Pattern paper

What is a pattern paper?

People who want to sew clothes or other fabric items, like quilts, use this type of paper. It helps them create or trace patterns before cutting the fabric. Think of it as the best plan for your garment or fabric project!

Why Use Pattern Paper?

It lets you:

Save Your Fabric

You can make all your changes on paper, not your precious fabric.

Try Out Ideas

You can experiment with different designs without making costly mistakes.

Reuse Your Favorites

You can keep your pattern to create that piece again easily.

What are the different types of Pattern Paper available?

There are different types of pattern paper available. Here’s an overview:


Best For



Tissue pattern paper

Home sewing and adjustments

Lightweight, easy to pin on fabric

Fragile, can tear easily

Tracing paper

Transferring existing patterns

Transparent, great for tracing designs

Not suitable for long-term storage

Medical examination paper

Practice patterns

Affordable, accessible

Not durable, markings may smudge

Drafting paper

Professional pattern making

Durable comes in large rolls

Heavier, more expensive than tissue paper

Butcher paper

Drafting and crafting large patterns

Solid, durable, available in large sheets

Not transparent, harder to trace patterns

How Do I Pick the Perfect Pattern Paper?

Consider the following:

Your project’s needs

Complex designs might need sturdier paper, like drafting paper.

Your budget

If you’re watching your expenses, sewing pattern paper can be a surprisingly good choice.

How often you’ll use it

If you plan to reuse your pattern, choose something durable, like butcher paper or drafting paper.


Need to trace existing patterns? Tracing paper is your friend.

How Can I Best Store My Pattern Papers?

Store patterns flat or gently folded in a dry place away from direct sunlight to keep patterns in good condition. Labeling them clearly will help you find what you need quickly.

What are some Common Pattern Paper Pickles (And How to Solve Them)?

Sometimes, you might face pattern paper problems (pickles). Here are some common ones and how to solve them:

Tearing Trouble

If tissue paper troubles you, opt for a more durable plastic type.

Tracing Troubles

Use a window or a lightbox to make transparency issues vanish.

Storage Struggles

Fold patterns carefully and store them in a cool, dry place. Use envelopes or folders for organization.