There are 2 teams when it comes to crafters, Team Cricut and Team Silhouette. While both machines do relatively the same thing and SVG Cut Files can be used on either, this post will tell you where to find Free Cricut Designs from experienced Cricut users and SVG designers.
You may have already seen my post “The Best Sites to Download FREE SVGs” and wonder what makes this one different. The difference is that each blogger listed in the article is a Cricut user and the amount of information you can glean from them is priceless.
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Not only will you be able to browse the many free cut files from each site and download them for use but you will find unlimited resources and tutorials for using the Cricut machines.
I’m a long time Silhouette Cameo user and while I’m familiar with Cricut Design Space in terms of uploading designs and making sure the SVGs I design are compatible with the software, I’m not at all familiar with the in’s and out’s of the machine settings.
Thankfully I know a lot of awesome bloggers who are Cricut users and there is crazy amounts of free SVGS on their sites as well as tutorials on how to use the machine.
Maybe you stumbled upon this blog post and it’s your first time visiting. You may be asking yourself, “What in the world is an SVG”? I’m glad you asked because I’m going to lay it all out for you here.
WHAT IS AN SVG CUT FILE?
First let me tell you what SVG stands for. SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic. An SVG can also be referred to as a digital cut file. In the DIY world, digital cut files (or SVGs) are used most commonly with the Silhouette and Cricut cutting machines.
These files can be uploaded to both Design Space (Cricut) and Silhouette Studio software (Silhouette Cameo). (Note: Silhouette Studio Basic edition does not recognize the SVG format. You will need a DXF file and lucky for you, many designers will offer both file types for download.) Once uploaded, these SVG cut files can now be cut from various mediums such as vinyl, paper, cardstock, heat transfer vinyl (htv) and more.
What’s great about SVGs is that you can size them up or down and the integrity of the graphic will not be compromised.
WHERE CAN I FIND SVGS?
If you are ever in need of an SVG all you need to do is search Google or Pinterest. One thing caveat to searching Pinterest is that it has recently been inundated with Etsy listings. That can be very frustrating when you are looking for free cut files for your Cricut.
This is a good reason for you to PIN this post so that you can easily refer to it when you are looking for free svgs.
This post that I mentioned earlier has a huge list of sites that offer free cricut svg files. This one focuses only on Cricut bloggers and is not as overwhelming.
Some of these sites may already be your favorite go-to sites but my hope is that you’ll find a few new sites that will quickly become your favorites to frequent for free Cricut designs.
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The Design Hippo
I know that getting a Cricut (or Silhouette) can be overwhelming. You’re excited to create all the things but terrified at the same time because it seems so intimidating.
Many people will get their cutting machine only to leave it in the box, afraid to try it out. Bite the bullet, bust that thing open and never look back.
You already have access to amazing FREE Cricut SVG Files so the next step is to rip off the band aid and learn your new machine. Below you’ll find a list of tutorials that help you get started.
This post from Brooklyn Berry Designs is perfect for a brand new user. Brooke explains all the basics of Cricut Design Space with simple instructions and screenshots. It’s a great place to get started.
How to Unzip Files in Cricut Design Space (Windows)
Many free downloads come zipped up and in order to use them you will need to extract them. This might be a foreign concept to some so this post from The Design Hippo is super helpful.
When you’re creating a design in Cricut Design Space the more fonts you have to choose from the better. Cheryl from That’s What Che Said shares an awesome tutorial on How to Install Fonts on Your Computer to Use in Cricut Design Space.
How to Use Slice in Cricut Design Space
The main purpose of the slice tool is to split/separate two overlapping layers into different shapes. In Silhouette Studio we call this subtracting. The slice feature creates new cut layers from the two overlapping layers where they intersect, resulting in three or more new shapes. Learn how to do this over at The Design Hippo.
One of the first materials I tried out with my Silhouette Cameo was adhesive vinyl. This tutorial on how to use adhesive vinyl with Cricut gives you all the info you’ll need. Head over to Hey, Let’s Make Stuff now.
Have you ever heard of Printable Vinyl? I admit this was a relatively new material to me and I’ve to try it out. Thankfully there’s an awesome tutorial from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff that explains it all.
Did you know that your Cricut can cut felt? Game changer, right? Head over to, you guessed it, Hey, Let’s Make Stuff to find out how.
If you’ve seen the term infusible ink thrown around but are clueless (like I was) then you’ll want to read this article over at That’s What Che Said. It explains in detail what Cricut Infusible Ink is and how to use it.
I know you’ve seen all the cool projects using multiple colored vinyl. If you ever wanted to know how to get that look, check out this post from my friend, Cheryl. Her posts are ALWAYS so informative.
The last tutorial I’m going to leave you with is this awesome list of 10 Things You Can Cut with Your Cricut from Makers Gonna Learn. I’m seeing things like Duck Tape and freezer…say what? Head on over to see what ELSE you can cut with your Cricut machine.
For more sites that offer FREE SVGs for Cricut AND Silhouette – check THIS out!