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Step 1. Layout your slippery fabric on a large table as straight as you possibly can. Step2. Place your pattern piece on top and then just use a couple of weights to hold it in place. Tuna cans, cups, anything will do. You will only need a couple for each piece. Step3. Dab your chalk ball all the way around the pattern piece while holding the edges down. This is so fast compared to pinning your pattern down. It will take just seconds. Step 4. Remove the pattern and you can see a perfect outline of your pattern. Even if you shift or wiggle the fabric while you are cutting the exact imprint will stay the same.
Cut and you will have a perfect replica of your pattern. Any chalk remnants will have brushed off by the time you've finished your sewing.
(For the picture I used a cotton fabric to make it more visible.)

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    May 6, 2012, 06.30 AMby wintersky

    could even use corn flower or icing sugar

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    Jan 4, 2012, 11.35 PMby carbonglo

    I have some powdered chalk and a pounce pad that I use for marking quilting thread patterns on quilt tops with stencils. I bet that would work great for this technique too if the pounce pad isn’t too large. Those chalk balls look very convenient and even less messy though. Chalk balls may become my new method for marking quilting thread lines with stencils as well as for marking patterns on slippery fabric. Thank you.

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    Jan 4, 2012, 11.28 PMby carbonglo

    Great idea! Thanks for the instructions…..going to find some of those chalk balls.

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    Dec 24, 2011, 03.47 AMby bernieandi

    Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nov 30, 2011, 02.28 PMby Jodi Wade

    What a great idea!

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