Looking for tartan material for a special project? We have an amazing assortment of Scottish tartan fabric with over 500 clan and district patterns.
Our light weight cloth is versatile and can be used for an endless number of sewing projects and crafts. Before you begin, there are a few things you should consider when working with this material for the first time.
Depending on the print, the bands of colour can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. This makes a difference when it comes to the design and cutting of the textile. If you're a beginner, sometimes an even tartan is easier to work with for the first few projects.
First, consider where you want the pattern's lines to fall and what areas must match. It's a tricky process that takes some practice. Unfortunately, sometimes matching the lines throughout the garment is impossible. Cutting on the bias can solve this problem and boost the visual interest of the finished piece at the same time.
Many people cut their fabric in a double layer. However, the experts suggest tartan is cut in a single layer to ensure the material stays in alignment as the slightest shift can wreak havoc on the lines. If you must cut in a double layer, go through and pin each intersection of the print. It's time consuming but the only way to guarantee the pattern matches through both layers. The good news is that all this careful planning and cutting makes sewing it all together a cinch.
There are many great online resources for more tips about working with these prints. Remember, our material is a custom-ordered item, so please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.