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Pre-cuts are slightly more
expensive but are great time savers as they are cut for you, and usually
save you having to buy a full range of a manufacturer's fabrics,
or themed fabrics. They are pre-cut and pre-packaged into
coordinated groups. There are various pre cuts - each has its
benefits as there are loads of pre-cur specific projects that you can
purchase or find on the web. Some of the most useful and common ones are
Stash Builders – these are a range of fabrics we stock, grouped
in colours, designs or themes, and range anywhere from 10cm to 25cm.
Fat Quarters - a pre-cut that is usually cut 50 cm x 57 cm:
half the width of the fabric (WOF) - usually, the WOF is 114cm.
An American fat quarter is slightly less, as they work in inches
(2.54 cm = 1 inch) so the US fat quarter is 45 cm x 57 cm.
A charm pack has 5 inch x 5 inch squares, and there are between
40 and 42 squares per pack .
Mini Charm Squares - these are 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch squares (4 of
these are the same as 1 charm pack square)
A Layer cake is a collection of 10 inch x 10 inch squares, and
there are between 40 - 42 squares in a cake. (this adds to a total of
arpprox. 2.64 meters, and is the same meterage as a Jelly Roll but just
cut into squares.)
A Jelly Roll or Strip Treat or Roll Ups (as each
manufacturer Trade marks their brand) is 2.5 inch strips cut from the
WOF. There is usually between 40-42 cut strips. (this adds to a total of
approx. 2.64 meters and is the same meterage as a JLayer Cake but just
cut into strips.)
Sweet Rolls - these are 1.5inch strips x WOF, and also 40-42
Bias Tape Maker
Bias Binding, cut the material into diagonal strips – 45 degree angle.
These strips can be joined, depending on the amount of bias binding you
For a 12mm wide bias tape, cut the fabric 23mm wide.
For a 18mm wide bias tape, cut the fabric 35mm wide.
For a 25mm wide bias tape, cut the fabric 48mm wide.
For a 50mm wide bias tape, cut the fabric 80mm wide.
Once you have the desired width and length of fabric, take the
diagonally cut strip and pass it through the Bias Tape Maker.
To get the folded bias binding pull the fabric through the tape maker
Kwik Klip ™
This is a useful notion that comes in handy when Pin basting quilt
layers. The tool is made of a wooden handle and brass tip. It is used to
close and open the safety pins that hold the quilt together.
The brass tip has grooves in it and this is where the pin rests and is
closed with ease. Thus saving yourself broken nails and sensitive finger
tips whilst trying to close the pins.
At first sight this looks like an ordinary spoon. It is in fact a spoon
with a V groove neatly cut in the centre to aid with basting with safety
pins. The groove is smooth making it possible not to catch or tear the
These are small pieces of circular waxed paper that has adhesive on one
side to grip to rulers or templates. It avoids fabric from slipping
This is used in dressmaking to mark side seams and hems on fabric. There
is a small metal wheel that distributes the chalk inside the dispenser
to make markings.
Quilter’s Bias Press Bars
These come in a set of five flat, flexible high heat resistance nylon
bars. They are used in the construction of making small bias tubes used
in appliqué and quilting.
This is a value finder and window template in one handy notion. The red
is designed to help you sort fabrics by value. The 1 ½ inch square
assists in selecting squares of this size that may contain special
motives, designs or colours. It can also be used as a template to cut
out squares and is useful when choosing fabrics for a Watercolour quilt.
This looks like a door peep hole except there is no distortion on the
sides. The viewer saves you from having to go far back to view a large
quilt or selection of fabrics.
Photo Transfer Paper
The new craze of late is to make Album Quilts. There are various methods
that can be used to transfer images onto fabric.
Thanks to today’s technology the inks used in most printers allows us to
transfer images that will last a good few years onto fabric without
washing out or fading.
One method of transferring those memories is to Photostat onto the
Transfer paper and then iron the image onto your fabric.
Magic Appliqué - iron-on
This is used when doing appliqué. Magic Appliqué has glue on both sides
and when ironed the glue melts bonding the Magic Appliqué paper to the
fabric and the fabric to the background. This will ensure that your
appliqué piece does not move while sewing.
Stitch and Tear
Used for supporting thin to medium fabrics when doing embroidery work It
can also be used for Foundation paper piecing methods such as log cabin
A thin paper used for tracing patterns. It can also be used as an
alternative to Stitch and Tear when doing Foundation paper piecing.
Iron on Vilene
Used to give fabrics extra body.
The shiny side has glue on it, and is placed shiny side down against
Dressmakers Carbon Tracing Paper
For accurate transferring of pattern markings and designs onto fabric
using a tracing wheel.
The hoop is used to hold layers of fabric that are being sewn. It is
commonly used for cross stitch and embroidery. Depending on the
thickness of the batting used, it may not be sturdy enough to be used
for quilt layers.
This notion is a handy handle attached to two suction cups that attach
onto the ruler - allowing you to lift your ruler with ease. It is
particularly useful in aiding one to pick up a wide cutting ruler up off
a flat surface.
Wrist Pin Cushion
This is a pin cushion conveniently worn on your wrist and allows for you
to put your needle and pins in whilst busy.
A needle grabber grips the needle and pulls it through heavy fabrics
Heritage No Fray
This liquid is applied to fabric to stop it from fraying. It dries
Hands free Magnifier
This is a magnifier that is attached to an adjustable neck string and
rests on your chest, allowing you to have your hands free to continue
Used to strengthen thread and prevents tangling of cotton.
This is a sharp instrument that is used to remove stitches.
The Quilting Bug stocks a variety of ready-to-use templates. They are
made from a hard plastic and save time in having to construct templates.
E.g.: The complex pattern of the double wedding ring is made simpler by
using this plastic template. It takes the fuss out of having to design
your own templates.
IPP Plastic Sheeting
This sheeting is used for making templates. It gives you the quilter /
crafter freedom to choose your own template to trace - the template is
cut out using a double bladed stencil knife.
Magnetic Pin Trapper
This magnet can be stuck onto your sewing machine (even computerized
machines) and used to allow easy access to pins.
Stick pins and needles in the fine polishing compound contained in the
strawberry and they are sharp and clean as new.
There are available in various sizes and makes. The Quilting Bug stocks
the 45mm (most popular) and 28mm rotary cutter. We currently stock the
Fiskars and Olfa range. A rotary cutter is a fast and easy way of
cutting out your patchwork projects. It replaces the scissors when it
comes to cutting straight pieces of fabric. It is always wise to choose
a rotary cutter that has a safety guard. The safety guard must be used
when the cutter is not in use, as the blade can easily cut and cause
harm if left open.
Thread Cutter Pendants
These are nice to haves and extremely useful considering that no knives
or scissors are allowed on airplanes. This Thread cutter is used as a
pendant worn around the neck or placed on top of a cotton reel.
The pendant looks like an antique pendant but has been designed with a
sharp circular blade inside. Threads are cut by placing the thread into
one of the grooves.
Like the rotary cutters The Quilting Bug stocks the 45mm (most common
sized blade) and the 28mm blades.
Blades need to be treated with care. A blade can blunt if used for multi
purpose functions such as material and paper cutting. It is also unwise
to rotary cut over pins or drop the blade as this will cause the blade
to burr, thus creating an uneven rotary cut. The blade will also blunt
quicker if not used on a proper rotary cutting mat.
More importantly, the blade may be too blunt to cut fabric, but it can
still cause harm to others if not responsibly disposed of.
Double Bladed Stencil Knife
This is exactly what the name says. The Stencil knife has two blades.
The blades have spacers that allow various widths apart between blades -
1mm, 1.5mm and 2mm.
The back of the knife also has a handy handle that can be doubled up as
a finger press.
These mats are designed to be used with rotary cutters and are “self
healing”. For a longer life span on your mat it is suggested that you
cut in straight lines and keep the mat away from heat and sunlight as
these will warp your mat, thus destroying it.
The Quilting Bug stocks a variety of sized mats and makes and are
available in the following sizes:
100mm x 300mm (one side inches and the other centimeters)
300mm x 450mm (one side inches and the other centimeters)
450mm x 600mm (one side inches and the other centimeters)
600mm x 900mm (one side inches and the other centimeters)
Large Olfa Mat - 60” x 90” (only printed in inches).
Medium Olfa Mat - 40” x 60” (only printed in inches).
Hand Sewing Needles
At The Quilting bug we stock a large selection of needles that are used
frequently by Quilters and Crafters. These are also available in various
makes as some have a preference to a particular type of needle and
The following needles are stocked and are used for:
Pony Straw Needles
Basting a quilt. It has a long thin shaft allowing it to glide through
the multiple layers of fabric. Some people also like using this needle
as a substitute for beading needles.
Stringing jewelry beads and sewing beads onto fabric.
Tying quilts, ribbon embroidery, crewel, candle wicking and stitching on
Embroidery / Crewel Needle
General sewing and embroidery and crewel work.
Quilting Needle/Between Needle
Hand quilting as well as fine and short detailed stitching.
Hand appliqué and any fine sewing on delicate fabrics.
Basting, gathering and beading
Counted cross stitch, ribbon embroidery and needlepoint embroidery on
open meshed materials.
The Quilting Bug stocks a wide selection of machine needles and the two
preferable makes are Schmetz and Klassé. Both brands are highly
recommended and of German origin.
Used when sewing with cotton knits, interlock, rib knits, fleece, double
knits and most other knit fabrics. The ball point tip prevents the
needle from piercing and breaking the fibers. Available in assorted
Microtex / Metafil / Embroidery
Ideal when sewing with Rayon and Metallic threads onto woven or knit
fabrics. The larger eye accommodates specialty threads as well as those
with restricted eyesight.
Various sizes available from 60/9, 70/10, 80/12 and mixed.
This needle has a slight ball point tip making it an ideal needle to use
for most woven fabrics, knits and synthetics. Available in various
Size 80/12 is the most widely used.
Ideal for piercing and quilting layers of cotton fabric with batting.
Available in size 80/12.
Ideal for heirloom sewing and decorative top stitching. The distance
between the twin needles is available in the following sizes: 2mm,
2.5mm, 3mm and 4mm.
They are also available in Universal, Ballpoint, Stretch and Metafil.
Note: Twin needles are fixed in a nylon block and should be used at
slower speeds and not for prolonged periods.
These are 14mm in length and often known as sequence pins.
Dressmakers Steel Pins
These are steel pins, 34mm in length and used for general pinning of
These are fine 0.5mm steel shafted pins and used to pin delicate
45mm Quilting Pins
These are long pins and used to pin through layers of a quilt sandwich.
Quilter’s Flat Flower Pins
Similarly to the 45mm Quilting Pins these are slender in their shafts
and have a flat head making it easier to pass through the sewing
These come in various sizes and are used when basting a quilt. They can
be straight or slightly curved. The Quilting Bug also stocks brass and
nickel in sizes from 0 to 2.
This is a versatile notion that can be used for marking and making
creases simultaneously. It is the ideal marker as there is no lead to
leave a residual and the markings can be seen both front and back of
fabric. Can also be used as a finger press.
Dress Makers Tracing Wheel
This is a wheel used in conjunction with Dressmakers carbon paper to
Tailor’s Marking Pen
This is a blue water soluble pen that washes out with coldwater. It is
ideal for marking your patterns on either the front or back of the
fabric. Once you no longer require the markings they can be removed with
These are available in a variety of colours. Like the Tailor’s Marking
Pen, the pencil is used to trace designs onto your fabric. These
markings will wash out or erase off the fabric using a fabric eraser
Iron on Transfer Pencil
This pencil is used to trace designs and iron the design onto fabric.
Laundry Marking Pen
This pen is used to write out your labels. It was originally used for
marking labels on clothing and is a cheaper option than other permanent
Black Millenium 0.1mm Pens
The Quilting Bug stocks these pens at a very reasonable price. They are
permanent black marking pens ideal for label writing for quilts.
White Chalk Pencil
This white pencil, similar to the Blue water soluble pen, is used to
make markings on dark fabrics. The pencil markings can be removed with
Quilter’s Silver Marking Pencil
This pencil has silver lead of very high strength and will hold a point
longer than most markers. The lead is light-fast, which means it will
not fade or smear.
This wonder thread is water soluble and helps you avoid the frustration
of removing basting thread. It is a time saver and can be used for both
hand and machine work.
This is a versatile measuring tool. It is used for measuring quick
triangles as well as square piecing.
Quilter’s ¼ Inch Seam Guide
This measuring tool is used to add ¼ inch seam allowances onto
Quilter’s Wonder Wheel
A ¼ inch seam allowance is added to any shape quickly and accurately.
Place a sharp pencil point through the centre hole and slowly move along
the template creating a ¼ inch seam allowance. It is ideal for circles
and oval shapes.
Handy Sewing Gauge
This is a measuring tool that has a slide to assist with accurate
measuring. It is a versatile notion to use when having to measure seam
allowances or hems.
This is a sewing gauge that has 14 different measurement widths sized in
Like so many other notions there is a number of thimbles that are used
when patch working and quilting. It is a matter of preference.
The primary function of a thimble is to protect your finger/s when
inserting the needle into the fabric/s. They come in various sizes and
shapes to suit most fingers.
This thimble is easily adjustable to any finger. All it needs is to be
is placed in boiling water for a few seconds until it is soft and
pliable, then fitted to size to your finger.
Dye cast Thimble
This thimble is made from stainless steel and needs to be fitted for
size. It is suitable for both quilting and normal sewing as it has
indentations to prevent the needle from slipping whilst being pushed
through the quilt sandwich.
The leather thimble is comfortable to use for general sewing. It is
however not suited to quilting as it has no indents for the needle to
rest in whilst quilting through the quilt sandwich.