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Fussy cutting made easy with assorted plastic templates from Heirloom


Welcome back! Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to make a quick and easy crib quilt and introduced you to the UNIQUE QUILTING Numbered Marking Pins.

Today, I’ll be talking to you about HEIRLOOM Assorted Plastic Templates – 8¼” x 11¾” – 6 pcs.


A package of HEIRLOOM assorted plastic template sheets, contains six sheets, four with grid lines and two without.
HEIRLOOM assorted plastic template sheets, four with grid lines, two without


Note: Don’t use with an iron.

The package comes with a total of six sheets, four of which have a grid and two which are plain plastic templates. Now, if you’ve been following some of my previous posts you know that I love the versatility of rulers, so, when I was asked to write a post on these plastic template sheets I had to say yes!

One of the benefits of these sheets is that they’re great to use when you need to fussy cut and a ruler doesn’t quite work. Today, using these templates, I’ll show you how to make a sharply dressed bear quilt block that can be used on its own or as the start of a larger quilt top.

Our bear’s body, paws and snout will be appliqued using a pattern that is printed directly onto HEATNBOND® EZ Print™ Lite Iron-On Adhesive as I demonstrated in a previous QUILTsocial post.

To make the bear’s vest I will be using HEATNBOND® Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets as I showed in one of my QUILTsocial post’s last month.


A package of HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets and a package HEATNBOND EZ Print sheet which will both be used to assemble the appliqued bear block.
HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets and HEATNBOND EZ Print sheet


Download the PDF template below and print it onto a sheet of HEATNBOND EZ Print Lite following the manufacturer’s instructions. Loosely cut the printed shapes apart and then press the body shape to the wrong side of the fabric selected for the bear’s body. Fuse the paws and snout shapes onto a lighter colored fabric. Since a bear is supposed to be nice and cuddly, I decided to use a flannel fabric for the body and regular cotton for his snout and paws.

Once all of the pieces have been fused to the appropriate fabrics, cut out the individual pieces along the printed lines.


Dressed bear template, click on the picture to download PDF
Dressed bear template, click on the picture to download PDF



The HEATNBOND sections of the bear have been fused to the wrong side of the fabrics and cut out and are now ready to be fused together
Pieces of the bear ready to be assembled


Now download the PDF template for the bear’s vest and print it on a plain piece of paper.

After you’ve printed the vest template onto paper, trace it onto a plastic template sheet. I would suggest that if you’re using a striped or checkered fabric you may want to use the grid template sheet. If you plan on fussy cutting the vest fabric, then you may want to use the non-grid template sheet.

First fuse some HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric that you’re going to be using for the bear’s vest.

Place the template on the right side of the fabric and position it over the section you would like to use. Trace around the edge of the template with a fabric marker. Next, flip the template over and trace the other side of the vest on another section of the fabric.


Dressed Bear Vest, click on the picture to download PDF
Dressed Bear Vest, click on the picture to download PDF



The HEIRLOOM template plastic allows you to see through it. By turning it over you can get a mirror image to the shape you are using.The plastic template is placed on the right side of the fabric and then traced to make the bear's vet.
Tracing the vest template.


Place the bear’s body on top of a silicone pressing sheet and then place the snout, paws and vest on top and fuse them into place.


The bear's snout, paws and vest are fused to the body. A little heat is all that is needed to fuse all of your pieces together.
The sections of the bear fused together


Now that the bear is assembled it needs a background fabric to call home. The completed bear measures approximately 9″ x 7½” (size could very depending on your printer). A background fabric measuring 12½” x 12½” will be large enough to accommodate your bear.

Fuse the bear to the center of your background fabric and then blanket stitch along all of the raw edges by hand or by machine.


The well dressed bear is complete and ready for a night out on the town.
The well dressed bear is complete and ready for a night out on the town.


Once you’ve finished your applique stitching, your well-dressed bear needs some eyes – and who doesn’t like a blue eyed bear? Pick two buttons and sew them into place.

You can use this bear on its own as a small wallhanging or you can repeat all of these steps to make enough blocks to make any size of quilt top.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how HEIRLOOM’s Assorted Plastic Templates can be used to complete this project!

Come back tomorrow for a fun way to use miscellaneous fabric strips to make blocks for a quick and easy quilt top.


This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: UNIQUE Numbered Marking Pins make assembling your quilt top as easy as 1-2-3

Go to part 3: Using a 12½” square ruler to create the perfect string pieced triangle

I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging!

1 Comment

  1. Lori M.

    Oh thank you for showing how to use temple plastic to fussy cuts for applique or for quilt making in any pattern.

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