Monday, July 23, 2012

Help!! What to use to trace patterns onto fabric?

I am terribly disappointed in some wax free tracing paper I bought at Walmart, for tracing patterns to fabric. It doesn’t work. I used a nice stylus type tool, pressed hard, and nothing. I tried the red and the blue, blue was a little better, but faint and missed spots in the drawing.

I have some antique patterns I want to embroider and bead, but HOW do I get them onto the fabric?

I’m going to take this paper back to Walmart and hopefully will get a refund. It was $3 and some change and I don’t have money to just throw away.  Sheesh!

Any help will be appreciated.

FlowerLady

6 comments:

Sophie said...

Uiii, wie süß geschrieben.
Und ein herrlicher Blog.

Ich bin so begeistert, dass ich gleich antworten muss.

Sonnige Grüße aus Bremen/Germany

Nicki Lee said...

HI! I was just at a friends house yesterday and she showed me a roll of tracing paper she bought - can't remember the name of it but I'll find out and let you know. I used some of it and loved it. Thing is you trace your design onto the paper (something like a heavier tissue paper) and then baste it to your fabric). Then you stich right over your traced out design - once finished, the paper pulls off very easily without any problems to your design.

apronstringsandothertiesthatbind said...

I'm with Nicki Lee on this issue. I bought Master's Touch Tracing Paper at Hobby Lobby. It works perfectly with the technique Nicki Lee described.

And just for the record, $3.00 is $3.00...too much to just throw away.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today...and letting me know you were there. I'm enjoying my visit.

oxo Judy

Susan Elliott said...

Hi Lorraine,

Is your fabric see-through when held up to a window? If so, I would just trace the pattern onto the fabric with a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. I tape both the fabric and the tissue to the window and that works pretty well for all fabrics except dark ones. I like prick and pounce methods too but probably the one I use most is tissue transfer...like NickiLee suggested. I use plain old tissue paper left over from shopping bags...nothing fancy and it doesn't cost me a dime. Hope that helps.

Squiggly Rainbow said...

Yes, I do the same as Susan, I tape my paper to the window, then the fabric over the top and trace it directly onto the fabric... visiting from Rhonda's blog xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Lorraine,
I use a light table and a blue washable pen. I am working on a piece today that I traced this morning.
XXOO
Elizabeth.