Transferring Pattern Markings With Pins By IraRott

Transferring Pattern Markings Using Pins

Did you know that transferring pattern markings can be done without a tracing wheel and carbon paper? This method works perfectly for transferring notches, straight darts, and other marks like pockets, eyes, rotary elements etc.

Here is what you need:

  1. Fabric
  2. Pattern
  3. Cutting mat
  4. Straight pins
  5. Marking utensil


NOTE: Use erasable marking pen for marking on right side of the fabric. For this tutorial I used Pilot Frixion Clicker heat erasable marking pen (which I love). You might want to test your marking utensils prior to using.

To protect your working surface from scratches, lay out the fabric on a cutting mat. Position the pattern on the fabric as you would normally do, place a few pins to secure the pattern, and trace around the outline of the pattern using your marking utensil.

Now, mark the important points (notches, marks, darts) as follows:

  • Insert a pin through the mark (or corner) on the pattern into the fabric, making sure that the pattern edges are aligned with the previously traced lines.
  • Lift up the edge of the pattern carefully and apply the mark at the needle point using your marking pen or pencil.
  • Add all the remaining marks in the same manner.
  • Remove the pins and the pattern from the fabric.

Transferring Pattern Markings With Pins By IraRott

Transferring Pattern Markings With Pins By IraRott

If you need to transfer darts or other shapes with straight edges, just mark each corner, then remove the pattern and connect these points using a straight edge ruler. Please note that this method will not work accurately for transferring curved lines.

Happy sewing!

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I am a fiber artist and a pattern designer from Southern Ontario, Canada. I love working with fabrics and yarns to express my ideas. Crocheting, sewing, knitting, quilting - is my happy place.


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