If you’ve ever worked with a pattern magazine like Burda or Simplicity, you know how hard it is to copy a pattern. All those tangled lines are a source for headaches. Even though the pattern paper is supposed to be transparent it’s very difficult to see the lines through the paper. And the paper is so thin it rips just by looking at it.
But it doesn’t have to be that hard! Let me introduce you to: rubble sacks! Yes, Is said it. Rubble sacks. These gems are commonly used to expose of building and landscaping waste, but they’re also the perfect solution to copy your sewing patterns stress free.
The sacks are made of sturdy plastic and don’t crease. So you will be able to use your patterns time and time again. And even more importantly, they are truly transparent. You can see everything through these babies. So no more searching for the correct lines.
How do you use them?
To use the rubble sack to copy your sewing pattern first cut off the bottom and cut one side open so you can lay out the sack. You’ll have a plastic sheet of approximately 130 x 100 cm. This fits exactly on top of a Burda pattern sheet. You can use a regular ballpoint pen to trace you pattern. Use a regular scissors to cut out your traced pattern pieces. This is also a very smooth process. The scissors will just glide through.
Where can I get them?
These rubble sacks are available in a local Dutch store called Action. They cost €1,59 per five sacks. I do not think this particular brand is sold abroad, but you’ll probably be able to find something similar from another brand.
How do you copy your patterns?