Piecing Sticky Template Plastic

April 17, 2014 at 9:23 am 8 comments

Carol's Bear Family

Baby Bear from Carol’s Zoo

Piecing Sticky Template Plastic couldn’t be easier. And that’s great because once you use Sticky Template Plastic for small shapes, you’re going to want to use it on large shapes too.

I just finished making Carol Cruise’s Baby Bear (www.CarolsZoo.com) and thought I’d show you how to piece Sticky Template Plastic for the larger Mama Bear pattern, with Carol’s permission, of course.

Step 1:  Iron the paper pattern on low heat. You will still be able to see and feel the fold lines because Carol uses sturdy paper for her patterns but it’s important to iron the creases out and make the paper FLAT.

02Step 2:  See how many sheets of Sticky Template Plastic you need. It looks like I can do this pattern with 3 sheets and a small piece leftover Sticky Template Plastic from another project. I want to make sure I cover every bit of the design.

Click the images to see them larger.

03Step 3:  For small shapes the release paper is removed and the Sticky Template Plastic is placed sticky side up on a flat surface. For larger shapes and multiple pieces of Sticky Template Plastic, the pattern is on the flat surface, right side up.

Peel the release paper off the first sheet of Sticky Template Plastic and place it on the pattern. Make sure you know exactly where it needs to go before you lower it onto the paper pattern. ( Line it up by looking at the top and the left side of the pattern.)

04Step 4:  Remove the release paper from the next sheet of Sticky Template Plastic. Hold it at an angle against the edge of the piece already in place with just the edge touching, not the sticky surface. Make sure the edges align at the sides as well. Then, lower the rest of the second sheet onto the pattern.

05Step 5:  Peel and stick the next sheet of Sticky Template Plastic, holding it an an angle against the edge of the sheets already stuck to the pattern.  Lower it to the pattern.

 

06Step 6:  Here’s my scrap piece of Sticky Template Plastic. It was a “corner” so I knew it was a perfect right angle with two straight sides. If it wasn’t a corner I would have made sure that the left side, the side touching the previously placed sheet of Sticky Template Plastic, was perfectly straight. Notice that I dropped it down a little. Because there was space between the back and the front pattern pieces, no sense wasting the Sticky Template Plastic. I also had slid a corner of the release paper underneath as I placed the sheet in Step 5, again so as to have some leftovers for other projects. You can see the release paper way over on the right.

07Step 7:  To keep the entire template (composed of several pieces of Sticky Template Plastic) rigid, cut scraps of Stitch Template Plastic about 1/2″ wide and stick them over the “seam.” They don’t need to cover the entire seam. (The other lines you see in the image are fold lines. Those are secure under the Sticky Template Plastic.)  The joins won’t interfere with the performance of the template in any way, in fact they may help when templates are flipped over to cut the reverse shape (for the other side of the bear) because they will keep the slippery side of the plastic from sliding on the fabric. If you want the template to fold (so you can store it more easily) skip this step. Just know that over time the original paper pattern will tear at the fold. And, the more pieces of Sticky Template Plastic you use, the more difficult it will be to fold.

08Step 8:  Now all I have to do is cut out the pattern pieces!

 

 Sticky Template Plastic isn’t available in stores yet, but you can order it directly from me http://www.amisimms.com/stickyplastic.html

 

Thanks for stopping by,
Ami Simms

 

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barb  |  April 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Thank you, Ami! Ordering shortly.

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  • 3. Barbara Miller  |  April 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I just ordered Carol’s elephant pattern so I’m gonna need some STP. I’ll order when I get the pattern.

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  • 5. Pat  |  April 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Ami, what do you use to cut the sticky template plastic?

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    • 6. Ami Simms  |  April 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Pat, I cut Sticky Template Plastic with a sharp pair of “cheapo” scissors. Or a dull pair of Fiskar “squeezy” scissors.

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  • 7. Terry Sheldon  |  March 10, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Ami, another comment about this wonderful product: I hope it comes out in a roll or at least more quantity…not very cost effective for me, all the way out here in Oregon…

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    • 8. Ami Simms  |  April 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Sorry, only 8.5 x 11 sheets. Too stiff to roll.

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