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Rotary Cutting 101

Life Skills:

  • Employability

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 90 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


Students will learn how to safely use a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. They will learn the parts of the fabric. Students will also begin to understand the difference between a finished block and a cut block.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Textile Design Entrepreneurship
Strand 7 Standard 2

Design and fabricate bedding and pillows. (e.g. quilts, comforters, pillow shams, bed skirts, throw pillows, etc.)

Career Connections:

  • Quilt shop employee

Pizza cutter, pizza pan, rotary cutters, cutting mats, acrylic rulers, and quilting books for reference: examples are found in the bibliography.

Background For Teachers:
Teacher needs to have experience in using a rotary cutter, mat, and acrylic ruler. She must also understand how to use the rotary cutter safely.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should know and understand the parts of the fabric. This will be discussed and reviewed in the lesson plan.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn the parts of the fabric, how to use a rotary cutter safely, and how to cut fabric with the ruler, mat, and rotary cutter.

Instructional Procedures:
This lesson plan is on the attachment.


Assessment Plan:
Students will turn in their 4" X 4" finished square. If the assignment is correct, the square will measure 4 1/2" X 4 1/2".

Rotary Cutting and Speed Piecing from Rodale's Successful Quilting Library. Quick Country Quilting by Debbie Mumm. Pages: 9-11. Start Quilting with Alex Anderson. By Alex Anderson. Pages: 8 - 11. Quick Classic Quilts by Marsha McCloshey. Pages: 10-13.

Mary Baker

Created Date :
Jul 17 2003 14:57 PM