How to Use SVG Files with Your Cricut Cutting Machine

STEP 1: Download and unzip your SVG template.

If you’re purchasing a template, click the Download button that’s available once the order has finished processing or click the link in the download email to access the compressed zip file, which contains all the files associated with the project. You can also download the file in your personal account.
Unzip the file (learn how).


STEP 2: Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space.

Don't click on the SVG file to open it. By default, SVG files will open in your web browser. Instead, log into Design Space on your computer and create a new project. Click the Upload cloud icon in the left toolbar. On the next screen, click the Upload Image button. Browse to find and select the SVG file from your computer, then open to import the file. Once the image preview loads, you have the option to add tags to make searching for the image later easier. Click the green save button in the lower right. The image will appear in your library under Recently Loaded Images. Looking to delete a file? Click the i icon on an image to access the Delete option.


STEP 3: Open the template in Cricut Design Space.

Select the image from your Recently Uploaded Images and click the Insert Images button. Your SVG image will appear on the canvas.


STEP 4: Preparing to cut the project.

By default, the template will be the correct size for the associated project. But you can always resize the pieces if you’d prefer a larger or smaller project.
In most cases, SVG files cannot be ungrouped in svg templates. If you want to move parts individually use dxf file instead of svg file (steps 1-3, only select DXF file instead of SVG file).


STEP 5: Cutting your paper craft.

Once you’re ready to send to the cutting machine, click the green Make It button. Design Space automatically selects a 12 x 12” mat and sorts the pieces. If you’re using a different size paper, use the drop down Material Size menu to switch sizes. You can rearrange the pieces manually by clicking and dragging individual pieces. To hide an individual piece, select it and click the three small dots in the upper left. Choose Hide Selected.

Ready, set, cut! If you'd like to try a file to see how it works before purchasing a template, check out our free SVG cut files.