Personal die cutters are gaining popularity by leaps and bounds! You all know my favorite is the Craft Robo but, most of my scrapbooking friends have the Cricut. And now they all have the Sure Cuts a Lot software, better known as SCAL, which works with the Cricut.

Haven’t heard about SCAL, click here to learn more!

SCAL reads SVG files. For those familiar with PhotoShop and Illustrator it is very easy to save a file in SVG format. For those who don’t have access to these programs I’d like to offer my services!

First I’d like for you to know that all my paper piecing patterns are available in various formats including SVG. You can find patterns at The Shop.

Second, if you have patterns you’d like to use with your Cricut and don’t know how or don’t have time to make them into SVG files you can send them to me via email and I’ll convert them for you. Go to The Shop or click here on SVG FILE CONVERSION and check out the options available.

Please email me BEFORE choosing an option and include your patterns so I can better tell you what can be done.

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  1. truthaboutabs says:

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  2. Colleen says:

    Ohhhhhhhh….that could be it…I was keeping it checked religiously. I will try that tonight. Thanks Cristy!

  3. Cristy says:

    Hi Colleen! Most probably the problem is that you need to check OFF the PRESERVE ILLUSTRATOR CAPABILITIES in the options when saving to SVG.
    Hope that’s it!

  4. Colleen says:


    I created a design in illustrator and saved several layers separately as .svg and when I went to import them into SCAL it says it has failed to import the file. Might you have any ideas on what the deal is here? I’m very computer literate =)



  5. Helen says:

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  6. Cristy says:

    Hi, thanks for your comments! I started using one called Wezine but almost completely changed it to accomodate the stuff I want to display.

  7. Cristy says:

    I don’t think you’re missing any steps. Maybe you’ve left a shape without a fill or stroke and I think SCAL picks up on it and cuts it although you didn’t intend for it to be cut or simply forgot to delete it completely…….know what I mean? If you click Command-Y (on Macs) you’ll turn the view in Illustrator to outlines and you’ll see any stray marks or shapes not visible in preview mode. Hope that helps…….if you can email me a file that’s has caused you problems I can check it out, the Illustrator file I mean……I promise I’ll delete it after I check it out….. 🙂

  8. Wendy Hall says:

    I have been using illustrator to draw my patterns and then convert to svg but when i cut in scal there are cut outs in some of the pieces that are not visible in illustrator?? Is there a step that I am missing??

  9. Cass says:

    I have a file in a png file format. Is it possible to save it as a svg file into cricut?

    Thank you for your time,


  10. Cristy says:

    Hi Teresa, as long as the JPEG is of a pattern, you can import it into Illustrator, then using the tracing options, click the “technical drawing” option and if the jpeg has good resolution, it will trace the pattern for you pretty close to perfect. If the JPEG is not at a good resolution you can trace it manually using the pen tool, of course this has a bit of a learning curve if you’re not familiar with the tool. After tracing it either by using the tracing tool or the pen tool you then have to “save as” an SVG file and you’re done.

    If the JPEG is a picture of the final assembled pattern, then the process is quite a bit longer as you have to create the pieces from what you see. I use the pen tool to create all the pieces. You can trace some pieces but some that are not visible in their entirety are a bit more difficult to recreate.

    Hope I’ve answered your question……let me know if you need anything else.

  11. Cristy says:

    Hi Sheryl,

    All the patterns come in SVG, AI and PDF files. I use Illustrator when creating the patterns and it’s where I convert the AI files to the SVG and PDF files. Does that answer your question? Let me know if need anything else.

    Thanks! Cristy

  12. Sheryl says:

    Are all of your files svg files? Another words, only some say they are a XXXpattern. Are those the only ones you can use with SCAL? How are you converting your files to svg files-Photoshop, Illust, etc.

    Thank you!! Sheryl

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