As the holiday are approaching, some of us (well, I am anyway!) are thinking about what quilting goodie we might want to find under the tree. One item on my wish list is a new cutting mat. Mine is a bit messed up.
I have been doing a LOT of cutting and trimming lately. Which leaves lots of debris on the mat. And I must admit that I don’t change out my rotary blade as often as I should so it probably tears up the mat a bit.
But cutting mats are expensive, even with a coupon! So I searched and found a few articles on how to give new life to your cutting mat. Here is a link to one article on the National Quilters Circle website.
It said to first get rid of the threads and fibers using a pot scrubber. I remembered I had this nifty tool that I had uncovered over the summer when I cleaned out a few drawers during the Creative Spaces blog hop.
It did work to get rid of a bunch of the threads and loose bits of the mat. Though a pot scrubber would work.
Then I put the mat in the tub to soak in a solution of cool water and vinegar. They suggest that the tub should be big enough for the mat to lay flat but I don’t have a tub that big! And since I mostly cut in the center of the mat, I figured it was OK if the ends did not get as much soaking time.
Then I used a little dish soap, put that in the water and scrubbed the mat. Then I dried it and looked to see if it worked. Kira wanted to help.
I will say, the mat feels softer. And some areas seem better. But some of my deeper divots are still there. Maybe if I had done this before the mat got quite so bad it would have worked better?
Have you tried doing this with your cutting mat? Did it work?
Hmmm… I may leave the cutting mat on my with list.