A Frugal Pattern Making Pursuit

If you love to copy sewing patterns, or if you make your own sewing patterns here’s a cost saving tip for you!

Trace your pattern onto a paper drop cloth, which can be found at your local hardware store in the paint section. This recycled paper roll is 140-ft x 2.33 ft., and cost paperbetween $5-$10.  If you love to sew and make patterns this is worth the investment.

I’ve been using my roll of paper for a year now, and I’m sure I will get another year out of this paper.  In fact my guess is 2-3 years based on my needs.

If you love working with PDF patterns or copying a pattern.  This paper will withstand many uses.  So Draw your pattern directly onto the paper, or copy your favorite pattern and you’re ready to get started.

Here’s and example:


I hope this helps!

Stay tuned there’s more to come from La Cartera!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. LubbyGirl says:

    oh my goodness – I am SO GLAD I decided to check the sewing category here, on my lunch hour. My friend just bought patterns for clothes she wants me to make, and I was fretting last night over how I was going to copy the patterns off that flimsy Simplicity paper so I could save them. This is an excellent idea! Thank you so much.


    1. lacartera says:

      It’s my pleasure! Enjoy and happy sewing!


  2. Shiloh says:

    This is the technique I use too…especially when drafting a circle skirt pattern then I cannot happen to find my circle skirt patterns!


    1. lacartera says:

      I can’t live without this technique either. 🙂 great minds think a like!


  3. Dang, I wish I saw this a couple of weeks ago. I am a 4H sewing leader and wasn’t sure how to copy my pattern so I cut it down to the size needed for one of my 4H kids. I am going to have to look for a $1.00 sale so I can buy the pattern again. I am definitely buying some of this the next time I am in the hardware store so I don’t have to cut my pattern again.


    1. lacartera says:

      Oh no….well you will never have to experience that again. You can also use the papper as a protective cover during craft time for easy clean up. 🙂


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