd be much better suited to sewing templates than holding old notes all these years later! :-)

Congratulations on reaching $35,000.00!!! That's amazing!!!!

Katie B said...

Congrats! That's an incredible amount of money!

Unknown said...

Great idea those see-through dividers. And they're durable too.

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Great tip about the template plastic!

& Congrats on a successful & worthy fundraising effort!

paulette said...

Thanks for the great tip!! And kudos for all the money raised!! I'm sure the bag went lovely with black leather!! haha
Take care!

Unknown said...

Great idea!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

What a great top tip on those binders, I also keep meaning to ask you how you paper piece so accurately, I've never been able to fussy cut when I'm paper piecing.

Unknown said...

What a super idea - I've been trying to get underway with some weaving this week and the shuttle is a little long for my loom so I've been thinking about making my own smaller shuttle with plastic or cardboard, layers of this plastic glued together would work perfectly - oh and I do have a bag design in mind where this would help out too

Unknown said...

fantastic idea!!! and thank you for sharing it!

Dianne said...

What a tricksy little tip!! You are so clever. The image of the leather clad bike guy with your blossom bag is too funny for words!!