Quilting Tips – Cutting Mats

Soak your self healing cutting mat in the bathtub every once in a while!  Self healing mats like moisture.

Here is what you do:

Fill tub or large container with COOL WATER (not too hot or cold) and add 1/4 cup white vinegar to every gallon. Make sure your mat stays flat and leave in for 15 minutes. When done, use a mild soap and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush to remove any trapped fibers. Towel dry and lay flat to finish drying. Do not lay outside to dry, direct sunlight will warp your mat also.


Keeping your mat soft and supple makes it last longer and doesn’t dull your blades.

Remember!!! Your cutting mats NEVER like heat or to be bent. Once they are warped…they are pretty much useless.

Keep those mats Sassy

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  1. Thank you for this great tip! I had no clue you could soak mats like that. I’m going to give this a try.

  2. Great tip. Paula. I have heard this before, but have not yet done it. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Thank you so much for this tip! I have some trapped fibers in mine from cutting minky I’ve been trying to get rid of but didn’t know how to do it!

  4. Thank you for the tip Paula. I didn’t know this.

  5. Great Tip, thank you

  6. I have never heard of this but am ready to give it a try. Thanks.

  7. I didn’t know you could do that! Thanks for the tip!!!

  8. anneandkita says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you!! I’d just noticed that my mat had gotten pretty hard (I was starting to be able to cut lines into it, yikes!) and was thinking I needed a new one. I’m going to go give this a try, thank you thank you! :D

  9. thank you so much!! what a fantastic tip!!! this is going to save my big $$$ mats and blades are so expensive!!!!

  10. Thank you – I guess I’m not only one who hasn’t done this! So washing day tomorrow! x Teje

  11. I didn’t know this! Definitely going to try.

  12. Hmm, I’ll have to give this a shot. I was just thinking my mat has seen better days. Thanks!

  13. This will help a lot of people!

  14. Great tip Sassy! First I have heard about it! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Ahem, I know you’ve seen my mat, so this is very timely! I shall give it a go and show you the results (if it’s not ‘r.i.p. mat’ time already!!!) :) xx

  16. Nice! I dont think it would surprise one soul here to see me dragging a mat into the bathtub. I’ve been known to do some kooky looking things! I’m going to try your design wall tutorial this weekend, I’m excited!

  17. god tip but fear my mat is wider than my bath tub, will have to check

  18. great tip! I would never have thought to do this! You’re just full of sage advice. ;)

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  19. Great tip! I have never done this before! I will definitely try this. :)

  20. This is a GREAT tip, I’m going to do this. Thanks!


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