Marking Fabric forQuilting

©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Mark fabric with a hard-lead pencil or colored fabric pencil.

To cut fabric the traditional way for piecing or appliqué, place the template on the wrong side of the fabric. The arrow on the template indicating the grain should be aligned with the straight grain or the crosswise grain of the fabric.

Trace around the template with a hard-lead pencil or a colored pencil designed for marking on fabric. Yellow or silver pencils generally show up well on dark fabrics. Never use a ball-point pen or other marking tool with ink that may run. If the template does not include a seam allowance, add one.


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  • Check out Cutting Fabric for Quilting to find out the easiest and most effective way to cut quilt fabric.
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