Fussy Cut: What’s all the fuss about?

Have you ever fussy cut your fabrics?  I do from time to time but I wanted to make sure everyone understands what this term actually means.

You see, fussy cutting by definition is to target and cut a specific motif that’s printed on fabric, rather than randomly cutting yardage.

Fussy Cutting

 

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There are some tricks to the fussy cut.  Let me break them down for you.

Paper Window Template- these are easy to create and can save you much heartache when cutting expensive fabric.

To create a paper template, simply determine the size of your cut out, add seam allowance and cut window.  To make things easy, I have created a template for a 6″ quilt block.

  1. Simply print and cut out template.  Don’t forget the inside window.
  2. Position template over fabric design and carefully cut out with a rotary cutter.

Fussy Cut | The Sewing Loft

Clear Ruler- this tool is your friend! By positioning the ruler over your fabric design you can center your design and clearly mark the cut area.

Fussy Cut | The Sewing Loft

Free Hand Cutting- sometimes, free hand cutting is the way to go to create your fussy cut.  My suggestion is to remember your seam allowance when cutting.

Fussy Cut | The Sewing Loft

Fussy Cutting can be used to create so many fun things from ISpy quilts to window treatments.   I also like to use this technique for english paper piecing, scrappy bibs, pillows and appliqués.

 

 Update: New Template with 3 quilt blocks.

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Fussy Cut Template in 3 Sizes

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