We’ve tried a lot of different cutting mats over the years and have found that Olfa and Sew Easy mats suit our purposes best. These are the ones we are currently using:
The Olfa 24″ x 36″ mat is the one we use now. Before this, we used the Sew Easy brand cutting mat which is an Australian brand and may not be that easy to get in other countries. If you are in Australia you can get them from Spotlight.
One of the things that we like about these mats is that the markings are easy to read. The Sew Easy mat has inch measurements on one side of the mat and centimetres on the other side, so we can flip the mat if needed. The Olfa mat is double-sided but only has grid markings on one side. The other side has no markings at all but you can still use it to cut.
The Olfa rotating mat is not essential but it sure is nice to have. We use it mostly for cutting quilt blocks. We use the 12″ x 12″ sized mat.
We bought this one to use in our video tutorials as it is small enough to use on screen and it includes an ironing pad. It’s also a great one to take to classes. Highly recommend it!
Other mats we haven’t tried but have been recommended by others:
We’ve seen a lot of people recommend the Martelli brand of cutting mats, but they are not easy to find in Australia and they are double the price of the Olfa mats. We’d love to hear your comments below if you use a Martelli mat.