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Fussy-Cut Fabric Without a Specialty Ruler

Fussy cutting is a fun way to showcase favorite fabrics and large-scale prints in a quilt. This technique involves cutting an image on your fabric to a specific size, then centering it into a larger quilt block. While you can buy specialty rulers to cut common-size pieces, you can also use your regular acrylic ruler to fussy-cut fabric. Here's how!

How To Fussy Cut

To make fussy-cutting easy, use washi tape or painter's tape to mark off your acrylic ruler with the size you're cutting. This allows you to see what the fabric will look like once cut.

Center the motif you want to cut within the marked lines of your ruler. Remember that you'll lose a 1/4" seam on all sides after sewing the piece into your block, so leave extra space if you can.

Then, cut out the fabric using the edges of your ruler and the washi tape as your guide.

Sew your fabric into blocks for a special touch to your projects!


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