Best Quilting Notions and Tools
Welcome to Scissortail Quilting’s go-to resource page for the best quilting notions and tools on the market. Whether you’re new to quilting or an experienced quilter, having the right tools can make all the difference. That’s why I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the BEST QUILTING NOTIONS AND TOOLS to help you create beautiful and accurate quilts.
The list includes essential tools that every quilter needs, such as sewing machines, rotary cutting tools, and sewing notions. I’ve also included specialty rulers, appliqué tools, and English paper piecing tools to help you take your quilting to the next level.
The good news is, you don’t need to buy everything at once. The lists are organized by section to make it easier for you to find what you need. Start with the basic tools from Section 1: Your Basic Sewing Kit and Section 2: Your Basic Rotary Cutting Tools and Notions. From there, you can add on the other tools as you need them. At the very bottom you will find a section of items that I think every quilter needs to stay organized.
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Section 1: Your Basic Sewing Kit
If you are just starting your quilting journey you will need what I call the Basic Sewing Kit. The first order of business is a sewing machine in good working order that you know how to use, along with some general sewing notions. If you don’t have a machine, I have recommended a basic model that I use. You may have a lot of the other items already on hand, but when it comes time to replace them, here are the ones I have found to be reliable.
Entry Level Sewing Machine
100% Cotton Thread
1/4″ Sewing Foot
Flower Head Pins
Glass Head Pins
Curved Safety Pins
Additional Notions that are nice to have
Seam Guide Sewing Edge
Magnetic Pin Holder
Magnetic Pin Wand
for Domestic Quilting
for Longarm Quilting
Section 2: Your Basic Rotary Cutting Tools and Notions
The following tools and notions make up what I consider the “basic” kit you need to be productive with rotary cutting. If you’re a new or beginning quilter, these are your first investments. I heartily endorse the Creative Grids rulers because I can see through them clearly, they do not slip, and most of them have additional lines to help with lining up fabric. This helps you make accurate cuts, and that is where a beautiful quilt begins. Another plus is that almost all of these rulers have instructional videos on YouTube where you can learn better ways to use the ruler, and these videos can be easily accessed from a mobile device by scanning the QR code that is printed directly on the ruler.
Section 3: Specialty Rulers for Quilters
There are a ton of specialty rulers on the market, and it’s hard to know which ones are worthy of your investment. I consider the rulers listed below to be my “special” workhorses, as they have greatly improved my accuracy and given me exceptional results.
Square Up Rulers
Set of two add-a-quarter rulers (6″ & 12″)
Log Cabin Ruler
Quick Curve Ruler
Flying Geese Trim Tool
Section 4: Tools and Notions for Appliqué
Applique has its own set of needs. I love the fact that applique can be so portable, and so I keep an applique kit containing my applique tools and notions that are always ready to travel. The items below are my “go to” products when working with applique.
Fine Tip Scissors
(for needle turn)
Hand Sewing Needles
Section 5: Tools and Notions for English Paper Piecing (EPP)
Quick Thread Cutter
Section 6: Tools and Notions for Traveling to Quilt
(retreats, sewing groups, etc)
Don’t miss out on the joy of quilt retreats and sewing group days! Be prepared for spontaneous sewing adventures with your friends by keeping a specially curated bag ready to go at a moment’s notice. With the right tools and notions listed below, you can make your sewing excursions a breeze, allowing you to say “yes” whenever someone suggests, “Let’s Sew!” Invest in these essential items and experience the convenience and excitement of being always prepared for quilting fun. Don’t wait another moment to enhance your quilting experience – get your travel bags organized with your tools and notions today and unlock unlimited sewing possibilities with your friends!
Collapsible Tool Caddy
Large tote bag
Small organizer bags
Section 7: Best tools and notions to organize your sewing room
Artbin Storage Boxes
Artbin Storage Cubes
Fabric Storage Baskets
TUL Planning Notebook
Mushroom Hole Punch
Quilt Project Planner Pages