Monday, October 8, 2012

Oy! Don't Do This

I did something pretty stupid.
I need to buy a new cutting mat.

I was pressing a quilt with a hot iron. 
 It didn't even dawn on me that the mat was underneath.   

It cannot be flattened : (
Don't try  this at home.


  1. LOL, I have done that too, but luckily I realized it the minute the heat raised the mat, so I didn't ruin it.


  2. OUCH! Another hint...don't use your light box on your cutting mat either. I found that out the hard way too.

  3. Even though it is not usable as is, you could cut it up and save the small pieces for travel kits, etc. I have a friend who did the same thing, ironed over it although it had towels for cushioning, it still ended up warped.

  4. Bummer!

    Here's another tip for you - don't put your laptop on your cutting mat if said laptop tends to run hot.

    You kinda get similar results :)

  5. Definitely not good, though you could use the flatter sections to cut with your decorative blades!!

  6. thanks for such a nice laugh!

  7. Oh no! But then...better a warped cutting mat than a warped quilter. I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist :) But consider this an opportunity for getting the latest new cutting mat out there.

  8. Not good, but don't toss it in the trash. Even warped cutting mats make great recycled projects (e.g. bottoms of totes, miniature cutting mats, etc). I've not tried it, but I have heard that placing a mat in a bathtub of very hot water, letting it soak, then placing it on a flat surface, will help it take on a good flat shape. If you try it I'll be interested to know what you think.


  9. I guess the good part is that it didn't stick to your quilt or your iron! It wouldn't flatten out if you leave it out in the sun on your driveway?

  10. You can always cut a nice corner off and use it in a mobile kit on the go.


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