How to use SVG Cut Files on a PC or Mac

Guide to using an SVG Cut File

Once you've purchased an SVG file for your Cricut (or other) cutting machine, you’ll need to know how to upload it to be able to use it.

Follow these instructions to learn how to upload your SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space on your PC or Mac.

Uploading SVG files To Cricut Design Space on Windows

1. Once you’ve downloaded your files, you will notice that they are contained in a zipped folder. So firstly, you will need to unzip and extract all of the files from the zipped folder.

2. Right click on the zipped folder and select ‘Extract All’. Click the ‘Browse’ button to choose where to save your files. Now click ‘Extract’. All of the files from inside the zipped folder will now appear in the location that you have chosen. So, you’re now ready to start uploading.

3. Open your Cricut Design Space app (or download it first from here: https://design.cricut.com). 

4. Create a new project with a blank canvas.

5. Click on ‘Upload’ in the left hand menu.

6. Then choose ‘Upload Image 

7. Click ‘Browse’ to search for your SVG file or drag and drop it onto the screen.

Note: Be sure to use the SVG file and not the PDF or the ZIP file. If you see a file called “Chrome HMTL Document”, this is actually your SVG file, so use this. Windows wont call it an SVG file if you do not have a programme that can open and edit it.

8. The SVG is now uploaded to Cricut Design Space. Click ‘Save’.

9. Now click on the image that you have just uploaded ( it will appear first in the list) and click ‘Insert Images’. Your design is now appearing on your canvas ready to use.

10. Resize if you would like. You shouldn’t need to resize unless you would like your finished piece to be bigger or smaller.

11. Choose ‘Make It’ and Cricut will load your pattern pieces onto the separate coloured mats. 

12. You can rearrange your pieces to fit better on the mats and save on felt.

13. If you are using a Cricut Maker, I suggest always using the rotary blade. Choose ‘Felt’ as the material and change the pressure setting to ‘Lighter’. Now load your first mat into your device and cut!

If you are using a Cricut Explore, you will need to first back your felt with a stiffener.

Uploading SVG files To Cricut Design Space on a Mac

1. Once you’ve downloaded your files, you will notice that they are compressed in a zipped folder. You will need to firstly unzip the folder and extract all of the files.

2. Double click the zipped folder. It will automatically extract all of the files from inside to the same location that the zipped folder is saved in. Now you can upload your SVG file to Cricut Design Space.

3. Open the Cricut Design Space app (or download it from here: https://design.cricut.com). 

4. Create a new project. A blank canvas will open.

5. Click on ‘Upload’ in the left hand menu.

6. Then choose ‘Upload Image 

7. Click ‘Browse’ to look for your SVG file or drag and drop it onto the screen.

Note: Be sure to use the SVG file and not the PDF or the ZIP file. If you see a file called “Chrome HMTL Document”, this is actually your SVG file, so use this. Windows wont call it an SVG file if you do not have a programme that can open and edit it.

8. Once you’ve selected your SVG file it will upload to Cricut Design Space. Click ‘Save’.

9. Now click on the image that you have just uploaded (it will appear first in the list) and click ‘Insert Images’. Your design is now appearing on your canvas ready to use.

10. Resize if you would like. You shouldn’t need to resize unless you would like your finished piece to be bigger or smaller.

11. Choose ‘Make It’ and Cricut will sort your pattern pieces onto the separate coloured mats. 

12. You can rearrange your pieces to fit better on the mats and save on felt.

13. If you are using a Cricut Maker, I suggest always using the rotary blade. Choose ‘Felt’ as the material and change the pressure setting to ‘Lighter’. Now load your first mat into your device and cut!

If you are using a Cricut Explore, you will need to first back your felt with a stiffener.

Issues to Avoid when Trying to Upload to Cricut Design Space

1. Do not double-click the SVG file. This will cause your computer to look for a file that can open it, such as Inkscape or Illustrator. 

2. Do not drag it to your browser window. This will usually result in your browser displaying the image, but not in your design software.

3. Do not drag it into Cricut Design Space unless you are in the Upload Image window with the gray dashed line. It won’t work, and your browser will simply display a static image of the file.

4. Be sure to use the SVG file and not the PDF, ZIP or any other file. 

Don't have a cutting machine?

If you would like to use your Cricut Maker to cut your pattern pieces instead of by hand, but have purchased the SVG by mistake, please get in touch. I will happily send you to PDF file to use as well.



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