How to Cut Quilt Pieces

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Fitting quilt pieces together is like constructing a jigsaw puzzle, and each section must be cut precisely to fit. Although this requires care and patience, the process grows easier with practice.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Fabrics
  • Templates
  • Cutting Mats
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Sewing Chalk
  • Tracing Paper
  • Rulers
  • Sandpaper
  • Cut a template for pattern pieces out of cardboard, lightweight plastic or sandpaper. Templates may be purchased in craft shops or traced from quilt pattern books. Each sould be the exact size of the desired pattern piece with an extra 1/4-inch seam allowance all the way around.

  • Lay template on the straight grain of the fabric.

  • Trace around template with a washable fabric marker.

  • Cut pieces one at a time with sharp scissors or a cutting wheel.

  • Sort pieces according to shape, size and color.

Tips & Warnings

  • Quilt pieces must be the exact size with an extra 1/4-inch seam allowance all around.
  • If cutting with a rotary wheel, protect table or other surface with a cutting mat.

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