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How to Rotary Cut Fabric

By: Carolina Moore for allfreesewing.com

How to Rotary Cut Fabric
How to Rotary Cut Fabric
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Learning how to sew or how to quilt can be challenging with all the different techniques that you can learn. However, this How to Rotary Cut Fabric technique is definitely one that will be beneficial to master. Learning how to cut your fabric cleanly to avoid messy seams will make your DIY sewing project so much easier in the long run. Plus, this video tutorial has some really great tips for you to keep in mind even if you already know how to cut your fabrics. This is such an easy sewing technique to master that there is no reason not to watch this sewing video to get started! 

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Beginner

Materials List

  • Rotary Cutter
  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Mat / cutting surface

How to Use a Rotary Cutter

Instructions for Rotary Cutting Fabric

  1. Start by making sure your rotary cutter has a nice sharp blade so that it can cleanly slice through your fabrics. Replace the blade on your rotary cutter if it is dull. 

  2. Lay your fabric down on matt and smooth it out. Make sure you line up the edge or fold on your fabric with the line on your mat.

    Tip: If you have significant wrinkles you can press your fabric to make it smoother before you cut it.  

  3. Line up your ruler with your mat. 

  4. Expose the blade on your rotary cutter, and cut one smooth, clean line all the way to the end. 

  5. Close your blade, remove your excess fabric and you have your first clean cut. 

  6. Turn your mat to make your second cut on your fabric. 

  7. Base your second cut off your first clean cut. We will be cutting a 2.5 inch strip. Find the 2.5 inch mark on your ruler and line that up with your fabric. 

  8. Expose your blade and make one clean cut all the way to end again. Repeat to cut as many strips as you need. 

  9. To make squares you repeat the process making sure your ruler lines up with the cut you already made as well as the side. 

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I have the rotary cutter but have not used it yet because I have been afraid to try it. The rotary cutter makes a smoother clean cut and so much easier and it evens it out a lot better than using a pair of scissors especially when cutting squares fora quilt. I need to get a mat and ruler so I can start using the rotary cuter. I am so glad I watched this video to see proper way to cut with it. Makes me feel more confidant. So if you are unsure about the rotary cutter check this out.

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