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Video: Transfer Sewing Patterns to Sturdy Paper: The Quick & Easy Method

Want to transfer your tissue sewing patterns to sturdier craft paper/oak tag? This video shows an easy method to trace the pattern, add notches and draft grain lines and other markings. And you can do this using inexpensive kraft paper on a roll.

Tools needed for transferring sewing patterns

  • Tracing wheel
  • Kraft paper, oak tag, poster board or other sturdy paper
  • Pattern weights or other heavy objects
  • Pattern notcher
  • Ruler
  • Marking pen
  • An iron to press the pattern and keeping it from rolling up

Steps for tracing sewing patterns

  1. Trace around the pattern edges using a tracing wheel
  2. Trace over the notches
  3. Trace the grainlines and other markings
  4. Cut out the pattern
  5. Cut the notches
  6. Mark grainline and other lines with a pen
  7. Iron the kraft paper flat
  8. Prep the pattern for hanging storage


  • Ron
    February 23, 2020 at 6:19 am

    To stop the paper from curling roll it up in the opposite direction it was originally rolled in for like 8 hours or maybe longer and then cut it.

    • Johanna Lundström
      February 28, 2020 at 9:23 am

      That’s an awesome tip, and it does make a difference for sure, I just forget it sometimes 🙂


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