Slightly out of context reference, but these are my essentials for paper piecing. Tutorial and pattern to follow. Its a mug rug- that's all I can say for now as it exists only in my head but meanwhile lets go through this one by one...
Rotary cutters. You can't do this with scissors, rotary cutter precision is necessary. The larger 45mm is great for general usage and you can get by with that alone but the 28mm will make life a whole lot easier on the little bits and is less effort on the hands and arms.
If you've got a rotary cutter then you are bound to have quilt rulers. Not all quilt rulers are created equal and I have learnt my preference over time. Both of these are by Creative Grids. A little square is great for small bits, I have a 5.5 inches one that gets lots of use but it doesn't have the lovely quarter inch dotted border lines that you can see on the larger ruler on the left. These are the biggest aid to adding your seam allowances.
Freezer paper, essential and available in the UK too, although not at supermarkets. If you haven't used this stuff, it has a papery side and a plastic/way side. You can iron it onto fabric and then peel it off and reuse it with and it leaves no residue. Great for applique and templates and a roll lasts forever. Cottonpatch stock it and on ebay you can buy smaller pieces or splash out on a whole roll and make a commitment. If it doesn't work out you have lots of paper to wrap your sandwiches in.
You need a knife for cutting your freezer paper templates and a rotary cutter will not be fine enough. I use an Olfa scalpel and you can buy cheap disposable scalpels in art suppliers. I also use a propelling pencil, HB leads and a very fine permanent liner- 0.1mm.
Otherwise the usual kit applies. It is helpful to have a small iron- I use a travel iron, and thin piecing thread is another bonus- Aurifil 50/2 is perfect or YLI soft touch, both are fine piecing threads.
Back soon, must draw the design or there will be nothing to piece.