It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.
Featured Tool: Folding Cutting Mat by Olfa, Item # 82315, 82314
Connecting Threads Reviewer: Ann
What is this typically used for?
This tool is used with rotary cutters and acrylic rulers for cutting fabric and quilting.
What was your first impression of the Olfa Folding Cutting Mat?
It was familiar–I have used Olfa cutting mats for years and they’re good quality, very durable.
What was your experience with it like?
Excellent! When it is flat, you can neither see nor feel the wavy joined area. It looks and functions just like an Olfa mat that does not fold.
How long did it take you to learn how to use it?
There was nothing to learn–simply unfold and lay it flat.
What did you like best?
I liked the sturdy hinge. Olfa says the user will wear out the mat before the hinge does. Also, since it is hinged, the pieces are always together.
Could you see another potential use?
These cutting mats could be used for many crafts and with a fixed blade craft knife. I have used it for scrapbooking and making models for interior design. You can cut paper, foam core board, and more on it (not just fabric)!
Who would appreciate an Olfa Folding Cutting Mat the most?
These are perfect for:
- Quilters who attend classes and retreats
- Beginner, intermediate, and expert quilters
- Embroiderers, paper-piecers
- Anyone acquiring the essential quilting tools
- Crafters such as scrapbookers and model builders
Why do you NEED one?
These cutting mats would be fantastic to take to classes and/or retreats. They fit great in a bag! The smaller size means you don’t have to carry it separately in its own bag. Also, it could be used next to the sewing machine for frequent cutting for paper piecing.
Any other perks?
We’re giving away both sizes of Olfa Folding Cutting Mat for FREE! Want to be one of our two winners? Here’s how:
- Tell us what you would use an Olfa Folding Cutting Mat for in the comments below -AND-
- Share what tool you’d like to see us review next!
UPDATE: Our winners have been selected and contacted. Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Tool Review Tuesday Giveaway!
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