Everyone has their own way, but I am always a fan of using my rotary cutter when I can. Here are some cutting tips to hopefully inspire you to start on that new project you've been avoiding.
Step 1: Turn on some jams!
Nothing inspires me to get working more than some fun music. What does your mood tell you? Calming Bach, jazzy Ella? Thanks to my childhood, one of my favorite "pump-up" musicians has to be blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Step 2: Press the fabric
When I cut fabric, especially large pieces, it is a good idea to press your fabric before cutting. This is especially true when working with cotton. Too many wrinkles can really hinder an accurate cut, and just making the job plain annoying. So do yourself a favor - break out your iron - you'll be happy you did.
Step 3: Assemble your tools
A cutting mat, a ruler, a rotary cutter, fabric weights, and fabric scissors are all great items to have available.
Step 4: Line up your fabric
Use the grid-lines on your cutting mat and your fabric weights to keep your fabric in place!
Step 5: Measure twice - Cut once!
I don't know where I heard this old saying, but it is so true! Better to take a little extra time lining up your ruler and double checking the measurement, than to waste money and time by making mistakes.
Step 6: Enjoy a job well-done :)
What is more satisfying than freshly cut stacks of fabric bursting with potential! Time to create!