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Old 03-08-2010, 05:34
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For those of you who cut fabric for cheer bows, what is the best method?
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A clear cutting board/mat and a rotary tool. I use something similar to the pic below, but instead of translucent, mine is totally clear except for the numbers. Makes it a LOT easier because you can put the material underneath the board, see the width, and slice with the rotary tool.

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A clear cutting board/mat and a rotary tool. I use something similar to the pic below, but instead of translucent, mine is totally clear except for the numbers. Makes it a LOT easier because you can put the material underneath the board, see the width, and slice with the rotary tool.

http://www.ozquilts.com.au/images/de...utting-mat.jpg

So dont cut on the cutting board? What do you put underneath the fabric so you dont slice or cut into the table?
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So dont cut on the cutting board? What do you put underneath the fabric so you dont slice or cut into the table?
My self healing cutting mat is not clear, I have one that is pink and several that are blue, the ruler needs to be clear tho.

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Yeah my self-healing mat isn't clear either, I don't think it needs to be? I have a 3"-wide clear ruler with lots of markings for every 1/4" and such. Both my mat and ruler are only about 18" long so I keep having to stop halfway and readjust the fabric to finish cutting the strip. I suppose it'd be easier if I had a bigger mat and ruler. I lay the fabric on the mat, put the ruler down at the width I need it and then use the rotary cutter to cut along the edge of the ruler. So the side of the blade kinda touches the edge of the ruler as you move along. But sometimes I need to make sure I'm holding the ruler down enough b/c if I push down too hard as I'm cutting, sometimes the ruler shifts.
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Yeah my self-healing mat isn't clear either, I don't think it needs to be? I have a 3"-wide clear ruler with lots of markings for every 1/4" and such. Both my mat and ruler are only about 18" long so I keep having to stop halfway and readjust the fabric to finish cutting the strip. I suppose it'd be easier if I had a bigger mat and ruler. I lay the fabric on the mat, put the ruler down at the width I need it and then use the rotary cutter to cut along the edge of the ruler. So the side of the blade kinda touches the edge of the ruler as you move along. But sometimes I need to make sure I'm holding the ruler down enough b/c if I push down too hard as I'm cutting, sometimes the ruler shifts.
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My mat is clear, but thats because thats the only color they had in the size I got. Does the ruler need to be clear?
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Thanks.

My mat is clear, but thats because thats the only color they had in the size I got. Does the ruler need to be clear?
Yes it really does so you can see the fabric
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Definitely buy the clear ruler - the 3 inch wide by 18 long is awesome.

Also if you FOLD you fabric in half you'll have 1 yard strips
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Definitely buy the clear ruler - the 3 inch wide by 18 long is awesome.

Also if you FOLD you fabric in half you'll have 1 yard strips
That's what I have, the 3" by 18" and it's great b/c you only need up to 3" for the large cheer bows anyway. I do fold my heat n bond pieces in half before cutting strips now (wow soo much easier), not sure why I don't do the same with the fabric! But the fabric does get thick sometimes if you're cutting through 2 layers at the same time and I worry that I don't have it folded perfectly in half and part of it might be crooked.

I snapped a quick pic of how I cut my fabric. Didn't bother to take the safety thing off of the blade but you get the point In the pic I am cutting a 2 1/4" strip. Not sure if you can see the lines that mark off the inches.

So glad I finally figured out a better way to cut these. Before I got the clear ruler and self-healing mat, I just took a piece of ribbon (to measure width) and a pair of scissors, and my fabric strips were quite a crooked mess
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A LARGE clear cutting board is not necessary, its just the way I do it. :-) I'm sure the clear rulers are just as good and not nearly as expensive. I also do what some other people said and fold my material over itself and make one cut instead of having to stop, move the board and cut again. I don't have a self healing mat, so I just cut on top of a piece of smooth wood. Not ideal, but my dh is a woodworker, so it was available. What can I say....I'm cheap. :-)
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