7/31 | CRICUT CUTTING MATS – Which to Use?

As a Cricut Machine owner, you know just how important your Cricut Cutting Mats are. In fact, they are one of the most important parts of your Cricut machine when it comes to creating successful crafts and DIY projects.

Cricut mats are available in an assortment of sizes and types.  It’s important to remember that you really need to choose the correct mat for your project.

Think about the materials you’re going to be cutting and then choose appropriately. Cricut Cutting Mats are specifically made to match commonly used crafting materials for your die cutting machine. 

Your Cricut  cutting mat is designed to be sticky. A cutting mat that isn’t sticky enough will mean that your materials slide around during the cutting process, making mistakes in your cuts.

So, you need to be sure to choose the mat that has just the right amount of stickiness to hold your materials in place during cutting but still allow you to easily remove the material from the mat after cutting.

This post is a great resource to help you decide on the perfect Cricut Cutting Mats to use for all of your different DIY projects.


Types of Cricut Cutting Mats and What to Use Them for:


The LightGrip Mat is a multi-purpose mat that is perfect for a wide range of lightweight materials.

Recommended materials: 

  • Printer paper
  • Thin cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Construction paper
  • Vinyl


The StandardGrip mat is a multi-purpose mat that is perfect for a wide range of medium-weight materials.

Recommended materials: 

  • Cardstock
  • Pattern paper
  • Embossed cardstock
  • Iron-on
  • Vinyl


The StrongGrip mat offers a strong hold surface perfect for heavyweight materials.

Recommended materials: 

  • Thick cardstock
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Magnet material
  • Chipboard
  • Poster board
  • Fabric with stiffener


The Fabric Grip mat is a bit thicker and stronger than the other mats but it’s not sticky. It’s intended to just keep the fabric in place.

Recommended materials: 

  • Fabric
  • Bonded Fabric
  • Crepe Paper

Now that you know the type of mats to use for your projects, you might be wondering how to clean them. We have an AMAZING tutorial on How to Clean and Re-stick Your Cutting Mat that will definitely help you!

Hope you learned something new today. What is your favorite cutting mat to use? Don’t forget to leave us a comment below!