5 Sewing Supplies I Can’t Live Without

Clover Wonder Clips
These babies are the BEST INVENTION EVER! As in: no pins needed. You can use the clips for bulky, unwiedly, or otherwise hard-to-pin fabric concoctions, and the other added benefit is they have measurements on the sides, so you can actually clip a hem with precision rather than pin and hope it all comes out even. One side is flat and the other rounded so you know which to put on top… I mean, I could go on about my love for them, but see for yourself. I started with a pack of ten clips, but wish I had ordered a a pack of 50 to begin with, cause I use them daily and in multitudes. I shall never pin again!

Circle Cutter

Have you ever needed or wanted to cut a perfect fabric circle? That business is IMPOSSIBLE to do well by hand. Yes, I’ve made templates, used a compass and my scissors, but results were iffy and there’s no reason for it. Get yourself a fabric circle cutter. You use it like a compass, with one side pinning the center of the circle down, then setting the radius, then simply cutting by exerting a little pressure while you spin the blade. It sounds a little cray-cray but it’s actually crazy simple. Try it out: OLFA Rotary Circle Cutter.

Simplicity Studio Ruler Simpli-EZ Bias

If you want to make your own adorable bias tape (which you should, because it’s adorable like I mentioned, but also not that hard), you can make your life a heck of a lot easier if you get a bias ruler to help you mark your cut lines. Pick it up here Simplicity Studio Ruler Simpli-EZ Bias, then use our tutorials for how to make bias tape and how to sew with bias tape to make all of your cute-binding dreams come true.

Walking Foot

If you want to make quilts or sew with knit/jersey, you should get a walking foot. It makes a lot of sewing easier but becomes a necessity/joy of life in those situations. Search for the walking foot designed for your machine and invest in it (it shouldn’t be too much more than $25), and you will thank me. No seriously, I am waiting for my thanks. You’re welcome.

Dritz Dual Purpose Twin Marking Pens

I am obsessed with this pen! One side is air-erasable (meaning it eventually dissappears after you mark your fabric), and one is water-erasable (also known as Mark-b-Gone), so a spritz with your iron and the markings disappear. I use this one literally EVERY DAY, I buy them in bulk I use them so much: Dritz(R) Dual Purpose Twin Marking Pens

So, those are a few of my favorite things. I hope you enjoy my secrets, and share any of your fave rando sewing gear in the comments, I do so love to collect sewing doo-dads.




I am so glad you posted this. On Friday I was checking out the circle rotary cutter thing, but was like, do I really need this, does it work well…. I am going to go ahead and buy it now, thanks for sharing.


I’ve got to get a couple of these supplies. I bought a walking foot a few years ago and it has been used often and was totally worth the money. It was expensive though, $90 for my Brother machine.


I’ve had an amazon gift certificate balance sitting there, so I used part of it for 50 clips and a circle cutter. I’m looking forward to checking them out!


Wonder Clips, walking foot and Dritz pen are also some of my favorite and most used sewing supplies! My other favorite and most used is a mini iron that I stole from my husband. It’s 4 1/2″ long and 2 1/2″ wide, looks like a wand with a wooden handle and it has a heavy knit cover that ties on it. It’s great to use for hems and small spaces and delicate fabrics because the cover means I don’t need a press cloth!


Seriously? Where have those clips been all my life? I hate pinning things… Which means I need to order 50… like right now.


I’ve been dying to get a walking foot. I’m also going to have to check out those clips. For whatever reason I must be allergic to pinning, it’s such a pain. I avoid it as much as I can!


Thanks for these hints. Often you don’t know about new items unless someone clues you in. I’m getting those clips and the bias ruler today. I’m all for doing things an easier way. It makes sewing fun instead of a chore.


Sometimes you come across a post which in a span of 1 page gives you some of the most useful information that makes your sewing adventure so much easier. This would rank up there…Thank you so very much!


LOVE my wonder clips! Best sewing tool ever. And my walking foot’s pretty awesome too though it’s loud and it was way more than $25.


I bought a walking foot as part of a nice set of feet and I am really disappointed! It was supposed to be compatible with my singer, but I’m not sure it is. It’s really difficult to get thick and multiple fabrics under the foot and it just doesn’t seam to do the job… I guess I might have to invest in a better one. And the clips look like something I could fall in love with :)


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