Tea tip : fussy cutting patchwork

This tea tip (learn something new and useful in the time it takes to make and drink your cup of tea!) will show you how to use fussy cutting to make your patchwork projects look so beautiful! This method of cutting is where you choose and cut a particular area of fabric, rather than working from edge to edge. This means that you can decide where the fabric patterns are positioned and if you are adding appliqué or embroidery, your stitching will end up central. It sounds tricky but if you make yourself a set of guides it can be super simple!

Patchwork fussy cutting guide

Using a piece of cardboard (I always use cereal boxes!), make a template which is the same size as your patchwork pieces will be. In this case, my template is six inches square. Then draw lines in from each of the corners to find the centre point. Onto this cross you need to draw four lines, which will form a box. Using a craft knife or sharp scissors, cut out this central square.

Patchwork fussy cutting guide

Your template is complete! Simply use the cut out to find your centre, draw around the edge with a fabric fading pen and cut out!

Patchwork fussy cutting guide

Happy Stitching!

If you fancy having a go at some fussy cutting then you can buy some useful supplies from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!


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