Best Writing Fonts for Cricut: 117 Free + Cricut Writing Font Guide

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[UPDATE September 2023]: the free writing fonts for Cricut have been updated with a TON of amazing new and improved choices, 117 free fonts in total! I also updated my printable cheat sheet of all the Cricut writing fonts [Cricut fonts updated January 2024].

If you enjoy papercraft with your Cricut or Silhouette you’ve probably wanted to write on a card or label and have run into this annoying problem: How do you write text with a pen that appears as a solid line instead of an outline?

When you use Design Space or Silhouette Studio, the software reads text as an outline of a shape, not a solid character. It’s frustrating because most fonts appear hollow when they’re outlined with a pen or foil tool.

example of hollow text after using Cricut foil tool
outlined text using the Cricut Foil Transfer tool

This article will cover the 3 types of fonts you can use for writing as a single line:

  1. Cricut writing fonts
  2. free fonts that can be written as a single or very thin line
  3. premium paid single line fonts

I have included a list of 117 free fonts that have been tested for their writing results that you can use with Cricut or Silhouette machines. I have also created a printable cheat sheet of all the Cricut writing fonts.

This article also covers some common questions about writing fonts and how to use them.

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Cricut Pen/Writing Fonts available in Design Space

Cricut Design Space has a selection of over 430 fonts that have a writing style specifically to be drawn in pen or foiled instead of cut. Many of these write as a single line, but many (especially many new BFC fonts) are open/outlined. These are all labeled “writing” in the font menu. To see them:

  1. Create a text box on the canvas (click the “Text” option in the left hand menu).
  2. You can see the full font list by selecting the font pulldown menu from top tool bar.
  3. Select the Cricut fonts tab.
  4. Filter Cricut fonts to show just the writing fonts. Click the filter icon in the right corner of the font menu (appears as two small horizontal lines).
How to select a writing font in Cricut Design Space
How to select a writing font in Cricut Design Space

When you select a Cricut writing font, the default line type will be pen, although you can change it to foil without altering the appearance.

The catch is that all but 21 of these fonts are only available to Cricut Access subscribers. A subscription ($10/month) makes it easy to choose a writing font that will have a full character set and will work as expected, but if you aren’t an Access member you can pay per font.

What are all the Cricut Writing Fonts (slideshow)?

My master list of all the Cricut writing fonts gets updated regularly, and was completely revamped in February 2023. Update for September 2023: I added all the new fonts since February as 2 new sheets so if you have my old list you can just print the new pages (link to the printable PDF cheat sheet is in the section below). Update for January 2024: I added the new writing fonts (43 new fonts since September), written on 2 sheets that can be printed and added to your list!

I’ve written each font in Fine Point (0.4mm) pen and scanned it to give you the most accurate representation of what each font looks like on the page.

The fonts are categorized as “regular,” “hand printed,” “fancy hand printed,” “script,” and “display/open/novelty” according to general visual style, and I included a list of collections and fonts that require an extra fee. The “Display/Open/Novelty” category includes fonts that are single line and fonts that are open/filled in various ways – these are still ALL writing fonts.

Click through the slideshow to view each category and the new updates:

Cricut Regular Fonts p1
Cricut Regular Fonts p2
Cricut Hand Printed Fonts p1
Cricut Hand Printed Fonts p2
Cricut Hand Printed Fonts p3
Cricut Fancy Hand Printed Fonts p1
Cricut Fancy Hand Printed Fonts p2
Cricut Script Fonts p1
Cricut Script Fonts p2
Cricut Display/Open/Novelty Fonts p1
Cricut Display/Open/Novelty Fonts p2
Cricut Display/Open/Novelty Fonts p3
Cricut Display/Open/Novelty Fonts p4
Cricut Font Collections p1
Cricut Font Collections p2
Cricut Premium Paid Fonts p1
new Cricut fonts Sept 2023 page 1
new Cricut fonts Sept 2023 page 2

Cricut Writing Fonts Cheat Sheet (PDF download)

Cricut Writing Fonts guide page 1

I’ve prepared a comprehensive PDF you can download, print and keep as a handy resource for your future projects. Click here for my printable guide to all of the writing fonts available in Cricut Design Space. Just scroll until you see “Cricut Writing Font Guides” on the Resource & Download Library page and click to download.

The fonts that require an additional fee are shown as a screenshot, but all other fonts were written using a Cricut Fine Point pen. Each font was written as either 3.25″ wide or 0.5″ tall. This should also give you an idea of the minimum type size you should use for certain fonts if you want to be able to see detail (e.g. BFC Scary Skelly, BFC Snow Days, Anna’s Fancy Lettering, etc.).

Free Alternatives to Cricut Writing Fonts

When I originally published this article, I chose a variety of free fonts that were very thin and could be written as a solid line using either a Cricut Fine Point pen (0.4mm) or 1mm markers. Since then, font designers have created vastly improved writing fonts, many of which appear as a single line even when written using a Cricut Extra Fine Point pen (0.3mm).

I sourced almost all of the fonts from fontspace, but you can always search your own favorite font site for very thin fonts. EVERY font I recommend here has been downloaded and tested!

All of the fonts:

  • can be used with Cricut, Silhouette, Siser, or any other machine
  • are free for personal use (not for commercial purposes)
  • come with a full alphabet – most with both upper and lowercase letters

The fonts are categorized as script/cursive, sans serif and serif. All fonts were written using an Extra Fine Point (0.3mm) Pen in green or a Fine Point (0.4mm) pen in black. This means the very thinnest fonts in each category are the ones in green pen. Scale bars are included to give you an idea of font size – I tried to write everything with a minimum 0.5″ line height.

There is a separate section for free single line fonts designed by Single Line Studios because these fonts require special instructions for use.

Video: How to download and install fonts (Windows & Mac)

After downloading the fonts that you want to try, open the zip folders and install the fonts on your computer before opening Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio.

Free cursive writing fonts for Cricut

photo of card showing Charmline Script writing font
Charmline Script in 0.8mm Cricut Glitter Gel pen

Cursive fonts are by far the most popular writing fonts, and the top downloads from the original version of this article are ALL script fonts (#1 by a landslide is The Britney). I am sooooo excited to share some of my new finds with all of you!

Use these scripts for wedding invites, holiday or birthday cards, elegant place cards, gift tags, and more.

Just to show you how finely detailed some of these scripts are, the first set is written with the Extra Fine Point (0.3mm) pen in green – they write beautifully with little to no bubbling/gapping even with the thinnest Cricut pens.

The second set of script fonts is written with a Cricut Fine Point (0.4mm) pen in black, again with little to no bubbling or hollow spots. So many beautiful choices here!

Free Sans Serif fonts for Cricut

These are some great fonts for addressing envelopes or creating clean and crisp text in cards or invitations. The first set are the thinnest fonts, written in Extra Fine Point (0.3mm) pen.

scan of free sans serif fonts written in 0.3mm extra fine pen on copy paper, made using a Cricut
free sans serif fonts written in Extra Fine Point (0.3mm) pen

The second set of fonts should be written with a Fine Point (0.4mm) or thicker pen.

scan of free sans serif fonts written in 0.4mm fine point pen on copy paper, made using a Cricut
free sans serif fonts written in Fine Point (0.4mm) pen

Free Serif Writing Fonts for Cricut Pens

I love using a nice clean serif font for addressing envelopes, but some of these are particularly fancy (Equality Serif) or fun (Millionaire Money) and could be used for all kinds of projects.

scan of free serif fonts written using an extra fine 0.3mm pen on copy paper, using a Cricut
free serif fonts written in Extra Fine Point (0.3mm) pen
scan of free serif fonts written using 0.4mm Fine Point pen on copy paper, using a Cricut
free serif fonts written in Fine Point (0.4mm) pen

Free single line writing fonts

One particular designer, Single Line Studio, has gifted crafters with a large collection of fonts that write as a single line. These fonts are free for personal use only. I have written all of these fonts using a Cricut Extra Fine Point (0.3mm) pen, and most are written with a line height of 0.5″ or more.

In order to use these fonts, you must ungroup your lettering, then attach, or the letters will not be written properly. I have a how-to guide at the bottom of this article.

Single Line Studio cursive fonts

single line studio free script fonts
Single Line Studio cursive fonts, written in Extra Fine/0.3mm pen

Single Line Studio sans serif and serif fonts

single line studio sans serif and serif fonts written in 0.3mm pen
Single Line Studio sans serif and serif fonts written in 0.3mm pen

Premium single line fonts compatible with Cricut and Silhouette

If you need a perfect font with a full character set for a special project, like wedding invitations or engraving, or you want to use a font for your business, you can purchase a premium single line font.

The aptly named font studio Single Line Fonts specializes in elegant premium single line fonts for Cricut, Silhouette, Glowforge and other crafting software. They offer a collection of 30 single line fonts in a variety of styles in true type (TTF), open path (OPF) and FontLab Pad format. True Type fonts are compatible with Design Space and Silhouette Studio.

In order to use these Single Line Fonts, you must ungroup your lettering, then attach, or the letters will not be written properly. I have a how-to guide at the bottom of this article.

photo of card showing single line font Magnolia Skywritten in Cricut glitter gel pen
Birthday card made for my MIL using Single Line Fonts SLF Magnolia Sky written in Cricut Glitter Gel pen

Single Line Fonts Sample Projects: Pinwheel recipe card and Art Deco invitation

I am crazy about Pinwheel, an adorable font that a whimsical forest creature or gnome would love, and have used this font for countless Christmas cards and gift tags since I bought it 2 years ago. I’ve used it here to write out a (tasty!) recipe in Fine and Extra Fine Point pen so you can see more of the character set. Look at those tiny fractions!

I love everything about “le style moderne”, and I wanted to try making an invitation with SLF Art Deco. I matched it with a very classy line drawing frame from Cricut Design Space and it turned out to be something I would love to foil. I have used this font on birthday cards, gift tags, and for beautiful address labels.

An amazing range of characters is included with each SLF font. As you can see from the sample projects, the writing is absolutely flawless, no gaps, no hollow spaces, no bubbling. I have purchased nearly a dozen Single Line Fonts and use them all the time for any special writing or foiling projects I have.

SLF also offers a collection of single line SVG graphics like monograms, borders, mandalas and flowers.

Personal license fonts start at just $7, and commercial licenses can be purchased for a very reasonable $20. I recommend following Single Line Fonts on Facebook or signing up for the newsletter, because you can get some crazy good deals when they have sales multiple times throughout the year.

How to use fonts from Single Line Studio or Single Line Fonts in Cricut Design Space

Whether you are using free or paid single line fonts, you may run into problems in DS when you go to make your project. For whatever reason, if you simply type your text and try to use it as-is, your machine will not write it correctly – see the following screencap of Feasibly Single Line, a free font from Single Line Studio:

Your text will look broken and incomplete in the mat preview window, and your machine will write it out incorrectly. To fix it is simple: simply UNGROUP your text, then ATTACH:

Your text will now write correctly.

Tips for fixing bubble or hollow letters in Cricut

There are a few different tricks you can try to overcome the hollow letter look when using a thin, but not perfectly single line, font. The font will look better in a smaller type size. If a font has a few tiny gaps when written with a fine tip pen, try switching to a thicker pen like a Cricut 0.8mm Glitter Gel Pen or a 1mm Crayola marker.

Other methods to get any thin font to look better when drawn:

  1. Try duplicating your text layer, and aligning it exactly over the original layer. Sometimes a second pass over the text will darken the lines enough to fill in the gaps.
  2. If a second pass doesn’t work, you can use the offset function in Cricut Design Space to set an offset line inside the text! Highlight your text, click the Offset icon in the top menu bar and set a negative value. I was working with fairly small type, so I set the value to –0.02″ or –0.015″. You can check out our full tutorial on how to fill in letters with a pen.

Pictured fonts: New Orleans, Windsong, Alien League

Sketch Fonts in Silhouette Studio

If you are a Silhouette user, you are going to have the same font dilemma as a Cricut user. When you add text to your project to sketch, the software’s only operation is to draw an outline of the font.

Silhouette Studio’s fonts are organized differently than fonts in Cricut Design Space. Fonts cannot be filtered by operation (ie. writing/drawing/cutting) and you can’t filter by Silhouette fonts vs. system fonts. There don’t seem to be any Silhouette-specific fonts that are single line writing fonts.

What you can do in Silhouette, however, is add an internal offset to your text, creating a second drawing line inside each letter that will instruct the machine to take a second pass inside the line  to fill in any hollow spaces!

Simply write the text in the font you want, arrange the spacing (weld the font if it’s a script). Next, choose the “Offset” panel from the right hand menu and select the Internal offset option. The value here will be very small – I set it between 0.015 inches and 0.02 for 72 point sample text. For smaller type (even 36 point), I set the internal offset at 0.005 inches to get the result I wanted.

Internal offset feature demonstrated in Silhouette Studio

Pictured font: Falkin Serif

Writing fonts FAQ

Are the writing style fonts in Cricut Design Space the only “true single line fonts”?

NO! No font written in Design Space is a true single line font.

There is a myth that the writing-style Cricut fonts are written as single lines, drawn in a single pass, and that system/free writing fonts are simply very thin fonts that are written as an outline. No font in Cricut Design Space is written in a single pass, not even the Cricut writing-style fonts.

I am not a font designer, so I got the information about how fonts are read by different software from this FAQ about True Type and Open Path fonts by Leslie Peppers, owner of SingleLineFonts.com.

Like most plotter software, Design Space is incapable of using “true” single line fonts (Open Path fonts, or OPF). Design Space sees letters as vectors. What appears as a simple line to us is seen as a 2D shape to Design Space, and it starts at one corner, draws the length and must return to the starting point to close the shape. SLF and other single line fonts have their second, ‘return’ line drawn directly on top of the first one.

gif of criut machine drawing a single line font

What does BFC mean in Cricut Design Space?

Most new writing fonts added to Design Space are fonts with the prefix “BFC”. BFC stands for Blush Font Co., the studio that designed the fonts. They were formerly called Dixie Type Co. – hence the DTC fonts you can also find in Design Space – and changed their name. If you love them, you can buy BFC fonts directly, and Creative Market’s licenses all include commercial use.

What is kerning in Cricut Design Space?

Kerning is the spacing between letters in a font, and what “kerned” means in Design Space is that the program can read this information from the font file. New DS fonts (e.g BFC fonts) are all kerned, and you’ll find that updates to DS seem to have fixed a lot of weird spacing problems between characters, so it doesn’t really matter that much. I really like a lot of the old DS fonts so I don’t care if a font is listed as kerned or not.

Final Thoughts

We hope this article has given you lots of ideas and resources for creating beautiful text projects with your Cricut or Silhouette machine. Whether you use a Cricut writing font, a free writing font, or a premium paid single line font, there are always tons of options for the perfect typeface.

What are your favorite fonts for writing? Do you have a trick that you use to get better results? We’d love to hear about it.

14 thoughts on “Best Writing Fonts for Cricut: 117 Free + Cricut Writing Font Guide”

  1. Thanks for this! Can you share what kind of pen you used for the Test Projects? I’m having some trouble with the thickness of cricut markers (1.0)

  2. Hi Barbara,

    My default pen for most projects shown here was the basic Cricut Fine Point pen, which is 0.4 mm.

    For the Single Line Font test projects, I used a combination of the default Cricut Fine Point pen (Art Deco font, and the black writing for the Pinwheel project), and Cricut Extra Fine Point pen (0.3 mm) in Teal and Dark Green from the Bohemian pen set for the rest of the Pinwheel writing.

    I used thicker markers (Cricut 1.0 mm and Crayola markers which are also 1.0 mm) for the free fonts that are not as fine (e.g. Better Grade, etc.).

    From my own experience, the Cricut metallic markers (also 1.0 mm) really seem to spread out on textured cardstock, so I use those sparingly if I want finer lines.

    In a pinch, Crayola markers give a finer line than the 1.0 mm Cricut pens. Compare the first set of “second tier” fonts I did with Crayola, like Andalusia, with the second set of “second tier” fonts that I did with the Cricut 1.0 mm pen (e.g. Asmelina Harley).

    Hope that helps! Thanks for reading – Ian

  3. This was soooo helpful! I learned so much from this post. I was getting so frustrated with the limited number of fonts for writing and you have opened up a whole new world to me. Thank you!!!

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You answered all of my questions so now I feel confident moving forward with my projects.

  5. HI there,
    great info! thanks. I’ve been looking for info about the size the pens can write in–i.e., how small can you go? is there a list or do I just have to figure it out myslef? Thanks!

  6. Hi Jenn, thanks for the question. I usually don’t write super small in the cards I make, so I wanted to run a test to check this for you.

    I chose 3 basic fonts: Cricut Sans (sans serif), Love Quinn (serif), and Alyssa Script (script). Each font is written in 6 point, 10 point, and 12 point type using both Cricut Fine Point (0.4mm, black) and Extra Fine Point (0.3mm, purple) pens. I figured most people wouldn’t be going smaller than 6 pt type.

    small font test

    As you can see from the scan, the Cricut pens can write pretty tiny, with all fonts being legible at 10 pt size. The Extra Fine Point/0.3mm pen did a slightly better job than the Fine Point.

    Font choice makes a big difference. As a general rule, clean sans serif or serif fonts are going to be better in small type sizes, and many script fonts aren’t going to look good at that size. Display fonts (especially ones like Fir Tree or Snow Days that have small images as part of the font) don’t look good at really small sizes. In the kerned and unkerned Cricut font guides I created, font names were written at either 3.25 inches wide or 0.5 inches tall, depending on what fit more evenly on the page, and you can get a pretty good sense of which of these font types is going to look terrible the smaller it is.

    Nugo Sans is a free font that would probably look great in very small point writing. Anyway, this was a great question – I might write an article about best fonts for small writing in the future.

    Thanks for reading! – Kerri

  7. I love this art deco frame. What is it called? I’d like to look for it on cricut.
    Thanks!
    -B

  8. Hi B,
    The frame is a Cricut image called “Rectangle Botanical Frame”, #M1BA6249B. The image set is called “Geometric Botanical Frames” and is available to Access members. Thanks for reading! – Ian

  9. I found the Four Seasons font in the fonts on DS and when I changed it over to Pen in the settings, it turned into the outline instead of the single line writing. Is there something I’m doing wrong? I thought these were supposed to be single lines and not outlines. Thanks!

  10. Hi Monica,

    I tested this font and here’s the likely issue. You need open the Style menu next to the font name and select “Writing” instead of “Regular”. Even when you have the operation set to use the Pen, it will write an outline of the font if you don’t have writing style selected. Hope this helps! Ian

    regual font settings vs writing fonts settings

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