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
Cut your template out with the rotary blade
Using the quilting ruler begin tracing your lines. You can space them however you need for your project. Make sure you line up everything each time you draw another line. You want to make sure you line up both the tracing and the bottom of the tracing paper for the most accurate lines. (See arrows in first image.)
Lay your traced lines over the section you are working and make sure the bottom of your work area and the bottom of your tracing line up. The same goes for your starting side. (See arrows for reference.) Pin in place.
Begin sewing. You want to make sure that your line is where the needle falls. I usually line it up by bringing the needle down to make sure I have it in the right place before beginning.
Once you finish sewing all the lines you need tear the pieces off at the seams. It works much like perforated paper. A pin is useful in removing paper that gets stuck.
Step 7: Finish!
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