I seem to be making these giant templates with freezer paper at least twice a week lately, and while I had been using double stick tape to keep the long edges together, I have gone through a roll of that and a roll or two of freezer paper. I need to get the current project started ASAP, and it’s gross out so I didn’t want to journey out for double stick tape. Glue makes the freezer paper stiff and ripply, so what’s a lady to do? Besides swearing in an unladylike fashion.
Turns out I have some of Superior’s fusible thread called Charlotte’s Web from an earlier “Technique of the Week”. I dislike having a one-trick pony in my workshop, and so the fact I can use this for *even more* makes me happy. I lay out one long strip of freezer paper, and then make sure there’s about a 1/2″ overlap with the next piece. Working from one end, I lay out a line of thread in between the two layers, and I have to be careful of a few things:
1) don’t get this thread on my iron
2) don’t get this thread on my ironing board
3) heat it long enough so it melts in
It’s pretty simple, but it makes a really nice and strong join, one which also doesn’t have the extra bulk of double-stick tape.
I hope you’re feeling encouraged to try out something larger with this technique for making larger templates! Let me know if something comes to you!