What is the next best thing to morning coffee for Cricut lovers?
Free SVG files!
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned crafter, free cut files may be the jolt of inspiration needed to keep you crafting without missing a beat.
If you’ve just unpacked your new Cricut, free files are a great way to practice and learn your machine. But if you are like me, and know how to make SVG files, a free file may save the day when pinched for time, or give the boot to a creative slump.
Either way, who doesn’t love a freebie!
Now, I know what you are thinking.
Are free SVG files as good as paid?
Yes, and no.
To be fair, this truth applies to some paid files also. But the good news is there are oh so many high-quality freebies out there to be found. The trick is knowing where to find them.
But here are two rules I always consider when downloading free items from ANYWHERE:
- Know your source.
- Download from trusted sites only.
I want you to have the best of the best, and I’m sharing with you a list of where to find high-quality free SVG files.
Do you have a favourite site that’s not on the list?
Let me know and I’ll check them out. Building and empowering our creative community is my passion – let’s do it together.
Note: New to using SVG files? I’ve added some additional information in the FAQ section
These bloggers offer gorgeous FREE SVG files.
- A Girl and Glue Gun
- Miss Kate Cuttables
- Kimber Dawn Co
- Persia Lou
- Everyday Party Mag
- Free Pretty Things for You
- I Should be Mopping the Floor
- Caluya Design
- Love Paper Crafts
- Designs by Winther
- Poofy Cheeks
- Happy Go Lucky
- Pineapple Paper Co
- Cutting for Business
- Monicas Creative Room
- Lemon Thistle
- Scarlett Rose Designs
- By Pink
SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic. This means the file contains precise information on lines, shapes, curves of the artwork, and why most cutting machines on the market use them. Best of all, SVGs can be scaled smaller or larger without losing quality.
You can create artwork in Cricut Design space, but it’s limited. Creating SVGs is quite easy and once you learn, a whole new world opens up. But you need a program like Adobe Illustrator (paid) or Inkscape (free).
SVG can be used to create projects on a variety of mediums such as paper, cardstock, adhesive vinyl, and heat transfer vinyl.
Cricut – Maker, Explore Air, Explore Air 2, Joy
Silhouette – The free version of Silhouette Studio does not accept SVG files. In order to use SVG files you have to upgrade to a paid version of Silhouette Studio or Silhouette Software Designer Edition. But a workaround on the free version is to use a program like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape to convert a free SVG to a DMX file and then it can be used with the free version of Silhouette Studio.
Brother Scan n Cut – the newer models of this cutting machine accepts SVGs. For older machines you’ll need to convert the SVG to FCM file which you can do in Canvas Workspace.
In most cases, no – they are for personal use only. But that varies from designer to designer. If you plan to sell an item please contact the designer to ask if the free download can be used for commercial use or if they have an option to purchase a commercial license.
Be on the side of caution and always read the license that comes with free downloads, and if in doubt – ask.