Before creating a beautiful quilt, you need the right quilt stencils for the design. Depending on the size of the quilt and how many you plan to make, you'll probably need to know how to make your own quilting stencils. You can purchase these stencils from your local hobby shop or via the Internet, but there is a much more cost effective method.
There are several different materials that can be used in the making of your quilt patterns. If you're only planning on making one quilt, or quilt and matching pillows, you won't need anything of substance. Heavy butcher's paper works great, as you can simply pin it to your material and cut out the pieces. If you have several of the same pattern, but in different colors, try using card stock. It's just heavy enough to withstand several uses, but still disposable.
If you want quilt stencils that will last through more than one quilt, try using cardboard. The nice thing about this material is that it can be used again and again, without the worry of losing measurement. Yet, when you do get to a point where the pieces can no longer be used, you can simply get another cardboard box and start again. Also, tracing around cardboard is much easier than tracing around card stock, and a lot less messy.
If you want to make quilt stencils that are more permanent, make your pieces out of wood. You can purchase thin sheets of plywood at just about any hardware store. This will ensure that your patterns last for many years to come and are at your fingertips whenever you need them. One thing to remember when using this material is that the edges need to be sanded, so make sure to cut out the pieces just slightly larger than needed.
Another more permanent material that can be used when making quilt stencils is plastic canvas. This is a great material to use, as your patterns will be both sturdy and flexible. Also, most plastic canvas is spaced at 1/4 inch rows which is perfect for the additional seam allowances needed for your quilt stencils. This gives you the freedom to add 1/4 or 1/2 inch seam allowances without the worry of over measuring. The one drawback with this material is that if not properly stored, this material can become brittle and can easily break.
There is nothing more satisfying than curling up under a warm quilt that you made with your own two hands. Plus, using the right materials to make your quilt stencils will ensure that you'll be able to make more at any given time. Who knows, over time you might even be able to open your own online quilt shop.