Written by: Jennifer Sisson
Cutting fabric without a good quilting ruler is tedious, if not downright impossible. Having the right ruler for your project cuts down the time spent on cutting fabric considerably.
There are quilting rulers of every shape, size and configuration on the market today. You can literally find a ruler for every project.
There are so many rulers to love and use, but Creative Grids quilting rulers are some of our consistent favorites.
We know you only have space for so many quilting rulers in your collection, so we’ll share with you our top 10 favorite Creative Grids quilting rulers.
Features We Love in Creative Grids Rulers
Creative Grids rulers were developed by quilters in a variety of niches, and it’s evident that they’ve considered just about everything in the design of their quilting rulers. Here are some of the features we love most about Creative Grids rulers:
No-Slip Grip. Every Creative Grids ruler comes with no-slip dots on the back, allowing the ruler to glide over fabric easily, then stay in place when you apply pressure and are ready to cut.
Seam Allowance Markings. Creative Grids rulers measure down to 1/8th of an inch, allowing for a precise measurement of whatever seam allowance you need.
Variety of uses. Even project-specific rulers are designed to be used in more than one way. Each ruler allows for different angles, types of blocks, and configurations, so you don’t buy a tool that you only use once.
Variety of sizes. Many Creative Grids quilting rulers are built around standard block sizes, like 5” x 5” charm pack squares. However, they’re flexible enough to accommodate custom designs as well.
1. Itty Bitty Eights 6 ½ x 18 ½ Ruler
The Itty Bitty Eights ruler is great for cutting yardage, strips, and squares. This is the Swiss army knife of quilting rulers.
In addition to measuring down to 1/8th of an inch for precise cutting, the Itty Bitty Eights ruler also features 45-degree and 60-degree marks for triangles as well.
If you’re new to quilting, this is a great first ruler to invest in. It comes in larger (8x24) and smaller (3x7) varieties.
2. Stripology XL
Cutting strips is a breeze with the Stripology XL. You can cut eight 2 ½ inch strips without adjusting the tool!
The Stripology XL has angle lines that allow you to create diamonds, triangles, and parallelograms from strips as well. It allows you to cut squares of whole-inch sizes, and it includes the ability center squares for fussy cutting.
You can even stack multiple layers of fabric to cut at the same time, drastically reducing your cutting time.
3. 5 ½ Inch Square
Another good basic, all-around choice, the 5 ½ inch square ruler is ideal for cutting charm packs or other small squares. Though it’s smaller and simpler than the Itty Bitty Eights ruler, it’s a little easier to maneuver.
It features a 45-degree angle for half-square triangles, as well as the patented Turn-A-Round system that prints ½ inch increments in white numbers on black circles to easily add in your seam allowances.
4. 12 ½ inch Square It Up or Fussy Cut Square
If you’re making a T-shirt quilt, this ruler is a must-have. This quilting ruler is made to square up any block from 1 to 12 inches. It includes ½ inches for seam allowances.
To ensure your design is centered in the square, then mark the fabric through the drilled holes in the quilting ruler. Use the edge of the ruler to connect the marks for a perfectly fussy cut quilt block.
This ruler also comes in smaller sizes and includes QR code you can scan for video tutorials on how to use it.
5. Curved Corner Cutter
Although it’s a small quilting ruler, the curved corner cutter is very versatile. It features
curvatures with a radius of 1 ½, 2, and 3 inches for rounding corners. Each curve features black 45 and 90 degree markings to keep your block aligned.
This quilting ruler also allows you to create scalloped edges by stacking curves together. The curved corner cutter is perfect for burp cloths, placemats, or anything with a curved border.
6. Round Up Tool
This tool is similar to the curved corner cutter, but adds a few extra functions. You can use it to round borders, but you can also cut circles, orange peels, drunkard’s path, and petal shapes with it. The ruler has instructions for each of these printed on it.
The Round Up Tool also features 45-degree angle marks for proper alignment.
7. Folded Corner Clipper Tool
Create snowball, cornered rectangle, diamond in a square, and flying geese blocks with the Folded Corner Clipper Tool. You can line up the tool and cut triangles from a strip with no wasted fabric.
When you cut half-square triangles and sew them together in a square, the tails are already trimmed and removed thanks to the clipped corner. This tool is also perfect for joining binding strips and creating neat, mitered corners. It works for strips between 1 and 5 inches wide.
8. Circle Savvy
The Circle Savvy ruler allows you to easily create quarter, half, or full circles or rings with a rotary cutter. This ruler is essential for quilt patterns such as wedding rings or drunkard’s path. Fold your fabric in quarters to get a perfect circle every time.
The ruler includes several angles (22 ½, 30, 60, 67 ½) along with a seam allowance for each to make custom arcs easy.
9. Lazy Angle
There are dozens of design combinations you can create with lazy angle blocks. With the Lazy Angle ruler, you can cut pieces of lazy angle blocks quickly and with no wasted fabric.
This ruler also uses the Turn-A-Round system, orienting the numbers you need to the correct positioning of the quilt ruler on the fabric. When you need to turn the ruler, the numbers turn too.
Scan the QR code on the Lazy Angle ruler for a full demonstration on the variety of uses for this tool.
The Ultimate Flying Geese Tool
Cutting is a snap for one of the most well-used, versatile quilt blocks with the Ultimate Flying Geese Tool. With this quilting ruler, you can make four perfect Flying Geese at one time!
The ruler comes with illustrated instructions on how to use it, which works for two different assembly methods. The tool works for eight sizes of Flying Geese blocks, including the seam allowances for each.
What Creative Grids quilting ruler can’t you live without? Did your favorite make the list? Let us know in the comments! Our quilt shop, has one of the largest selections of Creative Rulers in the United States. Come in and see one of our specialist and learn which ruler would work best for your next quilting project.