Your fabrics/sheets are washed and dried . . . . have you pressed/ironed them? It is very important to iron all of your pieces, whether you use your iron to mark cutting lines or just to make sure everything is pressed well to make cutting easier, let's do that first. I recommend using Fabric Sizing or a spray starch. It really makes ironing easier!
I'll have these tools with me today:
My kindle which has the Tutorial loaded on it, Magic Sizing for my ironing, a measuring tape, a washout cloth marking pencil, my rotary cutter and rulers, and a chalk line tool.
Page 5 of the tutorial is the beginning of "Cutting the Fabric". We will cut four panels using the measurement chart and --what the tutorial refers to as the Large Panel.
I ironed my fabric, and folded the Large Panel in half, then marked the cutting line at the top. We are not concerned about selvage on this project. When the Large Panel is folded in half, we need to be sure that we will have at least 18" at the bottom to mark our diagonal line for cutting out the panel.
I've used my washout cloth marking pencil at the short measurement" at the end that is x" long; and at the bottom of the Large Panel at the larger measurement. (remember your panel is folded in half now)
Now I'm going to make a line to meet the two marks.
I like to use a chalk line marker,
but you can use a long ruler or any other straight edge to help you mark the panel shape.
You may wish to mark your lines on the wrong side of your fabric. Its personal preference here!
Cut on the marked line. Repeat with all Large Panels. Hold onto your remnant/leftovers. One section will be used for the front door.
Unfold each panel, keeping the narrow section at the top and the wide section at the bottom.
Cut the remnant section into two identical/mirror images for the door panel. (see Tutorial page 7 for photo)
Iron/press your pole fabric, and cut out 5 pieces for the pole fabric.
If you are using the optional door ties, you'll need to cut four pieces of ribbon, bias tape, or whatever you'd like to use as ties.
We'll cut and assemble Ruffles tomorrow for those who are adding them!
AND - don't forget -
We will be giving away not just one prize but three! Yes -Three winners will be chosen at the end of the sew-a-long, a random participation winner, fan favorite and a Little Lizard King choice!