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Thread: Cutting Up Old Mats

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    Cutting Up Old Mats

    I have an old cutting mat that I need to cut smaller. What do you guys use to get a nice even edge?

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    I have never cut up an old cutting mat but I will be watching this post closely for some ideas.

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    I had one to cut up saveral years ago and my husband used a cutter used to cut roll flooring used in bathrooms and kitchens. It worked beautifully. Then he used sand paper and emery cloth to smooth the edges.

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    I've cut with big scissors following the lines. Not perfect, but fine for me.

    I'm going to cut my biggest into 4 pieces for the bottom of the laundry basket, I may try a box cutter and ruler this time.

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    I've heard of people using the mat pieces for the bottom reinforcement in purses.

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    You could also use the smaller mat (after it was cut) to take to quilting classes or retreats instead of taking a really large mat.

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    I scored a new Fiskars mat with a blade cutter and it snapped cleanly apart. I forgot why I did it. Must have been something useful to use it for. LOL

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    just used regular scissors to cut mine up. Used the smaller boards at my sewing station for use when paper piecing to trim the pieces to 1/4" seams.

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    I used a utility knife and a ruler. I drew a line with a permanent black marker to make it easier to see.
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    I used my Gingers Scissors. Yea, I know what you're thinking....
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    It had never occurred to me to cut my mats up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltedsunshine View Post
    I used my Gingers Scissors. Yea, I know what you're thinking....
    I buy different sizes of Ginghers for my utility scissors. This way no one is looking for the good scissors and it is a simple joy to use good scissors when I need to cut other then fabric.

    I bought a large mat and cut it to fit a cutting table. I used tin snips.
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    My son-in-law cut up my old one; half for me and half for his wife. I think he used a table saw. I could have used my table saw also, but he did it for me. I would have put some scrap wood over the mat and cut them together.
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    Table saw worked well for me. Between scraps sounds good.
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    Love this idea! I have been using cloth bags for the grocery store and think the mat pieces would work beautifully with them. Thanks for the tip!
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    I used the table saw to cut mine. I bought two and cut them in half to put on the back side of my LA table. It's very nice having a 12' long cutting area, even if it is only 18" wide.

    I set the fence at a bit less than half, then ran both sides through so all pieces are exactly the same width. It's just as smooth as the factory edge.
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