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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Quilting Ruler Storage ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Quilting Ruler Storage
Looking for ideas, even wall storage
StitchinMom
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Date: 10/27/11 5:47 PM

I am in the process of setting up a sewing space (I've taken over our dining room). I do still share it with my desk and office stuff, but still it's more than I had before. I'm trying to figure out how to store my quilting rulers. The room I'm in doesn't have a door, and I don't have a lot of wall space available to me. I do have a spot that is about 40" wide and at least 40" high.

So I'm looking for ideas.... How do you store your quilting rulers and are you happy with what you are doing?

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Date: 10/27/11 7:11 PM

My sewing area is also in my dining room. This summer I was on the hunt for a beautiful cabinet or armoire to store my machines and project bins in. For a while I was seriously considering a china cabinet/hutch unit, and I noticed that *many* of them have these wonderful wide, shallow drawers that would be absolutely ideal for rulers.

You'd have to take your largest rulers shopping with you, but something like this, maybe: http://www.oakdiningtables.com/Dining_Suites/Hill_Finishing/Large/Fresno3DoorHutchStandardCro.jpg

(Alas, I did not end up with a unit like this; I sacrificed drawers for book storage. So my own rulers are still scattered around my workspace! LOL)

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Date: 10/27/11 7:35 PM

Mine are leaning up on edge in an old CD wire rack that sits on an unused nightstand. Having them upright makes them very easy to grab just the one I want. I didn't like having them flat in a drawer, I couldn't see at a glance which was which.

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Date: 10/27/11 11:49 PM

When we redid my sewing room (which is part of the laundry room) I had to be really clever w/storage as the room is small. We took peg board and framed it out. Added some spacers on the back to bring it off the wall a bit so the peg board hooks would go in and stay flat, otherwise they had a funny angle. I had to experiment with hook lengths but eventually I got the right ones. I lay all my rulers across the hooks. At the deepest the whole thing only sticks out from the wall about 8" or 9" and that's with the rulers. I think we made the thing about 20x20 and my longest ruler is 36". It says in place with only one hook one each end with no problems.

I have everything on that peg board from rulers, rotary cutters, tracing paper, pattern weights to scissors and more. We attached wire cups to hold marking pens, pencils etc. It's on the wall directly above my cutting table and I absolutely love it! I can grab something and put it right back after I'm done.

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Date: 10/28/11 8:50 AM

I like having the rulers close to my cutting table and as I have a HUGE (60 x 96) cutting table I can put them on the table where I can reach them easily. I use a very old, plastic folder/letter holder from our office. I did put some batting on the bottom of the slats so the rulers would not get chipped when I put them in. The long rulers lay on their side. I can see each one very easily.

My metal squares I hang on the pegboard that is not far from the table. I don't like leaving them on the table as they could catch thin fabrics.

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Date: 10/28/11 10:33 AM

My smaller rulers live in a couple of plastic drawers, as Amy-may pointed out, it's not ideal as I have to root around to find the right one. All my long rulers live in a straight-sided metal trash can. In the past, I've also driven a brad in the side of my sewing desk and just hung rulers with holes or slots up there. I think I've seen some people use the hanging shoe bags as well.

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Date: 10/28/11 1:58 PM

Just thinking last night about what I would do if I should decide move my sewing from the basement to the first floor.

The dinning and living rooms would have to go.

I spend hours cooking only to have it is gobbled down in 15 minutes. There goes the dinning room. They can eat in the kitchen! Dinning room table for the cutting mats. China cabinet (it is huge) for storage.**

The living room does not get any use at all since we all gather in the family room - so there in front of the double window that faces NE and open farm land would be my main sewing station with the embroidery and serging machines to the sides.

Now to get some muscle to help with the move!

**Rulers could hang on the sides. I would use 3M hangers so there would be no damage.

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Date: 10/28/11 5:40 PM

I've been meaning to make something like this:



hanging ruler organizer

I think it would look sharp in black.

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Date: 10/28/11 6:04 PM

Maybe they could go on hooks inside the doors of a cabinet or similar. That would keep them all reachable and visible.

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Date: 10/28/11 6:11 PM

Quote: sewme47
I've been meaning to make something like this:







hanging ruler organizer



I think it would look sharp in black.

Omnigrid Hanging Ruler Organizer (HRO)

Omnigrid makes a product similar to the home-sewn one. Of course, if you sew one yourself, you can make it exactly the way you want it.

AEQS Notions, scroll down, ~ $30
Christian Crafts online, $24.49
Shady-wood Quilts eBay seller, $19.99

CMC
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