|My DIY free motion quilting tool.|
Although, I could not find something for sale retail, I did find a home-made device on a blog post at Mary's Quilting Notes. Mary even has a short video for her device on YouTube.
This is exactly the type of device I was looking for. Something to hold a pen steady while you move a practice sheet underneath. I went straight to the plumbing/pipes aisle at Home Depot and picked up the pieces I needed. I didn't want to do any measuring, cutting or filing, so mine is just slightly different than Mary's - but even easier too. 😉 Can't remember exact cost, but it isn't much. Think the total was less than $10. No special tools required except your sewing machine's screwdriver to open and close the clamps.
|Parts for the quilting tool.|
- 1 inch x 2 ft PVC pipe
- (2) 1 inch 90-degree PVC elbow
- (2) 1 inch PVC Tee
- (2) 3/4 inch PVC coupling
- hose clamp to fit a 1" PVC pipe
- hose clamp to fit hose adapter
- 3/4" hose connector (blue piece in photo above)
- a 3-ring binder with clear plastic insertable-cover (I used an old one I had on-hand)
- dry-erase marker
The parts fit together easily. No cutting or filing necessary. Only tool needed is a flat head screwdriver for the hose clamps.
- Slide the larger hose clamp onto the 1" PVC pipe.
- Open the smaller hose clamp and loop it through the larger hose clamp.
Center clamp on the pipe.
- Insert the hose connector into the small hose clamp. Use a screwdriver to tighten clamps over the center of the pipe.
- Fit each 3/4" coupling into the top of a Tee
Bottom pieces of device
- Fit this piece into each elbow piece. May have to push a little bit for a snug fit.
- Fit these end pieces into the 2-foot PVC pipe.
The end of the device.
- Cut the spine from the binder. You should have two flat clear plastic-covered panels to use as work boards.
- Place a work board under the quilting tool.
- Wrap a rubber band (or two) around the end of a dry-erase marker and drop it into the pen holder.
Rubber band-covered marker.
- Drop the marker into the pen holder and push down until it reaches the work board.
- You're done!
Move the board to Practice Away! The dry-erase marker easily wipes off with a tissue to practice again.
Put a copy of your favorite quilting design under the clear cover and practice tracing as well.
|Tracing a quilting practice sheet. Just wipe off the cover and do it again.|
A short little demonstration video:
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