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How to Accurately Square Up Fabric - Guidelines4Quilting

The First Step in any Successful Quilting Project is to
Accurately Square Up Your Fabric.

The goal is to cut just inside the raw edge of the fabric, so that the newly cut edge is aligned with the crosswise grain line of the fabric.

Squaring up Fabric by Guidelinesr4Quilting

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A) Fold the Fabric off the Bolt:

- Fold the Fabric Once or Twice: That is the Question.

B) Align Your Ruler(s) up with the Grain Line and Trim the Raw Edge off:

Conventional Methods: Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Just One Ruler or Two Rulers.

C) NEW Super Easy Way to Square Up Fabric that gives you the best of both methods:

1) Squaring Up Your Fabric is Easier,
using the Quilt Ruler Connector.

2) Super Easy Way to Square Up Your Fabric,
using The Quilt Ruler Connector and Grip Strips

3) Super Easy Way to Square Up Your Fabric & Keep it Square,
using The Quilt Ruler Connector and Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit

 

A) Fold the Fabric Off the Bolt:

Fold the Fabric Once or Twice. That is the Question.

Squaring Up Fabric by Guidelines4Quilting

 

The goal here is to fold it precisely so that the grain line on all the layers of fabric are perfectly aligned with each other.

Fold Fabric

Option 1: Fold it in half, so that you can cut it with a 24” ruler.

Start by folding the fabric in half matching the selvedge edges. Then pick the fabric up holding it just by the selvedge edges. If the grain on both layers is aligned, the fabric will drape smoothly.

If the grain is out of alignment, the fabric will twist a little and not hang smoothly. You can adjust the top layer back and forth against the bottom layer until you eliminate any twists in the fabric.

Once you get the fabric to hang smoothly, keep the selvedge edges aligned, lay it on your cutting mat and finger press the folded edge.

Option 2: Fold it twice, so that you can cut it with a 12" ruler.

You can fold the fabric again by aligning the folded edge with the selvedge edges. You’ll have four layers of fabric to manage. Many quilters do this but if you don’t get all four layers aligned accurately, your strips will come out with a slight “V” in it and will be unusable.

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B) Align your ruler(s) up with the grain line
and trim the raw edge off:

Conventional Methods: Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Just One Ruler or Two Rulers.

Like most things in quilting, there is more than one method to square up the edge and there are advantages and disadvantages to each method.

Two Methods - Squaring up Fabric by Guidelines4Quilting

How to Squqre Up Your Fabric by Guidelines4Quilting

Go to the top of the page for more info on squaring up your fabric.

C) New Easy Way to Square Up Fabric
that gives you the best of both methods:

1) It makes easier to square up your fabric, using two rulers connected as a corner square:

Square up your fabric using the Quilt Ruler Connector by Guidelines4Quilting

2) Super Easy Way to Square Up Your Fabric

Square up fabric witht the Quilt Ruler Connectory by Guidelines4Quilting

3) Super Easy Way to Square Up Your Fabric & Keep it Square

Super Easy Way to Square Up Your Fabric & Keep It Square by Guidelines4Quilting

 


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