Stacy Grissom

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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16 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. Carol

    Eyes rolling...

  6. 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

  7. Graciela

    Doesn't she have a compass????

  8. Lynda Buchholz

    A compass would be much easier.

  9. 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.

  10. Leslie Autery

    Why would you simply use a compass?

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