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The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips

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This book contains practically everything you ever wanted to know about how to die cut fabric successfully! Written especially for the quilter & sewist who loves to die cut or wants to try, you’ll refer to this book again and again as you learn the secrets of die cutting fabric. This is the ONLY comprehensive guide on the market that covers ALL the popular die-cutting systems!

From the back cover:

Do you think die cutting wastes too much fabric? Have you ever die cut a square only to find that it came up short? How can you get perfect cuts every time, no matter what system you use or material you are cutting? Learn the tips and techniques you need to make your own die cutting a success.

256 Pages
5.5″ x 8.5″
Spiral-bound; lays flat
Ships in NovemberPurchase in my ArtFire Shop

What Kind of Die Cutter Should I Buy?

There are so many choices in the market today, and it can be confusing to decide which one might be best for you.  In the book, you’ll learn:

  • What factors to consider when choosing a die-cutting system
  • Detailed information about the Top 5 die-cutting systems
  • Which systems are interchangeable, and in what way
  • Objective comparison charts to help guide your decision

This is the most comprehensive book you will find with instructions, tips, and suggestions for using your die cutting system. It will take you from quick and simple die cutting for any brand of die cutter to very sophisticated techniques. With this book, you will learn to use your die cutting system the right way from the start. I wouldn’t be without it.

- Marjorie Busby,


So Many Dies, Which Ones Do I Need?

There are literally thousands of dies out there, just waiting to be used! Which ones are good for cutting fabric, and which should you avoid? There’s information about:

  • The first thing you should do when you bring a die home
  • The proper way to handle & store dies
  • The different types of dies and how to make the most of them
  • Designing & buying custom dies for your system


Learn Why “Easy as 1-2-3″ Only Works Once You Understand Fabric

The promo videos and marketing blurbs on these machines all say how easy it is to do, but these companies all started their businesses cutting paper first! Fabric doesn’t behave like paper, so you need to do a few things differently to get the perfect & accurate cuts you’ve been promised. You’ll get tips on:

  • How to build the proper “sandwich” for your machine, especially when you mix & match dies and machines.
  • How to prepare & align your fabric for successful cutting
  • How to minimize waste from cutting


This book is jammed pack with info, tips, tricks and covers E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! The question & answer sections are exactly what we quilters need, and the “cool facts” offer great info for the reader. I love the storage solutions… and the EDeN info. This is for sure the Die-Cutting Bible!”

– Vanessa Wilson,

Die Cutting in the Real World

Let’s face it: as die-cutting quilters & sewists, we’re literally on the cutting edge of our industry. Die cutting has the potential to revolutionize the industry in a way that rotary cutters did a few decades ago. It will take a while before there’s widespread acceptance of our chosen cutting method, so what do we do in the mean time? This book covers:

  • The Equivalent Die Notation System, or EDeN, which helps you convert rotary instructions for die cutting
  • An easy way to label your dies so you know what dies cut which shapes
  • Tips & techniques for sewing & piecing your precision-cut shapes
  • Die cutting safely & comfortably
  • How to store & maintain your equipment so it lasts for years
  • Resources for your to continue learning & sharing

 The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips is the book I wish I had a little over two years ago. It will help you determine which machine is best for you, how to use the machine and more.

-Jennifer Rodriguez, All Things Belle


Why This Book

I was inspired to write the book because early on in my die cutting, I started recognizing that the same questions would come up repeatedly from new users, and it seemed like this was really an area of need.

When you get a sewing machine, the manual covers the basics, but they don’t teach you to sew.  For that, you can buy any number of books teaching you how to sew, quilt, make pillows, alter clothing, etc. When it comes to die cutting though, there are a few project books (I can count them on two hands) but there’s nothing teaching you how to die cut fabric successfully!

If you use a die cutter, or want to learn the right way to use it for cutting fabric, you need to get a copy of this book.  It costs about the same as a die, but it will practically pay for itself with the time, frustration, and fabric you save learning how to die cut on your own.


Learn More About the Book

I’ll be hosting a virtual Book Tour from October 17 – 30, 2012 with some of your favorite designers & bloggers! During the tour, you will have many chances to win a copy of the book.

Ways to Buy the Book

I really encourage you to go to your local quilt shop and either buy it from them, or request them to stock it.


Media Kit

If you need some additional information about the book, feel free to download what you need from the list below.  You can click the item to open it, then use your browser’s “Save” feature to save a copy to your hard drive.


Book Information

  • Publisher: LoveBug Studios / October 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-938889-00-4 |  Digest, spiral bound, 256 pages, 5.375″ x 8.25″, $29.95


Book Corrections

It’s inevitable: send a book to print, and someone will find an error or omission! Also, companies change their offerings all the time; I printed the book with what was current at the time. I expect to incorporate these changes into a revised edition of the book sometime in 2015.

  • pg 16: The Studio no longer ships with an assortment of cutting plastic. You will need to order these separately along with your first dies.
  • pg 31: Sizzix has released a new version of the Big Shot, which is a light aqua color and a decorative paint job.  The price has also increased to $120.
  • pg 142: The Big Shot should be listed in a separate paragraph from the Big Shot Pro.  The Big Shot does NOT use a tray.
  • pg 227: Stitch in the Ditch Canada is also a retailer of the AccuQuilt Studio.
  • pg 239: Bonnie Hunter die cuts now.  She recently acquired an AccuQuilt Studio, and has been spotted setting it up outside like a power tool!


Kickstarter Supporters

I want to recognize all the people who have pledged money to my Kickstarter Campaign.  It’s been an amazing ride so far, and I’m really glad to have so much support and encouragement! (Names in bold will be recognized in the printed book.)

MaryJane Tingle

Angela Wowk (offline)

Christine Bowyer (offline)


Mary Bennett

Anne Voss


Theresa Pellico

Donna White Moscinski

Teresa Harich


Jane Goddard

Judy Howson

Jane Dickerson

Lora Douglas

Linda Franz

Erma McGinn

Char Rathman

Karen Sue Hiemenz

Judith Reynolds

Rose Livingston

Deborah Slager

Anne Hurlburt

Clare Long

Carole Colfer

Juananne Wales


Kim Jamieson-Hirst

Kay L Ford-Sollimo

Pat Casadei

Rain Klepper

Vickie Nysether

Allison Ferrier

Ruth L Gilbert

Elizabeth McDonough

Tammy Christiansen

Kathi Wall

Heather Chandler

Jean Manz

Kathryn Padilla


Judy Barnard

Diane Beers

Diane Anderson

Jake Finch

Tonia Holm

Suzan de Lison

Susan Henyon

Maria Peagler

June Keyser

Geraldine Agacinski

Barbara Bunce

April Mae

Jill Randel

Katrina Chapman

Trish Wells

Elaine Haselhuhn

Tracey Rampling

Sherry Rose

Sandy Long

Abbigale Joseph

Susan Mangina

Betty Jacobsen

Aline Chan

Inge Knight

Beth Smith

Ricki Dodd

Gayla Tennison

Marsha Parkhill

Marybeth Tawfik

Lynn Ray

Evelyn Thomas

Nichole Rivera

Yolande Sherrod

Barbara Polston


Janice Dinse

Wendy Rosploch

Arlene Simpson


Kornelia Massner

Jill June


Lorraine McCarthy

Debbie Worrell

Susan Saunders

Marilyn McSpadden

Sylvia Owens

Susannah Heath

Ann Hussey

Sue Bunkley

Tracey Rowley

Debbie Williams

Cheri Frommer


Lovie Ball

Susan Reich

Penny Price

Sally Fitzgerald

Jaye Lapachet

Linda Sutton

Shelley MacGregor

Helen Rose

Maryland Jenkins

Helen Ralston

Oksana Grof

Joelyn Fevurly


Christine Bowyer

Elaine Carol Hurtack

Patricia Thompson


Sheila Bynum

Sharon Mitchell

Mary Ann Gerard

Ronna Whetzel


Susan Hartzband

Jessica Salter

Susan Clark

Catherine Sisco

Theresa Schwarlose

Judy Cloe

Brenda Love

Marcy Milota

Tina Lenarz

Susan Barber

Karin Jensen

Gretchen Podraza

Roe Alvord

Marlene Humphreys

Nicole Nicholas

Mary Chew

Suzanne Banholzer

Cheryl Craig

Marina Bettin

Glenna Williams

Margaret Travis

Eloise Williams

Eileen O’Regan

Robin Roberts

Tina Freudenberger

Linda Shaheen

Jean Smith


Marianne Urban

Jennifer Popp

Susan Feist

Susanne Moeller

Jackie Zalewski

Mary Mascari

Anthony Cotroneo

Heather Young Banks

Ena Hitt

Dahlia A. Selles Iglesias

Dianna Bennett

Shirley Rhodes

Doris Kirkwood Widger

Patti Schaffer

Joan Pravatiner

Irene Porter

Tricia Baldwin

Cheryl Knab

Susan Collins


Betty Sander

Susan Moroney

Elaine Frye

Nancy Willits

Mary Ellen Coumerilh

Denise Sanders

Linda Barron

Sarah Shulman

Rhonda L Smart

Linda Patterson

Judy Chain

Ann Morgan

Margot Zembas

Margaret Kennedy

Susan Bruce

Kathy Matchett


Betty Ridenour

Lorraine Ader

Pat Airington

Barbara Craig

Georgette Mitchell

Jennifer Martin

Judith Curtis

Dixie Bennett

Anne Moore

Janet Jacobsen

Diane Watkins

Rebecca Horn

Michelle Harrell

Shirley Hilderbrand

Sarah Steele

Gina Kiefer

Ramona Hill


JoAnne West

Michelle Schersahl

Leanne Spencer

Breeanna McSpadden

Augustina Handaja

Carol Smith

Marjorie Busby


Linda Deleon