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Thread: Retired cutting mats

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    I bought this old mat at a yard sale for $1. Its in bad shape but decided I may use it for something. I've gotten alot of use out it. I'm glad I ended up with it. When I need to use my X-acto knife I just get this mat out. It works great.
    What do you do with your old mats?

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    Oppps here is the picture
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    have you tried turning it over and using the back side of it?

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    If you make bags or purses, use as a stabilizer on the bottom of the bag. Make a slip cover for it and it matches your bag.
    Voila!!

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    pvquilter is one smart sewer! I have a mat that the edges got a little warped, okay, I had to retire it because i didn't store it properly. Cutting it up and using it as a stabilizer in projects is a great idea. I mean that one cutting mat was serious bucks, and because i wasn't careful it became almost useless. I love this forum. Creative people real inspire me. thanks!

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    Old mats are great for the workshop too. Besides the obvious that you can cut on them with an exacto or even a breakaway razor tool, they are very easy to keep clean after painting, gluing or small fix it chores. And because of the texture of the mat, things are easier to stay put while working on them.
    Oh and the grid and measurements on the mat are great to make some easy cuts of hose or primitive woodwork too.

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    Great tips. I also have 1 I use just for cutting fleece. I learned the hard way that stuff doesn't come up from the cutting mat very easy. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    I bought this old mat at a yard sale for $1. Its in bad shape but decided I may use it for something. I've gotten alot of use out it. I'm glad I ended up with it. When I need to use my X-acto knife I just get this mat out. It works great.
    What do you do with your old mats?
    I have cut up old mats to use as a mouse pad and also for a small one that is easy to turn on my cutting board.

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    Use a small part as cutting board in kitchen just for chicken.

    Use a piece doing scrap booking.

    Cover w/batting & flannel for small design wall.

    Lots of uses - just look around

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    I make smaller cutting mats. I love a small mat when I am trimming up a block. I can spin the mat around easily. I have one of the fancy, expensive turn tables cutting mats, but I prefer a piece of cut mat. I use them for holding the hot glue gun too.

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    On Fons and Proter today a MN quilter makes templates.
    She glued her paper template to the old mat and cut the template out. I thought it was clever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    On Fons and Proter today a MN quilter makes templates.
    She glued her paper template to the old mat and cut the template out. I thought it was clever.
    These are clever ideas. I didn't even watch Fons and Porter today. I love DVR I'll watch it later. Thanks. :thumbup:

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    Hi everybody, I too ended up with warped cutting mats when we moved 7 years ago. But someone told me to lay it outside on my driveway when the sun was out. Sure enough, it heated up and was flat again. Then, I took it inside and put it on my cutting table and left it over night. Next day, I could put it away "properly". This saved all my cutting mats. You might try it and see if it works for you.
    PennyG

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    another great idea - thanks

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    Great ideas here - glad you asked the question.

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    cute

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    pvquilter, We got some junk mail that had some info for Macular Degeneration and it was on an 8 x 11 piece of plastic. I cut it up to make a bottom for my new purse I made. A week later my husband was looking for that information...OOOPS! I had to order him another one online! My bad.

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    Old mats are great for putting under your quilt tops and using basting gun to baste.

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