Basically you use it to roll out pie crust, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, rolls, cookies, etc. I have loved using it and not having to clean the flour off my counter. When you are done you shake the excess flour off and fold it up and put it in the freezer for next time. Wonderful! I usually only wash it when I make things like Cinnamon rolls and get cinnamon & sugar on it, or if oil gets on it, which is usually about once or twice a year, which may seem like it is not enough, but the point is that the more you use it the more the flour gets in the mat and the less flour you have to use in the future, it is great!
Since my daughter was diagnosed 3 years ago I have been meaning to make me a GF one. And since we moved earlier this year into a home with tile countertops I knew the time had come. Let's just say that rolling things out on tile is for the birds, and crazy people. I first went to Jo-Ann's and bought some duck cloth. I had planned on buying cream colored but they were out. Which was just as well, since I wouldn't have bought pink instead. And I love the fact that the pink is stark contrast to the cream and I won't get them confused on accident (which I have been known to do more than once).
So first I soaked the cloth in the hottest water I could get out of my tap for about 30 minutes.
The green was going to be for my non-GF bigger version, unfortunately I was about 1/4 yard short
Then I dried it on the highest setting of my drier.
I then measured the depth of my countertop and used that measurement to cut the fabric to a square that would fit nicely on the counter. Then I got bias tape that matched (I ended up making my own) and pinned it around the edge.
I then sewed the bias tape all around the mat. folding the end under where the two ends of the tape meet.
And voile, I'm done!
Don't look too close since I decided not to worry about perfectly straight seams or binding, I was just throwing it together.
When you are done using it just fold it up and place in the freezer (mine fits in a quart size Ziploc freezer bag.)