Have you ever made a purchase at a craft store in the dizzying height of optimism that you’ll redo everything in your home and your whole life will be prettier and more beautiful?
I have too!
And obviously it doesn’t always work out that way, does it? Before long, those tubs of paint and skeins of yarn or gorgeous scrapbook papers become something you avoid looking at. They pile up in a corner of your craft room or craft supplies cabinet silently accusing you of what you are not getting done.
At least that’s how I have felt. Sometimes I don’t use the craft supplies I’ve purchased because they’re just too pretty to use.
Sometimes I realize I have gotten in over my head with a craft idea that there’s no way I will be able to do.
Sometimes it’s just that I don’t have the time or the room to do it.
Sometimes I can’t even remember why I bought something!
But not all of my craft supply purchases have led to regret. There are essential craft tools I’ve used so many times over the years that they’ve just become a part of my home, my existence, and I would never even think to get rid of them. Other things maybe don’t get used as often, but they’re exactly what I need when I need them. They’re indispensable.
These craft and sewing tools are keepers. You’ll never regret having them, and you should try to get the best quality you can reasonably afford.
Note: after writing that, I came across an article about a woman who had hoarded craft supplies to the point that she was deep in debt and almost lost her home. Her story is so painful and raw and difficult that it made me realize that glibly saying you’ll never regret these purchases might be debatable. So let me make this clearer: assuming you do not already have these basic supplies, and you are not deep in debt, and you reasonably expect to do some crafting this year, these are purchases you are likely not to regret.
However, if your story is also painful and you’re going through a difficult time, then obviously buying these things are not going to make you feel better or make your life better. My little bit of crafting regret pales in comparison to what this woman suffered. I feel for her. But it also reinforces my statement above: be choosy with what you buy, and resist the elation that comes when you’re browsing the craft store aisles.
That said, here are some solid crafting tools you might want to have in your home. They are unlikely to cause regret.
The reason these are such good purchases to make is that they are handy for so many different purposes beyond crafting.
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Must-have craft tools
- Regular scissors
- Fabric Scissors
- X-ACTO Knife (and blades) and/or utility knife
I haven’t tried it (yet), but this Olfa knife gets very good reviews. If you want a cutting knife with a little more grip, it might be the way to go. And regular #11 blades fit in it.
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Triangle ruler with a metal edge
The one I have and couldn’t live without is a Wescott Grid Triangle, 12″. It’s a little more expensive but I reach for this tool again and again when I need to cut things perfectly square.
- Straight ruler with metal edge
- Hot glue gun
- Rotary cutter
- Large grid ruler
- Large, self-healing cutting mat
- Embossing stylus, double tipped
- Paper cutter
- Small level
- Hole punch
There are so many kinds of hole punches. A single hole punch is versatile, but others save more time if you are putting printables in binders.
- Good pens
- Black Sharpie (or as many colors as you fancy!)
- Sewing Machine
- Tape measure
- Seam ripper
- Straight pins
- Hand needles
- Sewing box
- Bobbins (that fit your model sewing machine)
- Transfer paper (one side is coated with chalk for marking pattern lines on your fabric)
- Good lighting