Cutting lines + curves

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana

If all fabric looked like this, cutting it would be easy!

Or if it had grid lines on the back like a lot of gift wrap does now? Haah. That would be awesome. But no such luck, right??

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana

Rotary cutters and mats are wonderful.
But what if you don’t have one (or don’t want to drag it out)? Or what if you have a piece of fabric to cut that’s larger than your mat?

That’s where a few tricks up your sleeve can be helpful.

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana

And then you’ll be cutting and sewing some of my favorite “rectangle” shaped projects like a pro:

• pillows and pillowcases
• burp cloths
• drawstring bags
• zipper pouches
• tote bags
• simple skirts!

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with DanaAnnnnd….what if you have to cut and trim around a circular shape???   You know how tricky it can be to trim the entire hem of a circle skirt of First Day Dress!

Well, I’ll show you my absolute favorite trick for trimming a perfect line around circle shape.
(It’ll have you twirling with joy)

Best Tricks! How to Cut Straight Lines and Curves | Video from MADE Everyday with Dana

Just click the play button below and enjoy! (Or you can WATCH IT HERE.)

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  1. 1) *em

    Did you make the dress you are wearing?!? It is beautiful!

    • 2) Dana

      Thank you! Sadly, no. It’s from Forever 21. But I’ve thought for years about making a pattern since many people have asked about it 🙂

  2. 3) Little Quiltsong

    Thank you Dana – loved your video. This is actually how I did my cutting long before I knew about cutting mats and rotary cutters :)! Never attempted the curved cutting method though and loved how you do this. Thank you!

  3. 4) Mary

    I thoroughly enjoy your sewing videos. You explain everything so well.

  4. 5) Nancy Jo

    I agree, you explain well and make everything seem so simple. PLUS, you have a great attitude and seem delightful

    • 6) Dana

      Aww. Thank you ladies! 🙂 🙂

  5. 7) Kristeen

    Thank you Dana. I’ve gotten this craze to start sewing and since then I’ve only been watching your tutorials. I love the way you talk, just so natural and very easy to follow.

    • 8) Dana

      Aww thank you Kristeen! That’s so great to hear!
      Have fun with your new sewing addiction 🙂

  6. 9) Kirhonda Williams

    hello dana
    my name is kirhonda and i love your videos on you tube. i subscribed to your channel. i am such fan of your work not to mention how easy it is to follow your instructions. i love your spirit and your daughters precious. when i saw how you made those cute circle skirts. it prompted me to do the same for my twin grandaughters. i am a beginner, so wish me luck, but i think i can do it based on your teachings. thanks so much for sharing your passion it truly is a blessing.

  7. 10) DANA BUTT

    Hi Dana
    I’m also Dana I live in England and came across your website whilst looking for skirt patterns, I love sewing and creating and found it quite bizarre that I too make lots of skirts so felt the need to contact you, I have subscribed to your site as I’m still learning and find them so very helpful, Thank you for making it look so easy and for sharing your patterns and passion.
    D x

    • 11) Dana

      Aww Thanks! It’s always fun to meet another Dana 🙂
      Thanks for following along and have fun making stuff!

  8. 12) Patricia irvin

    I love your website. Thank you for sharing.

  9. 13) Gloria

    I made the crib size fitted sheets. so cute. love your ideas and the oven mitts are so inviting. love to watch your tutorials, make me feel I could sew anything. excited to try your pajamas bottoms. have a merry Christmas.

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