Here’s a step by step guide to making your own monograms in Cricut Design Space. If you love monogram crafts, or want to make monograms with your Cricut cutting machine, read on for all the details.
Making Monograms in Cricut Design Space
Making monogram projects for your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine is simple enough! You can do it! Here are the basic steps:
- Download a monogram font.
- Open a new project in Cricut Design Space.
- Type your initials, putting each initial on a new layer.
- Change the size and spacing of the initials.
- Weld the initials together so they will cut as one piece.
But before we get started making monograms, you’ll need to make sure that you can open up the Cricut Design Space program. Cricut Design Space is free to download.
How to Download Cricut Design Space
Note: If you don’t already have Cricut Design Space, you can download it for free. You can use the program on Mac, Windows, iOS (iPhone or iPad), and Android devices.
Cricut Access is awesome, and gives you monthly or yearly access to the Cricut Image Library of 50,000+ non-licensed images, 1,000+ Ready-To-Make projects, and 400+ fonts — including a ton of beautiful monogram motifs! Go ahead and check out all of the amazing designs you can make with Cricut Access right now!
Download a Monogram Font
There are so many wonderful monogram fonts that you can choose to use in your designs. If you are looking for inspiration, check out my list of 35 Free Monogram Fonts for lots of options.
You want to choose a font, download it, and install it on your computer.
Open a New Project in Cricut Design Space
Alright, now that you have your font installed, open up Cricut Design Space and start a new Project. Click to open up a blank canvas.
Type the Initials
Then, select the Text tool, and type the first of your initials.
With the letter selected, click the Font drop-down menu in the upper right corner. Search for the monogram font you have previously downloaded, and select it. Resize the letter as needed.
Repeat this step for the remaining letters. Select the Text tool and type the second initial in the monogram. (You won’t have to change the font, as it will still be selected.)
Next, select the Text tool to type the third initial. You will want to have each letter on its own layer so that you can rearrange and resize them as needed.
Arrange and Resize the Initials
Depending on the style of monogram you are creating, you may want to resize and rearrange the letters in different ways.
For instance, if you are creating a Traditional Monogram, you will want the center initial to be slightly larger than the first and third initial. For example, you can make the center letter 3 inches tall, and the first and third letters 2.25 inches tall.
Another option is to create a Block Monogram, where all of the letters are the same size.
To align the initials, click and drag to select all of the letters. Click the Align drop-down in the toolbar, and click Center Vertically. Click the Align drop-down again, and click Distribute Horizontally.
Weld the Initials Together
After you have arranged the initials, you will want to weld them together so that they cut as one single combined piece, rather than three separate letters.
As a reminder, the Weld tool allows you to join shapes to create a single image.
To do this, click to select all three initials, and then click the Weld button in the bottom right hand corner (at the bottom of the layers panel.)
And there you go! Now that you typed your letter, arranged them, and welded together, you’ve created a completely custom monogram!
At this point, you’re are ready to cut. But don’t forget! If you’re using Iron-on material, remember to MIRROR your design!
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