Thursday, 23 July 2015

Helpful Tip: How to Cut Linen in a Straight Line

I find working on mini cross-stitch motifs very amusing at the moment. Each design doesn't take long to complete, I don't get bored and I can use all these small bits and pieces of linen and snippets of embroidery floss to create something pretty. I love working with linen, but sometimes it can be quite difficult to cut it in a perfectly straight line. Unless you have a small trick up your sleeve.

With this quick and easy way you won't have any trouble cutting small or large pieces of linen. Make sure that a piece of fabric you would like to cut is nicely ironed, it just makes it easier to work with. Find a point where you want your cut to be on the fabric. With a thick needle pick a single strand of linen.

Gently but firmly start pulling the thread out with your fingers.

Keep pulling until the thread comes out completely. If the thread you are pulling out snaps, find it and start pulling it out again. Once it's out, you will see a "ladder" like line on the fabric. That's your cutting line.

Cut with the scissors on that line. Take your time and make sure that you keep the fabric flat while cutting. You can also use a rotary cutter.

And here you have a perfectly straight cut. Nice and easy.

This method also works on medium weight cotton in solid colours. Have a fantastic day! Larisa xox


  1. Replies
    1. My pleasure, Sharon. I hope you find it useful. :-)

  2. What a clever tip, many thanks Larisa! it is definitely useful and couldn't come at a better time ;) x

    1. You are very welcome, Ann! I am glad you find it useful and that the timing is good to. :-)

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