Saturday, February 14, 2009

What do you do with old rotary blades...

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone in all parts of the world!!
I was rotary cutting some squares this morning and realized my blade was know when it's time to change. You keep having to make a second and third pass over the fabric, that last little piece at the end of the fabric never gets cut and then you finally realize that you need a cortisone shot in your shoulder, because you are pressing so hard to get the job done.

Well, no more. I just put a fresh blade in and I'm a cutting fool. My question to you is...What do you do with your old blades. They still cut, just not four layers of fabric. I keep mine in the plastic case that comes in one of the multi blade packs. I mark it in black ink..."USED". Why keep used blades you ask:

"Mom can you"...
  • "cut this piece of post board for me, but it needs to be straight"
  • "cut this stack of construction paper into 1 inch strips"
  • "cut the legs off these sweat pants...I need them to be shorts. You don't have to hem though! Oh yeah, I need them for dance class now!
This list could go on, but you get the point. Save all your old blades for times like these. Buy a new rotary cutter for yourself and use the old one for the old blades for crafting only. Tie a ribbon on the handle so you know (and everyone else will know) it's only for paper and crafting.
Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!!


  1. What a terrific idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Karen, I nominate you to be the "Tip Queen." You come up with the neatest ideas. Thanks for sharing. Enquiring minds would like to know...and what were you cutting out? Smile.

  3. I use mine for cutting paper, too. It's much more precise than the paper cutter I have (that kind of goes wonky at times). Great for scrapbooking or card making. I heard one tip of putting two blades in the rotary cutter when one goes dull. Never tried it, though, because it doesn't sound logical to me. Have you ever heard of that?

  4. What a cool tip...I can see you're a clever Mum!

  5. ROTFLOL. You. Me. Cracks me up. I should take a pic of my USED blades container and my PAPER ONLY cutter. ;o) ooxx`jodi


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