When I first started with my Cricut I purchased a lot of SVG’s because I didn’t know how to make my own designs. I spent a ton of money doing that and most of the time the SVG’s weren’t exactly what I wanted so it was very frustrating. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make your own designs in Cricut Design space.
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Like I mentioned before, I used to pay anywhere from $2.00 to $5.00 for a SVG that I kind of liked but wasn’t really in love with because I didn’t know how to make my own designs. Now I have a subscription to Creative Fabrica and I get access to 15k+ SVG’s and I can download as many as I want FOR FREE. Not only are they free but they include a commercial license so I can legally sell whatever I make with them.
In this tutorial I’m making a “Welcome Fall” sign and I’m using 1 SVG and a couple fonts I got from Creative Fabrica. Let’s get started and I’ll show you how to make your own designs in Cricut Design Space. (You can get all the fonts for free too…woo-hoo!)
The Main Design
Pick your main design element. For This project I used a pumpkin. I found this set of Fall SVG’s and downloaded all of them but I only needed the pumpkin for my project.
The pumpkin needed just a bit of editing for what I wanted to make so I put a circle in the middle and welded the circle to the pumpkin to make the center solid. Since the word “FALL” has 4 letters, I duplicated the pumpkin 4 times.
Now it’s time to put the letters inside the pumpkins. I chose the font “Christmas Story” from Creative Fabrica for my letters. I sized the “F” in the middle of the pumpkin and then made each of the other letters the same size.
Once I had all the letters placed where I wanted them I “Sliced” each letter out of each pumpkin. (Check out the video tutorial below to see how I sliced the letters.) I found some fun fall colors and made each pumpkin a different color.
Adding some words
You’re well on your way to making your own designs in Cricut Design Space. Now it’s time for the “Welcome” at the top. I went over to Creative Fabrica and used the free font manager (This is totally free. No subscription needed.) to pick the font I wanted for my “welcome”.
I used the PUA (private use area) to add some extra flare to my word. Unlocking the PUA for all my fonts is another reason I really love Fontcloud. I can quickly see all the extra ligatures and swashes each font has and I can easily try them out to see what will work best for my project. (The video tutorial below shows how this all works.)
To find out more about the free font manager check out this post “Why you need a free font manager and how to use it“. That’s all there is to it. Now I’m ready to cut my design and put it on a wood sign.