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    So disappointed.

    I have a large cutting mat on my cutting table. But for traveling and to use at camp in the summer I have an 18x24 mat. I'm always afraid it will get damaged in transit. The other day at Joann's I bought a mat case that zips all the way open. One side is a gridded ironing mat and the other side has a large pocket for a mat and smaller pockets for rulers and other tools. It was somewhat rigid offering great protection. It was just perfect except for one thing. Most mats have a bit of a border, mine included, which makes it 19x25. The case can only accommodate up to 18.5. UGH!!! And it was 50% off too.
    ;)Nancy

    I got a sewing machine for my husband. Good trade, huh!?!

    #2
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    time to make a custom quilted one. Best of Luck

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      #3
      Re: So disappointed.

      I bought the same case and promptly took it back when I discovered the mat didn't fit. I ended up making my own and like it much better. I made the handles long enough I can wear it "cross body", which is nice when my hands are full.
      Robin
      My Pinterest Page of the Quilts I've Made: http://www.pinterest.com/rwmomto3/quilts-ive-made/

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        #4
        Re: So disappointed.

        Ohhh .... so sorry.

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          #5
          Re: So disappointed.

          I bought this one Omnigrid Fold-Away Cutting Station at Joann.com and really like it. I took it to the forum retreat last year and it worked great and I had enough room to slip my large 12.5" ruler in the case with it.
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            #6
            Re: So disappointed.

            Looks like making one would pretty easy! A piece of foam core slipped inside the one pocket would keep it fairly rigid. What else would work that wouldn't add much weight and yet keep it from bending?
            Goodbye Europe! Hello California! Home sweet home.

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              #7
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              I made my mat holder last year for the Eleanor Burns seminar I attended. Made it out of extra chevron blocks from a quiltI made. I needed to make it long enough to accomodate the handles and border of my mat.

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                #8
                Re: So disappointed.

                Originally posted by K. McEuen View Post
                I bought this one Omnigrid Fold-Away Cutting Station at Joann.com and really like it. I took it to the forum retreat last year and it worked great and I had enough room to slip my large 12.5" ruler in the case with it.
                Yup, that is the one that I choose and it works ... ok. for classes, not an everyday cutting / iron station.
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                  #9
                  Re: So disappointed.

                  time to make a custom quilted one
                  What a great idea!!
                  "She who dies with the most fabric wins"

                  Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom."

                  Julie
                  :D

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                    #10
                    Re: So disappointed.

                    Thanks for all the great ideas. Jean I love your bag!
                    ;)Nancy

                    I got a sewing machine for my husband. Good trade, huh!?!

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                      #11
                      Re: So disappointed.

                      The girls that come to my classes have made their own similar to Jeans with pockets for their rulers and cutters.
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                        #12
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                        I would think a quilted tote that is cut a bit bigger than the mat would suffice. It's probably not really necessary to add a stiffener. To be able to carry other things in the same tote, an outside pocket that has velcro as a closure would work to hold those other items.
                        Goodbye Europe! Hello California! Home sweet home.

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                          #13
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                          I made Jenny's large tote bag and because you can make as large as you want, it's perfect for a cutting mat tote. I love mine

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