Craft

Swedish Tracing Paper

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Sewable and washable tracing paper

For anyone who sews or needs to trace and cut designs that will withstand repeated use, Swedish tracing paper is super helpful.

It’s a stiff fabric/paper that’s thin enough to see through to trace, yet sturdy enough to hold up to repeated uses. Instead of using the tissue-thin paper that clothing patterns are printed on, I trace the pattern onto the Swedish tracing paper, cut it out, and use it again and again. Then, if I need to make another size or alteration with that pattern, my original isn’t cut up. It can be ironed flat and even sewn. Some people use interfacing in a similar way, but I prefer the Swedish tracing paper because it’s easier to get precision lines and cuts since it is more like paper. When I cut my fabric, the tracing paper sticks to it slightly, meaning I generally don’t need to use pins. I can cut about 10 patterns out of a roll of paper, and I’ve purchased four over the past five years or so.

-- Abbie Stillie 02/12/20