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What do you use for tracing paper?

BernaWeaves | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’m sure this has been discussed before, but I can’t find the thread for it:

What do you use for tracing paper when you need to alter patterns?

I’m taking a sewing class and it requires that I bring some tracing paper, and I couldn’t find any in JoAnn’s.  I have some pads of  8 1/2 x 11 inch size quadrille paper that I use for all sorts of things because I love the grid.  Would that work or would it be too thick? 

Thanks, Berna


  1. damascusannie | | #1

    I use freezer wrap. I like it because in most cases it's wide enough to fit a whole pattern piece on. I also like it because it's heavy and stands up to lots of use and you can actually take a hot iron and press it down so you don't have to use pins. The down side is that you do need to cut out all the pieces before using because you don't want to use your good shears or rotary cutter on it.

  2. sewchris703 | | #2

    I save all the paper that the store clerk wraps around the wine bottles.  And any other largish sheets of throw away paper that comes my way.   I used to get the end rolls of newsprint from my local paper before they went to a computerized press.  The papermaking class I took provided gridded pattern paper, oak tag, 5 yards of muslin, and iron-on interfacing.   I paid a $20 material fee at the begining of the class.


    1. BernaWeaves | | #4




  3. starzoe | | #5

    Reading this thread, I had assumed that "tracing paper" meant lightweight semi-transparent but now I realize in this context it means heavier paper to transfer the pattern to in order to work on it. Another meaning could be dressmakers carbon paper.

    When altering a pattern I use a semi-transparent paper (found in rolls at an art supply store)laid over the original tissue pattern. It is easy to copy this way and the paper is sturdy enough to survive changes. Then, the finished altered pattern is transferred to heavy wrapping paper. I found a whole roll of this brown wrapping paper at a yard sale, those of us who are old enough remember that stores used to use it to wrap up the purchase. It's almost as heavy a butcher paper.

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