Sewing Pattern Paper

When it comes to sewing, having the right pattern-making paper is essential. But how do you choose the best one for your needs? In this article, I’ll discuss the various types of pattern papers available and help you find the perfect one for your home sewing projects.

The Importance of Pattern Paper

Choosing the right material for tracing or making patterns is crucial when it comes to sewing your own clothes. Before making a decision, consider your specific needs. Do you prefer a see-through paper? Do you need guidelines? Or maybe you want a paper that can withstand multiple cuttings of your favorite patterns?

I personally prioritize the storage of my sewing patterns. I find it important that the paper can be folded flat and easily stored in an envelope with its pattern card. Organization is key in my sewing room!

The Best Pattern Makers Paper

After trying out numerous pattern-making papers on the market, I can confidently say that the Bienfang Sketching and Tracing Paper is the absolute best choice. It has the perfect thickness, allowing for durability without compromising ease of use. This paper is transparent, making it effortless to trace commercial patterns. It also offers a smooth surface for writing and drawing, and erases easily without tearing apart.


  • Durable
  • Pin-friendly
  • Transparent
  • Available in various widths
  • Easy to store and use
  • Affordable
  • Suitable for pencil, ink, and markers


  • Comes in a roll, can be challenging to flatten
  • Requires scissors or rotary cutters for tearing
  • Thicker than tissue paper, making it bulky for folding and storing in envelopes

Understanding GSM

Pattern paper is typically measured in grams per square meter (GSM). A general recommendation for pattern-making paper is around 29GSM. However, you can adjust the GSM based on your preferences. If you want a sturdier paper for tracing, opt for a higher GSM. For a lighter and easier-to-handle paper, choose a lower GSM.

Alternative Options

Depending on your specific needs, there are alternative pattern-making papers available.

Brown Craft Paper

Brown craft paper is ideal for creating basic pattern blocks, also known as slopers. Its thickness allows you to trace patterns directly onto fabric or another pattern paper for modifications. Keep in mind that storing this paper can be a challenge, as it often requires a special rack to hang the patterns.

Dot Paper

Dot paper is slightly transparent and comes with letters or dots. It is useful for aligning patterns or fabrics. However, it may not be the best option for writing, drawing, or erasing, as it tends to break easily.

Tissue Paper

While tissue paper may be cheap, it is not recommended for pattern making. Although it is thin and easy to trace, it is also fragile and prone to tearing. The only advantage is its ability to minimize bulk when folding and storing.

Non-Woven Non-Fusible Interfacing

For a super durable pattern that is easy to pin to your fabric, consider using non-woven non-fusible interfacing fabric. This material won’t tear no matter how much you try. It may be bulkier than other options, but it is straightforward to work with and offers long-lasting endurance.

Cheap or Costless Pattern Making Paper

If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, there are a few alternatives available:

  1. Newspaper: When I first started sewing, my granny and I would use old newspapers as pattern paper. While it was not ideal, it was a cost-effective solution. Just be cautious of any wet ink that may transfer onto the fabric.

  2. Brown Paper Bags: If you have grocery paper bags lying around, you can tape them together to create your own pattern paper. It’s a great way to repurpose and save money.

  3. Craft Tissue Paper: Craft tissue paper is an inexpensive option if you only need a quick piece of paper for tracing. You can find it in craft and art stores, party supply stores, and even grocery stores in the craft section.

Let’s Chat!

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