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Best fonts to use with your Cricut (Free & Paid)| Best Practices, Tips & Tricks

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Hello Daydreamers!

Fonts give life to your projects, and today you will find the best fonts to use for your Cricut (or other cutting machines) projects.

This article is not just a list of fonts; that would be…

Mmm, I don’t know…

BOR-ING!

More than a list of fonts, you will be learning a little bit about them, how to use choose the right ones, so you feel empowered to make beautiful projects that will last forever.

The information you’re about to read is precious gold. Check out the points I am going to be covering in this article:

  • A quick overview of font types
  • What to look for when using a font for cutting purposes
  • Free Fonts, where to find them, considerations, tips & tricks
  • Premium Fonts, where to find them, tips & tricks
  • Cricut Fonts notes about writing and multilayer fonts.
  • Caution when using fonts with trademark characters

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

Quick Overview of Font Types

I know, what you’re thinking, give me the list of fonts now!

Learning about font types may sound boring to you, but knowing the terminology will help you to make you faster at combining, finding, and choosing the perfect font for your project.

Getting the right font for your project will determine whether it looks good or sucks. I want to teach you beyond listing a bunch of fonts, trust me!

It seems there are so many types of fonts out there, with different names and combinations. I am not a font expert. However, I read multiple articles to bring this information to you in the most straightforward way.

Keep in mind, every article I read had the fonts in different categories. Not one article was the same.

But…

Let me explain to you what you need to focus on for this article.

In the realm of fonts, there are four different main types of fonts. Serif (Serif, Sans Serif, Slab Serif), Script, Decorative, Dingbat (doodles) fonts.

Serif, Sans Serif, Slab Serif Fonts

These types of fonts are everywhere, and they are the fonts people usually use to write papers, books, and essential documents. They are also crucial during the design process because they add a certain level of order.

You don’t want your Cricut Projects to look with all curvy fonts. You want to add balance.

Although they all share the “Serif” in their name, they are quite different when you pay attention.

Here’s a common font for each “Serif” font.

  • Serif – Times New Roman
  • Sans Serif – Arial
  • Slab Serif – Courier New

Most likely, these fonts are pre-installed in your PC or phone.

Script Fonts

Scrip Fonts are what I call “fun fonts” they add life and sparkle to your designs.

Be strategic about their use, though!

The extended use of these fonts can ruin your design, or just make it impossible to read. Again, it’s a balance.

Most common Script fonts are those gorgeous handwritten letters with curves and beautiful swirls. They usually resemble cursive or calligraphy writing.

Decorative Fonts

Decorative fonts are fonts that their letters are more than a “letter.” They have flowers or pronounce swirls around them. They look nice for monograms or invitations.

Dingbat Fonts

These are what I call “doodle fonts,” and they are one of my favorite typefaces because instead of typing regular words, you are typing cute little images or icons.

Doodle fonts add SO MUCH VALUE to any design, and I recommend them for making SVG files.

Every dingbat font is different, and you can find them for every occasion you need!

What to look for when using a font for cutting purposes

Now that you know all about the types of fonts let’s look at the things you need to look for and avoid in a font.

When using a Cricut or a cutting machine, your best allies for the final result of your projects will be smoothness and thickness.

The smoothness of your fonts and images, in general, is essential because your machine will have an easier time to cut them.

The same thing happens with the thickness of your font when your fonts are thick, you can remove them very easily from your mat, and you also have more room to make small and intricate projects.

As you start making projects, you’ll get the feel of how thick your font needs to be, considering the materials you are using.

For instance, if you are cutting a font for a cake topper (read my tutorial), you want a thick font because they will make your project stronger. On the other hand, if you are using vinyl, thin fonts are very easy to work with.

Tip: If, for some reason, the font you want to use is skinny, try to thicken it in Cricut Design Space by changing the font style to “Bold.” You can learn how to do this in my how-to edit text tutorial.

Now check out the fonts you should avoid. Some of them look quite beautiful, but, in some cases, they are a recipe for disaster.

Let’s start with Rough Fonts.

At all costs, you want to avoid fonts that don’t have a smooth stroke around them. Some of the fonts you see in the infographic down below are nearly impossible to cut with your Cricut.

You see, rough fonts have multiple spots that can be very tiny and hard for your machine to cut around.

Thin fonts, as I mentioned, are lovely, and they can be used, just make sure they are big enough, and you are using materials that don’t tear easily.

Although these are good practices, rules can be amended, so play with fonts, make mistakes, learn, enjoy your machine, and don’t be afraid to experiment.


Now that you know about the best and the different types of fonts that exist and also the ones you should use/avoid with when using your Cricut machine, let’s dive about the best free fonts out there.

Best Free Fonts and where to find them

We all like FREE!

There are thousands of free and beautiful fonts you can use for your Cricut projects.

Although the fonts I am about to list are FREE for you to download and install on your computer. You need to make sure that you read their license. Sometimes, artists are very generous and allow users to use their fonts for personal use.

Personal use, as you don’t make from the designs you make with them!

If you are planning on making money from the designs you make from their font; there’s usually a link for you to buy them.

Please, respect that agreement for personal or commercial use, not only you want to avoid trouble, but you also want to be honorable.

Since I don’t own a commercial license for these fonts, and I don’t want to get in trouble, I don’t have a little preview for them. They are all super beautiful though, so click away!

Free Sans – Sans Serif – Sans Slab fonts for Cricut

Free Script and Handwritten Fonts for Cricut

Free Decorative and Ding Bat (Doodle) fonts for Cricut

The fonts I just linked to are from dafont.com. Most of them are free for personal use only. For similar websites also visit 1001 fonts.

There are other websites where you can find fonts that are free for commercial use, like fontsquirrel.com and google. Mind you, those fonts, although there are some jewels, they aren’t as beautiful as premium fonts.

Don’t lose hope, though!

In the next section, I have the places where you can find FREE fonts for commercial fonts!

Best Premium Fonts (Also Free, some of them)

Premium fonts are my favorite fonts, I used to love free for commercial use fonts, but I found out that my projects needed more spice and unique touches.

There are many places where you can buy fonts for commercial use. My favorite ones in order are:

  • Creative Fabrica
  • Hungry Jpeg
  • Font Bundles

I used to love CreativeMarket as well, but their licensing became so overbearing that I decided not to buy there anymore. In fact, if there’s a font I love, and it’s only there, I just don’t buy it.

That’s why I love the other three websites I just mentioned!

They are all amazing, with fabulous designers. Many of them are on all platforms.

Do you know what’s the best of those websites?

They all have FREE FONTS FOR COMMERCIAL USE!

But what are the best fonts?

I’ve found over the years that less is more. It’s very easy to be overwhelmed by the number of fonts out there. These are the font’s I use with my Cricut, and that I love.

Most of these fonts come with pairing fonts. Meaning, that when you buy the font, you have different types (script, sans serif, dingbat). So for the price of one font you get 2, 3 or more!

Isn’t that amazing?

Special Note about Cricut Fonts

In the Cricut world, you’ll find another two types of fonts. Writing and Multilayer fonts.

Writing Fonts: Allow you to write on a single line. They are ideal for making invitations, gift tags, greeting cards, etc.

Writing fonts are so different from regular fonts. Regular fonts are similar to “shapes” they have width and height. So when you write with your Cricut Pens, you will be drawing a double line.

Writing fonts, on the other hand, aren’t shapes. They are single strokes (vector lines). Therefore, you can draw without double lines.

Multilayer Fonts: Consist of two layers or more layers. They are usually outlines of the fonts, but you can also find decorative options for different types of occasions.

There’s really no FREE multilayer fonts for Cricut. So if you want to use them, you’ll need to purchase them before you cut them, or use them unlimited with Cricut Access.

Where Can I find Free Writing Fonts for Cricut?

All fonts where you look online will have a hollow effect when writing with your Cricut Pens.

I tried searching for “free single lines vector fonts,” and nothing (worth your time) came up.

Don’t lose hope, though!

Many FREE fonts can be used to write with a single stroke effect (no pesky double lines) when you choose the right font and size it appropriately.

When it’s time to write, your Cricut will still do two passes, but if you use the tips I am about to teach you, the passes will be very close to each other; therefore, you’ll create a “single stroke” effect.

It’s not 100% accurate, and you’ll have to resize and test the fonts to see if they fit your needs.

Here’s the list of the free fonts you can find for this purpose (they are all script).

Note: Remember that these Free fonts are for personal use only.

There are way more, but these are the ones I tried and got a license for so I could bring this tutorial to you.

The perfect fonts to trick your Cricut into writing with a single stroke effect must be very thin, and small in size.

For me, the best way to identify the perfect size it’s by:

  • Typing your text in design space with the font you want to use
  • Organize text to fix script font. Here’s how to do it.
  • Change linetype from “Cut” to Draw.”
  • Zoom in to 200% and size down until you can’t see any hollow spaces on the font. A tiny space it’s ok.
  • Check to see if the size you are using fits your project.
  • Send it to write and test the results. (Check out my how-to-use Cricut Pens tutorial)
using a regular font as writing font in Cricut Design Space.

Note: If you use Pens with a 1mm tip (markers), you can get away with seeing a small hollow line in Design Space. The good thing about using markers is that you can write larger text.

The problem you’ll frequently encounter with this method, it’s that when you are sizing down, you will also lose details of letters that have hollow spaces like the letters “e, o, r, etc.”

Check out the following images so you can see how these fonts look when you use them with Cricut pens and markers.

Using a 0.4 Pen

Check out the details of the fonts as they increased in size. Some of the fonts (England, Meillyne) worked great on the first three sizes.

On the other hand, when the font was increased to a larger size, the fonts were drawn with hollow spaces.

Using a 1.0 Marker

Look at all of the details that were lost in the first image. You can’t even read some of them.

However, notice how amazing some of the fonts look when you increase the size. “England, Mirrafella, Merillyine, and Heart” look perfect!

It’s really up to you to experiment with size and different pen sizes to see what looks best for you.

Cricut Fonts you should probably get

Cricut has a fantastic library of fonts. The good thing about their fonts is that they are designed to work with Design Space!

However, the GIANT negative of their fonts is that you can only use them with their software.

I think that with all the free fonts out there, you can get away with not using theirs. But, they do have some pretty cool fonts you won’t be able to use anywhere else.

These are Multi-Layer and Writing Fonts.

If you don’t have Cricut Access (read my guide), I recommend you buy at least five fonts from Design Space so you can take advantage of your Cricut.

  • A Frightful Affair (Writing)
  • Awesome (Writing)
  • Cricut Sans (Writing)
  • Bicycle for two (Writing)
  • Babette (Writing)
  • DonJuan (Multi-Layer)
  • Zoo Day (Multi-Layer)
  • Varsity (Multi-Layer)

To buy Cricut Fonts, you need to login to Design Space, choose the font you want to work with pay before you cut, print, or write. Unfortunately, there are no links for fonts :/

Your Cricut does come with a set of free fonts, so make sure to check them out to see if they suit your expectations. They are usually at the top of the search font box.

Are you planning on using a font to make a project of a trademarked character?

Now, let’s talk about these beautiful fonts that resemble popular movies or characters.

Fonts to support the creation of designs of characters of movies that are Trademarked or that are Copyrighted it’s a widespread practice.

I see multiple blogs, Etsy stores, and other online websites that are making digital files to reach people, and let me tell you that this practice is illegal, and you can get in trouble.

Although the fonts on their own are just fonts when you pair them with characters or phrases from Disney, Hello Kitty, etc., you can get in trouble.

If you want your T-Shirts from this special characters for personal use, get legal images from Cricut’s images.

What Do You Think?

Did you find your dream font in this article?

Which one was it?

Can you guess which fonts are my favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Do you know that it takes me over 25 hours of work to complete a single Cricut article? I know, it’s crazy! But I like to make sure that you understand EVERYTHING!

I would appreciate your support on Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube / as I am trying to grow my audience so I can keep producing great content!

Oh!

And just so you know, I also have a FREE growing library with tons of printables and SVG files ready to be cut.

I would love for you to be able to get access to all of them. It’s 100% Free for my daydreamers (aka subscribers). Check out a live preview here or get access here.

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Pauline

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Great as usual. Thanks. Do you have a tutorial for filling fonts with the Foil Quill or Cricuts foiling set as I don't just want outlines

Catalina

Saturday 17th of April 2021

Not yet, working on a tip for that!

Marilyn

Sunday 7th of March 2021

This is an incredible source and I've bookmarked/favourited it! One question I have about "free for personal use" vs. "commercial use". What does that mean exactly? If I use the font and end up selling the item I've used it for.. is that commercial use?

Catalina

Thursday 25th of March 2021

Yes. Anything that makes you money will be commercial. So if you download a font for free and use it for commercial products you would be violating the use of it.

Rachel

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thank you for this list! So many good fonts!

Catalina

Monday 26th of October 2020

You're very welcome :)

Mary Ann Weber

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Exactly what I was looking for. Most Videos are much too complicated for the part time crafter. Thank you very much.

Catalina

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

You're welcome!

Lauren

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

This was incredibly helpful for my first Cricut adventure! Thank you!!!

Catalina

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

You're very welcome!