At our August 2012 Sewtopia Sewing Club we changed things up a bit and offered a hands-on class using the Double Diamond Ruler. What fun it was to see all the color combinations everyone had when they were done. See below for pictures of all the samples!
The Double Diamond Ruler is a great way to add dimensional accents to sashings, quilt borders, quilt blocks, bags and home dec projects. Add to a yoke or cuff of a garment or a center of a table runner. You can even use this ruler to cut paper for extra scrapbook embellishments.
Each person was asked to bring 1/3 of a yard of three high contrast fabrics and one yard of paper backed fusible web such as Heat N Bond light along with pins and scissors. We provided the Double Diamond Rulers, rotary cutters, cutting mats, sewing machines and invisible thread. Each person could then practice using both sizes of rulers for the ultimate hands-on experience. We even had people who brought their own rulers who had bought them and never used them! They were thrilled to finally take the time to use it.
As I started working with the Double Diamond Ruler I found that my choice of fabric colors was very crucial. One needs a light, medium, and/or dark fabrics with high contrast. To get your feet wet, sample some color combinations using the small Double Diamond Ruler. Turn your favorite samples into bookmarks for fun gifts!
As you select the first two colors to fuse together you don’t need to commit to the color choice until the layers are sewn together. You will be able to “test” the color options from both sides of the fused together layers. Just flip the cut strip over and peek at the opposite side. The same goes for the selected background fabric. After the diamonds are pressed into position, audition different background fabrics. You will quickly see which fabrics will or won’t make your project pop!
Both sizes of available Double Diamond Rulers are included in the package. The small ruler will produce 1 1/2” finished diamonds and the larger ruler makes 3 1/2” diamonds. Complete instructions and tips come with the rulers as well as via the Double Diamond Ruler website.
Rotary Cutter Size
Both the small and medium sized rotary cutters will work with this ruler.
Fusible Web Selection
At Heirloom Creations we use the HeatNBond lite fusible web as our go to webbing of choice. We did hear during our hands-on Sewtopia Sewing Club of this ruler, “Yuck, I must have bought this fusible web at Walmart.” No all fusible webs are the same. Before they left the store I saw a couple of these people stocking up on the HeatNBond fusible web.
Select clear invisible thread for light colors or the smoke colored invisible thread for darker fabrics.
Can Double Diamonds be washed?
Yes. For best results, use a washing machine’s gentle cycle. Using high quality fabrics and fusible webs will also help the raw edges look their best the longest. For additional security, use Fray Check™ around the raw edges and/or topstitch around each diamond.
If creating borders using Double Diamonds, measure the total boarder length. Allow extra fabric on either end to be able to center the final diamonds into position.
One of my favorite uses of the small ruler was to make bookmarks. What a super quick gift idea to include with a bookstore gift card for a favorite teacher. The small Double Diamond Ruler has 8 slots. Using only one length of the ruler will create a very nicely sized bookmark. Finish the edges with a satin stitch or a wavy-blade rotary cutter.
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