My favorite ways to mark fabric.

I have two. One would be familiar to my grandmother–tracing paper and a tracing wheel. Sometimes a tool doesn’t need to be updated; it’s classic for a reason. These continue to be the best ways to transfer marks like darts, pleat lines and other information from a pattern piece. The tracing (or transfer) paper is placed between the pattern and fabric and a wheel is rolled over the marks. You could also use a tracing pen or other blunt tip object.

I adore the Japanese Tracing Paper we carry here at MD. I had not used it before, but definitely found the other tracing papers I had used either too waxy or too powdery that left a mess when I worked with it. This superior paper provides the finest, crispest line. You can use it over and over again and lasts forever!

I also recently decided to replace my ugly blue plastic handle tracing wheel with one of our Clover bamboo handled ones. I find that even the most mundane of tasks can be made better with a good tool (and even better with a pretty one!)

My cats know my Chaco Liner is one of my most-reached-for tools which is why I’m sure they go for it first to play with. And lose. I have multiple colors…and so does MD! Choose a color like yellow or pink that works for both colored and light fabrics and have a white on hand for times when something subtle is needed. With loose chalk in one end and a tiny wheel at the other, create a fine mark every time that simply brushes away. Plus, there are refills to replace the powder when you’ve marked it all away! There are other similar alternatives, but I love the control I get with this pen style. The MD toolkits have replaced the classic tailor’s chalk with this bad boy because its versatility and awesomeness.

2 Responses to “My favorite ways to mark fabric.”

  1. Catherine Fowler

    I LOVE my Clover chaco liner (didn’t even realize that was what it was called). I hope to get some in my chistmas stocking — which I should probably start making…

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    […] You’ll cut two pieces of the exterior and lining (if interfacing, cut two of those now and fuse to the wrong side of both exteriors). On the wrong side of all pieces, transfer your handle and box corner marks. I used a tracing wheel and tracing paper, like the ones mentioned here. […]

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