Fussy Cutting HST’s is really good fun and a great way to show off some of those adorable prints you have in your stash. I find it easier to create myself a simple template first and then I can use this as a viewing window to get my motif just right.
Creating a Fussy Cut Template
STEP 1 – Draw a square the same size as the finished Half Square Triangle, for this example I’m making a 2″ finished HST. (FIG 1)
STEP 2 – Using a darker pen draw a line across the square to create a triangle. (FIG 2)
STEP 3 – Using a colour pen draw a line ¼” around the triangle (this is your seam allowance). (FIG 3)
STEP 4 – Cut out the triangle along the colour line and then cut out the inner triangle, shaded area in (FIG 4)
STEP 5 – use this template as a viewing window to find the fussy cuts you would like.
STEP 6 – Once you have found your perfect cut, draw around the outside of the template and then cut.
TIP – If you like to trim your HSTs (I do) then cut the long diagonal exactly but leave yourself an extra 1/8″ on the two straight sides. This means that you can trim once finished.
STEP 7 – Place the two matching triangles RST and sew 1/4″ along the long diagonal. Open up and iron and trim (if needed) to finish the HST.