Tip of the Week – How to cut patterns perfectly (even on striped knit fabric)

Sewing tip of the week at Sugar Tart Crafts

Use freezer paper to help cut out difficult pattern pieces.

Cut patterns perfectly using freezer paper

And by “difficult” I mean anything with stripes, plaids, slippery fabric, fiddly shaped pieces, knits, sheers, and pretty much anything else you’d want to try it on! This is one of my personal favorites, because it’s such a pain to work with pins and small children in the same room. And if I don’t get the entire pattern laid out during one sitting, (like that ever happens) I don’t have to worry about pieces shifting or blowing away. They are stuck right where I put them until I get around to cutting them out. (No matter how many weeks that may take!)

A pattern piece that needs to be cut from slippery knit fabric


Choose your pattern, and trace it onto the flat (non-shiny) side of a piece of freezer paper.


Pattern piece traced onto freezer paper
If you are working with printed or striped fabric add markings to the paper
that will help you align the pattern pieces with the stripes or repeats.
(my stripes are 1/2 inch apart so I drew lines every 1 1/2 inches)
A pattern with lines drawn on it to help match the fabric stripes


Cut your pattern piece from the freezer paper and align it properly on the fabric.


Freezer paper pattern ironed to knit fabric
Carefully iron the pattern piece in place shiny side down.
Cutting striped knit fabric easily
Cut out you pieces without worrying about anything shifting!


How to easily match up striped knits when sewing

Peel the freezer paper from your fabric and continue with your sewing. How cool is that?You can even re-iron the same pattern piece multiple times without it loosing it’s “stickiness”.
*Special note – If you are working with knit or a more delicate fabric, be extra careful to peel the paper off very, Very slowly to avoid stretching the piece out of shape.
Don’t forget to check out the previous Tip of the Week posts to learn more awesome sewing tricksor follow the Tip of the Week pinterest board to keep up with all the new information!Happy Friday!

27 thoughts on “Tip of the Week – How to cut patterns perfectly (even on striped knit fabric)

  1. oh man, that's so so smart to draw the stripes right on the freezer paper. I avoid stripes when sewing because I never end up getting them straight. And I have a few yards of stripes in my stash…I'll have to try this trick sometime!

    1. Thanks Lynette! Just make sure your lines match up from one pattern piece to the next, or the stripes will never match up. (like on the side seams) You don't even wanna know how many times I've forgotten that and totally screwed it all up! 😛

    1. I know exactly what you mean. I feel like I've been sewing forever and still learn goofy little "Why didn't I think of that?" tricks almost weekly! Glad I could help!

    1. Thanks for your reply Cathy, but it's not. It seems that UK supermarkets don't stock it. I guess it's because we're not such fans for freezing. It's the same for canning supplies, it's just not popular here.

    1. Thanks Madeleine! I used to be the same way about stripes before I figured this out. It always took a gazillion pins for me to get everything lined up, and then it would still be off somewhere. This is sooo much faster and easier. Hope it works for you!

  2. Brilliant! I use freezer paper all the time for applique, but never thought of it for regular patterns. Just in time for a couple of knit projects I have planned too.

  3. Such a smart idea for directional prints & stripes I know you already know you've been featured, but be sure to stop by to grab a Featured On button. Thanks for sharing and linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

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