making a mat holder

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I was thinking of making a carrier for a cutting mat, rather like the
omnigrid ones. If anyone happens to have seen a pattern for something
along those lines I wouldn't mind a pointer, but I'm fairly confident
I can concoct that side of things.

My question is reinforcement, I can't decide whether to go for the
theory that it's a carrier for occasional use that will take a mat, a
couple of larger rulers and my enormous graph pad and can just go flop
when not in use, or whether I'd be better off to reinforce the sides,
and if so, with what, I wondered about leaving a pocket for foam core
board, which would be light, but I'm not sure if it's strong enough.

Any ideas?

Cheers
Anne

Re: making a mat holder
The foam core pocket sounds like a mighty good idea, Anne.  My mats never
get to go on a trip.  If they did, I'd want a constant reminder for
everybody that folding or even curving  were not acceptable.  Polly

"Anne Rogers" <wrote>I was thinking of making a carrier for a cutting mat,
rather like the
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I made a bag a long time ago.  Since I always take my 15 inch and 12 1/2
inch squares along, they help to keep the mat from curving in the bag.

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Susan
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I always thought that these portfolios would work well for a mat...and you
could
insert a form core board for extra stiffness.
Might not even need foam board if you were just going to a class not far
from home.
http://www.artsuppliesonline.com/catalog.cfm?cata_id=11920
At least you wouldn't have to make it and some of them are quite reasonable
in price--
think this one is about $33...but by checking online or at an art store I'm
sure
you could find something cheaper and then you woulnd't have to make it and
they come in diff. sizes as well.
Mary

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I have a mat holder that is just two large pieces of foam core board & along
three edges, I have a piece of lightweight (1/4" thick) wood, then I have
clear tape around those three edges & finally a piece of the wood along the
top (to prevent anything from falling out).  My friend made one & showed it
off at retreat last year.  She used a wooden yardstick to seal the edges - I
didn't have one on hand, but DH had wood that he just cut down to yardstick
size.  The great thing about this case is that you can leave it in your car,
in the hot sun & your mat won't warp.

Pauline
Northern California
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Pauline:
 Your case sounds easy, lightweight, and low cost. I do not understand how
the top wood is attached. Do you tape it and replace the tape often?
As usual, I am confused in Virginia

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Pat
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Yes, it is easy, lightweight & cheap!!  The top piece of wood just slides in
& it seems to stay in.  Of course, this mat holder doesn't get thrown around
much, so I guess that's why the top piece just stays in.  It fits snugly,
but not too snug that you have to work hard to get it out.  You don't really
need the top piece, it's just extra security.

Pauline
Northern California

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