Fussy-Cutting Doesn’t HAVE to be Hard!

So… if you’ve been around here for any length of time, then you know I love me a good fussy-cutting project and above you’ll see a few of my favorites. But you know what? I know many of you are convinced that it takes special insight and skill to fussy-cut effectively, but here’s the deal… several years ago I gave you EIGHT Key Tips to remember before undertaking your next fussy-cutting projects, trying to convince you that…

It’s really NOT hard!

But today I thought I’d actually SHOW you a few “tricks” I use to make fussy-cutting easier! In order to do this I took some step-pictures of my latest fussy-cutting project! So let’s get started!

Now I can place this prepared pattern piece onto a SECOND and identical fabric panel, and use these style lines to pin my pattern piece in place so they line up perfectly and just the way they were originally in the photo at left above.

But do remember…

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There are other things to consider prior to undertaking a fussy-cutting project!

  • There’s generally a good deal of fabric wasted in pretty much any fussy-cutting project you take on, and the leftover fabric remnants are often not large enough to do anything with
  • Never lay your pattern pieces “on the fold” for a fussy-cutting project! You REALLY need to be able to see the WHOLE area of fabric under your template to consistently match the print elements!
  • Do not take on a fussy-cutting project if you’re in a hurry, tired, hungry or angry. You need to be fully engaged to do this well.
  • Know upfront that not all fussy-cutting projects will have a happy ending, but the ones that do are extremely satisfying. I STILL make mistakes. It takes practice to perfect your technique.
  • Start out with a project like the one depicted above that only has one or two areas to match then proceed from there.

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

For more details and tips about fussy-cutting, please click HERE! And if you have comments or tips of your own you’d like to share or questions you’d like to ask about fussy-cutting, please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Gwen Walker on May 3, 2022 at 8:45 am

    I bought a light pad to lay my fabric and pattern pieces on so I can see what the placement will look like. Light pads come in different sizes and prices. I also make copies of all my pattern sheets with my printer instead of tracing.

    • Kat on May 4, 2022 at 5:33 am

      The light pad sounds like a great alternative! Thanks for posting this suggestion! 🙂