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There was a time when choosing a quilting cutting mat was pretty straightforward. These days, there are many more choices, and finding the right cutting mat for sewing may seem a bit daunting. But not to worry, the experts at Fat Quarter Shop are here to help you find the perfect rotary cutting mat for the job. We know how important cutting mats can be, especially if you're using a rotary cutter, as most quilters do.
Naturally, there are some characteristics that any good quilt cutting mat will have. For example, quality mats are "self-healing." This feature is essential because it means you can use your mat time after time without inflicting deep grooves on its surface.
While each fabric cutting board for sewing and quilting is typically made of lightweight plastic (like PVC), the shape and size can vary quite a bit. Knowing how you plan to use your fabric cutting mat before making your selection is helpful.
Select styles of round (and sometimes square) fabric cutting boards have a rotating base that makes it easier to cut your material. Because you don't have to place your hands in awkward positions to cut the cloth, you typically get a cleaner cut that you can execute quickly and easily.
You may choose to get a quilting cutting mat that's double-sided. Reversible mats typically have one side that's a dark color with the other side a lighter shade. Having a color that contrasts with your fabric pattern lets you easily see the edge of your material as you cut it.
There's a rotary cutting mat for every sewing task at Fat Quarter Shop. Whether you've been sewing, cutting fabric and creating quilts for ages or are just starting, we have the best cutting mat for sewing quilts – or whatever projects you have in mind. Before you begin stitching, ensure you have the perfect fabric cutting board and all the tools you need. They're available now at Fat Quarter Shop.
Kimberly is thrilled to show you these amazing cutting mats that are only at Fat Quarter Shop – the Kimberly Cuts Rotating Cutting Mats! Lightweight and sew darn cute, these rotating cutting mats will spin up some smiles! The lines are marked in 1-inch increments from 1.5” to 12.5” for easy squaring up. Kimberly Cuts Rotating Mats come in 2 sizes, 5.5” and 12.5”. They are light and portable, and they spin with just a little pressure. Give them a spin, pick up one today only at Fat Quarter Shop.
Following are answers to some common questions about rotary cutting mat products. The stitching staff at Fat Quarter Shop is always happy to answer any other concerns you may have.
A cutting mat helps to protect your table's surface from getting damaged as you cut your fabrics. It's used when sewing quilts and other stitched projects. A sewing mat typically has measurements printed on its surface in 1" increments and may also have lines for 30-, 45- and 60-degree angles, which is helpful when cutting out triangles and other shapes. A quilt cutting mat enables accurate and clean fabric cutting and is the best surface for rotary cutters. In addition, it makes a terrific craft cutting board.
The best cutting mat for sewing is determined by personal preference and how you plan on using it. For instance, if you're looking for solid, long-lasting performance for a wide range of projects, choose a reversible traditional-style rotary cutting mat with triple-layer construction.
The preferred cutting tool for quilters is the rotary cutter. Rotary cutters come in various blade sizes, give you a clean cut and are super easy to use. Good quality scissors will also get the job done, but stitchers often find that scissors are harder to work with and can leave jagged edges.