Do you ever get those “One Weird Trick” ads? Ever wonder if they work? Well, here’s a weird trick for you that DOES work. You can use a simple, cheap, product to keep your quilting rulers from slipping. Are you ready to know what it is?
Yup. Sandpaper! Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Sandpaper comes with an adhesive backing that’s perfect for sticking to the back of your rulers. It doesn’t add a lot of bulk, is inexpensive, and effective at turning your quilting ruler into a non-slip dream.
I bought mine from Harbor Freight for $4 and it came in a pack of 5. I’ve got more sandpaper now than I’ll ever need for the rulers I own, so it is a good idea to split a pack with a friend. I recommend the finest grit sandpaper you can find in a neutral color. I would have liked 180 or 220 grit, but in store those only came in black, and I didn’t want black (what if it somehow rubs off on my white fabric?) So, I ended up using 120 grit, and it works great!
Simply cut the sandpaper into small squares or use a punch if you have one. You don’t need much to keep your ruler in place. I put three small 0.5″ squares on this 9.5″ square ruler and now it isn’t going anywhere at all. Win! Not only does a non-slip ruler make for more accurate cutting, but it also is much safer to use. And as someone who has had a lot of quilting accidents, I’m all about safety.
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