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« on: March 04, 2010 08:01:32 PM »

I am making the nursery bedding for my baby's room, and for the bigger pieces, the pattern just tells me to cut to dimensions given, rather than offering me pattern pieces.

So if I have to cut a big ol' rectangle (like a bed sheet), how do I best measure that without a pattern piece, and still get it even?

I'm wondering if there's some really obvious thing I'm missing about cutting fabric without actual paper pattern pieces.

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2010 05:36:08 AM »

I would go to the craft store and buy some true grid. It's measured in inches, so it's easy to cut straight corners. It's pretty cheap per yard, too.
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2010 06:14:44 AM »

Get your square, draw a rectangle in paper, and lo! you have your pattern.

My personal system is to even the material by drawing out a thread on each side to mark the line crosswise, then do the same lengthwise.  This way I know the lines are perfectly square regarding the material.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2010 11:46:06 AM »

Thanks. I know I could make a paper pattern, but that would take taping a lot of paper together, you know? These are big ol' pieces. I thought they must have something else in mind. Those are good ideas.

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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2010 01:20:43 PM »

I use my floor. In the kitchen it's linoleum with 4 inch squares so that's the easiest, but sometimes I use the hardwood since it also has pretty straight lines. If the salvage edge looks straight I sometimes use that too. Measure away from the edge the same distance every couple inches, cut connecting the dots. If cutting across (from salvage to salvage) then folding the fabric can work if the salvages are straight. Fold up the distance you need so that each salvage is folded on itself (not onto the opposite one) and cut on the fold.
I've tried the pull a thread method too, but the thread always breaks on me. Any secrets there soorawn?
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2010 01:47:55 PM »

Yep!  Use a pair of tweezers!  When I last made a couple of tablecloths, I prepared them this way, and the thread kept breaking.  But with patience and tweezers the work wasn't so tiring, and it did pay off.

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2010 04:29:13 PM »

When cutting large pieces of fabric, I first draw lines for easier and stress-free cut time.  Use your yard long measuring ruler stick* and draw on backside of fabric with water soluble marker, chalk or pencil.  Cut it. 

Take a close look at your stick and make sure it is straight!  I have 4 sticks and 1 is crooked or warped.  The evil stick made me mark many crooked lines and for the longest, I thought my hand-to-eye coordination or vision was impaired. Gotta throw that the thing away but keep forgetting . . . .ooooh, wait, maybe it's time to upgrade to metal. . . .

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