This tutorial shows how
to cut 45 Degree Triangle wedges and half-wedges. The photos
show wedges cut from a 5" strip.
are for right-handed cutting. If you're left-handed, turn the
triangle tool so that the words "Left-Handed Use" are
right side up. You will cut at the opposite end of the strip
from the photos.
Square up one end of the
strip, removing the selvages or torn edges.
Trim the end of the strip at an
angle as shown. The line corresponding to the strip width (in
this case, 5") should be on the lower edge. If you begin
the cut at the corner, you'll get an extra half-wedge set at
the end of the strip. This is helpful for designs like the Butterflies
that use half-wedges.
Rotate the strip so that the cut
end is to your left (if you are right handed). Line up the 5"
lines at the bottom and left side of the ruler. (For other sizes,
make sure to use the correct lines at both the straight and angled
edges. The solid diagonal line on the ruler should run from corner
to corner as shown.) Cut to make a double-triangle.
Rotate the ruler so that the edge
runs from corner to corner as shown. The dotted placement line
on the ruler should line up with one edge. The line for the strip
width should meet up at the corner. Cut to make two wedges or
block kits. See
larger detail photo.
For half-wedges, place the centerline
of the ruler on one edge of the wedge and cut from base to tip.
This makes left- and right-facing
At the end of a strip, it's usually
possible to get out one more wedge. Cut the angle as if the strip
continued. This will give you a corner to use as a guide in cutting
the single wedge. You may also be able to get an extra half-wedge.