If you’re searching for free SVG files & images for Cricut and Silhouette: you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve put together an awesome collection of my favorite SVGs, designers, & crafters (including two Martha Stewart American Made Award winners!).
I had a lot of problems finding my own cut files, other lists were outdated with broken links or JPEGs that I couldn’t import or download. So frustrating!
I’ll start below with my top 6 but there are over 23 sites in total with over 15,000 files between them. Enjoy!
Featured Top 6
I’ll start with my absolute favorite designers, collections, and images: all free.
These collections range from complicated trinket boxes to pop-up cards.
They use a wide range of materials: magnetic, vinyl, and of course cardstock. I’m honestly inspired by each and every one of these artists.
With all of these creators make sure to support them by either sharing their site or purchasing a design if you like their work. This lets them continue to make wonderful designs to share with all of us.
Dreaming Tree – Founded by Leo Kowal (2013 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winner). Dreaming Tree has almost 100 beautiful, carefully designed SVG files, all for free. These go beyond basic fonts and cuts into intricate trinket boxes and pop-up cards. One of the best collections of cut files I’ve seen, free or paid. They seem to have a project for just about every holiday.
Monica’s Creative Room – A singular blog. Monica creates complicated designs from her small village in northern Sweden and releases all of her work for free. She recently has started posting pictures of her late mother’s paintings, a beautiful collection of watercolors and acrylics. There’s so much to see here and every time I visit I find something new. Intricate lattice patterns, 3D pop-up art, bags, boxes, it’s almost too much!
SVGCuts – Mary started SVGCuts as an Etsy shop in 2009 after receiving a Cricut Expression 2 as a Christmas gift. She was named the 2013 Audience Choice Winner of the Martha Stewart American Made Contest. Her site is full of many holiday-themed SVGs and she has regular giveaways of essential Cricut accessories (double-sided adhesive tape, tacky glue, and foam squares to name a few!).
Bird’s SVGs – A wonderful collection of themed projects, ranging from kids parties to cards, gift boxes, and tags. They offer one of the best free SVGs projects: an entire tutorial that will have you making: a birdhouse box (bird not included), gift card, gift tag, and envelope. Bird is also happy to let you sell the completed & assembled projects you make with her designs on Etsy or at local craft fairs.
Awesome SVGs – A very unique site run by Omar Toro: every single file on his site is free (donate what you can!). He not only provides a tutorial on making his 3D projects but also gives very specific details on every item used so that you can learn to replicate his efforts.
Simply Crafty SVGs – A recent addition that I just learned about! Sandy’s site is only the tip of the iceberg. Sure, it has wonderful designs. Sure, it has spooky coffins. What absolutely separates her work are the video tutorials. Every single free design I’ve looked up has a 10+ minute tutorial. I’m astonished and so impressed I changed the top 5 to a top 6. Seriously, check out her work!
If you’re looking for more designs, continue on!
(I also have an article covering my favorite free fonts for Cricut.)
More free SVG files
17turtles – Juliana Michaels created 17turtles as a go-to resource for paper crafting enthusiasts who want to learn about card making and scrapbooking. What began as a way to share projects has turned into a wonderful resource of tutorials, sketches, and memories.
Miss Kate Cuttables – Each day Miss Kate (Kate Garfield) offers a free unique SVG file. What sets her site apart from the rest is the attention to detail she gives to each file, even the free ones. With some other sites you’ll find layers that don’t quite fit or cut lines that are incomplete: not with Miss Kate!
KaDoodle Bug Designs – KaDoodle Bug Designs is run by Melissa Deuss and she collects some of the cutest cut files of the year. I’m not exaggerating, there’s literally a magical unicorn cake covered in flowers. Better than that, she typically has two free SVG files that are rotated between different designs.
Little Scraps of Heaven – Run by stay-at-home mom Tricia Moore she offers a free weekly cut file. The latest edition? A pretty sad looking bee offering you a bucket of its honey titled, “Sweeter Than Honey.” My heart breaks.
Burton Avenue – They offer a rotating collection of SVG files promised to work with the Cricut Explore, Silhouette Cameo, and Silhouette Portrait. At last count that’s 16 free files, a mixture of fonts and designs.
Lori Whitlock – Lori Whitlock is a shop run by… you guessed it: Lori Whitlock! The quality of the SVG files she offers is unbelievable, from fonts to cuttable pop-up boxes all for free! Her collection is always rotating, so check in from time to time so see what she has to offer.
Digital Delights by Louby Loo – Currently offers 5 free files, including another sad bumblebee offering his honey and a smiling fish (Rowena) who seems to be in a pretty bubbly mood.
Love Paper Crafts – Paper-obsessed and catering to DIY divas, Chelsea Rachel offers a seemingly endless number of SVG cut files because she thinks “everyone should be able to create beautiful projects and do it for cheap.” I love this so much.
Capadia Designs – Diane has a lovely collection of cut files which work with Design Space, including my favorite, a congratulations card. The card is an awesome example of how different materials and application can completely change a design.
My Paper Crafting – My Paper Crafting is Melinda Beltran’s blog where she shares paper crafting ideas, inspiration, tutorials, and you guessed it: SVGs! Not only does she share her files but she also gives great detail on each cardstock base and where it can be sourced.
Sherry K Designs – Wonderful collection of SVG cutting templates, including a few boxes and favor bags.
Craftables – 124 (at last count) adorable SVG cut files. I’m pretty jealous of their unicorn logo so I was relieved to see they had an arrangement of free unicorn files! Their files are free for personal use and they ask you credit their staff if you’re interested in using them for your own website. Great people!
Printable Cuttable Creatables – All original, all drawn from scratch, all crafted with love by Kristin. She has 167+ files posted, and a new design is added each week.
Fred, She Said – Really great collection of free SVG stencils put together by Tracey Lynn ‘Fred’ Miller. She showcases the completed projects you can make on her blog, some of the prettiest and brightest designs I’ve seen. If you use her free SVG stencils you can sell the completed projects but not the designs themselves!
Tara Reed designs – Unlike some of the other links, this one is an Etsy shop and has paid designs, but if you’ve had trouble with other patterns and want to support a crafter, these designs are absolutely beautiful and cover loads of holidays and themes!
Poofy Cheeks – These free Cricut images are for personal use and almost all of them include complete tutorials and instructions on the best material to use. My favorite? The Halloween mummy BOO kit! A really fun tutorial that can be repurposed for all sorts of holidays.
I’ll quickly go over the different models of paper/vinyl cutters that are compatible with SVG cut files. I’ll also list the different software programs which work, too.
Not everyone is looking for Cricut images, so I’ll cover all of the popular machines.
- Cricut Maker and Explore Air 2 (including original Explore & Explore Air models)
- Use Design Space (cloud, web-based)
- Silhouette Cameo 3, Portrait 2, and Curio
- Works with Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. You’ll have to upgrade from the free edition to use SVG files.
- Brother Scan N Cut
- Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL)
Using SVG files as cut images for Cricut & Silhouette
Unlike manual die cutting machines which require a physical die, Cricut and Silhouette both have models which support the use of SVG files. This means that instead of purchasing a physical piece of metal or a cartridge you can download any compatible image to use.
If you’re interested in making your own, here’s a pretty easy and detailed tutorial which helped me a lot:
Can free SVG images be used for selling items on Etsy?
It depends entirely on the license – even though the images are free many come with their own sets of restrictions. Some require that you give attribution to the author (a link will usually work), others have no restrictions at all and are completely free to use for commercial works. If you’re ever in doubt, just send the creator a quick message and they’ll usually be happy to link you to their own policies.