Where to find free Cricut SVG images (and for Silhouette too!)

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Creating beautiful projects with your craft cutter is an amazing hobby, but what they don’t tell you about starting with a Cricut or Silhouette is that you will soon develop an addiction. A serious addiction that will be a constant craving in the back of your mind, always whispering for more. “Where can I find more free Cricut SVG images?”

I’ve been there. Throughout my years in graphic design, I’ve scoured hundreds of sites for free files, saved thousands of images that look cool and are worth holding onto. My father-in-law is similarly afflicted. He has more than 100,000 fonts jealously guarded like a dragon sleeping on so much treasure.

So, I’ve compiled my list of where to find free Cricut SVG images, and also included are lots of opportunities to download images, fonts and other vector cut files for software beyond Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio.

Premium Vector Image sites

These sites offer premium graphics for commercial and personal use. I use many of these sites when looking for SVG files for cutting and making web graphics. Some sites may require a signup before you can download vector files, but all of the sites listed here have tons of free vector images.

Related: How to convert images to vector files.

1. Vecteezy

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vecteezy.com – I’ve been using Vecteezy a lot lately, and I really love it for a couple of reasons. First, the images are high quality and cover every possible creative need. I’ve been downloading vector elements for cards and foiling projects and the files are easy to use and translate easily to Design Space.

Second, they have a really wide selection of free images that are just about as good as the premium vectors. You can filter search results to only show free files, and the download function is easy (you have to wait for a short ad to load before you can download your free file).

As far as licensing goes, free vector downloads require attribution, but you can use these images for small commercial projects or for personal use. What qualifies as personal use? If you use an image to make something for yourself or a gift, obviously, or if you make t-shirt for a family reunion. Using an image on an object to promote your Instagram feed/ That would require attribution and the free license only covers you up to certain number of views.

Bottom line, we respect the creative work of others, and where would we be if artists suddenly stopped? Even if you are making a creative project for a gift, we encourage you to find a way to attribute art to its creator.

Speaking of creators, here are three artists on Vecteezy we are loving right now, especially for foil projects:

Our Favorite Vecteezy Designers

hollymolly has a ton of really cool free art deco style invitations and illustrations, AND you can personalize them with the Vecteezy vector editor before you download them!

Raftel Design has loads of cool customizable labels, badges, invitation templates and more in a cool retro style that are easy to customize and will class up any project!

rambleron has lots of really cool projects ideal for using the Cricut foil tool as well as icons and elements that work great as a part of other personalized designs.

I definitely encourage you to check out the amazing array of images from these talented designers to jumpstart your creativity for your next project!

There aren’t a lot of ads intruding on your browsing experience either. There are banners at the bottom of each search result page for iStock.com that look like search results, and when you click to page 2 of a search, you will get an iStock popup.

Overall, Vecteezy offers small creators and makers tons of great artwork with really easy to understand terms. A paid upgrade is available that unlocks Premium designs and allows you to do more commercial work without attribution!

2. Pixabay

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pixabay.com – this is my go-to site for free vector images. Not only do they have tens of thousands of free SVG vector graphics, most are available for commercial use without attribution. You need to sign up for a free membership before you can download SVG files, but it’s painless, and for the most part the interface is easy to search and navigate. (I’ve never gotten any spammy emails from Pixabay, unlike many other sites that clog your inbox with offers as soon as you sign up for a free account.)

The range of quality of vector graphics available on Pixabay is quite variable. There are extremely high quality images available alongside some files that appear crude and childlike. Because the content is user generated, that’s not surprising, and certainly forgivable.

The site is ad-supported, so you have to be aware of ads for premium stock photo services that look like search results, but for such an amazing service, I can live with that. You can also support individual creators with a tip function.

3. Freepik

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freepik.com – Freepik is another great source of free vector images for personal or commercial use. Their license requires attribution for artwork used for commercial purposes, but allows for unlimited, perpetual personal use, anywhere in the world.

The vector files are in EPS format, which does not work in Cricut Design Space or in Silhouette Studio versions below the Business Edition. You can, however, convert EPS files to SVG files with any number of handy tools.

Freepik also has convenient search filters to narrow your search by file type, price, image orientation and color. There are tens of thousands of really great images for printing projects, t-shirt graphics, signs, posters, you name it.

4. Flaticon

flaticon.com – Flaticon is a sister site of Freepik and specializes in vector icons.  if you are looking for simple icon vectors for cards, banners, tumblers or stickers, there’s a great selection (3.5 million!) of images to choose from. These files are downloadable SVG files, and also come in a variety of other file formats.

Attribution is required if you want to use the free license for commercial projects.

5. All-Free-Download.com

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all-free-download.com ­ –  All Free Download is another huge repository of vector graphics that is literally just a huge rabbit-hole waiting to swallow you. Not only can you find graphics there, but you can also download templates for print and web.

Graphics are free for personal use, and for commercial use with attribution. The downloads aren’t in SVG format, however, you will have to convert them from AI (Adobe Illustrator) or EPS format before using them with Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio.

6. Vector Stock

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vectorstock.com – Vectorstock has almost 500,000 free vector images for download, although the file formats available are AI, EPS and PDF. Conversion to SVG is required, but if you follow our instructions, it’s not a huge obstacle to overcome. If you are using these files for commercial purposes, attribution is required, but personal use without attribution is permitted.

7. Clipart.me

clipart.me – Free vector images in SVG, AI, PDF, and more formats. All of the free images are free to use for personal projects, but restrictions apply for commercial use (getting to be a familiar refrain, no?). No signup or membership is required to download, either.

The quality of the artwork is highly variable,  but there are tons of categories, so you should be able to find quality SVGs that work for whatever you’ve got in mind.

8. Vector.me

vector.me – This is a partner site or clipart.me and although it is quite advertising heavy (istockphoto ads that look like search results) I really like that they offer file-type filters for search results (ie. show only results for SVG images). Attribution is required for commercial projects. This site is also partnered with VectorHQ where you can find more stylistic vector images suitable for cutting, drawing or even print and cut.

9. Public Domain Vectors

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publicdomainvectors.org – This is a very cool site offering free vector files that creators have made available to the public domain. There are about 65K files in their archive, so it isn’t the largest file library out there, but they offer filters to narrow search results by filetype (SVG, AI or EPS). Files are available free for personal or commercial use without attribution.

Public Domain Vectors also has two cool features that you main find useful. One is a Vector Generator, which will generate free, abstract vector art based on lines, shapes or text. This may or may not be useful to your crafting projects, but if you want a custom background for your phone, this is a cool way to do it.

There is also a free SVG editor tool. It’s similar to Cricut Design Space, in that it allows you to design with shapes, text and images; it also has freehand and line drawing tools that CDS does not. You can import files, export files as SVGs and work in different layers. I wouldn’t put all of your eggs in this basket, however. This seems like it’s still very “beta” and there were elements that didn’t work for me on a MAC even when I switched browsers, etc.

10. Free SVG

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freesvg.org – FreeSVG.org is another library of public domain vectors. No login or signup is required, and you can use this artwork for personal and commercial projects without attribution. Free SVG is the  successor to the Open Clip Art Library, a popular open source archive that flourished for years and then went offline in 2019. Opensource.com has an interesting article detailing the resurrection of this valuable resource as freeSVG.org.

Blogs we love that offer free designs just for Cricut

This collection of blogs mostly belong to crafters, creators and makers like you and me who put a lot of time, effort and creative energy into building libraries of free cut files. You will find a lot more than just SVG files here; there are scads of project ideas for card-making, 3D plans and more.

Many of these blogs will ask you to sign up for their newsletters before you can access their files, and we think that’s completely fair. There are some sites on this list that operate virtual storefronts with premium designs for sale. One thing that we ask is that you please respect the licensing requirements of every creator on this list and attribute as required. The only way to keep these fabulous free designs coming is by respecting copyright and providing credit as required. 

99 blogs to find free Cricut SVG images

File Compatibility

If you’re a new Cricut or Silhouette user trying to puzzle through what all of this means, here’s a quick list of the file types you can use with each machine:

Free Cricut SVG images

If you are using the Cricut Explore Air 2, Maker or Cricut Joy, you only have the option of using Cricut Design Space to cut and draw files.

Design Space is free software with very basic design tools, but you can import SVG files, as well as JPG and PNG files.

Free vector files for Silhouette

If you use a Silhouette Cameo, Portrait, or Curio machine, Silhouette Studio is a tad more complicated than Cricut Design Studio. It has more designer-friendly tools to create new images, but users of the free edition of the software are limited in the types of files they can import into Studio.

Silhouette Studio Basic Edition does not open SVG files; you need to pay for a software upgrade to Studio Designer Edition to unlock that function. Free version users can import DXF files that function just like SVG files in the software. DXF are the only vector file type that can be opened by the Silhouette Studio free version.

What’s the difference between a DXF file and an SVG file? For vinyl cutting, there are no practical differences, although when you open a DXF in Silhouette Studio, you may only see the outline of the image without the fill. 

Users of the free version of Silhouette Studio can also import JPG and PNG files.

Brother Scan-N-Cut

The Brother Scan-N-Cut 2 craft cutter uses Brother’s Canvas Workspace software. This free software allows users to import SVG files as well as PNG and JPG. Other vector formats like AI files, EPS or DXF won’t work, so if you have file types like these, you will have to convert them first.

If you need help with file conversion, read our guide to converting files to work with your craft cutting software.

Conclusion

Did we miss any of your favorite SVG sites?  Are you a designer that would like to be on this list? Let us know. If you need files or inspiration for any project, you will surely find them somewhere at one of the sites listed above. 

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