Today, we’re looking at two different kinds of cutting tools — rotary cutters and pinking shears.
Whenever anyone asks me what kinds of supplies they need to get started sewing, my top 3 always includes a rotary cutter. With this little tool, a self-healing mat, and a clear grid ruler you’ll never cut a crooked line again. Most commonly, rotary cutters are used for cutting quilting blocks, but they’re great for cutting any straight line. There are lots of great beginner-level sewing projects out there that could be done in a zip with the help of a rotary cutter like these sachets from Tuts+ and these color-blocked hot pads from Making Nice in the Midwest
Pinking shears cut edges into a zig-zag pattern and, in doing so, help to prevent fraying. This means that pinking shears are perfect for finishing off any raw edges that may be visible or accessible in a sewing project. A perfect example would be a pillow cover like this envelope version from Something is Done, where the inside raw edges may experience some wear and tear. Pinking shears also serve double-duty in preventing fraying while creating a decorative edge in projects like these program pockets I created for my friend’s wedding last year.