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First things first, you have to choose between the easy way and the better way (in my opinion). No, I’m not talking about scissors over a rotary cutter or fast food versus cooking, I’m talking about to iron or to wash and dry. For the sake of you dear readers, I tried both. The one I’ve always done is the one I like better. I prefer to iron over washing because it leaves the fabric crisper. This, in turn, makes it easier to cut and then to sew with. I like to wait to wash until I’m completely done with the project. This lets it shrink at the same rate and I can check to make sure my seams held up properly. Ironing does take a lot more work so choose wisely young grasshopper. Either way, pick one and go for it.
After you iron/wash, cut all of your edges off. Don’t toss them though, I have an idea I’m rather excited about that I will share with you later. Stay as close to the edge as you can. A rotary cutter makes this work a lot easier but scissors will work just fine. In fact you can use scissors for this entire tutorial but it does make it a bit harder to cut through multiple layers of fabric.
Take you sheet and hold it up lengthwise, folding it in half. Just to clarify, this means the width is still the same but the length has been drastically shortened. Do it again, same way. Now fold it in half the other way, cutting your width in half. Make sure your edges stay even, if they aren’t you can’t use the squares that come from that area.
Place the folded up sheet on your cutting mat and line up the edges to a straight line near the edge of the mat. Remember how big you needed your squares? Measure out that much and put your ruler on those lines. Try to have it where you can see lines on both ends of your sheet. You’ll have straighter cuts this way. I prefer to have my mat on the floor so that I can hold the ruler down with both a knee and a hand. Press down with your rotary cutter and follow the ruler. Take that strip and place it to the side. Repeat until all of your fabric is in strips.
Now grab those strips and line them up again, placing your ruler where you need it. Follow through with the rotary cutter and TA DA! You’ve got squares! See how easy that was?
Words to the wise: Be careful. A rotary cutter isn’t a toy no matter how much my boyfriend wants to play with it. Those things can be dangerous and you should always cover the blade when not in use. Plus, use common sense. Don’t leave it out for kids or pets to find, don’t leave it uncovered, and don’t touch the blade. That’s just not cool peoples.