Quilting Template TipsSome of our Quilting Forum members have been sharing their favorite "found" tools -- things that weren't made for quilting, but adapt wonderfully for our needs.
Here are some of their creative solutions for template making.
From Chris B:
- Large washers are great templates for making perfect circles for appliquï¿½.
- Aluminum foil makes a great template material, and when you press it, it retains heat and makes for crisper creases in your fabric.
- I use adhesive backed "Foamies" for quilt templates (to trace around for hand piecing). I just stick my template printout on the sticky side, then cut them out with a rotary cutter. I can punch holes for matching points with my 1/16" hole punch, too. They are also thick enough to run one of those little brass wheels around to mark a 1/4" seam allowance.
- I use a drill press to put holes in templates to mark corners. I had to get DH to show me how to use it. He even bought me my very own 1/16" drill bit.