There are lots of methods for fabric marking including using tailor’s tacks and tracing paper and a wheel, but this is the method my Mum taught me and the one I normally use. Transferring markings from your sewing pattern to fabric with chalk and pins requires a minimum of tools and is easy enough for sewers of all levels.
What you need
- Tailors Chalk or other marking pens or tools. You could use removable pens also if you are sewing immediately before the marks disappear. See my article on the best fabric marking tools.
FABRIC MARKING – HOW TO TRANSFER SEWING PATTERN MARKINGS
Place the paper pattern back on top of your cut fabric piece. Try and match up the edges as closely as possible.
Stick a pin through the pattern where you need to transfer the mark. In this case, I was marking the point of the dart in a bodice. (How to read sewing pattern symbols.)
Lift up the pattern slightly and mark where the pin goes through. If the pin goes through 2 layers then just lift up the back and mark that too. You can mark the spot either with another pin or chalk pencil. I always prefer to stick a pin in first and then completely remove the paper pattern before marking where the pin’s position. I find this easiest where I have to transfer several marks in the same area.
That’s it! Easy wasn’t it? If you have any extra tips please share below.
SEWING LESSONS ON CUTTING AND MARKING FABRIC – HOW TO READ SEWING PATTERNS
- Part 1 – Fabric Marking with pins and chalk – THE super easy method with chalk and pins
- Part 2 – How to cut notches
- Part 3 – Sewing pattern markings
- Part 4 – Best Sewing Tools for Marking Fabric