The Basic Quilting Tools You Will Need

Just beginning your quilting journey? Welcome. In this video tutorial you will learning some of basic quilting tools you will need to get started on that very first quilt!

Thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop

Here is my list of 6 Basic Quilting Tools


A woman's arm pressing a Quilt Seam with an Iron, one of the essential Quilting ToolsCarpenters have a saying that you should measure twice and cut once, and this is probably a good rule to apply to quilting too. Begin to invest in a series of rulers of different lengths. I suggest 6 1/2″ by 15″ is a good first one because of the extra length.


Another great quilting tool is a rotary cutter – a small sharp wheel with a handle that you can run along fabric. These make it quicker to cut fabric and allow you to cut more than one piece of fabric at once. It will run along the edge of the ruler to get a straight cut.

Cutting Mat

You will also need a  cutting mat. They have dimensions printed on them. If you want to use a rotary cutter, it is essential that you invest in a cutting mat so that you don’t end up with grooves in your table and a blunt cutter! Always put your cutting mat on a firm surface when cutting.

Sewing Machine

It is possible to sew quilts by hand, and many people choose this option. If you decide to machine, sew your quilt then definitely spend a little extra and get a good model. I quite like finishing the binding on my quilt by hand but all the rest is done with a machine.

It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does need to be hardwearing and comfortable to use. Do service it regularly, get good needles. You will also want a 1/4 inch seam foot or you can use this quilting tool from Carol’s Quilts.

Needles and pins

Whether you are hand sewing or machine sewing, you are going to need plenty of needles and pins to get your project completed. Buy a selection of lengths and thicknesses and make sure you have something to keep them in so they don’t end up all over the floor.

A good iron

Very important.




Tarnya is Quilting Focus' webmaster and a beginner quilter who hasn’t ventured much outside pre-cuts and quilting in the ditch. She is excited by modern short cut quilting techniques which makes quilting so much more achievable for those who are quite short on time. She enjoys making quilts for her children who she says do not notice mistakes and feel loved by what she makes. "I appreciate how learning and improving my quilting, cross pollinates into other creative areas of my life: for example colour, balance, proportion are important to quilting, but they are also important to web design."

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