How to trace patterns

Posted by Jessica Crevier on

Here's an easy way to trace your sewing patterns on Kraft paper. If you do not do this already, hopefully this tutorial will convince you since it is tempting to cut directly into the pattern board rather than take the time to trace it. However, it will not be possible to use the other sizes unless you print the board (and tape it again)!  Bear in mind that printer paper is much more expensive than Kraft paper.

REQUIRED MATERIAL
Kraft paper: this one is very cheap and easy to find at the office supply store or even in a department store. Get it as wide as possible.

Tracing wheel: this item is more specific to sewing so you will find it only in a sewing supplies shop. The teeth of my wheel are very sharp and must be used with protection on the work surface, such as cork. On the other hand, there are also wheels with smaller teeth. These will be more indulgent with your work surface!

Tracing paper: this will also be found at the sewing supplies shop. One side is coated with a colored chalk that will be transferred onto the paper with the aid of the tracing wheel. Pick it in several colors that will visible on light and dark fabrics.

Also have to hand some pencils, markers, rulers, pins and your assembled pattern board.

STEP 1
Trim the pattern pieces, including all the sizes. Folding and storing the pieces will be much easier if you are getting rid of all the negative space on the pattern board.



STEP 2
Unroll the Kraft paper and cut the required amount. Set your iron at high temperature and iron without steam the Kraft paper to flatten it. Then, pin the pattern pieces on the Kraft paper. With larger pieces, pin in several places, leaving enough space between the pins to insert the tracing paper.



STEP 3
Place the paper to be drawn between the pattern and the Kraft paper. Make sure that the coated side of the paper is against the Kraft paper. Then, run the tracing wheel over the pattern by following the line of the chosen size. Move the tracing paper to trace the entire piece, its grain line, the adjustment lines, notches and all markers. The markers being very small can be indicated with a cross.



With rectangular pieces, use a ruler to trace the sides.



STEP 4
Remove the pattern and use the dotted lines on the Kraft paper to trace the pattern. Be sure to include the piece name, style number, and size of each piece.



STEP 5
Cut the pattern, cut the notches and poke the pattern at the markings. If needed, iron the pattern pieces again.


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