How many times do you find yourself cutting fabric and OOPS! you've cut the wrong way and you come out short with yardage. Here's a little tip that might help in some of those times.
When cutting strips of fabric and turning them to cross-cut into squares or rectangles...always cut the selvage end first! This allows you to open up the folded end and get one more square or rectangle if needed. This will save you either cutting another strip and/or you will have a bigger piece of leftover fabric to work with for another project.
I trully believe cutting is the hardest part of the sewing process...don't be afraid of it...conquer it! Because you don't want anything to stop you from enjoying the sewing part.