Fussy Cutting 101

 

Are you joining us for the #kingfisherstitchalong with @talesofcloth @stitchedincolor, and @cottoneer? So whats all the fuss about I hear you ask? Well I am here to inspire you in the art of fussy cutting! A lot of people think fussy cutting is a sin and hearts the heart. I would have to say that it doesn’t always have to hurt your heart, not a waste of fabric but most of all there are no rules!

So what is fussy cutting? Fussy cutting is when you deliberately cut a piece of fabric in order to showcase a picture or print within it. It is usually done using larger scale and novelty prints. The size or reason for using fussy cuts may vary depending on the project you are working on. You might like to feature a particular picture or you might just need to cut fabric exactly to ensure a pattern is centred.

There are so many tools out in the craft world that will help you achieve your desired effect. Mirrors and templates are our must haves.

Sharon from @lillabellelane has an AMAZING video on how to use her mirrors. This set up is available in our website

 

Florence from @flossieteacakes has come up with a brilliant idea to help you with your templates. Why not draw the pattern onto your acrylic template or further more if you don’t have an acrylic template – use a good quality backing paper to trace.

http://flossieteacakes.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-fussy-cut-fabric-for-english.html

Here is three different ways you can fussy cut.

As you can see in each block we have utilised different features where we have picked the same flower throughout, joined some flowers for a more mirrored effect or simply chosen two flowers to be interchanged. There are no boundaries, no rules the main thing is that you love the result and the best thing is if you are using liberty … it always SINGS 🙂

Don’t forget to share your progress on Instagram using the hashtags #kingfisherquilt #kingfisherstitch along and be sure to follow us all for your chance to win weekly prizes.

Happy sewing and love liberty