Cricut Update March 2021: How to Upload Unlimited Files Even with the 20 Downloads Per Month Limit

Learn My Simple and Free Cricut Hack for Uploading Unlimited SVG Files to Cricut Design Space Without Having to Pay for Cricut Access.

UPDATE – Cricut recently changed the original wording on the Design Space update. You can read the new letter here:

Cricut’s CEO, said, “We will continue to allow an unlimited number of personal image and pattern uploads for members with a Cricut account registered and activated with a cutting machine before December 31, 2021.”

If you haven’t heard already, Cricut just announced some big Design Space changes. While some pretty amazing features are coming to Design Space, like offset and faster load times, Cricut announced that they’re going to start limiting the number of user uploads to 20 per month on all free accounts.

After hearing your questions and concerns, I decided to dive a little deeper into this issue to get to the bottom of some of your questions. 

Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn my HACK for uploading unlimited designs to Cricut Design Space!

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: Pinterest image of Cricut design and space upload hack.

Do I Have to Pay $10/Month to Upload Files to Design Space?

If you already have a Cricut Access membership, you do not need to pay an additional fee to upload files to Design Space. Included with your membership is unlimited uploads. 

If you don’t have a Cricut Access membership, you will be limited to 20 uploads per month. If you want more than that, you’ll need to purchase a Cricut Acess membership. 

If you’ve never looked into Cricut Access, now is a great time to explore it. Cricut includes a free month of Cricut Access to all new members, so be sure to take advantage of that. 

Is it Fair for Cricut to Charge for SVG Uploads?

I’ve had so many messages over the last few days from our readers asking why in the world Cricut would make this change.

I think it’s important to remember that Cricut is a for-profit tech company that has to be aware of its costs. Currently, they are covering all the costs of users uploading unlimited amounts of SVG files into their software. Hosting all of that data for years on end is not free.

While I can see the frustration on the consumer’s end on this change, I can also see why Cricut is now charging for this service. I think this practice puts them in line with any other service we use that stores data in the cloud like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Apple iCloud Storage.

The good news is there’s a simple hack to get around this and I’m sharing the details below!

Are Fonts Counted Towards my 20 Monthly Limit? 

Remember, you do not have limits of any kind if you are a Cricut Access member. 

If you are not a member, you may be wondering if fonts count towards your monthly limit. I’m happy to say that fonts do not count towards this limit.

Cricut only counts files that are uploaded through their software. Since fonts are downloaded onto your computer, they can’t count them. 

If you’ve never uploaded a font to Design Space, be sure to check out my blog post HERE to learn everything you need to know to easily upload your own fonts to Design Space.

What is Included with a Cricut Access Membership? 

Included with your Cricut Access membership are more than 100,000 high-quality images and fonts.

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut SVG files.

If you’ve ever purchased fonts or SVG files, you know how expensive they can be. And while I have a library of close to 100 FREE SVG files, I understand that you’re going to need a larger variety of fonts and images for your projects. I love using Cricut’s library of fonts and images to create my own designs. 

Cricut Access also includes thousands of ready-to-make projects. I love using these when I’m wanting to make a quick project or when I need a little inspiration. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut designs.

In addition to projects, fonts, and images, Cricut Access members get 10% off any purchase on Cricut.com, free shipping on orders over $50, unlimited uploads, and discounts on licensed content.

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut membership benefits.

If you use your Cricut frequently, a Cricut Access membership might be worth it for you. 

One more thing to remember is that you can cancel your membership at any time. If you only need it for a month, sign up and set a reminder to cancel it. You can always resign up later if you need it. 

Should I Move to Silhouette Because of This Change? 

This is completely up to you. While I personally love Cricut, I know individuals who love Silhouette. 

But, before you make the move, let’s talk about a few reasons you might want to stay with Cricut. 

1. You’ll need to purchase a new machine and software. Cricut machines are not compatible with the Silhouette software, so you’ll need to purchase a new machine ($300-$500).

From there you’ll also need to purchase (and learn) Silhouette’s software ($30). After all, is said and done, this move ends up being about the same price as 3 years of a Cricut Access membership. 

2. Cricut is more user-friendly. Aside from already having experience with Cricut and Design Space, you may find it more difficult to navigate Silhouette’s Designer Software. 

3. Your Cricut can probably cut more materials. While you may find some hacks online of how to cut leather or other dense materials with a Silhouette, the Silhouette just doesn’t have the same cutting power as Cricut. 

4. Silhouette doesn’t offer free uploads. While Silhouette Studio is free, you can only upload SVG files using Silhouette’s Design Software. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: Pinterest image of how to upload multiple SVG files.

How To Get Around The New Cricut Update And Upload As Many Files As You Want To Design Space

Follow the steps below to learn how to combine multiple SVG files into one to get more out of your 20 free uploads in Design Space.

Step 1 – Download Inkscape

To begin, download Inkscape. You can find the download HERE or by searching Inkscape in an internet search.

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of inkscape.org.

Click on “Download Now.” 

If you’re a Windows user, click on the Windows button.

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of inkscape.org.

And if you’re a Mac user like me, click on the Mac button. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of inkscape.org.

Once you click the button, the download should start automatically. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of inkscape.org.

Once it has finished downloading, double click on the file. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of inkscape.org.

Drag the Inkscape icon to your application folder. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of inkscape.org.

Once it is completely downloaded, search for Inkscape to open it up. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: screenshot of inkscape.org.

Double click the icon to open it up on your computer. 

Step 2 – Combine Your SVG Files in Inkscape

Find the files that you want to upload to Design Space. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a BEE Positive svg file.

Insert these files into Inkscape by dragging them into your blank Inkscape canvas. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut SVG files.

Next, you’re going to want to make sure your design size is compatible with Design Space. 

The image size must be smaller than 11.5”x23.5”. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut SVG files.

Now you can save your file as a single SVG. 

Click on “File.”

“Save As.”

Here you can change the name and file type. Be sure that you save your file as an SVG file. 

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut SVG files.

Step 3 – Upload Your New SVG File to Design Space

Upload your new SVG file just as you would any other SVG file. 

If you’ve never uploaded an SVG file to Design Space, be sure to check out my blog posts HERE where I walk you through everything you need to know.

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut SVG files.

Following this process you can easily increase the number of free personal files you can upload to Design Space each month! 

If you’re wanting to cut your files out separately, simply ungroup and hide the layers you do not want to cut.

SVG Files by popular US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of Cricut SVG files.

I hope you feel a little better about the changes to Design Space.

Be sure to comment below if you have any questions about downloading unlimited SVG files!

28 thoughts on “Cricut Update March 2021: How to Upload Unlimited Files Even with the 20 Downloads Per Month Limit”

  1. Thank you for this post. It explains everything so clear. I have access but reading all the comments online I wasn’t sure what was going on and was getting confused.

  2. Christine Prato

    I agree with Sara. I had a Blackcat Cougar machine that I had trouble learning to use. It’s for sale with a LOT of accessories if anyone is interested.
    I have a Maker now, had the Expression and Gypsy prior. I like my Maker but feel that Cricut is ONLY out for themselves. Proof of that was when they sued the guy who created Make the Cut software. He did it for his wife and then would sell the software for a ONE TIME fee. GO FIGURE.
    He eventually got out of the business. I will say, there are a LOT of people VERY angry over all of this, I for one am.
    Just my 2 cents. Thanks for this hack tho, I have already started to do this.

    1. Agree with everything you said, Christine. The hack is nice to know and I appreciate the idea, but I still think it’s pretty rotten of Cricut to do this to their customers. I upgraded to a Maker last year under the assumption I’d be able to upload my own designs to cut them on my machine, which, by the way, isn’t cheap. If I’d known they were going to do this less than a year later, I would’ve stuck with my old Expression that uses cartridges – it still works great. Just bad business practice, as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Thank you for this information which is really helpful. Your notations have also put the situation more in perspective. Appreciate all of your work!

  4. Great hack! Unfortunately people still have a issue with doing it this way, paying the $10 or switching to Cameo. I recommend doing a Netflix way… just let people use your DS login and password. hahaha just joking. I love Cricut and DS my only issue is the material (vinyl & etc) they sell is so expensive and you only get a tiny bit. It is what it is though. I guess that’s the price you pay for doing something you love/enjoy doing.

    1. If you really need to continue with Cricut and are finding that their materials cost too much, I recommend buying materials from third parties. A lot of people would agree that Cricut brand iron-on/materials are lower quality than other companies out there. It will save you a ton of money regardless of whether you use a Cricut or Silhouette.

  5. Completely agree, Sara. I spent a lot of money last year on a Maker and since I design pretty much all of my own files, I don’t need Access. Now I find out that I’ll be limited to uploading 20 designs a month? Sometimes, I can upload 20 for one project. Very frustrating. As you said, they should offer us a way to use our machines without DS or they should allow people who already own a machine to be grandfathered in and make the new rules apply to people who buy a machine from now on – that way they know what they’re getting into from the start. I feel like it’s bait and switch.

    1. Jennifer Sovern

      I’m with you 100%. If I wanted design space, I would already have it.
      I upload all of my own designs and probably use 20 a week.
      We are on a tight budget and even though $10 a month doesn’t sound like much, It’s going to be hard.
      Here’s the part that ticks me off…. I will never, ever use any of their designs. I don’t do paper crafts and I’m not impressed with mush else on there.
      So frustrating.

      1. I agree, Jennifer. I only used about 2 of their designs the entire month of free trial and that wasn’t for a lack of looking. I’ve just always designed my own stuff and can easily upload a bunch of files for one project, so being limited to 20 is awful. And yes, while $10 a month doesn’t sound like a lot, many people are on a budget (now more than ever), so it can add up fast. $10 could put gas in the car, you know? And who’s to say they won’t raise the price of Access soon, too?

  6. Ditto, Karen. I feel exactly the same way. I love my Maker, but who knows – one of these days, Cricut is going to change the rules yet again and say, “Sorry, now you can’t upload ANY files for free anymore.” If they changed it once, they can change it again. Just crappy, as far as I’m concerned. If I’d only spent a small amount of money, it’d still make me mad, but Makers are expensive, even on sale!

  7. I appreciate the hack, Kimberly, and I’ll certainly use it, since I obviously won’t have any other choice. And believe me, I get why you have to defend Cricut, but I think it’s pretty unfair for them to change the rules now. It’s one thing to say from now on, if you buy a machine, these are the rules, but to change them after so many of us have already upgraded to the Maker under the assumption we’d be able to upload unlimited files? Not fair at all. I did the free Access trial that came with my machine and I only used one or two files the entire time. I prefer to design my own stuff, as I have since the old days when Cricut’s program was on a c.d. It’s bad enough we’ll be limited to 20, but now I have to worry that one of these days, they’ll announce that we can’t upload anything for free at all anymore. Then I’ll have a very expensive machine that I can’t use unless I want to pay. I really hope that they get so many complaints about this that they decide not to do it. I will definitely not be buying another Cricut machine in the future if this is what they’re going to pull.

  8. Honestly, I know you’re sponsored by Cricut, but you handled this better than every other Cricut influencer I’ve seen so far. I don’t agree with the change and there are obviously those who have released videos condemning their actions (since they aren’t sponsored) but I appreciate you releasing something that can be of some help to some people. Oh, and also not totally rejecting the idea of switching to Silhouette. I have unfollowed every single influencer who has silenced their community so you’re really the only Cricut crafter that’s left in my book.

  9. Melissa Pineda

    Thank you so much for sharing this hack with us, I really appreciate it! I did everything you said and everything was working fine until I wanted to upload the svg file, DS let me choose the file but after that it just go back without loading it. Am I doing something wrong? Or you think it might be just the system failing again? Thanks for your help!

  10. I understand Cricuts desire to have the perpetual income by requiring Cricut owners to sign up for Cricut Access. But here is my issue . . . I based my decision to buy a Cricut with the understanding I could use design space with unlimited uploads. . Now they are reneging on their own policy and starting to charge if you want to upload more than 20 files a month. That is almost, if not truly, bait and switch. I purchased my Cricut and verified that I would be able to use it without a monthly subscription. Uploading 20 files a month is not enough. Putting multiple sags in one file and uploading is an obvious option, but Cricut will soon start limiting the file size as well.what would be fair is grandfathering those who purchased their machines before the change in policy date. They will lose sales moving forward.

    1. Totally agree, Shari. If they want to change the rules for people who buy the machines from now on, that’s one thing. People will have that information BEFORE they spend all that money. But to tell us before we bought our machines that we’d have unlimited uploads, then we buy the machines and are told, “Oops, we’re changing the policy now” is just wrong. And really, we have no choice but to go along with what they say if we want to use our machines. I just hope that this hack Kimberly was nice enough to share works and they don’t limit uploads even more in the future.
      By the way, does anyone know where I can complain directly to Cricut? I looked on their website and could only find a phone number, not an email or complaint form. Guess I’ll have to call…

  11. But what about Ipad users? New features are not available on there? When I got my maker in 2018, I ran out of design options pretty quickly, the lack of options in DS, made me design elsewhere. If storage is the issue, why not set up a separate storage plan? So now I will be charged monthly, for things I will not use, to be able to keep use of my machine, the way I’ve already been using it for years. But I won’t be able to benefit from the new options. Don’t get me started on the discounts and range of products Cricut offers, that’s only for US users, not Europe in my case. No, I won’t be handing over any more money to Cricut.

  12. Cricut could go offline with a free basic software like Silhouette but they’re choosing to be greedy so they won’t be getting another dime of my money. I’ll be finding third party everything and thankfully I already have a Cameo 4 plus business software which I’ve been using instead of design space anyway. It’s absolutely unfair and ridiculous to charge us for fonts and designs we do not even use simply to cut on our machines freely. They’re a fraud of a company.

  13. Bianca Barbaro

    It was free until now because there weren’t as many users. With covid and the holidays, many, including myself, suddenly joined the cricut family. More users, more uploads, more stress on the system and software.
    As for offline, they do have an offline option. Few utilize it. To do offline would mean no cross platform designing. So if your computer breaks and everything is offline, you lose everything. You can’t design from your phone or tablet and cut through your computer later. If they did take it offline and let people store they’re own stuff, users would freak out over losing the ability of accessing projects from any device, and if whatever device they use dies, projects gone. Cricut doing what makes the most sense for them. They will never please everyone. Someone will always have a gripe with everything they do, no matter what it is. They could change the color of the menus and people would throw fits as if cricut was trying to steal their first born.

    1. Guess what? If you use the offline option, Upload is grayed out. I just tested it. So don’t go defending them. As for more users, more stress, etc.–we’ve already paid for their success. Why punish us for it?

    2. I would love having everything offline. I do not want to store any of my designs in the cloud. As it is, I delete my designs as soon as I am done using them within the Cricut software. Keeping the SVGs in a safe place is all that matters to me.

    3. You are correct on multiple levels, Bianca. As you, I joined the Cricut frenzy when covid hit, waiting until mid-April to take the plunge. It wasn’t too long before I noticed the drag on the system – not enough servers for all the influx. Cricut was caught in a cross of overwhelming popularity and not enough storage. Weekends became a time I avoided using my Cricut because it was brutal.
      If everyone got their email late today (3/16/21) they will see that they have addressed the complaints about needing to be an Access member – which I am and I do not use it to the extent some do – by grandfathering in current users. I think this is extremely fair and should help the corporation be more efficient and responsive.
      Nothing (designs, uploads, etc.) in life is free, and this definitely felt like it for a while!

  14. Bianca Barbaro

    I already subscribe to access, so the changes don’t affect me. I find it amusing that while others are planning to leave cricut, I’m waiting for my new maker to arrive to sit beside my explore air 2. And the hack mentioned, I’d been suggesting that to people on Facebook since the day this change was announced. Everyone makes it sound like cricut has bricked their machines, when in reality, they are setting limits and charging for something they never said would stay free forever. People assumed and thats on them for not reading the EULA, which clearly stated that terms are subject to change at any time…. like every other company.

    1. Oh, yeah? I give you just one example: in the description on the page for the Maker on Amazon, it says: “You can always upload and use your own images and fonts for free, in a variety of standard file formats.”

  15. First- thanks so much for this article with the hack. It will be useful for so many. I agree that Cricut has to pay for the software, but maybe they should create some sort of tier membership or at least offer a real amount of monthly downloads (maybe its 50 per month) for all of the people that paid lots of money for the machines and the supplies that they do buy from Cricut.
    The worst part of all of this- my husband said you don’t have to buy a subscription to use the Cricut right? And I told him- nope- I have Design Space to design and upload what I want to create and if I want a subscription to get other projects- I can pay monthly or I just buy the project I want. That was not a fun conversation with him when he heard about Cricut limiting the uploads. He never said it, but he told me so.
    And with that being said- I love my Cricut and plan to keep everything I have and make due for now. I understand that companies need to make money, but they have to see the bigger picture of not destroying their brand and consumer loyalty. They really need to revamp this and see if there is a meet in the middle compromise.
    Once again- thank you for the hack and your help.

  16. Has the upload limit already started? How do we know? Then how do we know how many uploads we have left?
    Thank you

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