Guidelines Rulers - Designed to Cut Fabric Fast, Accurate and Fatigue Free

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Eileen Kukich
El Paso, TX

"I cut over 1,200 6"x3" rectangles for 5 lap quilts.

I was able to do this in about a week with no waste of my material.
I am so pleased with this Ruler."

Judy Miller
Eagle River, AK

"I cut out over 200 2½" squares today using your ruler. It took me 2 hours.

If I had done it with a regular ruler, I’d still have some to cut tomorrow."

Libby Wheeler
Ontario, Canada

"...Using the two rulers made it easy to cut 7 ½" squares, divide them into 2 ½" strips, and then turn them into nine-patch blocks in a matter of minutes. I was amazed..."

San Antonio, TX

"I am traveling across country. I already use the 24" package and just love it. It and my 1/4" paper piecing ruler are just about the only ones I use. I have replaced almost all my rulers with yours..."

6"x12" Guidelines Ruler

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Includes built-in Grip Strips, Fabric Guide and Angle Line Marker.

2-Guidelines Ruler Set

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Choose this set if you want to connect rulers and cut longer or wider pieces.

3-Guidelines Ruler Set

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Choose this set if you want to square up your fabric the super easy way.

1 Ruler + 1 Connector

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Choose this set if you already have 1 or 2 Guidelines Rulers

Guidelines Ruler Connector

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Connectable in three ways!

Sew Accurately with the Prep-Tool after cutting accurately with Guidelines Rulers:

Perfect4Pattern Sets

The Prep-Tool lets you:

  • Sew accurate scant 1/4" seam allowances.
  • Take the guesswork out of set in seams.
  • Pre-trim triangling points accurately.
  • Mark precise seam lines for sharp mitered binding corners.

Sewing accurate scant 1/4" seam allowances is the secret to sharp pointy points in blocks like these.

Cut & Sew Accurately and Make Blocks Any Size No Math. No Expensive Dies:

Finished-Size Quilting Sets


Every set includes:

  • Guidelines Rulers and the Prep-Tool to cut and sew accurately.
  • Seam Allowance Additions to make blocks any size, accurately, No Math!

Click on the links below to learn more.

Grip Strips work better than anything you've ever tried before because all the pressure gets concentrated along the edges of the Ruler.

Self-adhesive Grip Strips are available separately, so you can slip-proof all your other rulers and templates.

Crystal clear Grip Strips come built-in on both long edges of the Guidelines Ruler.

Grip Strips slide easily over your fabric, so you can make little adjustments with ease, but just a little pressure in the middle locks the Ruler in place when cutting.

Built-in Grip Strips are the same thickness as the Fabric Guides, so everything will be level when cutting.

Guidelines Rulers come with a
new one-piece Slide & Snap Fabric Guide.

The Fabric Guide is made of durable ABS: the same material used to make those colorful, kid-proof, snap together blocks.

Snap the Guide onto the measurement line you want
for faster and more accurate cutting.

To snap the Guide onto the measurement line you want:

Press down on the Extensions above the slots in the Ruler to un-snap it. Slide the Guide to the measurement line you want and push up from underneath until it snaps back in place.

Grooves in the Fabric Guides are designed to lock onto the raised measurement lines underneath the Ruler, so the Fabric Guide's edge always ends up at the dead center of the line, ensuring consistently accurate cutting.

The latest version of the Guidelines Ruler was released on
May 1, 2018


The New Version

Comes with new, improved:
"Slide & Snap Fabric Guide"

"Clip-On Finger Guard" included
for safer rotary cutting

The Previous Version

Came with
Two-Piece Fabric Guides

Everything else is the same:

  • Fabric Guide locks into grooves underneath the Ruler
  • Non-Slip with built-in Grip Strips
  • Made of Polycarbonate, Unbreakable & Un-nickable
  • Connectable with the Guidelines Ruler Connector
  • Comes with an Angle Line Marker to mark angle lines

The previous versiion of the Ruler itself (the main body slightly tinted in pink) is absolutely identical with the new version. So, you can purchase the new version and connect it with the previous version, using the Guidelines Ruler Connector.

The Fabric Guides are Interchangeable:

Want to try the new, one-piece "Slide & Snap Fabric Guide" on your existing previous version of Guidelines Ruler?

  • Simply remove the two-piece Fabric Guides from the previous version as in the instruction on the right.
  • Then, press the extensions on the new, one-piece "Fabric Guide" into the slots from underneath the Ruler.

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See how to remove the two-piece Fabric Guides:

Remove the bottom Fabric Guide the same way.

The built-in Fabric Guide & Grip Strips make it
easy to line up and hold in place for precise cuts.

Set the Fabric Guides for the width of strip you want to cut. The Fabric Guides edge will catch the fabric's edge for perfect alignment.

Using 2 Guidelines Rulers
Connected As a 24" Ruler

This way, you can cut strips from the full width of fabric only folded once to two layers (about 22" long).

Most quilters find it easier to cut straight strips this way.

Using 1 Guidelines Ruler

To cut strips from the full width of fabric using 1 Ruler, it will need to be folded twice to four layers (about 11" long).

Grooves in the Fabric Guides lock dead center onto the measurement lines underneath the Guidelines Ruler, making it easy to line up the exact same way every time and cut perfect squares.

Then trim off just inside the selvedge.

Finally, cut squares by lining up the edge of the strip to the Fabric Guide's edge.

Rotate the Ruler 180º For Left Handed Use

After rotating the ruler 180º to cut on the left side,
the numbers look the same.

You can also mark the angle lines in either directions.

The Guidelines Ruler comes with
an Angle Line Marker.

Pins underneath the Marker fit into holes around the 30º, 45º and 60º numbers in the center of each angle line on the ruler.

Angle Lines run in both directions on the Ruler. Once you know the angle you want to cut and which way you want to cut it, you can mark the line, so you'll cut the right angle the right way every time.

For example, to make 60º diamonds, you can mark the 60º angle line in either direction, making it easy for right or left handers to cut in whichever way works best for them.

How to Make 45º Diamonds

First, set the Fabric Guide to the size you want the diamond to finish at, plus 1/2" for seam allowance, and cut a strip. Then line the edge of the strip along the angle line you marked and cut that angle on the end of your strip.

Rotate the strip and with the Fabric Guide still set on the same line you used to cut the strip, line the angled end of the strip you just cut, up to the Guide, and start cutting diamonds.

Both Guidelines Ruler and Connector are made of virtually unbreakable polycarbonate and lets you connect Guidelines Rulers end-to-end, side-by-side or as a corner square.

You can make a 6"x24" to cut the full width of fabric or connect them side-by-side to cut wider pieces. You can even make a Corner Square to square up, but taken apart, they will fit in a small bag or even in the case with your sewing machine.

Arlene’s post on

"I recently purchased two of the 12 inch rulers and the connector so that I can easily pack and carry a 24 inch ruler to my classes. It seems to be working great!

I can put them together as one long piece, or as a right angle to square up the edges of a quilt. I love the fabric guide so I can set the strip width and then cut without too much fuss! I would highly recommend this product!"

Susan Melanson - NC

"I am a person who cannot draw a straight line with a ruler. I am equally inept when cutting fabric...

...So let me tell you what I think of your product; IT IS WONDERFUL! I received the rulers yesterday and immediately started on my new project. It took a little effort to get the two rulers connected, but I am assuming it is because they are a little stiff from being brand new. I set the rulers for the size strip I wanted, and to my amazement, the ruler did not slip and the strips were perfect.

I am left-handed and this product easily worked for me. Congratulations! It was worth the wait."

Sometimes a 3-Foot Ruler is Just What You Need.

It would be great to have a 3-Foot Ruler to cut bias binding strips. But who wants to pay for another ruler that long? Besides, carrying or storing it would be a major hassle.

Make a 3-Foot Ruler with three Guidelines Rulers and two Guidelines Ruler Connectors. No hassle & easy to carry or store.

1) Insert the Tabs on the ends of both lower arms on the Connector into the center of the holes in the ruler.

2) Push on both arms and slide the Connector to the right until you hear a click to lock it onto the first Ruler.

3) Insert the Tabs on the upper arms into the center of the holes in the 2nd ruler. Hold the Connector in place on the 1st ruler and slide the 2nd ruler to the left up against the Lip Edge.

Click on the Play Button Below to See
the Video Showing How to Connect Guidelines Rulers:

New, improved Guidelines Ruler comes with
a Clip-On Finger Guard for safer rotary cutting.

Tabs on the Clip-On Finger Guards clip into holes in the Guidelines Ruler.

Clip-On Finger Guards and the Connector are designed to work together.

Put a half inch high protective barrier between your fingers and the rotary cutter. Also available separately here if you want an extra or if you have an older version of Guidelines Ruler that didn't includ a Finger Guard.

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Clip-On Finger Guards are easy to remove:

To remove, pull it off at a 45 degree angle (up and away at the same time), and you can attach the S, H or Q Seam Allowance Addition with Built-In Finger Guards for Finished-Size Quilting to automatically add the exact amount of seam allowance for squares, HSTs or QSTs on the edge of your Guidelines Ruler.

Polycarbonate is 25 Times Stronger Than Acrylic.

That lets us put holes and slots in the Guidelines Rulers that you would
not want in acrylic because acrylic is much easier to crack, chip or break.

The slots allow us to have built-in Fabric Guides, on the Guidelines rulers.

Just slide them to the width you want cut, lock them in place and you'll line up faster and more accuratly than you ever could lining up by eye.


We also wanted to make them connectable, so you'd never had to carry or store a "too-big-to-fit" 24" long ruler.


The Guidelines Ruler versons of Finger Guards and Seam Allowance Additions lock into holes in the Guidelines Ruler as well.

Square Up Your Fabric 101:

Go with the Grain For Perfect Piecing

Fabric is much easier to work with if you pay attention to the grain.

Fabric comes on a bolt folded once with the selvedges together.
If you unfold it, it will be about 44” - 45” wide.

Try This Yourself.

Hold a piece of fabric right below the selvedge edge.

Stretch right below parallel to the edge:

Move one hand down a little and stretch again:

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The first step in any successful quilt project is squaring up.

To square it up, the goal is to cut just inside one raw edge of the fabric,so that the newly cut edge is
parallel with the crosswise grain and at a 90 degree angle to the Lengthwise grain of the fabric.

Folding Fabric 101: Leave it folded once in 2 layers or
fold it twice into 4 layers: That is the question.

To trim off the raw edge, the fabric will need to be folded at least once, so it’s about 22” wide, and you can use two Guidelines Rulers connected as a 24” ruler.

Some quilters fold it twice to four layers, so it’s about 11” wide, and they can use just one 12” ruler.

Either Way, the goal is to fold it precisely so that the grain line on all the layers of fabric are perfectly aligned with each other.

Pick the fabric up holding it just by the selvedge edges. If the grain on both layers is aligned, the fabric will drape smoothly.

If the grain is out of alignment, the fabric will twist a little and not hang smoothly. You can adjust the top layer back and forth against the bottom layer until you eliminate any twists in the fabric.Once you get the fabric to hang smoothly, keep the selvedge edges aligned, lay it on your cutting mat and finger press the folded edge.

You can fold the fabric again by aligning the folded edge with the selvedge edges.

Some quilters do this but if you don’t get all four layers aligned accurately, your strips will come out with a slight “V” like the image on the left and will be unusable.

How to Square Up Your Fabric: the Conventional Way

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Most quilters find it easier to cut straight strips if the fabric is folded only once.

Connect two rulers end-to-end, and you can square up the full width of fabric folded only once into two layers.

If you’re comfortable folding the fabric twice into four layers,

you can square up using just one ruler.

Square Up Your Fabric the Super Easy Way:

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Most quilters find it easier to cut straight strips, using this method
with the fabric folded only once to two layers (about 22" wide).

1) Connect three 6”x12” Guidelines Rulers to make a corner square.

2) Line the Fabric Guides’ edges on the bottom Ruler up to the folded edge of the fabric.

3) Hold the 6”x24” Ruler in place with one hand while squeezing the release levers on the Connector with the other hand to take the bottom ruler off. Then trim off the raw edge.

4) You can then slide the Guide up to the fabric's edge, and start cutting accurate strips from the same side of the fabric without having to rotate it 180º.

If you're comfortable folding your fabric twice to four layers,

you can square up the Super Easy Way, using just
two Guidelines Rulers connected as a corner square.

1) Connect two 6”x12” Guidelines Rulers to make a corner square.

2) Line the Fabric Guides’ edges on the bottom Ruler up to the folded edge of the fabric.

3) Hold the Ruler on the left in place with your left hand while squeezing the release levers on the Connector with your right hand to take the bottom ruler off. Then trim off the raw edge. (Reverse this if you're left-handed.)

4) You can then slide the Guide up to the fabric's edge, and start cutting accurate strips from the same side of the fabric without having to rotate it 180º.

The Super Easy Way Using 3 Guidelines Rulers:

Quilts Made Using Guidelines Rulers & the Prep-Tool:

Bonnie Beaty - CA Road to California Contest Entrant
"It was such a wonderful experience for me to take the leap and enter this quilt at Road. I am fairly new to quilting and to have my quilt accepted was quite an honor. This quilt truly stretched my quilting abilities and improved my confidence greatly.

I used a few of the tools offered by Guidelines4Quilting. I used the Guidelines Rulers to cut the strips. I really like the ability of butting the ruler up to the fabric and knowing that it is straight and square.

I used the Prep-Tool to prepare the triangles. The Prep-Tool really does make for more accuracy when sewing triangles together and I needed accuracy on the triangle units of this quilt. Triangles have always been a bit of a challenge for me, so having tools that make it easier and actually work is great.

I tell everyone about Guidelines Rulers and at a recent quilt retreat I gave a demo on the Rulers, Prep-Tool and Grip Strips. I have the Grip Strips on almost all my rulers and just ordered another two packages for the rest of them. Thanks for the great products.”

This beautiful Lemoyne Star quilt was made by Sharon Vervoort of California and it was accepted into Road to California. It's the first quilt she had ever entered in a contest and it took third place.

She says one of her secrets to win this award was using the Prep-Tool to mark the seam intersections for the precise Set-in-Seams on the Lemoyne stars. Congrats, Sharon!