Cutting squares and rectangles from strips

Most shapes for quilting, squares, rectangles, and triangles, are subcut from strips.


OLFA RM-SG 18" X 24" Green Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat


OLFA RM-MG 24" X 36" Green Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat

OLFA 45mm RTY-2/DX Ergonomic Rotary Cutter

OLFA QR-6x24 6" X 24" Frosted Acrylic Ruler

OLFA QR-6x12 6" X 12" Frosted Acrylic Ruler

OLFA QR-6S 6 1/2" Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler


  1. Square your fabric and cut a strip of fabric.
  2. Turn the strip horizontally on your cutting mat.
  3. Align the bottom cut edge with a horizontal line on the cutting mat, extending the selvage beyond a line on the mat.
  4. Place a 6.5”x6.5” ruler along the bottom edge of the strip, even with the line on the mat.
  5. Butt a 6”x24” ruler against the smaller ruler, covering the selvage edge. Align the edge of the ruler with the line you are going to use on the cutting mat.
  6. Remove the square ruler and make your cut, leaving a clean edge.
  7. Align the cut edge with the line of the number on your ruler for the necessary size of your square or rectangle. Cut along the edge of the ruler and then continue cutting as many pieces as you need.
  8. If your rectangle is wider than the width of your ruler, use the lines on your cutting mat to measure.