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    Does anyone have any good solutions for storing rulers? I don't want them packed away in a cupboard. I saw a ruler holder at the quilt store but it was $25 and that seemed pricey I'd like them to be handy and accessible.

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    Thanks for the topic. I'm having the same problem and refuse to pay a fortune for one.
    I'm certain someone will have a good idea :)

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    dish drying rack. I saw someone use that on QB and it was wooden and looked like it would work. I plan on looking for one myself.

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    I use old sewing machine needles and have them hanging on my wall in my sewing room.

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    I bought the slotted ruler holders at Joann's but I used a 50% coupon for both (at separate times) and then I used my 15% off teacher's discount. Another friend said they like to use the kitchen plate stackers they found at the dollar store. Hope it helps!

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    I asked this same questions a while back and so many people had great suggestions. However, I got to scheming with my dad (he's a transplant patient and needs to keep himself busy) If I can figure out how to post a picture, I'll show you the drawing of what he's working on for me.
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    I have a 12 x 12 plastic 3 drawer and holds some of my rulers (from walmart on the cabinet)

    also a black slotted thing that holds file folders works out great on my sewing table

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    Maybe I am just too simple.. I just put some nails in the wall by where I use them and I hang them from the nails.. they are right there and I can see them. But I only have 5 rulers of different sizes. So maybe people have more than that, I do not know.

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    I have a peg board hung up and hang my rulers and my stencils on hooks from the peg board. Because I built a frame then attatched the peg board I have a ledge on top of the peg board to set my one ruler that doesn't have a hole for hanging.
    The peg board also has hooks and hangers that I use to store my scissors, rotary cutters and other hangable items. Saves space.

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    I have them hanging on the side of a cabinet that is not in full view. I use nice nails and the holes in the rulers. I didn't want to use my table space as storage for them, although I love the look of some of the wooden holders!

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    I have a desk organizer that lets you stand file folders in, in a couple of sections, with cubby holes in the front. The file sections ikeep my longer/larger rulers. Front section shorter, so the 6-1/2" and smaller ones go there nicely. In front again are three more cubby's for pencils and scratch pads. One has my two rotary cutters, another some odds and ends of tools, and the middle one has my calculator.

    Another re-purposed item is one of those brass newspaper holders you keep at the fireplace. Solid and heavy and great for holding pattern books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by My time
    Does anyone have any good solutions for storing rulers? I don't want them packed away in a cupboard. I saw a ruler holder at the quilt store but it was $25 and that seemed pricey I'd like them to be handy and accessible.
    I bought a circular tie holder at Walmarts

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    I need to take pictures of some of the items I use in my sewing room that my Dad built. I really have a legacy, and with this item, you will, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyBaby
    I asked this same questions a while back and so many people had great suggestions. However, I got to scheming with my dad (he's a transplant patient and needs to keep himself busy) If I can figure out how to post a picture, I'll show you the drawing of what he's working on for me.
    Please see post about items my Dad made! I think I posted it in the wrong way!

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    I like the one your dad is making you. The plate racks sound like a neat idea. I use to have one of those but probably got rid of it when I moved. Now I need it. I keep mine hanging on a pegboard over my work area.

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    When I get my sewing room organized (and who knows how long that will take :mrgreen: ), I'm going to have a pegboard so everything will be in sight!

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    You can use peg board and peg hooks to hang rulers that have holes drilled in the ends. I had my husband drill holes in the ends of rulers that didn't have them so I could hang them all. It's nice especially for the triangle rulers because I can find them when I need them.

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    I have a small sewing area in my dining room so my thread is on a holder on the wall and my rulers hang on nails next to it. Clears my area for sewing.

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    If you can get your hands on a used metal file holder, they are heavy and can hold your rulers. You could even spray paint an old one to match sewing room. I also attached a pic of another idea I had seen.

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    I have nails on my walls (some from previous pictues). I try and group them by type, size etc. They are all up there out of the way and I don't have to search for them or worry about breaking them from having them lying around.

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    I have a wooden slotted ruler rack, but I don't remember where I bought it. It was several years ago. I know it was mail order and it couldn't have been too expensive or I wouldn't have bought it. I just saw it in the most recent Clotilde catalog for about $15 and I'm sure it's available on their website http://www.clotilde.com

    It is 4" x 20" x 5/8" high and has 5 slots. It hold all 7 of my rulers and I consider it well worth what I paid. Maybe you can find it at your local fabric store.

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    If you can find an old 45 record holder at an antique shop, it works well and holds many rulers

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    Quote Originally Posted by janell2009
    Maybe I am just too simple.. I just put some nails in the wall by where I use them and I hang them from the nails.. they are right there and I can see them. But I only have 5 rulers of different sizes. So maybe people have more than that, I do not know.
    This is how I did it until I got my peg board hung. I've tried the wooden and wire racks but it seemed that I just didn't have the surface space for them. They were always in the way. The nail in the wall allows you to use space behind an open door, etc. And....bonus......it's easy. :thumbup:

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    I have a circle hanger that I don't like now--the only way to get to the ruler you need is to take all the others off first! Looking for better idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janell2009
    Maybe I am just too simple.. I just put some nails in the wall by where I use them and I hang them from the nails.. they are right there and I can see them. But I only have 5 rulers of different sizes. So maybe people have more than that, I do not know.
    I did the same thing. I prefer this method because I don't want them to bend. I hang my mat there as well while it is not in use.

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