When a good idea makes life easier. I make t-shirt and memory quilts for people and my least favorite part is cutting out all the t-shirts. I usually use a 12 1/2” square ruler and a 24”x6 1/2” ruler. I measure, make sure it’s even on both sides, measure again, make a cut, then try to line up the long ruler on the cut to make the longer cut for the whole side and hope I’ve gotten it straight. Repeat on the other 3 sides. Well, the other day I was frustrated by that…again. I don’t want to spend $20 or so on a quilting template from the store that’s not even the exact size that I need and I was trying to think of what I could use. I could cut out a piece of cardboard to the size I need and cut around that, but I can’t see through it to know where I’m placing it. Then I remembered that our local Ace Hardware cuts plexiglass to any size you want. It was a lightbulb moment ! Yesterday, after my workout (see tomorrow’s post), I ran over to Ace, okay, I drove, and asked for a 14 1/2”x16 1/2” piece of plexiglass. They cut it out for me with nice straight lines and voila! Here are some pictures of before the t-shirt was cut.
The plain piece of plexiglass on the left and laid out on a t-shirt on the right. It doesn’t have any markings so I have to eyeball it to make it sure it’s straight, but it is actually easier without the markings for me. I just hold it down and cut around all four sides. See picture at top. It shows the template still on the t-shirt after cutting it out. So easy! I got 30 t-shirts cut out in 45 minutes when it would have taken me a good chunk of the day using my old method. I was so excited and I felt like a genius. The man who cut it said it costs $.03 a square inch plus $1 for the cut so my total was $7.17 plus tax and I have a custom t-shirt template! You can bet I’ll be going back for more when I need different sizes.
Have a happy day!