I did finally use one of those quilt tutorials from Pinterest and made a quilt! I L.O.V.E. it, but you’re gonna have to wait to see the whole thing…I shipped it off to be quilted by The Back Porch Quilters today and I CAN’T WAIT to get it back!!
Anyway, as I was cutting the fabric for said quilt and I thought about how easy it would be to cut a quilt without really realizing how important it is to square up fabric! You really should be squaring up fabric for any project you do that requires a straight piece of fabric…especially if the fabric has a print. It really is simple to do and worth the effort once you do it.
For those of you that want to cut straight fabric…here goes…
Here’s what your fabric looks like off the bolt and brought home. Very uneven at the top. The selvedges usually don’t match up. Even if they do…keep reading.
Here is what the folded edge looks like. Usually pretty flat so when it is on the bolt, it isn’t all twisted up, right?
Go ahead and iron out the crease that the fold has made. That fold is in the wrong spot 99% of the time and we need to refold it correctly
After the fold is ironed out, take your selvedges and line them up right on top of each other so they are even
Now, once you do that, the once-folded end is gonna look like this…all wonky.
That’s ok….we’re gonna fix it. Go back up to the selvedges and taking the bottom fabric and top fabric together, shift them in opposite directions, all the while watching the folded edge to become flat. In other words, it is most important for the folded edge to be straight along with keeping the selvedge edges even with each other.
Once you are done, here is what the selvedge edge may look like….completely off on the sides, but we are going to take care of that too!
Fold the nice, crisp folded edge up to the selvedge edges so now they are together, making your fabric width an easier size to cut
Line up the top of your fabric along one of the lines of your cutting mat. Making sure all four edges are beyond your straight-edge, line up the cutting mark to the fabric and cut off the edges with a rotary cutter
And now, you have a perfectly straight piece of fabric! I’ll be using this squared up fabric for a tutorial I have coming up soon!
How about you…do you make sure your fabric is always squared up? If there was anything unclear in this tutorial, please comment below!