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Thread: How do you store cutting mats?

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    Super Member kwhite's Avatar
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    I have cutting mats and need to find a way to store them so that they do not warp. How do you store your mats flat?

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    I hang mine on a peg board.

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    Under the bed with the dust bunnies to lay upon.

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    Sara I love that you give the dust bunnies a place to rest...lol. I store my mats behind my book shelves when they need to be out of the way but usually they just sit on my cutting table or my sewing table.

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    At home.... on my cutting table.
    At my mom's, in my quilting carry-bag that is wide and flat and has a special pocket for them.

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    Let's see....one is on the table next to my sewing machine....one is on the dining room table....one is on the coffee table.....one is on the floor in "the fabric shop" room. :wink:

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    I store mine hanging on a hook.

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    The mats I'm not using at the time are in a cardboard "envelope" that is standing edge side up behind my desk, the one I'm using is on my cutting table.

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    Mine is under an area rug in the living room. I don't have a quilting room at the moment but will soon after we rearrange the guest room.

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    If it is not on the kitchen benchtop - that's where I cut - perfect height for cutting then it is under the lounge! :D

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    Mine are hanging on pegs on the back of the door.

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    Mine are on my sewing table. If they need to move I put them on the dining room table. (Who needs dinner when I'm sewing )

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    store it? what do you mean? yours is not always in use? say it isn't so...
    No seriously,,,,, I hang mine in the closet between the ironing board and the spare quilting hoops.

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    Depends on the size. Under the bed or behind a dresser works great for me.

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    LOL redrummy I am primarily a costumer. I do have the quilt mats away a good bit of the time when I am working on garments. This week I have made a chamise, knickers, armor and boots.

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    When not in use, hanging on wall.

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    I have a large drafting table to do all my cutting, so both my large mats are lying on that. I used to put them standing up behind my hutch.

    What I would love to have is a rotating mat, but the larger size is too expensive for me at this time.

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    I keep mine on the left side of my sewing table, usually buried under "stuff". OR behind the sewing table, leaning up against the wall. I usually keep something sitting in front of it to keep it from bending over and warping.

    My biggest one doesn't have holes for hanging. My bigger one is only like 18 x 24.

    I read a very good tip on how to store these once, and I think it was a thread on this board but not sure. Anyway, the lady said she used a plastic clothes hanger, like the kind with the clips pants usually come on, and hangs the hanger up with the cutting mat clipped in it! If you don't have one of those, you could always use a regular hanger and clothes pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ButtercreamCakeArtist
    I read a very good tip on how to store these once, and I think it was a thread on this board but not sure. Anyway, the lady said she used a plastic clothes hanger, like the kind with the clips pants usually come on, and hangs the hanger up with the cutting mat clipped in it! If you don't have one of those, you could always use a regular hanger and clothes pins.
    Great Idea. I may have to use this one. Thanks

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    Mine stays on the sewing table. Temporarily, it may rest on the floor under the table. I know that large wall-hanging clips are available for hanging mats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have cutting mats and need to find a way to store them so that they do not warp. How do you store your mats flat?
    Does anyone know a trick to take a warp out? I accidently ironed over mine.

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    Great question. I think I would try to lay mine Flat in direct sunlight. Let gravety take care of it.

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    My 36" by 36" goes behind the bookcase when it is not in use. But all the others stand up on the top of a cabinet I have all my patterns in. All my rulers store there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JANW
    Does anyone know a trick to take a warp out? I accidently ironed over mine.
    I think the warp is here to stay. It says so right on the packaging label.

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    I used to keep them under the bed or couch. When my DH redid my sewing room, he raised my cutting table about 6" and created a space between the old and new tabletops for storage of mats and rulers.

    [IMG]http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...sewingroom.jpg[/IMG]

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