How To Transfer Sewing Patterns To Sturdier Paper [GUIDE]

It doesn’t matter if someone is buying new clothing apparel, a decorative item made of fabric, or something for the home, people always prefer items that comes with some design. Though plain fabrics look good but a majority of the people out there prefer things with something printed on it.

The best thing about the stuff made of fabric is that you can get anything printed on them as per your needs. If you have any fabric that doesn’t have anything printed on it, then you can use the embroidery sewing machines to embroider something yourself right at home. You will need only a thread, needle, and design to print.

How To Transfer Sewing Patterns To Sturdier Paper

Here in this post, we are going to tell you everything about the sturdier paper and how you can transfer any design on it for re-use. Many design bundles are available online and offline but they come on papers that won’t last long. It is always recommended to have embroidery and other designs printed on a studier paper so you can use it for a long period of time.

If you are new to such things, then you must read this post till the end since we have told everything from starting to end about how to reuse sewing patterns by transferring the design on sturdier paper. We have also posted a video guide about the same.

Best Papers To Use For Pattern Tracing?

1) Artist Tracing Paper

Artist Tracing Paper

The name says everything about this paper and it is used mostly by the architects. Well, if you are looking for an easy and simple to use tracing paper to transfer your sewing patterns, then you can consider using this paper. Actually, this paper is very thin so you can easily see through and sew designs on your fabric.

These papers are generally 36-inches wide so it doesn’t matter how big your pattern is, it will definitely fit into. You won’t have to attach papers with tape or anything to complete your design. Though these papers are thin so they may get damaged easily. If you want something that is durable then you may need to opt for other papers from this list.

2) Medical Exam Paper

Medical Exam Paper

Medical Exam Paper is just like the Artist Paper since they both are thin and weighs very little. Also, this paper is also translucent so you can see through the paper to make your designs on the fabric and use this on different types of seams too. The only difference between Medical Exam and Artist paper is that the Medical one is only 21-inches wide while the Artist paper is 36-inches wide.

If you are new to embroidery and sewing designing then you must opt-out for this paper as it is very cheap. A 75-yard roll of Medical Exam Paper costs around 14 cents when you buy it online which is extremely cheap as compared to other papers of this list. This paper comes with 2 variants and you must buy one with a smooth finish instead of the crepe paper.

3) Normal Printer Paper

Normal Printer Paper

You might not think of it but yes, you can use the paper that is used in the printer to transfer your sewing patterns on. These papers are thick and you can use them with thin fabrics and that too with sewing machines to get your work done. There are a lot of people out there who are using printer papers for their sewing patterns.

The best thing about this paper is that it is available in different sizes so you can buy one according to your needs. The average size of printer paper is 8.5 x 11 inches and it costs around 20 cents for 10 sheets. If you want then you can also make multiple sewing designs on one sheet and trim it according to the size of the design.

4) Alphabet Paper/Dotted Paper

Alphabet Paper-Dotted Paper

This paper is best for both the beginners and experts as it comes with blue colored letters printed on the paper in a form of a grid. This paper comes only in white color which makes it suitable for all types of fabrics. This paper is used by most of the professional sewers and fashion designers around the world.

This paper is not very much transparent but if you will use it on dark fabric and have a good lighting condition then you can easily see through the paper. This paper is very easy to cut so you won’t need a scissor to tear down extra parts of it. Another good thing is that these papers is about 45 inches wide, so you can even transfer big designs on it.

5) Brown Craft Paper or Butcher Paper

Brown Craft Paper or Butcher Paper

Last but not the least is Craft Paper which comes generally in light-brown color. Well, to be honest, this paper is not good for tracing designs on to the fabrics but you can use this paper to trace designs from garments. If you are thinking of transferring stitch designs from garments, then you can use this paper.

You can take designs from different types of fabrics on this paper and then use it over other papers to transfer the patterns. This paper is very cheap as it costs around 50 cents a yard and it comes in various sizes. The average size of a Butcher Paper is 30-inches. Also, it won’t fold much automatically so you can use tracing wheels on this paper without any worries.

Why Do You Need To Transfer Your Patters?

A lot of people ask why do you need to transfer sewing patterns to a sturdier paper when you can actually buy tracing papers with pre-printed designs on it. That’s true, you always have an option to buy such papers but these papers won’t last long and if you are a professional sewer then we don’t think buying such papers often is what you should do.

Instead of that, you can simply print your favorite sewing patterns/designs on a sturdier paper which lasts longer. There are different types of durable tracing papers available out there like Swedish tracing paper, freezer paper, dotted tracing paper and you can even use the regular printer paper that can be found easily and which is cheap too.

How To Transfer Sewing Patterns To Sturdier Paper Video Guide

Final Words

So this is all about how to transfer sewing patterns to sturdier paper to use multiple times. We hope now you know everything about the sewing designs and how you can transfer the designs to a better paper that can be used with a lot of fabrics out there. There are many guides about this available out there and you can consider reading them too.

We will keep this post updated with more information about the sewing patterns and the papers to use for tracing, so keep visiting Quilted Sewing to know about it. If you are facing any issues in transferring sewing designs to tracing papers or you have any questions about it, then feel free to ask us for help via the comments below.

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