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How To Cut Fabric

Watch more Easy Sewing Projects videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - A good pair of scissors and these simple cutting tips will make your sewing project look professional. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Wash and dry your fabric to preshrink it. Step 2: Iron your fabric to get rid of any wrinkles. Tip Cotton fabrics are easier to iron when they're a little damp. Step 3: Decide which side of the fabric is the right side. It's not always any easy choice. Once you figure it out, mark the right side with sewing chalk or a pin. Step 4: Fold the material in half as instructed by your pattern and lay it on a flat surface, such as a padded table or the floor. Square your edges and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. Step 5: Pin the pattern pieces on the fabric. Make sure you pin both sides together. Tip To keep slippery fabrics from sliding when you cut, put a thin piece of foam, felt, muslin, or craft paper between the two sides and on the bottom and pin to the fabric and pattern. Step 6: Cut your fabric following the pattern instructions. Use long, smooth cutting strokes and, for a smoother finish, don't let the scissor tips close completely. Tip Invest in a good pair of scissors and, before each project, wipe the blades with a dryer sheet for easier cuts. Step 7: Check your edges before picking up the pieces. You may need to do some additional trimming before removing the pattern. Did You Know? Did you know? European fabric merchant Scabal has created extremely expensive fabrics -- one with diamond fragments and another using 22-carat gold thread.
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