First we have to get the templates together. I took the pattern to a copy place and enlarged the pieces 200%
In the upper right corner of each template page you are copying is a small square. This square should measure 2 inches by 2 inches after you enlarge the pattern. It is REALLY, REALLY important to check and double check this before you continue copying.
Also, Templates 2, 3 and 4 have a 6 inch measurement guide that should measure 12 inches after copying.
This measurement guide came in very helpful for me, since one of my templates didn’t overlap after I copied them. I was able to line it up with the ruler and add a piece of paper in the gap. You can see it above on the right.
I purchased template material at my local store, but sadly it didn’t measure big enough for template 4 so I had to tape two pieces together.
I laid the paper templates on my cutting mat and taped them down, then I laid the template acrylic on top and taped it down. Seriously, I did a lot of taping. In fact, the hardest part of all of this was tracking which child had taken my tape dispenser from my room!
I used an extra fine tip sharpie to mark the templates and then a razor blade and ruler to cut along the outer lines
The curves were done free hand, very slowly.
All cut out and I still have 10 fingers!
The paper piecing templates were just enlarged onto 11×17 paper. I’ve always used regular paper when I paper piece with very tiny stitches and its always just been fine. There are two curved pieces on the original pattern and you are supposed to make 12 copies. I couldn’t see any difference between the two, so I enlarged the top one and made 30 copies (24 plus extras for mistakes)
I am looking forward to playing with the fabrics this week! We are cutting the fabric next, but will be sewing soon!
Are there any tips in prepping that you used? Feel free to share them here and on my instagram, @lovinglylissa.