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How to Upload SVG Files to Cricut Design Space

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Have questions about how to upload an SVG file to Cricut Design Space? Follow these easy steps to take an SVG file you downloaded for free or bought and use it to make a project in Cricut Design Space. Follow this EASY step-by-step tutorial and be cutting your own files with your Cricut in no time!

How to Upload an SVG File to Cricut Design Space by Pineapple Paper Co.

Have you downloaded an SVG File from a designer, Etsy, or Facebook group? Now you want to know how to upload that file into Cricut Design Space? I promise, it’s really easy and only takes a few seconds! Follow my step-by-step tutorial to upload SVG cut files to Cricut!

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If you’re brand new to Cricut, learning Cricut Design Space can be a little bit confusing to start! Or, if you’ve been using Cricut Access files for a while and now you’ve found an awesome file you want to use from a blog or Etsy, you’ll need to know how to get the file into Design Space! It’s ok if you’re just learning or are a little confused, that’s what this post is all about!

The Basics of Using SVG Cut Files

What IS a SVG File?

SVG stands for “scalable vector graphic” and is a fancy way of saying that it is a type of file that you can resize and the integrity of the design will remain the same. They are PERFECT for using with Cricut Design Space because they are designed to change size as well as maintain different layers that can be set by the designer – which is really useful in cutting designs with your Cricut machine!

There are many things that I love (and also some things that I dislike) about Cricut Design Space, but having the ability to upload your own SVG files for FREE is a HUGE advantage over other design programs. Note: as of now, you have to have a paid upgrade to Silhouette Studio to import SVG files.

Where can I download SVG Files?

SVG files are becoming very popular largely due to the popularity and growth of the Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Maker machines. I have an ENTIRE POST just about where to find SVG cut files that you can use – both FREE and paid. Where to Get SVG Files for Cricut and Silhouette Machines is a huge resource of information when you’re ready to download files.

If you’re not quite ready to dive into the HUGE list of SVG blogs and websites, here’s a brief list of my pages plus my favorite designers that offer high quality SVG files (YES, that’s important!):

Plus, these sites have INCREDIBLE bundle deals where you can get a ton of files at a HUGE discount:

Also, make sure you join my FREE SVG Files Facebook Group for regular updates, free cut files – plus you can ask questions or get help locating files that you may need!

How to Upload a SVG File to Cricut Design Space

If you don’t have the desktop version of Cricut Design Space uploaded to your computer yet, download it here.

Whether you’re using a computer, phone, or tablet, (or the brand new OFFLINE Cricut Design Space!), the process is the same but it looks slightly different. I will share screenshots from a computer AND from the mobile app, so just follow along with whatever device you are using.

Uploading a SVG to Cricut Design Space on a Computer

As of 1/29/2020, Design Space is an OFFLINE program. It does connect to the internet, but will allow you to design and cut while disconnected from the internet. However, you WILL need an internet connection to download SVG files to your computer if you haven’t done that yet.

Open Cricut Design Space and select “New Project.” On the left side of the screen, click “Upload.”

Cricut Design Space upload function with arrow.

Click the “Upload Image” button then “Browse” to locate the file you downloaded on your computer (always check the “Downloads” folder if you can’t find it!). Select file and click “Open.”

For these screenshots, I’m using my Free “Wickedly Cute” SVG File.

If the file you’ve chosen is an SVG, it will open just as pictured below, because it is ready to cut.

Rename the image if you’d like, and then click “Done.” The file will appear in your “Uploaded Files.”

Select the file that you would like to add to your canvas (it will be highlighted in green):

Selected images will also appear as small circles in the bottom right of your screen as an additional way to see what image/s you’ve selected. Click “Insert Image” to place the file on to your canvas.

The design will be automatically placed on your canvas, and you can continue with your project.

Uploading a SVG to the Cricut Design Space App using a Mobile Device

Follow these simple instructions to upload an SVG to cut via the Cricut Design Space app on a mobile device such as a phone or iPad. I’m using my iPhone for the following screenshots. File location may vary on an Android device, but the procedure for uploading a file is the same.

Open the app on your mobile device and create a new project. Click “Upload” at the bottom of the screen.

Select the “Browse Files” option to upload a new SVG file.

Locate the file on your phone. If you have an iPhone, your iCloud Drive is a great place to store them because if you’ve downloaded the file on your computer you can pull it right from the iCloud. If you’ve saved them to the files on your phone, you’ll be looking within the “On My iPhone” choice.

I saved my file to the “SVG Files” folder, so I’ll select that here:

Select the file you wish to upload. For the following screenshots, I’m using my Free “Believe in Unicorns” SVG File.

Name your uploaded file, then click “Done.” Save the image.

The file will then appear in your “Uploaded Designs” area.

Select the file you wish to place on your canvas, then click the “Insert” button:

Your file will be placed on the canvas and you can proceed with the project.

Hopefully that takes some of the confusion out of uploading a SVG file to your Cricut! Now that you know how to upload files, the options of creating new projects are endless!


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  1. barbara wakefield says:

    this was brilliant thank you

  2. The teacher svg download didn’t work for me. It only saved it as a jpeg and a microsoft edge document. I’m using silhouette studio, but that shouldn’t matter, should it?

    1. Pineapple Paper Co. says:

      Hi again 🙂 The Microsoft Edge is probably the SVG file – if you have the basic version of Silhouette Studio, just use the .jpg and trace it 🙂

  3. Thanks for the lesson! I am a newbie to Cricut and this was just what I needed.