|Hacking my own set of ruler grips...grippers... holders!|
Last week, I presented a project featured on Laura Coia's SewVeryEasy YouTube channel.
On another of her videos, she shared some of her favourite small sewing tools and I was immediately taken with her ruler grip thingamajigs. (Truly, I'm not sure what to call these!)
She had purchased them online from a company stateside, but when I went to place an order, a message came up informing me that one of my items could not be shipped to my address. (I had put two other small items into my cart because I figured there I may as well shop while I was there.) Not entirely helpful of the site just to say "one of the items in your cart", because I ended up removing them one by one and it turned out that none of my items could be shipped to me!
|image courtesy of SewVeryEasy.com...|
As you can see here, the item itself is just a suction cup attached to a knob. That is, very simple to hack...
I began by going online to Canadian Tire to search out some suction cup hooks. I found some on clearance for $1.43. (I'm sure any basic discount store would have these things too, but I needed to go to Canadian Tire that day.)
When I went to the store to pick them up, I found a set of plastic table/chair leg protectors for 93¢ in the same aisle. I was originally going to search out some drawer knobs, but figured these would do for my purposes.
|Basic supplies needed to purchase...|
What else is needed? A couple of small screws (and screwdriver) and some glue. All of which you probably have at home.
|A couple of screws and some glue and you're set...|
The process is ridiculously simple. Remove the hook from the suction cup, poke a screw through a plastic leg piece, squirt some glue down the centre of the suction cup tip and join together.
|Way easier than pie!|
Yes, that's all there is to it.
But in actual fact, you don't need to do anything but get yourself some suction cups; they work perfectly fine by themselves, as long as you don't mind their "naked" look. (If you're concerned about them being transparent and therefore potentially hard to find/see, I guess you could hot glue a button on top of them.)
|Done in about five minutes!|
Allow the glue to dry completely before you start playing around with them, but your ruler grips are now done and ready to be used.
The whole project involved less than $2.50 (taxes in) worth of materials and maybe an hour of my time to search out supplies, go get them, and then make it.
|They work and that's what matters...|
A few years ago, I wrote up a blog post about making your own sewing tools. Apart from a pin cushion, I never did make any of them, even though I've often thought about the pattern weights. (And I still resort to a rolled up towel when I need a sewing ham!)
In terms of these ruler gripping appliances, I've seen those big "bathtub handle" things (the ones that look like an old fashioned telephone receiver) that quilters use and I assume they do the job quite well. However, I have no need for such a large item and the cost would be prohibitive.
I also saw this on Vicsew.com:
|image courtesy of Vicsew.com...|
You could definitely try this with a drawer handle to come up with a smaller version of the above. (Although for those of you who live in Australia, I'd suggest you just buy it: it's $5 and free shipping with a minimum $10 order. The single knob version is just $3.)
So whether you buy it or hack it, it's cheap. The only problem for me was that I couldn't find an easy way to buy it without incurring unreasonable shipping charges.
Combined with the hack of using transparent surgical/first aid tape on the underside to prevent slipping, my ruler is now perfectly "grippy" both top and bottom!
Do you have any small sewing tools that you just can't do without?