Learn to Sew: How to Mark the Fabric Before You Cut and a Giveaway

Now that you’ve set up your sewing machine, practiced your stitches, chosen your fabric and pattern, you’re ready to to mark all of those pattern marks to your fabric. But which marks do you transfer and what should you use?

There are many tool options for marking your fabric, and everyone seems to have their favorite. Test them out on a small scrap of fabric first to see which one you prefer and to make sure that the mark can be removed later. Let’s take a look at some of the options and which pattern marks you will need to transfer.





Click here or on any of the pictures to learn which pattern marks to transfer and which tool option to use.

As a special thank you for being a part of this new series, and to celebrate over 7,000,000 views. I’m going to be giving away a $100.00 Joann’s Fabric and Craft gift card to one person who comments, shares and pins my eHow articles in this new sewing series. Each share, pin and comment will be counted as an entry in the giveaway.

Learn to Sew: Essential Sewing Tools

Learn to Sew: Basic Sewing Machine Stitches

Learn to Sew: Choosing Fabrics and Patterns

Learn to Sew: How to Mark the Fabric Before You Cut

Thank you all so much for all of your encouragement and support over the last few years. It’s truly been a pleasure to share this sewing adventure with you!


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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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65 Responses to Learn to Sew: How to Mark the Fabric Before You Cut and a Giveaway

  1. Ann says:

    As a semi self taught “sewer” I am liking your series-learning and refreshing my skills!

  2. Serah Vera says:

    I am sewing a dress now! Making patrons and measuring is very important.

  3. Debbi says:

    Love all your tutorials and ideas! This series is going to be very beneficial to me and I am passing it on to some others! Thank you for the inspiration and helpful ideas!

  4. Stephanie T says:

    I bought my daughter a sewing machine for Christmas and shared your sewing basics with her as a starting point. Her creativity is flowing and she is creating all sorts of projects.

  5. alliana88m says:

    Shared, pinned, and commented on all the articles. Thanks for the contest.

  6. Pam DePaolo says:

    Great sewing tutorial! I always enjoy your blog and find inspiration in your ideas.

  7. designfete says:

    This is super helpful! Shared & pinned them all now

  8. Karen Olsen says:

    Do you have any suggestions for converting ladies slacks with a half elastic waist to a zipper and regular waistband?

    I believe there are a lot of us older gals who like the slacks, such as Alfred Dunner, but who feel the elastic back waistband is not flattering. I have seven pairs in pretty colors! But just don’t wear them. Before donating, I thought I would ask you if you had any ideas.



  9. Wendy says:

    I started quilting in my 50s. I know how to sew a straight line. What I don’t know is how to sew garments. The last time I sewed a garment was high school, so… it’s a bit embarrassing to listen to the other quilters who have entered quilting from having sewn clothing for themselves and their children. Through your blog, I’ve discovered a passion for refashion. Problem is, I’m working from instinct and logic. Thank goodness you’ve published these ‘Learn to Sew’ basic tutorials. I’m following along as you publish them. Grandkids should start popping along soon, so I’ll be equipped to sew items for them too! Looking forward to more. Thanks Beth.

  10. I use chalk, but my favorite go-to marker is made by Pilot. The FriXion ball pen. I bought it at a quilt shop and just love it. You mark your fabric and it will come out with water, or it has an eraser tip on the pen and you just remove the mark by friction. It comes in various colors. I guess I like it because you can mark with a fine line. Chalk sometimes marks wide or smeary. Thanks for the tutorials!
    Kathi B from Vegas

  11. Barbara Torres says:

    Congratulations on your 7,000,000 views!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Even though I know the basics, I still like to review them in case there is something new I’ve not seen, or if someone is using a technique I’ve not tried. Right now I am struggling thru the rolled hem for scarfs. Sure, I can do the center just fine, it’s the ends that look sloppy, so I keep experimenting.

  13. Claire Simard says:

    That wasn’t supposed to be anonymous.

  14. Ann Liebner says:

    My older sister taught me most of what I learned about sewing. Your tutorials are a perfect reminder of the basics that guarantee pleasing results. Thank you for all the inspiration and a great giveaway!

  15. Debbie Echaves says:

    Very nice tutorials and good pictures which really help to explain. Thank you

  16. Kathy poss says:

    I have gotten so many good ideas for reusing my old things and some from others. Particularly wool items.

  17. Susie W. says:

    You have such cute refashioned clothes ideas. Thanks!

  18. Dawn Jones says:

    I shared Essential Sewing tools on Facebook, and pinned (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/406379566356280603/)
    Thank you for the sewing lessons, my daughter and I are working together yo learn. I’m catching up on skills and she is a total beginner.

  19. Dawn Jones says:

    I shared Badic Sewing Machine Stitches on Facebook, and pinned (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/406379566356280650/)

  20. Dawn Jones says:

    I shared choosing Fabrics and Patterns on Facebook and pinned (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/406379566356280675/)

  21. Dawn Jones says:

    I shared How to Mark Fabric on Facebook and pinned (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/406379566356280720/)

  22. Just to be clear, are we commenting, sharing, and pinning this post or your eHow posts?

  23. Congrats on all of your views! I love reading your eHow posts, even though I know how to sew. You teach things I need brushing up on! 😀

  24. Abigail says:

    I shared it by email!

  25. Abigail says:

    I love your blog, it’s very helpful! Congrats on the views!

  26. kmom14 says:

    Thanks for all the tips on your blog:)

  27. Teri says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed, as $100 to spend at JoAnn’s would be fun.

  28. Ruth L says:

    Your creativity and easy-to-follow instructions make your projects fun and easy to complete. I follow your blog via email and will pin and share this post. Winning a gift card to JoAnn’s would be so awesome! I’m really working hard to fill out the wholes in my wardrobe and $100 would just about get me there! Thanks, Beth!
    Warm regards,
    Ruth L

  29. Susan M. says:

    I am using this series to help teach my 11year old daughter how to sew–thank you!!!!!

  30. rrjane011749 says:

    I pinned, shared and commented! Always love your tutorials!

  31. Measuring correctly is the most important thing to do in my opinion. I have learned the hard way what can happen if you don’t! I love all of your very informative information and creativity! Congratulations on your 7,000,000 views and thank you for celebration giveaway!

  32. Penny says:

    Thank you for such easy to read directions! Also, thanks for such a nice giveaway!

  33. Penny says:

    I’ve shared all of the how-to’s with my daughter, who lives 500 miles away & is sewing baby accessories.

  34. Penny says:

    I’ve pinned all of the how-to’s on my “Sewing & Fabric Crafts” board.

  35. mommermom says:

    This is been a great series. My sister is interested in learning how to sew and we don’t live close enough for me to help her on a regular basis. I sent you links to her in hopes that she will gained a lot of basic experience. Love your step by step details.

  36. karen christensen says:

    Love these posts. Great reminder of what I have forgotten or never knew at all.

  37. karen christensen says:

    I pinned all 4 lessons on Pinterest on this page: https://www.pinterest.com/sewncreations/sewing/

  38. Staci Torgerson says:

    I pinned your ecpuse on learning to sew on my Pintrest Board Online Courses.

  39. Staci Torgerson says:

    I shared on twitter your Basic Sewing Stitches

  40. Staci Torgerson says:

    I pinned your Basic Sewing Stitches on my board Online Courses

  41. Staci Torgerson says:

    I pinned your choosing patterns and fabric on my board Online Courses

  42. Staci Torgerson says:

    I shared on twitter your choosing patterns and fabric.

  43. Staci Torgerson says:

    I shared on twitter marking fabric before cutting

  44. Staci Torgerson says:

    I pinned on my board Online Courses your eHow marking fabric before cutting

  45. debflack64 says:

    This series is excellent! It is very useful and well thought out. I pinned it, too!

  46. Anonymous says:

    I love the red dress and such a simple solution How mad am I that I just gave away some clothes that I could have altered.

  47. Abigail says:

    I pinned the set up your sewing machine post.

  48. Abigail says:

    I pinned the marking your fabric post.

  49. Abigail says:

    I pinned the practicing your stitches post.

  50. Abigail says:

    I pinned the choosing your fabric and patterns post.

  51. Merunikitty says:

    I could literally cry with happiness at this point! I finally got a sewing machine for Christmas from my husband (and bawled my eyes out Christmas morning when I opened the box! He even got it on camera, so now he teases me about it. 60 Stiches!!!) Anyway, I am trying to learn how to refashion clothes and make my own now! All of your tips have been incredible! I’ve been stalking your blog for a few months now and Jillian Owens as well! Thank you for all your tips/Refashions! You are awesome! Also, I have pinned all of those posts on pinterest! 😀

  52. Giulia says:

    I’m an absolute beginner and I love your blog!

  53. I pinned Learn to Sew: Essential Sewing Tools to my DIY Sewing Clothes board.

  54. I pinned Learn to Sew: Basic Sewing Machine Stitches to my DIY Sewing Clothes board.

  55. I pinned Learn to Sew: Choosing Fabrics and Patterns to my DIY Sewing clothes board.

  56. I pinned Learn to Sew: How to Mark the Fabric Before You Cut to my DIY Sewing Clothes board.

  57. Here is my board that shows my pins: https://www.pinterest.com/christinapertz/diy-sewing-clothes/
    Thanks so much for these posts! They have been so helpful and I know I will be looking back at these when I run into a bit of trouble! Thank you!

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