A pattern to be followed; more specifically, in design it refers to a pattern cut into paper, wood or plastic which is used to transfer measurements. The template can be the key pattern for a production line or the only pattern for a bespoke item.
Making a template is skilled job requiring a high degree of accuracy and no short cuts. If success is to be guaranteed it must be tried and tested, both in a toile calico and, if at all possible, in the real thing, or something close to it if not.
1. Key pattern. For more than one chair seat cover or whatever, the template must be sturdy enough to be handled, copied, cut around, pinned onto the fabric for as many times as is necessary.
Usew ood, fabric, light card or lining paper, whichever is most suitable.
2. Bespoke pattern. To copy an exact shape or form into paper or fabric from which to make one bespoke item that will fit exactly – e.g. a window pelmet, window seat, a chair seat, or chair cushion, a bedhead, or lampshade etc. … Fabric (if it’s not straight – a toile ) lining paper, or newspaper should be adequate.
3. Adaptation. A template forms the basis for any amendments, further adaptations or potential variation.