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Fussy cutting printed fabric using Sew Easy templates


Yesterday I talked about Clever Clips and Wrist Cushion make quick and light work of binding a quilt  and the Valentine wall hanging was completed once the binding and sleeve were attached.

Today, we’ll add a label to a quilt and I’ll show you another reason why I like to use the Sew Easy templates introduced in Monday’s post.

Let’s get started!

Anytime I put a label on a quilt I must fold over and press the edge to give it a finished look. To help me with this I like to use the Clover Fabric Folding Pen.

As shown in the picture below, draw a fine line with the fabric folding pen where you would like to fold the fabric.


Using the Fabric folding pen is being passed on the edge of a ruler leaving a mark that will be use to fold the edges of the label. Clover fabric folding pen
The fabric folding pen leaves a mark that will be used to fold the edges of the label.


The pen leaves a fine line on the fabric where it will be folded. I do this step on all four sides of the label.


After the pen is used it leaves a small wet line on the fabric at the location of where the fold is to happen.
Above the text is the line that the fabric folding pen leaves on the fabric. Once ironed the line is no longer visible.


Once you have drawn your line, fold over and press the fabric along the line. This is another good opportunity to use your Go Iron. This iron makes it much easier to press small surfaces of fabric; it gives you more control.


GO travel mini iron pressing the fold of the label that will placed on the back of the valenting wall hanging quilt.quilt.
GO Iron pressing the fold of the label


Once all 4 sides of the label are folded and pressed, sew it to the back of your quilt.


A lable is being held down in place by lage Clever Clips before it is sewn down to the back of the quilt.
Using larger Clever Clips to secure label before sewing.


I mentioned in Monday’s post that I would show you another use for the Sew Easy® Templates. These templates are great when you want to fussy cut busy fabrics. The ¼” line makes it much easier to see what will and will not be sewn over once you have sewn pieces together.

This is also another great opportunity to use the smaller, 18mm rotary cutter. Using a smaller rotary cutter allows you to stop cutting precisely at the point of the template. This is particularly helpful when you need to be careful about not cutting into another part of the fabric.


Possition an Sew Easy template over a specific part of the fabric ensuring that want is to be cut is within the lines.
Fussy cutting a fabric using the 3″ Sew Easy template


Join me next month for more quilting fun.

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4:  Clever Clips and Wrist Cushion make quick and light work of binding a quilt

I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging!


  1. Ann Pierce

    Interesting! And i had never heard of the Clover fabric folding pen before. Thanks!

  2. Becky

    I had never heard of the Clover Fabric Folding Pen! That looks awesome! I, too, hate trying to fold under the edges of labels. I’m going to have to give that a try. Thanks!

  3. I like to fussy cut fabrics for centers of blocks. It’s hard to do; but, well worth it. 🙂

  4. I am new to this site, but it is a true treasure trove of little gems of information. Thank you!

    • Welcome. Come back often as the other bloggers and myself we are always sharing, tips. trick and other fun stuff.

  5. Leslie Gerard

    Love this idea.

  6. Dian

    Thank you for ALL of the great tips!

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