Mat Made Stripes

Slowly, I am working my way through these tutorials about Painting with Your Rotary Cutter. First up was Ruler Made Stripes. Today is about Mat Made Stripes. Mat Made Stripes are about taking a baby step away from your ruler. We will be using the lines on the cutting mat to help us cut strips of fabric that are approximately the size you want them to be.

First, you pick your palette. If you want to know how I select a palette, you can by reading this blog post.

MC Shell PaletteNext, design your stripe by mapping out the color order and width of each color.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellIron your fabric so that it can be easily cut selvedge to selvedge. When I make Mat Made Stripes, I leave my fabric folded in half.

I take my ironed fabric to my cutting mat and using one of the diagonal lines on my mat, I line my fabric up. I smooth out the edge by cutting a nice clean line without using my ruler.

Matt Made Stripe MC ShellNext, I move the fabric beyond the diagonal line approximately the width that I want my final strip of fabric to be. If I am feeling anxious about this cut, I can check it with my ruler. I then remove the ruler and make my cut basically following the  diagonal line on the mat.

Mat Made Stripe by MC ShellHere we see that I have made what I call a SLOPPY CUT.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellWhenever I do this, I acknowledge it to myself. “That’s a Sloppy Cut, Maria.” I feel it is very important to tell ourselves when we are doing shoddy work. Claim it and fix it. I then go back in with my rotary cutter and attempt to  smooth out the line. This is much better.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellRepeat this process until you have cut all of your strips of fabric. Here are my strips ready to be stitched into a stripe.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellI normally pair every strip up with a nearby partner and stitch, then iron, then trim, then pair again, and stitch until I have completed my stripe. But for the tutorial, I decided to work my way across the stripe adding one color at a time. I first stitch red to white. The edges of these fabrics are not straight because we did not use a ruler to cut them. Do not try to fix this. Instead you want to accentuate the curves by pairing the edges as you stitch. That is what I am doing in this photo. My left hand works to line the top fabric up with the bottom fabric while my right hand works to line the bottom fabric up with the top.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellOnce I have ironed this seam, I go back to my cutting mat. When I am making tiny stripes, I always cut them a little thick as it is very easy to go back and cut them a little thinner. That is what I am doing here.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellI continue to add strips of fabric to my stripe trimming the strips as needed. Usually I stitch with the larger piece of fabric on the bottom, but if the strip of fabric is super tiny, I sometimes piece this way to make sure I do not stitch into my ironed seam allowance.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellNow that is a lovely stripe.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellHere it is next to the Ruler Made Stripe. There is a distinct difference between the two. I prefer the Mat Made Stripe–it just seems to have more character.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellNext up we all get to say, “Look Ma! No Ruler No Mat.”

Those of you who have been following my posts about Object Runway know that I have been hunting for Carhartts. My dear friend Beth (Thank you Beth!) even put the call out on Facebook. It turns out only dead Alaskans part with their Carhartts. Fortunately for me, the Thrift Store Fairies heard my plea, and I found these extra EXTRA large Carhartts earlier this week.

Mat Made Stripes by MC ShellHappy Friday Folks! Check out what other stitchers have been doing by stopping by Nina-Marie’s.

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7 thoughts on “Mat Made Stripes

  1. I like your mat made stripes and their unique personality.
    By the way, dat some big pants!

  2. Lots of fabric in those bloomers!

  3. That takes a type of precision work and patience that I don’t have anymore. Your stripes look great and do have a personality.

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