For 12 days I’m sharing ideas for stocking stuffers or gifts for the sewers in your life (or to add to your own list). Here’s another idea:
Christmas Gift Idea #10: Olfa Rotary Cutter and Mat
While I’m a big fan of sewing shears for cutting fabric, and have suggested Famore scissors as a sewing gift, I also have come to rely on my rotary cutter and mat. I actually bought mine about 20 years ago (not kidding) and only started using it about 3 months ago (a fact!). I didn’t quite get it, to tell you the truth, but at a recent sewing workshop many of the ladies were using them and gave me a quick instruction.
Rotary cutters have come a long way since mine and if I had my pick, I’d now go for this one:
This is the Olfa Deluxe Rotary Cutter. It has a 45mm blade and an ergonomic handle that makes holding/cutting easy and comfortable. It’s also made for left or right-handed users – so you can cut from any angle without a problem. (On mine, it’s clear intended for use on one side, so I have to be in the right position to cut close to the mark.) You can order this from Olfa directly on their website for about $32.00, but you can also buy it at Joann with a coupon for a much better deal.
While Olfa also makes a 60mm cutter, I’d go with the 45mm because you can also get a pinking blade. This is helpful to avoid fraying with certain fabrics and it’s not available for the 60mm cutter. In fact, this cutter, with an additional pinking blade (about $14.00 at Joanne), would be great to give together!
All that said, a rotary cutter is no good without a cutting mat. You don’t want to use the razor sharp cutter on a table, which will scratch it and dull the blade. The self-healing Olfa mats are great. They come in various sizes, but I find the 24×60″ really useful. Like the cutter, I’d suggest buying this where you can use a coupon, like Joann. They have this one regular price for $69.99
I hope this gives you an idea you can use for gifting this season.
Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!
Miss an earlier post for the 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas? Check them out below:
*Disclaimer: Just a note, in case you’re wondering…I am not affiliated with any of the suggested products/companies – these are truly gifts I just think would be great.