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Fabric Right Side up when cutting?

caprice | Posted in General Discussion on

When cutting a pattern out on 2 layers of fabric – Should the Right Side be folded inside, OR is the Right Side showing against the pattern?  Thanks for your help



  1. Elizard | | #1

    Hi Caprice,
    usually the right side should be folded inside when cutting (and marking fabric), unless if the pattern 'manual' says otherwise.
    It is done like this, so that the markings are visible when you sew (right sides facing).
    hope it helps,
    Happy New Year,

  2. starzoe | | #2

    Instructions usually say to fold the right side to the inside, but it really doesn't matter, it is up to you. I find that striped fabric is easier to match with the right side up, wrong side together.

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      caprice | | #3

      Thanks for the answer.  From my reading I believe like you mentioned - common sense has to take over.  For a print or nap it seems to make sense to put Right Side out - Is there a value of Right Side being folded in? 

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        Becky-book | | #4

        Right side folded in makes it a little easier to place your markings on the wrong side if you are using a chalk pen or similar marker. If you sew tailor's tacks I don't think it would make much difference.Becky

        1. goldenthreads | | #5

          I always sew with fabric on the outside, so I can see exactly what I'm cutting.  I also mark with the tracing paper between the fabric before I pin.  Just the way I've always done it.

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