Have you ever wondered what those templates are for in Cricut Design Space? Me too.
Templates can be used to help you create so many different projects around the house, such as clothes, like shirts, shoes, shorts, towels, also things like pottery, mixers…and the list goes on and on. Check out the snapshot of templates in the picture below. That is only a few of the many templates available.
Do I Need Templates For Cricut?
No, you don’t have to use templates, but once you see what you can do with them, you will love them.
I discovered that they help me size the projects that I am already creating. So instead of measuring and re-measuring, I could have just used a template to get the job done so much faster.
Let’s go learn what the templates are used for in Cricut Design Space and learn out how to use them.
How to begin to use Templates – The Video
How to begin to use Templates
Learning what templates are and how to use them in Cricut Design Space is really easy.
When you start a new project on your Cricut Design Space Canvas, click on Templates. You can scroll to see all the different templates available or you can insert what you are looking for in the search box in the top right corner.
Are you amazed at how many they have? I was!
So for this demonstration, I am going to use a project I saw in the Projects tab during the summer. I saved the picture for myself for later. I really liked this bag below. So let’s see how we would get the size right by using Cricut Templates.
For this project, choose or search for a tote. Your choice will pop up on your clean canvas in Cricut Design Space.
There are several things you can to do this tote to make it the right size for your project. First, check out what different styles they have available and the sizes. You can choose to use one of theirs or customize the size for your tote.
By clicking customize under size, it will allow you to change the size of the template to match your project.
You can also change the color of the template if it is too hard for you to see. I like that feature. I am old and blind.
Once you have your tote the exact size of your tote you are working with, it is time to insert the image.
Using Images with Templates in Cricut Design Space
The image used is from the Cricut Design Space Images tab. I just searched for Octopus and I did change it up a bit. You can also upload images from your computer or different places like Etsy, Design Bundles, and Creative Fabrica are a few places I use for great images.
First I flipped it and then rotated it. I also had to change it from a Draw/Cut image to a Cut/Print image. To do that, all you have to do is go up to Linetype on the top bar and change it to cut. Then, over in the layers panel on the far right side, click the eye of the all-white image of the octopus. That hides the back layer.
Now the image is ready to be cut. But I flipped it so the legs on the right would be on the left. You can do this on the top tool bar as well. Look for the word flip. It gives you options. I chose horizontal and then I change the direction is was laying just a little bit by grabbing the top right corner of the image…the blue circle…and twisted it to the right just a bit.
If this is hard to understand, the video above shows me actually doing it and I think it may be easier to follow.
Ready to Cut Cricut Template Project
Now that you have your image as you want, place it over the tote bag. This gives you the perfect view of what it will look like on the tote and where to place it. You can size it and even adjust the direction more.
When you have it as you want, you are ready to cut it with your Cricut machine just like any other project you have created.
That’s it! It is so easy to use, but saves you so much time in measuring and figuring out how you want it to sit on your project.
Now….go make something using Cricut Design Space Templates!
Have a happy crafting day!