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Learn How to Perfectly Center Design Elements using an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template

September 18, 2019

Ideal for quilt blocks, sewing projects and all kinds of fabric crafts.

Isn’t that central flower motif pretty? We love how it floats perfectly within its 6″ frame. Learn how to use an Omnigrid® fussy cut template to center design elements precisely within a square. Use the template to frame up design motifs and create multiples that look similar or to make one-off projects that feature an area of fabric that you want to highlight.

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template to Center Designs on Fabric (shown on quilt block)


How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template (2 templates)

What are fussy cut templates?

Omnigrid fussy cut templates come in a set of 2. They are for fussy cutting squares from 2” to 8.5”. Holes for marking squares are drilled every ½” for a full range of sizes.

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template (square markings and seam allowances)

Take a look at those markings.

There is a ¼” seam allowance etched between each inch and ½ inch measurement. The handy markings identify which areas of the fabric will be showcased within the frame and which will be included within the seam allowance.

The center of the template squares is marked with a frosted crosshatch. Use the crosshatch to center the template over your desired motif and make sure that it is perfectly placed within the frame size of your choice.

Ready to see how they’re used?

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template to Center Designs on Fabric Squares (shown on quilt block)

Frame it.

Place the template on your fabric and position the template as desired. Slide the template around with your fingers until the element is placed exactly where you want it within the frame size of your choice. (The “frame” size is equal to the finished square of fabric that you will trim up. Our finished fabric square is 6″ so we centered that floral motif precisely within the 6″ frame of the template.)

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template to Center Designs on Fabric Squares (shown on quilt block)

Mark it.

Mark all 4 corners of the desired finished square size through the holes in the template. Notice that the floral motif bleeds a bit outside of the 6″ square – that is intentional.

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template to Center Designs on Fabric Squares (shown on quilt block)

Connect the dots.

Use an Omnigrid ruler to connect your corner marks and create a square.

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template to Center Designs on Fabric Squares (shown on quilt block)

Trim it.

Use a ruler and rotary cutter to fussy cut your square. It’s easy to cut squares quickly using the Omnigrid 360 rotating mat – just spin and cut. (See it in action.)

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template to Center Designs on Fabric Squares (shown on quilt block)

Check it out.

We centered this lovely floral element just perfectly within a 6″ square.

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template to Center Designs on Fabric Squares (shown on quilt block)

Perfect for quilt blocks.

The fussy cut templates are a great tool to have in your quilting arsenal. You’ll use them again and again to position elements from your fabric within a frame.

How to Use an Omnigrid Fussy Cut Template to Center Designs on Squares of Fabric

Here’s another example.

We used a fussy cut template and followed the same steps as above to make a set of beanbags: frame central motif, mark the corners, connect the dots and trim it up.

Voilà.

The Clemson paw motif is front and center – just where we wanted it to be. (Go, Tigers!)

Perfectly centered.

These collegiate bean bags are ready for tailgate gaming. So you see, regardless of the design of your fabric, if there’s a motif you want to feature in a sewing or quilting project, the fussy cut templates can help you emphasize it.

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