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Thread: Helpful Hint: Using Your Dull Rotary Cutter Blades

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    I had never thought of using my old, dull rotary cutter blades for paper until hearing about it at a quilting class. I finally bought an inexpensive rotary cutter and marked it "paper" with a Sharpee and use it exclusively for that purpose.

    While wrapping Christmas gifts this year it dawned on me to use my paper rotary cutter to cut the wrapping paper. I just wrap my gifts right on top of my large cutting mat, having the paper cutter and a couple of my rulers nearby. It is so much easier than cutting with an old scissors!

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    good idea

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    GREAT tip

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    great hint - thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlsfour
    I had never thought of using my old, dull rotary cutter blades for paper until hearing about it at a quilting class. I finally bought an inexpensive rotary cutter and marked it "paper" with a Sharpee and use it exclusively for that purpose.

    While wrapping Christmas gifts this year it dawned on me to use my paper rotary cutter to cut the wrapping paper. I just wrap my gifts right on top of my large cutting mat, having the paper cutter and a couple of my rulers nearby. It is so much easier than cutting with an old scissors!
    Yes I also do this and it makes wrapping so much easier!

    :D

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    Yep! Works great :)

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    that is such a great idea!!! :)

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    Good idea! I am wrapping packages this year with Xmas fabric (quilting, of course!) and asking the recipients (none are quilters) if I can have the fabric back! (most are family members, so no problem asking for it back!). It saves the trash etc etc and saves me money buying. The exception are the gifts I sent over-seas (although, in retrospect, most went to Vanuatu and I am going back in March, so I guess I could have asked them to save it for me).

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    If you don't get the fabric back, it would be a great excuse to buy more fabric!

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    That's the way!

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    I make bags with ribbon around the top opening for pull closure. I never get the bags returned! I think the bags are a bigger deal than the gifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlsfour
    If you don't get the fabric back, it would be a great excuse to buy more fabric!
    yea-although, I don't need an excuse to buy more fabric! I can't resist a good sale-Joann's has had their premium quilting fabrics on sale for a few weeks for 30-50% off-plus I was able to use my 20% off total purchase coupon-I bought tons of Debbie Mumm, Susan Winget and Stonehill when it was 50% off and still got to use my additional coupon for 20%. I also found some on the red tag table for $5.00-but they were discounting all them by another 50%-so it made it $2.50/yard-plus my 20% coupon. How can anyone resist that??? Now, if I can only find a pattern I like that doesn't need more yardage of any of the fabs I got! Merry Xmas to Me!!

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    Great idea!

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    My kids use them for school projects all the time. It works great!

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    Good idea

    I just thought of one - how about cutting pasta dough or even cookie dough.

    Sometimes there's more than one baker at the counter :)

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    And don't your quilting rulers work great when they have posters to do???? Everything ends up so nice and straight!

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    Great idea UNTIL you cut on the table and not on the mat!

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    Then I would have to get a "kitchen" cutting mat too. I really like that idea. :)

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    Sounds like a good idea, but the paper I was using was way to long.

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    Ooh! Great idea. I'm going to dig my dull blades out of my "sharps" container (plastic coffee tub) and try this! Hopefully will speed up my wrapping...there is still quite a bit to do! Thanks!

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