Cutting fabric at home used to involve crawling along the floor hoping that my scissors were following a straight line. Or, using a rotary cutter and a straight edge, while constantly moving my tiny cutting board along underneath the fabric… all the while risking accidentally moving the straight edge, thus angling my supposedly straight cut.
Well, I finally found the solution. Using a table with a leaf and a roll of wide painters tap, I was able to create a cutting table with a scissor channel, just like the ones at the fabric store!
2. Place a wide piece of painters tape along the entire width of the table, making sure that it dips down slightly into the channel.
3. Place your fabric on the table, with the spot you want to cut directly over the scissor channel.
4. Place your scissors in the scissor channel, and cut a perfectly straight line.
You can clamp the fabric onto the table if you are worried that it might move around. We don’t have craft clamps, so I just used a couple of the beach towel clamps that my mom gave me for summers by the pool.
The painters tape should protect your table, from scratches. However, I might add some extra protection, such as a strip of felt beneath the painters tape if you are concerned.
While finding an easy way to cut large pieces of fabric at home is great, it isn’t worth ruining your great grandmothers antique dining table shipped all the way from France.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for sewing and craft projects?