I realized we love sharing different projects and always share with you awesome tools to go with it, but we have never given you a complete list of our top tools that we recommend.
In no particular order here our top 10 list of what you will need. Oh and of course you will always need fabric!
1. To make cutting straight edges easier, it’s good to have a rotary cutter. 45mm blade, contoured handle for comfort. Cuts right or left handed, quick change blade that is covered in the closed position for safety. Non-slip grooves on handle.
2. For smaller projects I use the Omnigrid Travel Kit. For quilting, crafts, memory books. Portable and convenient. A perfect gift!
Kit Includes: 1″ x 6″ ruler, 4″ x 4″ grid ruler, 6″ x 6″ ruler with angles, 8-3/4″x 11-3/4″ Omnigrid Mat.
3. For bigger projects I use the Easy To Read Ruler. 6×24″
Fiskars Ruler: Easy to Read Ruler. Durable 3mm thick clear acrylic. Pink and White lines are visible on light and dark fabrics. 30, 45, & 60 degree bias lines are clearly marked. Hang hole for easy storage. 6″ x 24″.
and the Olfa MMG Rotary Mat 24″x36″.
Self-healing rotary mats. Double-sided with yellow grid lines on one side, solid on opposite. Protect your work area and greatly extend the life of your rotary blades. 1.5mm thick.
4. This is to go on your rule to give it extra grip and something to hold onto. This is a little large so I would recommend using a ruler that is at least 5″ wide. This fabulous tool is called The Gripper.
This is a must have tool for quilters. The Gypsy Gripper has a comfortable grip handle and two large round suction cups with handy lock and release levers. Just press the suction cup to any plastic or metal ruler that is at least 4″ wide, including most rectangle, square, or triangle shapes, then flip the levers to lock in place. When you want to change rulers, just flip the levers to release. Your ruler hand will be up and out of harm’s way.
5. There’s nothing worse than running out of thread in the middle of a project, so you need lot of thred in lots of colors. I think that Bonnie and Camille do a great job of creating a great color array.
6. A nice, sharp pair of sewing scissors. I have several pair because either I lose them or my kids take off with them to cut none other than paper. I can’t yell them too much because I as well did this as a kid not understanding.
The 8 inch Dressmaker’s Shears have a versatile longer length cut, blades strong enough to trim and cut multiple layers of fabric effortlessly. The longer cut is ideal for cutting out patterns and trimming seams. Gingher s precision ground knife edge cuts flawlessly all the way to the points. The bent handle allows for smooth, comfortable cutting across a tabletop or counter.
7. Of course you need lots and lots of Pins
(I like my pins to be sharp so be careful): Suited for quilt works. Heat resistant glass head. 100 ct.
8. And of course you need a pin cushion.
My favorite kind is a magnetic one: No more picking up spilled pins one by one-sweep them up with your Grabbit. No more stopping work to push pins into a cloth cushion. No more shaking, tipping, fumbling for pins.
9. And who could love without Wonder Clips
If you are going to sew in style you might as well sew in Pink right? These clips really are wonderful and are perfect for anything that you need held together during your project.
10. I don’t know about you but I make a LOT of mistakes and I always make sure to have my seam ripper on hand.
Seam Ripper/Thread Remover has a sharp blade with safety ball and lid. It is 5.3″ long. Innovative thread removers on each end of seam ripper. The specially formulated plastic material grabs and removes excess thread without marking or sticking to the fabric. Available in 3 colors: Aqua, Fuchsia, and Dark Grey. The cardboard counter display includes 15 Seam Rippers, 5 pieces per color. The display measures 8.63″ x 9″ x 11.5″. Seam Fix Ripper.