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Thread: Has anyone tried to cut their cutting mat smaller?

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    Junior Member acesgame's Avatar
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    I have two 24 by 36 mats, a June Taylor and a Martelli. Unfortunately, they have a 1 inch border and my tables are 24 inches deep. I don't know how to cut them. Any Ideas?

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    I used sharp kitchen shears to trim mine to the size I wanted.

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    Well, hey their !!
    Just wanted to say HI !

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    If you don't want to put the stress on scissors, does hubby or friend have a pair of shears that they cut tin with?

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    I have a pair of spring loaded shears and cut mine up with that. I cut up my old worn out mats to make smaller mats for block trimming, etc. I also use the old mats for the bottoms of the purses I make from time to time.

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    I lined up my plastic template on the line I wanted to cut it at and used a box cutter. :)

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    I used tin snips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acesgame
    I have two 24 by 36 mats, a June Taylor and a Martelli. Unfortunately, they have a 1 inch border and my tables are 24 inches deep. I don't know how to cut them. Any Ideas?
    yes & it worked out well :-D
    dar

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    Fiskars spring loaded utility shears cut anything. One of the most used tools in my kitchen tool (junk) drawer.

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    I marked the line I wanted cut and hubby took it outside and laid it on top of a piece of cardboard on the driveway and cut with a box cutter.

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    I cut my great big mat that fits on a big cutting table with spring loaded scissors, no problem.

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    I used my Henkle scissors, worked like a charm!

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    I cut one of my older ones into smaller ones, after cutting it, there was 1 part where the numbers were off, I used a marker and just re-numbered...they are great when I am toting to my quilt guilds...I used a pair of older shears, and it didn't seem to hurt them...but I made sure the pair I used were old, I only use them for things that if they get messed up it is no great loss...

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    My DH measured mine and then went to the shop and cut it.
    I belive he used his table saw, but I could be wrong. But I have a very nice straight edge. We topped one cabinet with that cutting mat. Since there was mat left over, he made a mat the size of my machine bag, so I always have a good quality mat with me when I travel.

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    Perhaps a linoleum knife?

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    You would cut the Martelli mat? Well, the demo at the quilt show showed us the Martelli rotary cutter will cut metal Coke cans, cardboard and then fabric. It should cut a mat, I would think.
    Missed you at the Plano Quilt Show.
    Are you going to Debby's retreat?

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    My DH used a saw out in his shop -- not sure which one. Then he gave it a fine sanding. He cut one smaller for me, put it on a board and mounted the board on a lazy susan thing -- I have my own turn-table mat!!!

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    use a utility knife and a ruler to score the mat several times then it will be easy to cut with scissors. You can score it until it cuts through but be sure the underneath surface is protected or not cared about.

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    Box cutter worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I have a pair of spring loaded shears and cut mine up with that. I cut up my old worn out mats to make smaller mats for block trimming, etc. I also use the old mats for the bottoms of the purses I make from time to time.
    Exactly what I do!

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    Sharp snips.

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    I used my Cutco kitchen shears to cut a mat that was damaged, the worked great, and now I have several smaller mats that I can take to class, and one next to my sewing machine :thumbup:

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    I used my Pampered Chef kitchen shears.

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    When my cutting mats get worn out (esp. before I started using self-healing mats), I cut them up to use in the bottom of my handbags.
    I cut mine using an old box cutter (new blade) and an old metal drafting ruler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acesgame
    I have two 24 by 36 mats, a June Taylor and a Martelli. Unfortunately, they have a 1 inch border and my tables are 24 inches deep. I don't know how to cut them. Any Ideas?
    I'd buy a new table :roll: :lol: :roll: :lol:

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