This tutorial is the first time I have used fabric other than solids! I'm telling you...that was a challenge!
I like to start with strips. The width of the strips will depend on how curved you want your curves. I picked an assortment of fabric in prints and solids. They vary in width, but the length is approximately 12" long.
I picked two strips and overlapped one on top of the other about an inch.
With the fabric lined up on the top (and over lapping), I take my drawing tool (rotary cutter) and cut a gentle curve from the bottom to the top. Discard the scraps.
If you have never tried curves before, I suggest marking several spots on your strips.
Pin with right sides together matching your marking lines together. This will help keep your curves lined up when its time to sew them together.
Sew the two pieces together using a 1/4" seam. Go slowly, use a small stitch length and have your needle in the down position. You will be adjusting the fabric as you go, being careful not to stretch or pull the fabric. You really want to have smooth, gentle curves.
Press your seam to one side and bring on the next piece!
Again, over lap, free hand your curve, mark, pin, sew and press!
Once you become comfortable with curves, it becomes easier and easier. Your curves will have more motion, the strips will become smaller and eventually marking and pins will be unnecessary. It's like taking the training wheels off your bike!
Keep cutting! I cannot tell you how many times I was half way in to a curved project and just hated it! I was ready to toss it in the trash! I decided I was going to finish it regardless of all the wasted time and fabric! You know what? They ended up being amazing when finished! Keep going...you just never know!
I hope this was helpful in some way! Curves are a lot of fun, the possibilities are endless!
I almost always flip my cutting mat over when cutting curves or pieces that don't need to be squared. It gives a little extra life to the front with the grid for serious cutting!