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What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

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LynnS
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What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by LynnS » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:57 am

Hello! I just bought myself a pattern for making a cover for my e-reader. It calls for quilter's plastic to use as a stabilizer inside the book-like cover. I also want to make a plastic version of the template so I don't have to keep printing out the different pieces and trying to trace around paper. Is there a good alternative to quilter's plastic for these uses? I was thinking I could search the dollar store for something laminated and sturdy that I could cut. Any other ideas? I want to keep cost down because if I can make a nice cover at a workable price I want to try to sell some. Thanks!

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Marilynsgrammy
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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by Marilynsgrammy » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:47 am

hi Lynn... if you take a copy of the template to a glass place they can cut out a plexiglass template for you.. not sure what the cost is but it will last forever...

if you are only looking for thick plastic sometimes you can find dividers.. try a stationary store.... I bought a 12 inch art tote and it had thicker dividers in it...

good luck.. and post pictures of those covers.. we like ot ooohhh and awwww

Chriss

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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by FarmChick » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:25 am

Sometimes bacon comes with a nice sheet of plastic under the bacon. It might be close to the right size for an e-reader. I've cut templates from milk cartons. Keep your eyes open and look at everything differently...

QIAD-Linda
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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by QIAD-Linda » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:00 pm

QIAD used to sell template plastic. I'm not sure if they still have it but it is perfect for making strong, lasting templates and it is not expensive.

TooMuchFabric
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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by TooMuchFabric » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:39 am

What about the foam core board? At the local Hobby Lobby they have a special product just for the covers but it is pricey.

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Quilter7
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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by Quilter7 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:02 pm

Look for plastic placemats, sometimes you can find them for $1.00. Try the dollar stores.

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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by scrapquilter48 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:45 am

Stores have plastic placemats when I tired of them, they become my templates for quilting. Replacing mylard. Is that what you are referring. And again you could laminate your own at print shop stores.

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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by scrapquilter48 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:39 pm

Maybe I misunderstood your question, Nancy Zimmerman had a show/tell tutorial on E-reader covers, and plastic was the factor. Can't remember the site, but Nancy Zimmerman..

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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by WeeOne » Wed May 28, 2014 4:41 am

You have probably found something by now, but my suggestion would be the plastic 'cutting board' sheets in the kitchen dept. I have used one of those for template material. They aren't very expensive and usually has 3-4 in a package.

Lyn

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Re: What is a cheaper alternative to quilter's plastic?

Post by Linda.Ann » Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:15 am

If you can find it, Shrinky-Dinks plastic sheets work perfectly. ToysRus used to sell it. I have seen it at craft store, Michael''''s or Hobby Lobby, but cannot remember which one.

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