What do you do with your old quilting rulers? They do get nicked after awhile and the markings do fade. I have been putting mine in the bed frame to protect the box spring from kitty claws; today I pulled one and put it to a new use.
I've got my Orange You Glad Bee blocks put together; I finally decided to use hourglass blocks as a border. Well, they need to finish at 4.5 inches and I was having trouble aligning things to get those points centered correctly. I had a couple of options: I could go out to the hardware store and buy plastic and make my own template, I could go out to a quilt shop and get a standard 4.5 ruler, or I could scavenge. Guess which I chose?
I did not take process pics but here are the basic steps - you can figger it out I'm sure.
1. SO, you take your beat up old ruler in hand and find the 45 degree marks you need; mark your new borders if needed.
2. Go out to hubby's workshop and find a good utility knife with a fresh blade.3. Using a metal ruler (I used a T-square), score the ruler until your wrist hurts. I used a C clamp with a small piece of scrap lumber atop the ruler to hold it in place.
4. Re-clamp the piece so the waste end hangs over the edge of your work table; snap it off (cleanly, if you scored well).
5. Repeat for the other edges.
6. Find a piece of sandpaper; wrap it around one of your waste pieces or something else that's nice and straight, and sand down your edges until you feel they're good enough for smooth cutting.
See? A nearly-perfect 4.5 inch square template with the 45-degree marks clearly delineated.
Whether your motivation is repurposing, saving money or a compulsion to use what's onhand so you can get back to sewing as quickly as possible, keep those old tools in mind - they may be useful in new ways!