As a sewer with a limited budget I find I am inventing new ways each week to make my projects easier to produce with what I’ve got lying around. I’ve had the pleasure of working on a sewing machine at my Mother in Law’s that had a really nice guide table to help line everything up and make uniform stitches. I am lacking that feature with my everyday sewing machine and many of my projects require me to cover up the standard sewing machine guide marks.
I know they sell paper with lines printed on it that do basically what I’ve illustrated here, but again, those cost money and I have tons of tracing paper at my disposal, which is pretty much what those lines are printed on. Plus, by doing it myself I have more control over the design, closeness of my stitches, and general layout than if I used store bought guide paper.
Yet again I prove the versatile nature of tracing paper!
1. Your project (of course!)
3. Ruler (I prefer those Lucite quilting rulers for easy squaring up)
4. Rotary Blade
5. Tracing Paper
6. Extras (not pictured): Pin
If starting from a fresh sheet of tracing paper you will only need to square off two sides. Line up the tracing paper with the bottom of your project (or wherever your sew lines will be ending) and the side where you will begin sewing your lines. Trace off the top section and alternate side. I gave myself a little excess at the top to allow for pins to hold it in place. (See Step 4)
Alt: If you are not working with a shape that has straight edges (square, rectangle, triangle) you can adjust my directions by simply tracing the entire section/shape and cutting it out using scissors instead of a rotary blade. If you are not working from a fresh sheet of tracing paper it is recommended you square off all edges