I have been busy cutting patterns and fabric for Kid's Clothes Week - it starts on Monday, you guys! I don't know if cutting in advance is considered cheating... but if it is please don't tell me, haha!
Anyway, I recently discovered an amazing shortcut that I just had to share.
Hands up if tracing patterns and cutting fabric is your least favorite part of sewing. *my hands are both up!*
If you have a method that works great for you and you love it, then this tip might not be for you... but if you just can't figure out why cutting fabric seems so easy for everyone else and so annoying and time consuming for you, then read on!
Freezer paper. You may have heard of it. There are lots of crafty applications that I am only just discovering. It is cheap and easy to find - in the section of the store by wax paper and plastic wrap and tin foil. This roll only set me back about five bucks and it will probably last forever.
It is extra wide and infinitely long (well, 100 feet long, to be precise), so it is probably big enough to trace nearly any pattern onto - especially kid's patterns, but probably most adult clothing patterns as well.
To start with, place your pattern template under your appropriately-sized piece of freezer paper and trace the template in the desired size onto the paper side of the freezer paper.
Cut the freezer paper.
Now for the amazing part. The plastic side of the freezer paper can be ironed directly onto your fabric. So line it up and iron that baby on.
This makes it super easy to cut out your fabric around the pattern.
When your fabric is cut, just peel off the freezer paper and you're ready to sew! TaaDaa!
The freezer paper can be used over and over many times. I ironed a piece 4 times and it is still good to go.
This method may not be the most efficient for large pieces or for straight pieces that can be cut with a rotary blade, but it is perfect for small detail pieces or pieces with lots of curves. It sure beats using a pencil or a disappearing ink pen and then trying to make out where your marks are hidden in the colors of the fabric...!
Hope that was useful to you! Now get sewing! :)