The Craft of Quilt Templates
How to make templates
Templates are patterns so to speak, only with templates you cut the
materials you need from strong fabrics. Otherwise, if you were making
patterns you would cut the templates from ordinary paper.
At what time you create templates, you are making your quilt making
process easier. The surface patterns will flow consistently as well. You
can use your created templates and trace along your patterns, instead of
pinning graphing paper to your quilt material. You can purchase ready-
made templates, however if you create your own you will save money. You
can purchase transparent plastics at craft stores, or stores that carry
supplies, such as craft, paper, pencils, etc. If you choose plastic, you
will need to individually, trace your patterns. You will need allowance
for your seams. After you create your patterns, cut your templates. The
plastic templates are ideal for making larger quilts.
Straight grains make up woven textiles. The grain lines run comparably
along the edges of the non-fraying edges in the materials. Across the
“straight grain,” is another line known as the “cross grain.” Crafters
use the term to define the lines, such as “Fabric on the grain.” You will
need to eliminate the edges, by cutting it off.
The non-frayed edges are makes up the areas that have not been cut,
especially around the label and the snug woven areas.
How to create basic templates:
Creating templates is as simple as tracing your footprints on paper. To
create your templates you will need to choose plastic and/or paper. Once
you make your choice you will need to trace your template to paper, add a
few permitted seams, and then use adhesive to add your trace to a clip of
hard copy, i.e. cardboard or the like and cutout your templates. Stop:
before you cut your templates, first replicate copies and play with the
patterns until you achieve your desired mark. Once you achieve your
patterns add numbers and/or letters to mark your pattern. This will help
you remember where each template goes. Next, you will cut your pattern
parts out, using common scissors. Cut the outside areas only at the
edges. You will need to create one template per piece to add to your
Next, trace your patterns, tracing the parts onto your plastic and/or
paper. Space the parts once inch in all directions, and away from the
other. Use a measuring device, such as a ruler to draw ¼-inch line at the
outer outline. On your templates, create a dot. You want the dots to meet
two seams per count. The dots are important to mark your stitching areas.
Next, use your direction of textile thread lines (Grain line) and convey
the arrows you have created from your model parts and relocate it to your
template. You have made basic templates; however, there is a variety to
Tip: You can invent templates using software installed on your computer.
In addition to the basic templates, you can make window templates. The
templates are ideal for those want to pierce by hand. You can also make
templates for pre-prepared designs. Window templates can assist the
beginners, since you will have a marked line to follow through when you
begin stitching. The windows are easy to make, yet you must follow the
“hand piercing: rules to complete your patterns. You can also add
templates to your window, which may include emblems such as roses,
bouquets, etc. Regardless the window, basic, or other types of templates
can lead up to a block/border pattern, rather a fashionable quilt.