Tutorial: How to cut up a Vintage Sheet
Thursday, June 16, 2011
If you've ever tried to cut fat quarters or yardage out of a vintage sheet, you know how difficult it is. There is so much fabric, it is difficult to wrangle on even a large cutting surface. This method uses ripping and cutting to get more manageable pieces.
This tutorial outlines how to cut 19"x23" fat quarters, which is what I sell in my shop. I like to cut it a little big, because the ripping is not perfect. You are usually getting a straight rip, but because of shrinkage and warping, it's sometimes not exactly on. That extra inch gives you room to straighten and trim off the rough edges if you want! :)
4. Repeat with the wide hem. Now you should have one big sheet piece with no top or bottom hem.
You could easily use this method to cut any length you'd like. You could tear a 46" strip to cut yardage pieces from, just keep in mind you're limited by the width of your sheet! :)