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Must-Have Quilting Tools for Beginners

Quilting Tools

The feeling of satisfaction that you get after you create something with your own two hands is really irreplaceable. Putting the time, effort and thought into something gives it so much more value than it would if you had just simply gone out and bought whatever it is. This feeling is especially true when it comes to creating your own quilt.

When quilting, you can pick and choose the way your quilt will look and it gives you creative freedom. Quilts can last for a lifetime and really add sentimental value to whoever it is you are making it for. There are lots of fun gift ideas for quilters where you can add quilting to items such as bags or wallets or even laptop cases! The possibilities are plenty, but before you get on to your quilting project, there are a couple of tools that you need to make sure you have. 



Design wall

As a beginner, it’s important that you plan out what your quilt will look like before you begin stitching so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of doing it blind, not liking it, and starting all over again. You can either invest in a ready made design wall or just go for using white flannel to place your pieces on.


Sewing machine

This is probably a better option to go for than doing it by hand because since you are a beginner, you want to make sure that the lines are perfectly straight to sew. This will also help you get through the process at a much faster pace. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy or expensive, just a basic sewing machine will do just fine. 


Sewing thread

Sewing thread

It’s a good idea to invest in cotton based thread so that it is light and gentle on the material that you use for quilting. You can get as many colors as you like, or you could just stick to the basics such as white, off-white, gray and black. These colors will go with any kind of patterns that you stick together and won’t clash, plus you will hardly see them if that’s the look that you want to go forward to make the fabric patterns and colors stand out.


Rotary cutter, mat & ruler

The rotary cutter is something that you will need to learn to use. It helps you to cut out the fabric in the shape that you like and the cuts are nice and accurate. It may take some practice, but you’ll definitely get the hang of it and it will be a ton of fun too. Along with the cutter you need to have a mat so that the cutter isn’t damaging any of the surfaces in your home. And of course you need a ruler so that your measurements are accurate.


Quilting fabric

The star of the show! You need to go out to the store and pick out a good variety for your quilting project. Of course you can also have a look around the house to see if you have any items that you can recycle and turn into a quilt if you like. If not, then definitely get out and pick from an endless variety of colors and designs that are specifically made for quilting. It’s not a must but the material and the designs are made in a way that caters to quilt making.


Iron

You will need a good heavy iron that gives off sufficient heat so that you’re able to press down the quilting material when need be. It’s also a good idea to look into specially made ironing boards that are large and rectangular or square shaped. This makes is more convenient and much easier for you to iron your quilt without having to worry about the curve that is at the end of most normal ironing boards.

Scissors

Keep within reach a couple of scissors, one for fabric and the other a normal scissor just in case you need to use extra crafts and materials for your quilting project.
Pins & needles

You need to have a good collection of pins and needles to hold your quilting materials together before you start stitching so nothing moves out of place. The needles you’ll obviously need for the stitching process itself.



Seam rippers

You’re always going to be making mistakes as a beginner, and that’s just fine, this is how we learn! Keep seam rippers handy in case you made a mistake and need to redo the stitching.

So now you have all the tools you need to get started on your dream project! Quilting is a world of fun because there are so many variations that you can work out, and projects that you can do, and all it takes is the right tools and a whole lot of creativity.

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