The 2” Template Free Family and the Scrapmaster

Neat Triangles

According to our definition, a scrap is considered a scrap if it is too small to be cut into a 2” or 5 cm square. If a piece of fabric does not pass this test, it is put in the Scrap Management container to await its destiny.

Many scraps that don’t yield a 2” (5 cm) square are actually quite big. Very often, they just have such an odd shape that a 2” square simply doesn’t fit. However, it is quite probable that you can still cut a 2 7/8” triangle from such a scrap, which can then be added to your 2 Inch Template Free Family stash (if you haven’t read about Template Free Families yet, go to Technique – Template Free Families).

Using a nifty little tool called Scrapmaster, which was invented by Judy Hopkins, this process is simplified. The transparent ruler or template allows you to cut a triangle from either of two possible starting points (a horizontal edge or a 90° angle).

Materials and tools needed:

  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Scrapmaster Tool
  • Scraps of different shapes and sizes


This technique is based on the Scrapmaster Tool which unfortunately is only produced with  imperial measurements on it (i. e. you have to work with inches rather than centimetres). This special tool has been on the market for some time. Should you have trouble locating a Scrapmaster, ask around in your quilt group whether someone actually owns it and is willing to sell or lend it to you. If you are unsuccessful, contact us at

  • Optional: container for the 2 Inch Family Members


  • Carefully press the scraps without distorting strips or stretching bias edges.


  • Select the first scrap that you would like to cut into a neat and orderly triangle.

Cutting 1st Triangle

  • In this case, the scrap already resembles a triangle. Make a first cut to create a straight edge.

Align Scrapmaster

  • Then align the Scrapmaster Tool as shown below and cut out the triangle.

Cut Triangle

  • If you find a scrap that already has a 90° angle, align the ruler as shown here:


  • Continue like this and your pile of neatly cut triangles will grow steadily (not rapidly – this procedure certainly takes longer than cutting shapes from unscrappy fabric!).

Neat Triangles

  • If you don’t have an immediate use for your scrappy triangles we suggest you store them in a labelled container. Triangles distort easily and should always be handled with care. This is especially true for triangles cut with the Scrapmaster – it is possible that not one single edge of those triangles (we call them half square triangle equivalents) runs along the grain of the fabric…


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