Let’s Talk Cutting Fabric!

Let’s Talk-Tips and Tutorials

You have your quilting tools, you picked your fabric-now it’s time to cut your fabric for your pattern!

Quilting Tools and Choosing Precuts

Cutting a Layer Cake

Watch the video below for a step by step tutorial on cutting your layer cake, or keep scrolling for pictures and written instructions!

From your layer cake (10 inch square) you will be able to make four 5 inch squares. Start by laying your fabric out on your cutting mat and lining each side of the fabric up with a straight line on your cutting mat. I like to use multiples of 5, since I am cutting 5 inch squares.

Find the horizontal midpoint of you fabric, 5 inches from each corner. Lie your ruler across the midpoint so it sits straight through the fabric. Open your rotary cutter, put your hand on your ruler to hold it in place and slide the rotary cutter blade right next to the ruler. You will now how 2 rectangles, 5 inches by 10 inches.

Now you will cut your fabric vertically. Without moving your fabric from its spot, find the vertical midpoint, 5 inches from each corner. Lie your ruler across the midpoint so it sits straight through the fabric. Open your rotary cutter, put your hand on your ruler to hold it in place, and slide the rotary cutter blade right next to the ruler. You now have four 5 inch squares!

Cutting a Fat Quarter or Yardage:

Watch the video below for a step by step tutorial on cutting a fat quarter or yardage, or keep scrolling for pictures and written instructions!

Because you are cutting 5 inch squares, I find it easiest to think in multiples of 5. Lay your fat quarter or yardage out flat on your cutting mat, with the bottom edge right over your first interval of 5 (between 4 and 5). Lie your ruler on the 5 inch line, making sure that it sits right on the line all the way across. Open your rotary cutter, put your hand on the ruler to hold it in place, and slide the rotary cutter right next to the ruler. Without moving your fabric, pick up your ruler and move it so it sits straight across the next 5 inch interval, the 10 inch mark. Check that your ruler is straight, and cut your fabric across the 10 inch line. Repeat this process on each 5 inch interval mark.

Now you will cut these strips into squares. You can slide your strips over so that you can once again use the 5 inch interval marks to cut your squares. Line up your first edge, and lay your ruler straight down the 5 inch line. Cut straight down this 5 inch line. Without moving your fabric, pick up your ruler and move it 5 inches over-to the 10 inch line. Cut straight down the 10 inch line. Continue this at each 5 inch interval. You now have your 5 inch squares!

One thought on “Let’s Talk Cutting Fabric!

  1. This tutorial is so helpful, especially for new quilters! I had a hard time finding simple cutting technique tutorials when I first started. Saving this to recommend!

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