Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers
Fussy cutting is just like it sounds: being fussy about what you are cutting. No really. Fussy cutting is the act of cutting out specific items in a piece of fabric, instead of accepting strips and squares from fabric randomly.
Here is how to fussy cut around one object for something like appliquè.
1. This is the whole piece of fabric and I want to cut out just the Cindy Lou Who.
2. So first I just cut around the object I want to fussy cut.
3. Then go in for a closer cut.
You can also cut a larger piece of material out and it is still fussy cutting. It is all about cutting out a very specific point in the fabric instead of just cutting it in strips.
1. Here is a large piece of fabric. In this case, I wanted to get the Merry Grinchmas on one piece and then some of the characters.
2. And here is my fussy cut. It has the words Merry Grinchmas, Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch, and Max the dog, all with enough room around the edges for sewing a 1/4" seam allowance.
Another case of fussy cutting is on my dump truck block. I fussy cut the wheels in this picture, making sure that dump trucks were clearly in the center of the wheels.
And that's fussy cutting!