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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easy & cheap (free) DIY 1/4 inch Sewing Guide Tool

This is a cool and easy way to have a quarter inch tool at your fingertips, even if you can't find your measuring tape or special clear ruler!  This tool was first given to me from my quilt instructor during my first quilting class when I made a beginner's sampler quilt, you can click this link to see it!  She told us how to use it so we would know when to stop while we are sewing on our binding.  When you see this special tool you may say something like "Why didn't I think of that?"  That is if you don't already know about this unique tool...hehehe.  Now take a seat if you aren't already, don't want you to fall over when you start to giggle. 

Yes, you are looking at a business card that can either be your own or one of the 100's you can pick up during a quilt convention for free!  Below is a picture of how I made my very own special tool, since I lost my original guide that was given to me from my first quilting teacher.  
Just place your ruler over the corner of the card and mark at the quarter inch mark, viola, it is that simple!  Now you can know exactly where to stop when you are putting on your bindings and need to pause and turn at the 1/4 inch spot.  Just be sure to use something that disappears and won't leave a permanent mark when you mark your fabric.

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy Follow Me on Pinterest

7 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness, that is so stinkin' smart! I feel a little dumber that I never thought of something like this, but glad that I know now.

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    1. I thought it was great that the teacher did this. She gave us her business card this way also. She had been quilting for over 30 years. Thanks so much for your comment on the blog too! Hope you come back again soon =)

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  2. Great tip, Tiffiny. And the best part..... It's free! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are very welcome Lorna! I was using it the other day and thought this would make a great tip for my blog...LoL! =)

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  3. You're so smuckin' fart!!!! LOL!!!

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