Our Guide to Cuts Offered at Prints to Polka Dots


 


FABRIC CUTTING SERVICE

We offer a wide range of cuts at Prints to Polka Dots, giving you greater choice, the ability to buy just what you need, and the opportunity to have your fabrics arrive pre-cut into a range of popular size strips, squares, rectangles, hexagons, triangles and other craft and quilting shapes, saving you hours of cutting.

Using this service you can make your own Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Charm and Quilt Packs. 

Whilst we believe this range of cuts enhances your shopping experience it can be bewildering when you first make an order, and so we have produced this handy guide to help you work out which cut suits your needs best.


Available Cuts

Scroll down the screen for more information on each of these cuts.

  • Cut from the bolt
  • Fat quarters
  • Strips
  • Squares
  • Rectangles
  • Hexagons
  • Small Triangles
  • Bunting Triangles
  • Apple Cores
  • Tumblers
  • Samples
  • Applique

 

Fabric Cut From the Bolt

Select 'I will tell you the length' from the available options and then tell us if you would like to order in inches or cms. For every x1 you order we will increase the length of your fabric by 25cm if you order in cm, or by 9" if you order in inches.  The width of each fabric is included in the fabric's description.

Examples:

If you order x1 - you will get 1 piece 25cm long if you order in cm, or 9" long if you order in inches x the width of the fabric.

If you order x 2 - you will get 1 piece 50cm long if you order in cm or 18" long if you order in inches x the width of the fabric.

If you order x3 - you will get 1 piece 75cm long if you order in cm or 27" long if you order in inches x the width of the fabric.

If you order x4 - you will get 1 piece 100cm long if you order in cm or 36" (1 yard) long if you order in inches x the width of the fabric.

PLEASE NOTE: 25cm (1/4 mtr) is longer than 9" (1/4 yard).  9" is approx 22.5cm.

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Fat Quarters

Fat quarters are loved by quilters and craft sewers alike. They are half the width of regularly cut quarter mtr or yards, and twice as long (almost square - see the second image below), and so often lend themselves better to craft pattern pieces, quilting shapes and accents on clothing and home decor projects.

You can order fat quarters in cms (50cm long x 55cm wide) or in inches (18" x 22" wide (approx 45cm x 55cm)).  The more you order the more pieces you get, if you want one long continuous piece of fabric see the option above this one, for ordering off the bolt.  

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Pre-cut Strips

You can also buy almost all our fabric cut into 5cm (2"), 6.3cm (2,5"), 10cm (4"), or 15cm (6") long strips (each strip is the full width of the fabric you have chosen, the width of each fabric is included in its description).  

Die cut for accuracy they arrive ready to use, design your own jelly roll with your favourite fabrics, or buy just enough to bind your quilt or craft project - the more you buy the cheaper they get!

Planning to use your strips to make bias or binding tape? - click here to view our range of bias tape makers and to view our series of leaflets on making and using bias tape.

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Pre-cut Squares

Whether you are quilting with squares or only need a small piece of fabric for your pattern, our range of die cut squares could be right up your street!  

You can buy pieces of fabric close to the size of your pattern pieces, reducing waste and saving you money, or build your own quilt pattern - we will cut the squares accurately with our specialist dies, and send them to you, ready to sew!

Select 'squares' from the options available on the individual fabric pages, then choose your square and pack size - the more you order, the cheaper they get - great for making your own charm packs and layer cakes!

Squares can be ordered in the following sizes:

  • 6.3cm (2.5")
  • 8.8cm (3.5")
  • 12.7cm (5") Unlike our other squares these ones are pinked, this means the edges are cut in a zig zag pattern, if you sew with at least a 6mm (1/4") seam allowance the edges are all hidden.  The pinking stops the squares from fraying and also makes lining up pieces a breeze.
  • 16.5cm (6.5")
  • 21.5cm (8.5")
  • 25cm (10") 

Fancy cutting your squares at home?  You can also buy plastic or cardboard templates for all these square sizes (except 12.7cm (5") squares) click here!

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Did you know?  We have a Pinterest pinboard dedicated to charm packs, full of inspiring images, with links to free patterns and tutorials - click here to view.


 

Pre-cut Rectangles

Cut using our specialist die, cutting accurate shapes time after time. 

We currently offer one rectangle size, 17cm x 9cm (6.5” x 3.5”).  Assuming a 6mm (¼”) seam allowance, this gives you a finished size of 15.2cm x 7.6cm (6” x 3”). The more you buy the cheaper they get!

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Also available in template plastic or cardboard if you would prefer to cut your rectangles at home - click here!


 

Pre-cut Hexagons

Love the finished look of hexagons, but don't like the idea of cutting all those shapes out?  We have the perfect solution!  

We offer hexagons in 3 sizes, just pick your fabrics, select the size of hexagon and pack size you require on the individual fabric pages and we will do the rest.

Available in the following sizes:

  • 5cm (2")
  • 7.6cm (3")
  • 12.7cm (5")

Also available in template plastic or kraft card, for those of you who would prefer to cut at home, or in lightweight paper for paper piecing - click here to find out more!

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Did you know?  We have a Pinterest pinboard dedicated to sewing with hexagons, full of inspiring images, with links to free patterns and tutorials - click here to view.


 

Small Triangles

These nifty half square triangles make 5" squares when sewn in pairs.  Combine them with other shapes to create a wide range of traditional and modern quilting designs (click here to view our Pinterest board full of inspiring combinations).

Each triangle comes pre-notched (with the point of each corner cut off) to eliminate the need to cut off dog ears, and to help lining up for sewing.

Available in a wide range of pack sizes, find the fabric you want and select triangles from the list of options, the more you buy the cheaper they get (if you want to order in bulk contact us for a no strings attached quote).

Also available in template plastic or kraft card for those of you who would prefer to cut your own shapes at home - click here to find out more!

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Visit our blog and download our easy peasy quilt pattern for detailed instructions on sewing with these triangles.

Did you know?  We have a Pinterest pinboard dedicated to half square triangles, full of inspiring images, with links to free patterns and tutorials - click here to view.


 

Bunting Triangles

We love bunting at Prints to Polka Dots and stock everything you need to make your own, you can buy a template made out of durable plastic or kraft card to cut your fabric at home - click here, or let us do all the work and buy your triangles ready cut.

If you would like us to cut your triangles for you, choose your fabrics, and select bunting triangles from the available options.  Bear in mind that if the fabric you have chosen has a particular direction (so the design/pattern stops us cutting triangles upside down), the triangles will be more expensive (as there is more wastage). If you want to make your money go far, special offer fabrics and Kona solid colours offer the best value for money - and the more you buy the cheaper the triangles get!  

Each triangle is 22.8cm (9") high x 19.05cm (7.5") wide.

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If you would like to make a bulk order contact us for a quote.

Click here to visit our bunting department for kits, pinking shears, bags, specialist bunting tape, and to download our guide to making bunting.


 

Apple Cores

Take your projects to the next level with this great quilting shape, use in small and large quilts, sew into panels to use in the making of bags, table runners, floor cushions and more!   

Each apple core is 14cm x 18cm (5 3/8th x 7 1/16th) and has notches built into each side to aid lining up.

You can buy apple cores:

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Visit out Pinterest board for more information on Apple Cores, free patterns, guides and inspirational images!


Tumblers

These funky little tumblers are great, with the corners cut off to make lining up and sewing together a breeze.  They look great in a quilt, or used as a panel in other projects, such as table runners, cushions and bags - a really fab way to show off a whole fabric collection and add interest to your projects.

Each tumbler is approx. 9.2cm x 8.9cm (3 5/8" x 3 1/2").

You can buy tumblers:

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Visit our Pinterest board to view free tutorials, guides and inspirational images relating to sewing with tumblers.


Applique Shapes Including Text

We offer a wide range of applique shapes at Prints to Polka Dots, including, animals, cars, Christmas motifs, hearts, stars, letters, numbers and large abstract arabesque shapes.

You can order the shapes:

TOP TIPS:

  • Look for fabrics which contrast strongly with the fabric you are attaching your applique to, and avoid fabrics with large patterns on, they can confuse the eye and stop you seeing the overall shape of the applique.
  • Consider using Kona solid colours for the applique, solid colours often stand out best, and they are cheaper too!
  • We strongly recommend buying shapes with the adhesive attached, even if you plan on sewing your shapes onto your project, the adhesive will stop your applique shapes moving whilst you sew and will stop them distorting.  
  • If you are considering buying Christmas snowflakes, reindeer or snowmen, give consideration to how you are going to finish your applique, these shapes are the hardest to sew onto projects due the number of twists and turns and thin sections, and are best suited to being ironed on with ultra adhesive, which is a no-sew option that can be washed time and time again without coming loose.  

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Samples

We offer free samples of our fabrics and trims wherever practicable, if we are able to offer a sample the option will appear on the item's page in the buying options for that item, we don't charge for samples but do charge for postage, this is to keep the costs down for all customers, if you are ordering samples with other items you will only be charged extra postage if the weight of your order tips over into the next postage bracket.  You are restricted to 5 samples per order.

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Ordering Fabric Bundles?

When choosing which pack size to order, the number shown in the pack, is the number of pieces cut from EACH of the fabrics in the bundle.

FOR EXAMPLE:

If the bundle you select is for a set of 4 fabrics, and you choose '5cm strips x 4' you will receive x4 strips of EACH fabric in the bundle, a total of 16 strips.

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We hope you have found this guide useful, you can download a copy including a handy pull out with pack shapes and sizes listed, by clicking here.  If you are left with questions please do not hesitate to contact us, and if there are other cuts you would find useful please let us know!