|Self healing mat, quilter's ruler and rotary cutter|
The lovely Oz Material Girls have asked me to make a regular contribution to their blog! I feel rather honoured :) You can read about my sewing adventures on my blog Pretty Bobbins. I live in New Caledonia and spend my time sewing, enjoying the beach and having fun with my three young children. I love sewing but I have found that having a few basic techniques down pat helps with the enjoyment and reduces the frustration!
|The selvedge is the part of the fabric that has the designer's details|
and colour codes. It is at the top of this photo.
|This is the WRONG way to cut your fabric. Notice how my blade|
is running away from the ruler. Normally I would place my left hand
on the ruler to keep it stable and my right hand for cutting. I needed
a hand for the photo in this example :)
|Notice how the marked inch grids on the quilter's ruler are|
matched up with the inch squares on the cutting mat and the
straight edges of the fabric are also lined up with the grid.
|Cut 3 of 4. Notice how I have placed my ruler to allow me to cut|
two sides without moving my fabric or ruler. This allows for greater
|Here I'm cutting a 2.5" square. Remember that you will lose|
.25" seam allowance on all sides.
|Here I fussy cut the panel for a little boy's belt-loop bag. Can|
you guess his favourite movie? Please excuse the crooked
stitching, he was (im)patiently waiting at my elbow.
|Another example of fussy cutting (a camera strap cover). Notice how I have|
cut the pale blue square so that the robot features?
- always use your self-healing mat,
- always keep one hand on your ruler while cutting,
- always replace the safety cover on your rotary cutter when not using it,
- change your blade when it gets blunt, but keep the old ones for cutting paper,
- if you can, position your self-healing cutting mat near the corner of a table, this affords you two positions to stand whilst cutting which is particularly helpful if you're cutting a large piece of fabric,
- there is nothing wrong with having a few different sized rulers and cutting blades. Start with a beginners set like you can find here and then purchase as your use, confidence and needs grow,
- buy the largest cutting mat that you can afford. My mat is only 17" x 23" and I'm coveting a bigger one!