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How To Make Your Own Dresden Plate Template

How To Make Your Own Dresden Plate Template

Dresden Plates are a lot of fun to make….but what if you don’t own that special ruler?  Are you out of luck and can’t give this fun block a try?

No way!  Today we’ll go over a quick way to make your own dresden plate template.

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Materials Needed:

card stock paper or something else that will work for a template

pencil

ruler

Dresden Plate Template Instructions:

1)  Measure a line along the bottom 3 1/2″ in length.  No matter how tall you want your dresden to be, this is a pretty standard size along the bottom.  This actually turns out to be the ‘top point’ of the dresden, just to let you know.

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2)  Measure and mark the center of the 3 1/2″.  It is 1 3/4″

3)  Measure and mark the height of your dresden that you’d like.   I made mine 5″ tall.

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4)  Measure and mark 1/2″ from each side

5)  Draw a line lining up the 1/2″ marks at the top to the bottom corners

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6) Cut out template

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Quick notes about the template.  The skinny part is actually the bottom of the dresden.  The wider end will be sewn together and make the point at the tip of the dresden.

If you’d like a chunkier shape, make the 1″ at the top wider!  You can practice a few different sizes with fabric scraps until you get the shape that you are going for.

Now that you have your template….. head on over and find out how you can sew the dresden!

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Do you have any dresden plate tips or hints?  What works best for you?

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  1. Januk

    14 August

    Hi there Becky just found your Dresden template thank you so much love love your website
    Januk

  2. Kate

    13 September

    Thanks so much, Becky. Any tips on how to make smaller ones? I was never any good at Math. ;D)

  3. Kristi

    31 October

    Any suggestions on making it bigger? I want a finished template of 24″ & 36″. Tia

  4. Melissa

    21 April

    Hi, Great tutorial, Thank you sooo much!!
    I have a tip for getting the points of the “blades” centered. After they are sewn and turned right side out, I finger-press the middle of the blade, while it’s still folded in half (long ways), then when I go to fold the material to the back, to make the point of the blade, I separate the seam so it’s open, and center that sewn line on the “fold” I made in the center of the dresden blade, then I press it. This way I know that the point will be centered.. I hope you understand what I mean..

  5. Julie

    9 August

    Thank you very much for your guide to making our own templates for a dresden plate whatever we want. For me it is a large cushion. In my home town a small template 8″ costs $15 and a wedge plate ruler in two pieces cost $45.00 standard but that does not include postage as well. So basically Becky, you just saved heaps of money. How can I thank you for your helpful teaching tools. I know this is not the answer you requested but I felt compelled to write a thank you note anyway.

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