How to Cut Out a Pattern

The first time you pull a pattern out of an envelope, it can look pretty confusing. There are a LOT of lines and arrows and registration marks and words and… ugh. You get the point.

However, each of those markings has a specific purpose to help you cut out the right-sized pattern accurately and precisely. To help demystify some of these guys, I teamed up with Kollabora to create this video showing you how to get those pesky pieces cut out like a pro.

For more information on reading the pattern, check out my tutorial where you can discover everything you need to know before you start cutting.

And if you who haven’t checked out Kollabora yet, get on it! There you can find tons of tutorials and patters, along with all the supplies you need to create them. Plus, you can connect with tons of other talented crafters and see what they’re up to.

If you have any questions at all, or have ideas for more how-tos, please feel free to let me know in the comments below!



Nicole Smith is an author, editor, designer, and instructor who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Check out her latest book, Skirt-A-Day Sewing, out now at your local bookstore, or online.
  1. Greetings! I’ve been following your website for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent work!

  2. Hi Nik. A great little tutorial! It is interesting to see how sewing patterns work. I have started creating and storing my own patterns for my leather accessories – it make things a lot easier!

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