Fussy Cutting is using a motif in a fabric and cutting it to focus on the motif.
You can see how I used it on the waistband of my Apron picture above.
I also use fussy cutting to position a print in a desired direction which you can see with the apple print. The apples are running vertical and are centered on the front panel.
I was able to achieve this by fussy cutting.
This is also a great way to conserve fabric since you are cutting only the amount of fabric you need.
*Here are some tips to help you with your next Fussy Cut Paper Pieced project*
Print out an extra copy of the pattern.
Cut out the section of the pattern you want to fussy cut.
In this example, I want to fussy cut the waistband on the apron - section A3.
Place the pattern piece, Right Side Up, on the Wrong side of the fabric directly covering the section you want to fussy cut.
Use a bit of fabric glue to hold the pattern piece in place.
In this example, I want the words "tag cotton" to be centered on the waistband.
Using a C-thru ruler, mark 1/4" from the edge of your pattern.
Cut on the line.
Use a rotary cutter and your acrylic ruler to cut around the pattern piece.
Remove the pattern piece from the back of the fabric.
You are ready to use the pattern piece!
I like to save the pattern pieces to be used again. I keep mine in a sheet protector and file it in a binder with the pattern.