I recommend that you go to the nearest quilt store and buy the right equipment essential for cutting fabric. (I'm assuming you already have fabric to cut.)
When you arrive at the local quilt store, ask for a rotary cutter and never refer to it as the pizza cutter. Yes, they both have round blades, but even though they look similar, they are not interchangeable. The pizza cutter stays in the kitchen and wherever you sew will be the location of the rotary cutter. The cutter comes packaged ready to go with a blade. From this moment on, you will only need to buy replacement blades because the body of the cutter is pretty indestructible. If the store offers more than one size rotary cutter (this refers to the size of the blade) buy either a 28 mm OR a 45 mm. Don’t go with a super small blade or a super big one at this point although those cutters have their uses. I’ll write more on that topic later.
Don’t leave the store without a special mat that measures at least 18" X 22." Purchase what is called a self-healing rubber mat specially made for rotary cutting. Why is that? Answer: using a rotary cutter on any bare wood table will ruin the blade and the wood surface! And that goes for just about any other surface in a home including Formica counters and so on. You want a protective barrier.
One more thing to add to the shopping list is a ruler. Don’t think that you can use just any old 12” ruler that is hanging around from grade school. You need an acrylic, see-through ruler made for rotary cutting. A 6” X 24” ruler is the first one you should buy.
Next, bring all three of these items home, but don’t use, better yet don't even open the rotary cutter until after reading tomorrow’s post. Here’s another unwritten rule: keep the mat flat during the trip home because standing it on end may curl the sides. Don’t leave the rotary mat in extreme temperatures, again because the mat might curl or warp. OK that’s it.