13 Best Quilting Cutting Mats

List Updated September 2021

Bestselling Quilting Cutting Mats in 2021


OLFA 24" x 36" Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat

OLFA 24
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • 1.5mm thick
  • Double-sided mat is solid green on one side for general crafting and has grid lines marking inches on other side for detailed cutting
  • Self-healing finish reseals surface cuts, providing a continually smooth surface for all cutting projects
  • Do not iron on mat, store flat and out of direct sunlight, avoid extreme hot or cold to prevent warping
  • For use only with rotary blades and blades; fixed-blade knives blade may damage mat

Fiskars 12-83727097J Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat, 24x36 Inch

Fiskars 12-83727097J Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat, 24x36 Inch
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Extra-large mat provides ample space for all your fabric-cutting needs
  • Self-healing mat provides a cutting surface that lasts longer than others
  • Easy-to-read measuring grid on both sides means you can turn the mat over for double the usage
  • 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines make creating triangle and star shapes easy
  • Lifetime warranty

Crafty World Professional Self-Healing Double Sided Rotary Cutting Mat - Long Lasting Thick Non-Slip 18" x 24" Mat that Provides Easy Cuts for Fabric, Quilting, Sewing, and All Arts & Crafts Projects

Crafty World Professional Self-Healing Double Sided Rotary Cutting Mat - Long Lasting Thick Non-Slip 18
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021

US Art Supply 24" x 36" PINK/BLUE Professional Self Healing 5-Ply Double Sided Durable Non-Slip PVC Cutting Mat Great for Scrapbooking, Quilting, Sewing

US Art Supply 24
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021

Fiskars 14x14 Inch Self Healing Rotating Cutting Mat

Fiskars 14x14 Inch Self Healing Rotating Cutting Mat
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • 14 x 14 inch mat rotates to help you cut squares of fabric at easier angles
  • Self-healing mat provides a cutting surface that lasts longer than others
  • Easy-to-read measuring grid makes accurate measurements a snap
  • 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines make creating triangle and star shapes easy
  • Lifetime warranty

US Art Supply 18" x 24" PINK/BLUE Professional Self Healing 5-Ply Double Sided Durable Non-Slip PVC Cutting Mat Great for Scrapbooking, Quilting, Sewing and all Arts & Crafts Projects

US Art Supply 18
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021

Alvin Deluxe Professional Self-Healing Cutting Mat, 12 x 18 Inches, Green/Black

Alvin Deluxe Professional Self-Healing Cutting Mat, 12 x 18 Inches, Green/Black
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Self-healing
  • Extra durable
  • General purpose work mat
  • Hanging hole for convenient storage
  • Thickness: 3mm

US Art Supply 24" x 36" GREEN/BLACK Professional Self Healing 5-Ply Double Sided Durable Non-Slip PVC Cutting Mat Great for Scrapbooking, Quilting, Sewing and all Arts & Crafts Projects

US Art Supply 24
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021

Calibre Art Rotating Self Healing Cutting Mat, Perfect for Quilting & Art Projects, 14x14 (13" grid)

Calibre Art Rotating Self Healing Cutting Mat, Perfect for Quilting & Art Projects, 14x14 (13
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Smooth Rotation Guaranteed - This cutting mat features an expertly designed rotating mechanism that makes rotation very smooth with a non-slip bottom base and the cutting surface spins with ease.
  • Self-healing Material for Long Lasting Surface - The self-healing nature of the mat's surface compound enables resealing of surface cuts and a long-lasting smooth surface.
  • EN 71-3 Compliant Surface Compound - The mat uses EN 71-3 compliant compound for the surface, which is the most stringent chemical standard for regulating the quality of mat's surface.
  • Highly Accurate Grid Lines - The grid lines printed are very accurate ensuring precise straight line cuts and quality work every time.
  • Non-slip Base - The mat has a non slip base to ensure that the mat stays in place and does not slide around when cutting.

Dahle Vantage 10694 Self-Healing Cutting Mat, 36"x48", 1/2" Grid, 5 Layers for Max Healing, Perfect for Cropping, Sewing, & Crafts, Blue

Dahle Vantage 10694 Self-Healing Cutting Mat, 36
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • 36" x 48" Blue Cutting Mat
  • Self healing properties allow for max durability
  • 1/8" (3mm) thickness protects work surface from being damaged
  • Preprinted 1/2" grid for easy sizing of paper

US Art Supply 36" x 48" GREEN/BLACK Professional Self Healing 5-Ply Double Sided Durable Non-Slip PVC Cutting Mat Scrapbooking, Quilting, SewingArts & Crafts

US Art Supply 36
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021

Fiskars 95237097J Rotary Sewing Cutting Set, 3 Piece

Fiskars 95237097J Rotary Sewing Cutting Set, 3 Piece
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021
  • Classic Stick Rotary Cutter features a rolling 45 mm blade that cuts multiple layers and holds fabric flat for accurate, straight cuts without jagged edges
  • Extra-large 18 inch x 24 inch Cutting Mat features an easy-to-read measuring grid and a self-healing, double-sided surface for lasting value
  • 6.5 inch x 24 inch clear Acrylic Ruler lets you see where you're cutting and includes highlighted seam allowances for strip cutting and a grid for simplified shape cutting
  • Store mat flat away from sunlight, heat and cold
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Extra-large 18 x 24 inch Cutting Mat features an easy-to-read measuring grid and a self-healing, double-sided surface for lasting value
  • 6.5 x 24 inch clear Acrylic Ruler lets you see where you're cutting and includes highlighted seam allowances for strip cutting and a grid for simplified shape cutting
  • Three essential tools includes the classic stick rotary cutter, the extra-large cutting mat and the acrylic ruler
  • Store mat flat away from sunlight, heat and cold, Clean mat with warm water and mild soap

OLFA 17" Rotating Self-Helaing Rotary Mat

OLFA 17
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2021
  • 2-piece mat has a non-slip bottom layer with interlocking green top cutting mat, yellow grid lines and markings, that rotates 360 degrees smoothly
  • Self-healing finish reseals surface cuts, providing a continually smooth surface for all cutting projects
  • Store flat and out of direct sunlight
  • For use only with rotary blades and blades; fixed-blade knives blade may damage mat
  • Available in two sizes, 12" or 17"

Tips for Cutting Mat Board for Picture Frames

Cutting mat board can be tricky at first, but once you master it you will be able to frame your own pictures and get professional looking results. Here are some tips for cutting mat board to get you started on your way to framing your art like a pro.

The first thing you need to do before cutting mat board is to decide how big you want your mat to be. A good rule of thumb that most professionals recommend for an average sized picture is to leave at least 3 inches of space on the sides and top of your picture and 4 inches at the bottom. Keep in mind, though, that this is only a general guideline and not a hard and fast rule.

If you are framing a particularly small picture you may want less mat, or for larger pictures you may want more. Not only that, but you may decide on a smaller or larger mat simply for asthetic reasons and for the look that you are trying to create. For instance, a small black and white photograph can look more substantial and really stand out with a larger than average mat surrounding it.

Next, before cutting your mat board you will want to decide how much of the picture you want to cover or expose. For instance, if you are framing a piece that measures 10" x 10", you can cut the hole in your mat to 9" x 9" and cover an inch of each edge of the picture. Or, you may choose to cut the hole in the mat to 11" x 11" and leave the edges of the picture exposed. How much of the picture you cover or expose will depend greatly upon the picture or painting itself and really is a matter of personal preference. Use your best judgement and your creative eye to determine how the picture will look best.

Once you have your measurements you are ready to cut your mat board. Mark the outside dimensions of the mat on the back of the mat board using a pencil and a straight edge. Next, lay your mat board down on a flat surface and line up a straight edge with one of the lines you just drew. Using a sharp utility knife or a mat cutter, place the blade next to your straight edge and run it down the mat board in a smooth, even motion. Repeat this on all sides of your mat board until you have it cut to the right measurements.

Next, measure and mark the hole or "window" that you are cutting in your mat board. Make sure you mark the back of the mat board and that you are cutting from the back. Again, line up your straight edge and place the blade of your cutter directly next to it. Angle the blade slightly toward the outside of your mat. This will give your cut a nice bevel on the front that will give it a professional look. In a smooth motion, run the blade down the length of the straight edge, stopping right at the end of your line so you don't cut into the mat. Rotate the mat board and repeat this process on all sides of the window until you have your hole cut.

If you get a rough cut or have any areas that are uneven you can use a very fine grit sandpaper to smooth out the flaws. If you are consistently getting rough cuts you may need to replace the blade in your cutter with a sharper blade.

Cutting mat board take a lot of practice to master and few people get perfect cuts on their first few tries. Practice cutting until it comes naturally to you. It is a skill that is well worth learning if you plan to frame a lot of art work and can save you a lot of money in framing costs over the long run.

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