Today's Tip: Cutting Mat De-Fuzz


Today's tip comes from Jennifer Overstreet of {www.ghquilting.com}.



All quilters know that cutting mats wear down like a well-loved pair of shoes. Jennifer has a neat tip to remove some of the fabric fuzz that gets stuck in the well-worn grooves.

Jennifer says:
  1. Got Fabric fuzz stuck in your cutting mat from excessive rotary cutting in the same spot? 
  2. Grab a pink eraser to make it all go away! I happen to have an extremely large one from our Dollar Store.
  3. Take your pink eraser and rub it over the fabric fuzz to lift the fuzz out of your mat.
  4. Dust away the eraser residue and the loosen fabric fuzz
  5. No more fabric fuzz left behind from excessive rotary cutting.
 Thanks for sharing, Jennifer! Would you like to share your favorite sewing tip? Send us an email.

Happy sewing!

22 comments:

Shruti said...

Do you need a pink one ONLY? I dont think I have seen any here! My mat is orange though, shall I try orange or white?

Sew Create It - Jane said...

THAT WORKS A TREAT! I'm sooo happy. I have been quilting for 18+ years and that is the one thing I have never figured out. My mats are all going to be given the big rub out, but I might have to invest in one of those big erasers as it does chew through it :o) thank you so much!!

jednoiglec said...

Many thanks for the excellent tip!

Suzanne said...

Who would have thunk? :-) Thanks!

onlymehere said...

I use painter's tape to give it a "Brazilian wax!" I place the tape in strips over the fuzzies and press down on it to get it stuck on the mat good and tight. I then rip it off quick and the fuzzies just come up! Works great after cutting minky, etc.

francis said...

A very good idea! Thanks

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Cindy said...

Brilliant!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Thanks for sharing your tip, Jennifer! It's a good think we are not all as genius as "Unknown" up there, or we wouldn't have the opportunity to share and get to know each other like this!

MGM

Kathleen O'Grady said...

Thanks for the tip, I will be trying that!

Jenn said...

I used a sticky lint roller last time I cut. Kept the whole business much cleaner.

Marcia W. said...

Thanks for the hint. We will try in a small section first. Masking tape doesn't work on my specific mat - when tried it the grid marks lifted off too.

Luisa said...

I have managed to defuzz my mats by rubbing over with flannel or wadding scraps but haven't tried an eraser.

Susan said...

Thank you for this tip. :)I had begun to notice a build up of the fuzzies on my mat recently.

Pat said...

I know that there are defuzzer tools out there, but they cost a whole lot more than a big pink (or orange, or white) eraser! Many thanks for the tip!!

Lolly said...

This is a great tip but I have had my pads for at least 7 years and never cut them. They are the olfa Pads. I've used others that do cut but I won't do that again. You may pay more in the at the beginning (except if you have JoAnn's coupons) but they last a long time.

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Carolyn said...

wow! just tried it. I used my lint roller to get the eraser off of my Olfa rotating mat and it looks great! I had cut felt on it and had speckles of black felt all over the board! Thanks!

Kimberly said...

I think this is a great tip, especially on those days I'm cutting miles of warm & natural and making a mes of everything! I tried it today and it works like a charm! And I did notice the 'unknown' comment the other day... sounded like someone had wished she'd shared the idea first ;o)

Alexandra Abarca said...

Hi:

Thanks for the tip.

So it would work only with pink eraser?

Thanks for the answer.

Ale
costa Rica

Celia Irby said...

I've always used a very tight terry that clingy kin and wors great but get tired of washing it all the time I'm going to give this a go

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