Free aida ruler

Free Aida Ruler for Cross Stitch Fans! Measure your fabric like a pro and enhance your stitching accuracy. Our fabulous and free printable Aida Ruler can help you get cross stitching faster. You might not think you need this, but trust me – unless you’re super-organised and always mark your fabric with size, type, etc – you need it! Even with my best intentions, stray bits of Aida, linen and other evenweaves somehow find their way into my stash.

Want to get your hands on this must-have accessory for all your cross-stitch projects? Type your name and email addie into the form in the sidebar or at the bottom of this page.

What is the Aida Ruler?

It’s a printable that you really need in your cross stitch kit. It helps you quickly identify your fabric count – from 11 to 22 stitches per inch.

You Don’t Need It.

You can find the size of your fabric easily enough without the ruler:

  1. Use an imperial (inch) ruler or measuring tape – Aida is produced in inch counts, so a cm ruler will need you to calculate – no one’s got time for that when your new project is waiting!
  2. Measure 1 inch: Align it parallel to the grid. Put a pin to mark the beginning of the inch and another to mark the end of the inch.
    How to measure the count of your aida cloth
    how to measure the count of your aida cloth – pin an inch

     

  3. Count the squares: Carefully. Probably twice. This matters if you’re trying to decide between 14 and 16, or 16 and 18.
    How to measure the count of your aida cloth
    how to measure the count of your aida cloth – count carefully

     

  4. Label your fabric so you know for future. Who am I kidding?

How to Use the Aida Ruler

You don’t need:

  • a measuring tape or a ruler
  • pins
  • to squint. Much.

Here’s how to find your fabric count with the Aida ruler:

  1. Print it out – we give you one sized to print on US Letter size paper and one to print on International A4. Printing in black is fine.
  2. line up an edge or a fold of your fabric on the 11ct ruler.
    How to use an aida ruler
    11ct fabric

    Do the lines on the ruler match the lines on the squares? Yes – your fabric is 11ct. Do a happy dance and get that project started. No – move on to

  3. line up that same edge with the 14ct ruler.
    How to use an aida ruler
    14ct aida

    Do the lines on the ruler match the lines on the fabric squares? Yes – your fabric is 14 ct. Stitch on! No – move on to

line up that same edge with the 16ct ruler.

How to use an aida ruler
16 ct aida

 

Do the lines on the ruler match the lines on the fabric squares? Yes – your fabric is 16 ct. Uh no – looks like my sample is 14. I was sure it was 16! Good thing I checked or the finished piece wouldn’t have fitted the frame I had in mind! For good measure, here’s the same sample fabric with the other two rulers on the printable:

How to use an aida ruler
18 ct aida

 

How to use an aida ruler
22ct aida

 

So you can quickly see what count your fabric is, hardly any squinting required!

Some people laminate this print so it will last a lifetime. I haven’t – I always have my patterns in a display book so my cross stitch ruler is on the back page of that. Unless it’s a mini project of course, then it’s usually in our small project tracker card, because then it’s like a little kit!

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Our Free Printable Cross Stitch Ruler

Our Free Printable Cross Stitch Ruler

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