How to Transfer Sewing Patterns to Sturdier Paper

It’s Monday and I’m back with a new tutorial! Many of you are starting to jump into the world of commercial sewing patterns. I know it can be a little intimidating at first but you will quickly get the hang of it. If you still haven’t given it a try, then consider starting with an easy pattern like Simplicity 2290 from their Learn to Sew line of patterns.

It’s a pair of lounging/pajama pants. Also, I have a 3-part series of video tutorials where I walk you through how to read & understand the pattern and complete the pair of pants. The pattern includes sizes from kids to adults so it’s a great go-to pattern to begin with. Click HERE to access the pajama pants tutorial.

Well, this week I just wanted to share one of the MANY ways you can transfer the markings from your commercial sewing patterns to sturdier paper for repeated use.  There are probably a gazillion different ways to get the same result. However, you know how frugal I like to be. So, I usually go with the method that will allow me to get the job done with stuff I already have at home.



I hope this video will help some of you get started and give you some ideas for ways to get the same effect.

If you read some comments that have been posted on the video, then you will already get some other great ideas.  One reader photocopies smaller pattern pieces to save time and uses Pellon’s fusible products on the original pattern to make it sturdier. On other hand, others prefer to laminate them and use contact paper, etc.  What’s your favorite way to make your patterns sturdier?

Watch this video tutorial as I show you how to transfer sewing patterns to sturdier paper. Enjoy!

9 replies on “How to Transfer Sewing Patterns to Sturdier Paper

  • Simply quilts by Carol

    I love using pellon iron on. It is so easy, you can place the patterns any which way to get as many on as possible. I usually wait until JoAnns is running a sale on stabilizers and then buy a whole bolt of the stuff. It lasts forever!!!!

    • Anonymous

      This seems like the best way to get this done, but I know there must be instructions out there somewhere. I have a general idea, but it really helps to get a tutorial from someone who has alreday done it and knows all the little problems that come up.

  • Sabina@Slip Stitches & More

    I enjoyed this video, the materials used in the video are great because you almost always have copier paper and folders on hand. Another thing I like to use sometimes is freezer paper-especially if the item I am making is of satin or sleek fabric because with light heat applied to the matte side of the paper the pattern pieces will adhere to the fabric you’re using and this helps with a precise cut of the fabric too. You can use the same freezer paper pieces over and over in this way until the finish wears away.

  • Anonymous

    I really liked this video where you showed us how easy it was to make a heavier pattern. Thank you. Glenda

  • Cheri Partridge

    I buy Christmas paper @ target day after Christmas For $1.50 and there brand has 1″ squares on the back so “bonus” plus the rolls are pretty heavy duty paper and you can kind of color code your patterns. I’m frugal, so it works for me. You should try it it works great to draft patterns or to grade patterns up or down.

  • Breana

    I’ve just started wanting to get into learning sewing beyond the basics again so what I did with store bought doll size patterns I just glued them onto cereal/snack box cardboard. Not very professional but I had to deal with the respurces I had.

    Honestly I would pay more for patterns to be of a sturdier paper or be printed on iron on transfer paper because I get frustrated easily.


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