Are you ready?
Did you do your homework?
Is your sewing machine your friend?
Do you have your scrumptious fabric out?
Are you ready to cut?
Here. We. Go.
Read through the cutting directions a few times.
Click on any of the pics to enlarge them.
If they don't make sense, or if you have never
use a rotary cutter before, practice on a
piece of those old pajamas.
Getting the pressure right on the rotary cutter
can be difficult at first and you will use nearly
every single inch of the fabric,
so there is no room for mistakes.
I tend to get confident, or let my mind wander and
have ruined way too much fabric in my day.
I don't want that to happen to you.
Lay out your fat quarter on your mat.
This part is TRICKY.
Cutting the wrong way will ruin everything.
I know I'm being all dramatic, but it will.
Pay attention. Get a hold on your A.D.D.
(or that's just me...)
I want you to familiarize yourself with the fabric.
At first glance it is hard to tell the 18 inch side
from the 22 inch one.
Lay it out with the 18 inch side vertical
and the 22 inch side horizontal.
Double and triple check it.
Quadruple check it.
The fold should be on the bottom.
The rectangle should measure
18 inches along the fold
11 inches along the raw edge.
This will make or break your scarf.
Your goal is to have two
pieces that measure
If the way I cut it is crazy, cut it a way that makes sense.
Just be sure to cut it this way.
Sometimes rotary cutter mats are
Double check that the line that
you start it at is zero
and the line that you cut it at is 9.
If everything went well you will have two
9x22 pieces of fabric.
Line them up the best you can.
If one of the edges is uneven, trim a tiny bit off so it lines up with the line on the mat.
This is the selvage.
It is the prefinished edge on each bolt of fabric.
Make sure that it is on the left side of your board.
You won't be using it and don't want it as part
of your pieces.
Now you have 8 pieces that are
5 inches wide by 9 inches tall.
Plus two little scraps that you can do what you please with.
Now repeat these exact same steps with each of your nine fabrics.
Get yourself a treat, stack all of the piles and admire the cuteness.
Tomorrow we pin and sew.
It's going to be alright.