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Pre cuts
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 listed below:

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 strips.



Bias Tape Maker

To make Bias Binding, cut the material into diagonal strips – 45 degree angle.
These strips can be joined, depending on the amount of bias binding you require.
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 and iron.

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.

Quilt spoon

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 fabric.

Fabric Grips

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

Chalk Wheel

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.

Ruby Beholder

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.

Quilt Viewer

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 patterns.

Poly Trace

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 fabric.

Dressmakers Carbon Tracing Paper

For accurate transferring of pattern markings and designs onto fabric using a tracing wheel.

Embroidery Hoops

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.

Ruler Grips

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.

Needle Grabbers

A needle grabber grips the needle and pulls it through heavy fabrics with ease.

Heritage No Fray

This liquid is applied to fabric to stop it from fraying. It dries clear.

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 sewing.


Used to strengthen thread and prevents tangling of cotton.

Seam Ripper

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.

Strawberry Emery

Stick pins and needles in the fine polishing compound contained in the strawberry and they are sharp and clean as new.


Rotary Cutters

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.


Cutting Mats

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 thickness.

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.

Chenille Needle

Tying quilts, ribbon embroidery, crewel, candle wicking and stitching on coarse fabrics

Embroidery / Crewel Needle

General sewing and embroidery and crewel work.

Quilting Needle/Between Needle

Hand quilting as well as fine and short detailed stitching.


General sewing

Hand Appliquéd

Hand appliqué and any fine sewing on delicate fabrics.

Milliners Needle

Basting, gathering and beading


Counted cross stitch, ribbon embroidery and needlepoint embroidery on open meshed materials.

Machine Needles

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.

Ball Point

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 sizes.

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 sizes.
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.


Craft Pins

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 fabric.

Silk Pins

These are fine 0.5mm steel shafted pins and used to pin delicate fabrics.

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 machine.

Safety Pins

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.


Hera Marker

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 transfer designs.

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 water.

Dressmakers Pencil

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 fabric markers.

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 water.

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 templates.

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.

Measuring Gauge

This is a sewing gauge that has 14 different measurement widths sized in inches.


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.

Adjustable Thimble

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.

Leather Thimble

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.








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