Self-Healing Cutting Mats

You will need a self-healing cutting mat when using a rotary cutter to cut your fabric. Self-healing mats protect your blade, allowing you to cut the fabric, not the mat. They come in all sizes and shapes. A good size to start with is either 18″ x 24″ or 24″ x 36″. Except for the rotating mats, most are reversible. Once you start seeing cutting marks on the surface and have to push harder with the rotary cutter, it is probably time for a new one. However, they do last a long time if you reverse them.