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    A Printable Ruler

    Does anyone possibly know where I could find a printable ruler? All 3 of my 12 inch rulers have sprouted legs and walked off (am thinking boys or cats are to blame). My my 3 foot ruler has decided to stay where it's supposed to.

    If you don't know where I can find a printable ruler, then do you know where I can find printable square templates? I need the squares in 1.25, 1.5, and 3.5. I'm a creative and artistic person, but drawing straight lines without a ruler or template is not something I'm good at. LOL.

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    http://peoplepowerpress.org/pages/bu...o-make-buttons I'm sure there are more on the Internet.

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    Be sure to measure your printed ruler against your yardstick. Sometimes printers don't print to size.

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    Good point. Right now I'm just looking for something smaller than a yard stick to measure things that are less than 6 inches. It's frustrating trying to use a yard stick to make a template for a 1.25" square and my templates tend to wear out fairly quickly despite being made from cardboard.

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    Do you have an envelope or 3x5 card? You can mark off inches from yardstick onto the card. Then you can use it as bookmark for your pattern when not in use, or put in drawer when your ruler disappears again!

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    Not a bad idea. I have a lot of 3x5 cards floating around my house because we use a lot of index cards in our homeschooling and the boys use them in their yearbooks (school scrapbooks). I wonder why I didn't think of that? Perhaps I should make multiple cards and place one in every drawer in my house, then I'm certain to find atleast one the next time my rulers walk off.

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    All that comes to mind is a piece of graph paper. Most are 4 squares to an inch, so it's pretty easy to draw a shape the proper size you want. If you laminate the piece after cutting it to size, it will last a long time.
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    I wonder why you couldn't print on a clear sheet of plastic in a 'printer' a grid of the size you need and then stick it to the plastic rulers we all have been going to the Lowes & Home Depot to save $$$ and if our home printers are to small go to Office Depot to print bigger sheets of Graffs!! Why NOT?

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    And remember - a dollar bill is 6 inches in length. Works great when nothing else is handy.

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    http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/
    Free online pdf graph paper in all shapes and sizes!

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    That site deserved a bookmark! Thanks for sharing!

    http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/

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    I used this site (http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/) when I taught math and it's wonderful!!!!! I always have graph paper rubber cemented to posterboard in my craft room for cutting templates; you could easily and quickly make rulers from that.
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    Hevemi,
    Thanks for the link to the pdf graph papers. The sizes can be adjusted so that you can make the blocks what size you need... NICE! Thanks again!


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    templates?

    Quote Originally Posted by flhomeschoolmom View Post
    Does anyone possibly know where I could find a printable ruler? All 3 of my 12 inch rulers have sprouted legs and walked off (am thinking boys or cats are to blame). My my 3 foot ruler has decided to stay where it's supposed to.

    If you don't know where I can find a printable ruler, then do you know where I can find printable square templates? I need the squares in 1.25, 1.5, and 3.5. I'm a creative and artistic person, but drawing straight lines without a ruler or template is not something I'm good at. LOL.
    I have made them from cool whip lids or butter lids. They seem to take the wear better.

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    In a pinch I've used an emory board nail file to draw a line, works great for half sq triangles too

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    Quote Originally Posted by teacherbailey View Post
    I used this site (http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/) when I taught math and it's wonderful!!!!! I always have graph paper rubber cemented to posterboard in my craft room for cutting templates; you could easily and quickly make rulers from that.
    And if you print the graph on acetate or other plastic sheet, it can be cut to size and glued to your "Lowes" made rulers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teacherbailey View Post
    I used this site (http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/) when I taught math and it's wonderful!!!!! I always have graph paper rubber cemented to posterboard in my craft room for cutting templates; you could easily and quickly make rulers from that.
    I will have to bookmark this site in two places, one in sewing and quilting folder and again in my homeschool folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalserMaryAnn View Post
    I have made them from cool whip lids or butter lids. They seem to take the wear better.
    It's time for me to find some old lids

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    How about a tape measure or the rulers that we usually have in a sewing basket, a measuring tape from the garage, L square, etc. When I can't find what I need in the house I make a trip out to the husbands workshop. You would be surprised how many of my "quilting" tools come from the woodworking shop. Ann in TN

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    Quote Originally Posted by hevemi View Post
    http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/
    Free online pdf graph paper in all shapes and sizes!
    This is great! Thanks for sharing the site.

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    My rulers never leave my sewing room but I still misplace them. It will take me hours to find my 6 1/2"x6 1/2" ruler underneath a pile of fabric that got there not by my doing. I lose rulers all the time and then one day they are all sitting there. I know no one is playing with my mind because it happens when I'm home alone for 2 days. Those rulers are crazy things!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    That is a neat site - in fact I had forgotten about those multiplication tables charts, too. Secondly, when I am going through my scraps looking for a basic size to use for paper piecing or an isolated block (say a 2.5 x 3 inches), I have an index card that I marked the inches and when my eyes are crossing but I think I found the right size piece, I can just hold it up to be card to be sure it is a 2 1/2" or whatever size before I toss it on the table. Amazing how you think something is big enough - - - but nope, it is a little short.

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    I was just wondering...could you scan a ruler and print several copies of it. Maybe you could print on cardstock and then laminate. I might have to try it myself. Isn't it amazing how we put our brains to work to help another quilter and in turn learn ways to help ourselves.

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    Great tips! I love this place. I have used the graph paper online before for when I am tutoring at the public library and need it for various assignments. Yes, at the library it may cost a dime but it is great when you are out. Thanks again every one for sharing. Teresa

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