Tuesday Tutorial: Making and Using Quilting Templates

Blog image Tuesday Tutorial: Making and Using Quilting Templates

Welcome back to our weekly tutorial for quilters! In today’s free video lesson, we’ll go over how to make and use the templates that are sometimes necessary in various quilting designs. With the modern popularity of rotary cutters, today many people tend to think of templates as being used only for hand appliqué designs, but templates can also be used for cutting patchwork shapes for traditional piecing. You’ll appreciate having an understanding of this technique as part of your quilting skill set, as templates may still be the best approach for some pieced quilt patterns.

Follow along with Beth Hayes, editor-in-chief of McCall’s Quilting, as she shows you how to work with templates.

Note: please click any image to go directly to the video lesson.

TT template 1 Tuesday Tutorial: Making and Using Quilting TemplatesIn this video tutorial Beth demonstrates how to transfer template shapes, whether intended for appliqué or piecing, from a magazine pattern section to template plastic. You’ll learn a nifty tip for marking templates with curves, too. As you watch each step in the lesson, you’ll learn what materials you’ll need, how to mark and cut the template plastic, how to use match points for traditional patchwork piecing templates, and how to transfer the design to your fabric using the template you create. Beth also shows you how to pin your patches for an accurate seam.

tt2 Tuesday Tutorial: Making and Using Quilting TemplatesOnce you’ve watched this video lesson on making and using templates, you’ll be ready to take on quilt pattens calling for templates with confidence. Remember to bookmark the helpful free video tutorial, and refer to it anytime you may need a refresher. Steps are listed in text below the video, as well; you may like to print them out for an easy reference to keep in your sewing area.

Click here to watch the FREE video demonstration of how to make and use quilting templates.

You can watch any of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) how-to-quilt video library lessons 24-7—click here to see the full selection.

Don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—click here to see them all, or click any link below.

  1. Pressing Basics
  2. Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowances
  3. Rotary Cutting Basics
  4. Basic Quiltmaking Supplies
  5. Fabric Preparation
  6. Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams
  7. Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric
  8. Simple Fusible Appliqué
  9. Introduction to Half-Square Triangles


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4 Responses to Tuesday Tutorial: Making and Using Quilting Templates

  1. Darlene Krystal says:

    Way cool video…even though I’ve been quilting for over 40 years I love the way videos have added to the quilting experience….my grandmother would have loved this era….

  2. mary miller says:


  3. Valerie says:

    Hi Mary, We’ve got that pattern in our free pattern library! Click the following link for our vintage quilt pattern library: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Pattern_Index___Vintage_Quilts

  4. carol says:

    i can’t thank you enough for such helpful tutorials…

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