I love my rotating cutting mat and it gets used often. Mostly for trimming up blocks.
That means it I have worn it out, especially in the center where I do the majority of my cutting. You can see all the cut marks and narrow ditches (and not so narrow) from repeated cuts below.
My inexpensive fix. A 51/2 x 71/2 mini mat that I can put on my rotating mat and still use for smaller pieces.
Larger pieces still work on the mat. Not as many large blocks are needed when making a quilt so the volume of use is substantially less. This means I can still use my rotating mat for a few more years I suspect. When I do buy one, I’m thinking of investing in a Martelli mat. I like the larger size and the fact that you can replace just the cutting mat when needed. An investment for sure. In the meantime, I can continue to use my cost-saving trick.
What cost saving tricks are up your sleeve? Finding ways to save money for more fabric (of course) on the journey. Jackie