Making a Drunkard’s Path template and Sewing curves without pins

There are commercial templates in the market for Drunkard’s Path quilt blocks but if you use them you are forced to use the specific variation of purchase different expensive plastic templates.  A more economic way is to make your own templates and it is very easy with just the simple drawing compass or the Easy Circle Cut ruler

What you do is cut 2 equal square in the size of your block including the seam allowance. you decide where you want to have the curve and you draw it on both squares. then you add in one of the squares a 1/4 inch seam allowance line outside the curve and this is the line you are going to cut on with your scissors – we will call this part of the template the center piece.  In the other square you draw a 1/4 inch seam allowance line inside the curve and cut on this line the background piece

When you make your own template you can make as many as you want in different sizes. the place of the curve can varied. you can make a very thin background piece or the other way around.

Now that you have your template (mine is cut off a pizza packaging) you can trace the parts to the fabric using a fabric pencil.

Now comes the part in other tutorials when you suppose to pin a center piece  to a background piece and sew while you take out the pins and the parts don’t move and you will not get the perfect curve.
But not in my tutorial 😛

First we do fold all the pieces in the middle and press a bit with the finger so we’ll know where the middle point is.
Then we use Prym Wonder tape – 9 meter of truly wonder tape! I just tape the curve on the center piece.

Then peel the paper. tape the middle point of the center piece to a middle point of a background piece and both the corners and then carefully tape the whole curve.

Ready to sew? no pins to not forget to pull away on time. no breaking needles. nothing moves.

After pressing you really get a perfect curve

 

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