FABRIC MARKING & CUTTING
Position fabric wrong side up, and place the template on the fabric. With a marker or well-sharpened pencil, trace around the template and mark match points. For hand-piecing templates, allow enough space for 1/4" seam allowances to be added. For machine-piecing templates, cut along the drawn line. For hand-piecing, cut 1/4" beyond the drawn line. For rotary cutting instructions link to the Rotary Cutting page.
Whenever possible purchase enough fabric to cut borders on the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvage edge). When you must piece sashing, borders, or binding strips, sew together with a 45 degree angled seam. The diagonal seam will be less noticeable than a straight seam.