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Learn How to Rotary Cut Strips of Fabric
Rotary Cutting for Quilters

Cut strips as needed. Check strips occasionally to be sure they are accurate.

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Begin Rotary Cutting the Strips

Rotary cut the fabric strips required for the project from the quilting fabric's squared-up edge. For example, if you need a 3" wide strip, align the 3" mark on the ruler with the left edge of the fabric. Align a horizontal line near the bottom of the ruler with the fold. Use a rotary cutter to cut along the right side of the ruler.

Before you make each cut check to be sure that the left and bottom edges of the fabric align with vertical and horizontal markings on the ruler. If they do not, square up the end again before cutting more strips.

It isn't unusual for the leading edge of fabric to become out of square after several cuts, so it isn't unusual to find that is must occasionally be squared up.

Check Rotary Cut Strip Accuracy

One way to make sure the leading edge is at a 90 degree angle to the bottom of the strip is to open a rotary cut strip to its full width and look at the area near the fold. If the strip has a bend in the middle the fabric's left edge is no longer square. Correct the problem and move on.

Rotary Cutting Segments from Strips

Place your rotary ruler near the right end of a cut strip, aligning a horizontal rule with its lower edge. Cut along the right edge of the ruler to square up the end of the strip.

Turn the strip around and cut segments from its left edge in the same way you cut the original fabric strips, aligning the strip with markings on the ruler as required for each shape.

See How to Rotary Cut Patchwork Shapes.

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