Cutting a single triangle is usually done by
making a square, and then cutting it in half.
There is an important measurement to remember
when it comes to triangles. It is 3/8 of an inch.
Memorize this number. You will see this
number again. Sometimes it will have the 1/2 inch seam allowance added
to it; so you will see 7/8 of an inch.
is quite simple, but the square to the left is a 6 3/8 inch square that has
been marked to be cut into a triangle.
The 3/8 inch that is added is the amount of
fabric that is taken up when the triangle is added to another piece.
When you add triangles to other blocks, you
will have little bits of fabric that stick out on each side. Quilters
have lots of cute names for these bits of fabric, such as bunny ears or
tails. Use your rotary cutter of scissors to trim them off.
One other thing to mention. The
triangle above is marked with a black marking pen. However, anytime
you want to mark a piece of fabric down the middle, all you need to do is
fold it in half and press it. It is a lot quicker.
This is one reason why 100% cotton is so
popular with quilters. It holds creases well. You can even use
your finger and finger press a mark that you can follow when you sew.
Triangles are usually sew together in pairs.
There are many shortcut methods. There are only two of them that I
like. Follow the links on the left to reach those pages.