Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
If you've been reading my blog any length of time, you can probably figure out that I enjoy experimenting. :-)
I've had some design ideas rolling around in my head for a while now that require ovals and I had just about resorted to using the ole' template and scissor technique when I stumbled across this! These oval templates work with the included handle and blade to cut lots of different sizes of ovals and are made in the USA by Alto's, the same folks that make the QuiltCut 2. I know what you're thinking. "Katrina, um, those are for cutting mats for framing. Not fabric!"
Well that's where the experimenting comes in! I grabbed some double sided fusible web and ironed it on some scraps, an old cutting mat and a piece of foam core. Guess what? The oval templates work! Just think, no scissors and no expensive die cutting machines!
Now on to better fabric!
I prepped the fabric I designed recently with the fusible web and placed it on top of the foam core which was on top of my old cutting mat.
This picture shows shows the handle with the cutting blade (with a spacer attached) next to the smallest oval template.
Here is a close up view. The blade is just below the silver oval plate with the two screws. Great thing about this? Safer to use! No rotary cutter necessary!
Simply hold the template down with one hand and push the handle with the other. (The blade can be inserted for right or left-handed users). Go all the way around the oval. It seems like it might be awkward, but it really glides along quite easily!
Next, I removed the spacer clipped to the handle and cut on top of one of the ovals I had already cut.
Now why would I want to do something like that?
Pretty nifty, huh?
I've made an oval and an oval ring!!!
At this point, my mind started racing with even more ideas!
I prepped my other fabric and easily cut 10 more ovals and 10 more rings in just a matter of minutes!
Now don't you want a set too? :-)
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