That lean little one inch wide, 36 inches long piece of wood comes in handy when you cut out multiple pieces of rectangular fabric. Rather than pinning and cutting, using a yardstick to measure out several pockets is so much faster. When I was a kid my parents would get yardsticks for random things, like filling the car with gas ("We go the extra yard!") buying a car ("We go the extra yard!"), buying lumber ("The best lumber yard!") and buying a couch (don't know what that meant. We had loads of them hanging around. I am glad I kept their Montgomery Wards yardstick. I don't think anyone ever got a spanking with that one.