How to Make a Circle Pattern Template

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If you have ever tried to make your own pattern from a tutorial, you know that it can be a struggle without pattern pieces. Stacy Grissom shows us what she did in this situation, when she needed a 5-inch circle. Watch this quick tip on how you can create your own circle pattern – it may come in handy!

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17 Responses to “How to Make a Circle Pattern Template”

  1. Susan Welsh

    It is amazing the pattern maker could not find an easier way to make a 5″ circle. I found plenty of 5″ circles in my kitchen. Please do not send me anymore directions as silly as this is.

  2. Gina

    Why don’t you use the little circle at the top of your ruler for the pivot point and then spin it around at 2 1/2 inches?

  3. Grandma G.

    Not all of us do, but if you have a circle sewing attachment for your machine, simply set it for a 5 inch circle and stitch around once using tiny stitches. Remove it and you have a perfect circle. You can use the stitch line as a press under guide or cut it on the line, whichever you serves your purpose. Better yet, remove your needle (to prevent possible thread problems) and use it to make a 5-inch paper pattern. Just another idea.

  4. Bonnie Ferguson

    Instead of marking a whole circle, the paper could be folded in quarters and reduce the number of markings AND ensure that the circumference was more consistent.

  5. Lillian T Dunn

    That is one of the most inefficient and time consuming ways to make a circle template.

    For $2.00 one can purchase a protractor and compass to make all sorts of shapes and sizes

  6. Janet Hammond

    The metal ruler/point turner has a little hole at the zero inches mark – clearly visible in the video – especially for you to push a pin through into your paper pad and use as a pivot. The middle section of the metal ruler is hollow so you can insert the point of your pencil into it at the required measurement (just push your slider down at that measurement) and simply swing the ruler around the pivot point and draw your circle. That is what the little hole is for.
    This is precisely why I will NEVER join NSC – your instructors are total amateurs and I have yet to learn one solitary technique from NSC.

    • Anne Louise

      Four and a half minutes of watching her painstakingly make little dots the hard way and then — TA-DA!! connect the dots and you have a slightly wobbly circle. What was the point of the graph paper, anyway? Better yet, what was the point of this 4 1/2 minute demo to people who have already graduated from kindergarten? Will there be a sequel, in which she shows us how to cut it out using SCISSORS? I can hardly wait!

  7. Loren

    A cheap compass or a pin with a length of thread would do the same thing, just much faster and more accurately.

  8. Janet Hammond

    Stacey uses one of those very useful little seam rulers. They are hollow in the middle – why not just push a noticeboard pin through the hollow part at the top, push the little plastic adjuster to 2.5 inches from the pin, insert the tip of your pencil into the hollow at this 2.5 inch measurement, and just swing it round like a makeshift compass!? Simple!

  9. janet

    could do just a quarter of the circle, then fold it in fourths with the center point at the sharpest angle, cut it out, and unfold it.
    a lot of the small rulers like you were using, have a hole near the end for the purpose of using it for the pivot point.

  10. Wendy

    As I was watching this I thought wouldn’t it be easier to trace a 6 or 7 inch plate and trim it to 5″?

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