How to Cut a Pattern Without a Rotary Cutter

by June Fuentes on May 15, 2017 in Activities, Creativity, Fun, Homemaking, Sewing

Today our sweet contributor Ana from The Lost Apron is sharing:

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost Apron

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter

The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter.  No question!    But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter.  Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet.  So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line.

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost Apron

Proper sewing tools can be expensive.  Rotary cutters, mats, and rulers come in all different sizes and prices.  One way around using one is to make a paper pattern.  There are a variety of papers made to use for pattern making.   If you look into buying pattern paper in a fabric store, this can be expensive as well.

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost Apron

A simple and inexpensive paper pattern option.  You can make a paper pattern without using pattern paper.  You may already have what you need if you look  around the house and  in your gift wrappings.

To make a simple paper pattern you need:

  • Gift wrap with grid lines on the reverse side
  • Tissue paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

The following are several examples that you could use this tissue paper pattern method instead of a rotary cutter.

Cutting from a tutorial that gives you dimensions only

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost Apron

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost Apron

Cutting a Tissue Pack Cover.  This is a one piece pattern.  The Learn to Sew Series for children, Pillow, Pouches, & Bows, Oh My!!! calls for the adult to make Pre-Cut Sew Kits and the child sewing them.  Part of these instructions say:

Cut fabric using the rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.  Cut the fabric 6 1/8” X 9 ¾”.

You can easily do this without a rotary cutter.  See Learn to Sew Tissue Pack Cover.

  1. Draw the pattern piece onto tissue paper using the dimensions shown on your pattern instructions.  Use the grid on your gift wrap to keep the corners square and use your ruler to measure the length and width of the pattern piece.
  2. Pin the pattern piece to the fabric.
  3. Cut the fabric using a pair of scissors from your sew kit.

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost ApronHow to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost Apron

Cutting an Apron.  This is a multiple piece pattern.  These women worked from my pre-cut apron kits.  The above excerpt from the tutorial shows how to cut the apron pieces using a rotary cutter.  You can easily cut your own apron pieces using the tissue paper method.  See  Homemaker’s Apron.

  1. Draw each pattern piece onto tissue paper using the dimensions shown on your pattern instructions.  Use the grid on your gift wrap to keep the corners square and use your ruler to measure the lengths and widths of each piece.
  2. Cut out each of your tissue pattern pieces.
  3. Pin all the pattern pieces to the fabric following the layout instructions in the tutorial.
  4. Cut the fabric using a pair of scissors from your sew kit.

Cutting your own designs

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost Apron

Cutting a reversible tote bag.  These girls in my reversible tote bag class were designing the size they wanted their bags to be.  They needed a pattern that would be on the fold of the fabric that they could also use for the lining of the bag.  See Reversible Tote Bag.

  1. Sketch your desired pattern onto tissue paper.  They used my cardboard cutting board as a grid to sketch out their pattern so that the angles would be square.  You could easily use the gift wrap grid instead.
  2. Pin the pattern to the fold of the fabric.
  3. Cut the fabric using a pair of scissors from your sew kit.

How to Cut Fabric Without a Rotary Cutter The easiest way to cut fabric in a straight line is with a rotary cutter. No question! But, I do not recommend children using a rotary cutter. Also, if you are new to the sewing scene, you may not have invested in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler set yet. So if you do not have one, (or should not use one) there are other ways to cut a fabric in a straight line. The Lost Apron
Cutting a Zippered Pouch.  These girls are making a lined zippered pouch.  They could make it any size smaller than the zipper. See Learn to Sew Pouches.

  1. Sketch your pattern onto tissue paper.
  2. Pin the pattern to the fabric.
  3. Cut the fabric using a pair of scissors from your sew kit.

 

Links to all the resources used and for all other guest posts by The Lost Apron see:  Raising Homemakers

 

ana

My name is Ana Sullivan. I began my blog, The Lost Apron, because people would ask me for advice on parenting. My only qualifications for giving advice is that I have been there and I am proud of who my children have become. I have a daughter in college, a son and another daughter that are college graduates who are working and living on their own. I have been married for almost 30 years to a dream of a husband.

I have been a working mom, a part-time-work-at-home mom, and a stay-at-home mom. Although I have preferred being the SAHM, I try to write my blog in a way that would encourage all moms to be better moms. I hope to be the mentor mom to the young mom and the friend to the older moms and grandmothers. You can visit me over at Pinterest and Facebook. 

June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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