You've finally found the perfect fabric for that new dress — don't let careless cutting ruin your project.
You will need
- Laundry detergent
- An iron
- An ironing board
- Sewing chalk
- A pattern
- Padding for table (optional)
- Foam (optional)
- Felt (optional)
- Muslin (optional)
- Craft paper (optional)
- A dryer sheet (optional)
Step 1 Wash and dry your fabric to preshrink it.
Step 2 Iron your fabric to get rid of any wrinkles.
Cotton fabrics are easier to iron when they’re a little damp.
Step 3 Decide which side of the fabric is the right side. It’s not always any easy choice. Once you figure it out, mark the right side with sewing chalk or a pin.
Step 4 Fold the material in half as instructed by your pattern and lay it on a flat surface, such as a padded table or the floor. Square your edges and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.
Step 5 Pin the pattern pieces on the fabric. Make sure you pin both sides together.
To keep slippery fabrics from sliding when you cut, put a thin piece of foam, felt, muslin, or craft paper between the two sides and on the bottom and pin to the fabric and pattern.
Step 6 Cut your fabric following the pattern instructions. Use long, smooth cutting strokes and, for a smoother finish, don’t let the scissor tips close completely.
Invest in a good pair of scissors and, before each project, wipe the blades with a dryer sheet for easier cuts.
Step 7 Check your edges before picking up the pieces. You may need to do some additional trimming before removing the pattern.
Did You Know:
Did you know? European fabric merchant Scabal has created extremely expensive fabrics – one with diamond fragments and another using 22-carat gold thread.