Use these crafting SVGs to show your love for crafting to your friends and family!
March is National Craft month, which makes me happy because March is my favorite month. It’s my birthday month, craft month, and the month that spring arrives. I think crafting is fantastic, so I’ve created a Craftastic SVG for you to put on a mug, shirt, or tote bag. It’s a great way to show off your love for crafting. If crafting brings joy to your life like it does me, you’re going to love these free crafting svg files.
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Material needed to make a Craftastic mug
Step 1. Download SVG File
Download the cut file by filling out the form below. This will give you access to my library where you can download any of my free files. After downloading the file, unzip the file and save it to a folder of your choosing. Open Design Space and start a new project. Upload the SVG file from your saved folder into design space.
Step 2. Prep file for cutting
After you have the file uploaded to your canvas in Design Space, resize it to the size you need. For a mug, make the width 3 inches, depending on the size of your mug. If you want to make any changes to any of the elements individually, ungroup the file by selecting the group of layers and selecting the “ungroup” button above the layers panel.
Step 3. Prepare your vinyl
Get your mat ready for cutting. Place your vinyl face up on your mat. You’ll put a new piece of vinyl on the mat after each cut for each color you need to cut.
If you want to cut multiple pieces of vinyl at once, on one mat, you can put all the elements together on one mat. There are a couple ways to do this, but the easiest way is to make all the elements the same color. Do this by selecting all the elements. Then go to the linetype icon in the top left and click on the little square to the right with a question mark in it. Select one color and they will all change to the same color.
Finally, select the make it icon to see the preview. At first, everything will be close together to save on vinyl.
But we want them spread out so we can put a different piece of vinyl on the mat for each element. Move the elements by clicking on each one individually and moving it to where you want.
Then, cut out your vinyl pieces to be slightly larger than your element and place it in the same spot on your mat as on the screen. Use the grid lines to place them in the right spot.
Step 4. Choose your settings and cut
Choose the material settings on your Cricut and make sure you have the right blade inserted. Then cut out your design.
Pro Tip: Do a test cut
I would highly recommend doing a test cut to make sure the blade is cutting all the way through your vinyl, and even more important, that it’s not cutting all the way through your backing sheet. The last thing you want is to waste a ton of vinyl trying to figure out the right settings. To do this, I add a square shape to my canvas that is 1/4 inch. Then I hide all my other layers. Send this to your cutting machine with the same settings your going to use on the actual design and cut it out. You can cut out this little square over and over (but move it to a different spot on the mat) as you change your settings, until you find the right setting. This way, you’re not wasting a ton of vinyl on mistakes.
Step 5. Weed your vinyl
Weed out all the unneeded parts of the vinyl, so that all that’s left is the design itself.
Step 6. Apply the vinyl
Now that your design is cut out and weeded, you can start placing the vinyl layers onto your mug with transfer tape. Start with the back layer and work your way forward. First the polygon, then the words, then the leaves, and finally the flowers.
How to use print and cut with printable vinyl
Step 1. If you would like to use printable vinyl instead, you can use the print and cut feature in Cricut Design Space. When you open a new project in Cricut Design Space, open the PNG file that comes in the download. When you upload your image, select the “complex” image type.
Step 2. After you select continue, the next screen allows you to erase anything you don’t want in the file, like a background. Since this already has a transparent background, you don’t need to do that, and just select continue.
Step 3. Next, select the window on the left that is labeled “save as a print and cut image”. Then select save.
Step 4. Now you can upload the PNG print and cut image to your canvas. Remember that when you are using print and cut, your image can not be larger than 6.75″ x 9.25″. If it is, you’ll get a warning sign in your layers panel. So adjust the size as needed and to fit on your project.
Step 5. After you select make it, you’ll see on your preview of the mat that there is a black lined box around your image. Those are the registration marks to the Cricut knows where to cut after you’ve printed it out. Now send your image to your home printer to print on your printable vinyl. Follow the instructions on your printable vinyl on how to print using your home printer.
Step 6. After it’s printed, place the printable vinyl on your Cricut mat and load it into your machine and cut it out. Now you can weed it and apply it to your mug or other project item.
Pro Tip: If you’re ever in doubt about what it’s actually going to cut once you place it into your Cricut, there is a way to check. Select your file image by clicking on it. Then go the the “fill” drop down menu and select “no fill”.
This turns the image gray with a black outline. The black outline is where the machine will cut.
Now, to change it back to the original colors, select “fill”, and then select “print”. It will still be gray at this point. You need to then click on the little gray square to the right of “fill” and open the drop-down menu under “print type”. Select “original artwork”, and then “restore” and it will go back to the original colors.
This technique will only work with a png image. It does not work if you are working with layers that you flattened into a print and cut.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make one of your own, please share it with me. You can also find some other craft themed SVG files below from my blogging friends. Click on the links below to be taken to their tutorial page.
- I can’t, I’m crafting today – Leap of Faith Crafting
- Netflix & Craft – Brooklyn Berry Designs
- Born to Craft – That’s What Che Said
- Mama by Day, Crafter by Night – The Girl Creative
- Crafting is My Cardio – Liz on Call
- I can’t be trusted… – Life Sew Savory
- Eat Sleep Craft Repeat – Try It Like It
- I Can Totally Make That – Everyday Party Magazine
- Queen of Crafting – Happy Go Lucky
- I Craft So Hard, I Sweat Glitter – Kelly Leigh Creates
- Habitual Crafter – Artsy Fartsy Mama
- Cut It Out – Unoriginal Mom
- Please Excuse the Mess – A Home to Grow Old In
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