Monday, April 29, 2013

Quilting Cutting Mat + Ironing Board Combo

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Hi everyone,

I would like to talk about cutting mats and ironing board combos, today. This is where you have an ironing board combined with a cutting mat, especially made for travel or to place near your sewing area.

I have two different types. I'll talk about the first one I purchased, first.

1. "Quilter's Cut'n Press II"--made by June Tailor. I've been using this type of cutting mat/ironing board for many years. It is a wonderful tool for travel and/or taking to a class. Although, I found the cutting surface to be a little stiff or hard to cut on. The ironing surface is muslin and printed with guides for pressing.

I believe this is the newer version. Mine is grey and beige.

2. "Tote Size FoldAway"--made by Omnigrid. I just received this nice little cutting mat/ironing board. The board is based on their individual cutting mats. It is approximately 11" x 8". The ironing surface is covered with a grey iron-safe material. I like the feel of this mat, it feels like their larger singular mats. This foldaway comes in two sizes, the 11" x 8" and the 12" x 18".
Omnigrid Foldaway Mat/ironing board

Omnigrid Foldaway Cover
3. How-to Make your own Cutting Mat-Ironing Board Combo. I found this blog on how to create your own! It is very pretty, too. She shows you to staple to the foam board, but, I think I would use some permanent glue. Something like "Glass, Metal & More" by Beacon Adhesives.


I would LOVE to hear what you use to cut your fabric out for quilting! Please click on the blog title, above and a comment area will be easier to find.

Happy Quilting!

Denise
*I receive product from manufacturers to design.

10 comments :

  1. I really like the Omnigrid foldaway combo. It feels the most like a real cutting mat.

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  2. Greetings!

    I have the two premade ones. I use the June Taylor for ironing only. I find the Omnigrid too small. I do plan to make my own. I can use my 18"x24" mat. I plan to use that one because I can cut yardage as well as trim squares down, etc. I think I would add a pocket for rotary cutters, etc.

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    1. I found that my June tailor cutting board cuts uneven, I do use only the ironing part only, now.

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  3. I've used the Omnigrid folded cutting mat at classes for years. And I do mean years. White smaller that what I have on my cutting table, it handles the travel and class environment well. Nothing better to be able to use a small mat and pressing mat instead of waiting in line to use a "communal" mat or ironing board. I give them to quilting friends and family when I can find them on sale.

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    1. I agree, these small iron/cutting mats are the best! I like not having to wait in line and I usually have space at a class to iron, in fact, I'll share with my table partner!

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  4. I've got the little Omnigrid one and it is brilliant to have just next to the sewing machine and I use my Clover mini iron on it, very convenient for trimming a seam, pressing it and then adding another square or triangle. Otherwise at home I really believe in the benefits of getting up and going to the ironing board to avoid stiffness and nether spread! I can see how the bigger combo would be great for taking to classes but no classes here.

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    1. I agree, I like getting up at home to iron, too. I also have a clover mini iron. I may get it out to use the Omnigrid foldaway, just to press seams open.

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  5. I'm wondering if the cutting mat on these travel combos are self healing. Thanks for any advice.

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    1. I believe they are self-healing. But, you'd have to check on the brand you are thinking about purchasing, it should say on the packaging. have fun!

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