Make your own 6″ ruler using just a dollar bill when you’re in a pinch and need to take a quick measurement but you don’t have a ruler or tape measure. A dollar bill measures exactly 6.14″ x 2.61″, which means if you fold the dollar bill into 6 sections you can have pretty close 1 inch sections. Start by getting a crisp(or not) \$1 bill.

## Fold the Bill into Thirds

The first step is to fold the dollar bill into thirds. Make the first fold by lining up the left edge of the dollar bill to be precisely between the N and O in “note” as shown.

Make sure the fold is even then crease the fold.

Next, fold the right edge of the bill into the first crease.

Then make sure the fold is even and crease the fold.

The first set of folds are complete – success!

## Fold the Bill into 1″ Sections

Now that the bill is folded into thirds it’s time to fold it further into 1″ sections. Start by folding the right edge into the right-most crease.

Just as before, make sure the fold is even and then crease the fold.

Repeat these steps on the left side. Start by folding the left edge into the left-most crease.

Make sure the fold is even and crease.

The final fold is to fold the bill exactly in half. As with the other folds, make sure it is even and crease tightly.