Looking for free fonts to use with your vinyl cutter? We’ve got you covered.
About a year ago, we compiled 1 Huge List of SVG Files, Tutorials and Freebies. It’s one of our most popular posts ever and we keep updating it whenever we find a cool new SVG resource.
But we get a lot of inquiries from crafters asking specifically about free font downloads. Many people are happy to create their own image designs, but find the world of calligraphy a little daunting — and who can blame them!
Normally we advocate for paying font creators for their work, but many of them decide to give a few designs away for free. After all, it’s a great way to get their name out there in the crafting world.
So, in that spirit, we’ve compiled this huge list of where to find free fonts — we hope you find something that works for your latest project!
Let’s get straight into it.
Free Font Resources
We absolutely love The Hungry JPEG — it’s an absolute treasure trove of fonts and graphic art.
While most of the site sells paid, rather than free fonts for commercial use, they do have an extensive Freebies section, which sometimes even includes free font bundles!
You also don’t want to miss out on their awesome weekly freebie (always included in our newsletter), which is usually a premium file with a complete licence that’s available completely free of charge for one week only.
This is probably the most popular site on the web for free font downloads, and it’s no wonder — it’s an absolute behemoth.
At our last check, it was rocking 41,465 fonts in a total of 21,489 families.
We’ll be honest — there are almost too many fonts in here, to the point where it’s overwhelming. We’d recommend visiting 1001 Free Fonts only if you’ve got a good idea of exactly what you’re looking for.
Most fonts are free for personal use, with commercial licences available for a fee.
If you’re freaky for free fonts, then Font Freak is the site for you.
They’ve got a library of over 9,000 free fonts, as well as 125,000 fonts for commercial use — although you’ll have to pay for the latter.
Most of the designs available are compatible with both Mac and Windows.
With over 37,000 free fonts available, Font Space is another major player in the market.
We find it easier to browse than 1001 above, and particularly like their free script fonts.
If you’re a font designer yourself, you can even upload your own designs straight to their portal — it’s a great way to get your name out there and start making moves in the space. You’ll be joining designers from all around the world.
Another super popular site for free calligraphy fonts, Urban Fonts have got an impressive free fonts section alongside their back catalogue of more premium files.
Again, we find it a little hard to browse unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, but you’ll certainly get plenty of ideas while you’re scrolling.
If you’re a regular user of the site, it’s probably a good idea to search by latest additions as they get so much new stuff regularly.
If you’re looking for free fonts for commercial use, Font Squirrel should be at the top of your list.
Thankfully, they’ve waded through all the, er, less than special, free fonts out there and chosen only the best for their website.
They’ve also got a super useful free font generator online, as well as an identifier — great for when you spot some typology that you love but have no idea about its source.
We love Creative Market for its unique and high quality typography — as well as the way that they make them available.
Instead of simply having a huge library to trawl through, they offer 6 different premium products for free every week, usually a combination of scripts and graphic designs.
Once the week is over, you won’t be able to get them for free anymore, so act quickly when you see something that you like!
Another big site with plenty of new free fonts submitted every week, Da Font allows you to download with the option of donating to the creator if you’re feeling generous.
We particularly love their selection of free cursive and monogram fonts — ideal for use with a vinyl cutter!
With a whopping 9,348 free fonts available, it’s no wonder that Fawnt is so popular among crafters.
We particularly like this website as it offers large previews of the fonts, so you can really see what you’re getting before you download.
Each free font also shows how many times it’s been downloaded and how it’s been rated by other users, which may help you make decisions on which are the best for you.
A huge site with a small section devoted to free fonts, My Fonts is a great resource for highly professional looking typography.
They’ve got around 1,800 free fonts the last time we checked, including a few in different languages, including Arabic.
This is actually more of a general tech freebie site, but Freebiesbug also has an impressive selection of free fonts and typefaces to download.
There are only just over 420 free fonts right now, but you can be sure that these are high quality, legitimate fonts that’ll look great on your craft cutting designs.
Because, let’s be honest, you’re never going to scroll through 40,000 odd font files are you?
Font Shop is more of a traditional online market place which sells fonts for a reasonable fee, but they also have a small freebie section that’s worth checking out.
Here is where some of their featured foundries offer up one style of their favorite type families for free.
They’ve got some exquisite typology on there, so make sure that you take a look if you’re after something a little more unusual.
Another popular free font resource, Acid Fonts has got a large number of downloads available.
One thing to be aware of is that you’ll need to convert them if you’re using a Mac — they’re only automatically available for PC users.
Most of the fonts on Simply The Best are free, while some require a small donation before you download them.
They’ve got a wide selection available that are intuitively categorized, so it’s easy to browse and search if you’ve already got an idea of the typography you’re after.
This is a UK-based collaborative foundry, which offers remarkable new typefaces that some crafters may love.
Simple, severe and highly accurate, these may not have the same flair or panache as some of the other more ‘flouncy’ typography studios on this list, but they’ve definitely got some interesting pieces available — as well as plenty of free fonts available to download.
Marketed as ‘free fonts for creatives’, Be Fonts is a website in the same guise as The Hungry JPEG — exceptionally creative and unique designs that’ll make your vinyl cutting really stand out.
They’ve got plenty of free handwriting fonts, and even some free fonts for commercial use if you look hard enough.
Google Fonts is a new discovery for us, but they’ve got a plethora of beautiful designs that are well worth checking out.
They’ve got a catalogue of 900 in total, which can be used in over 135 languages.
Thanks to their open source policy, all the fonts here are available for free, and can be shared and used however your heart desires.
Another large library of free font downloads, Font Zone is easily searchable according to the type of typography you’re after.
They’ve got over 50,000 free fonts on offer, and also allow all aspiring designers to upload their own designs as well.
An independent foundry launched in 2008, Font Fabric have a small selection of just over 100 free fonts available to download.
Many of these are available for both personal and commercial use.
If you’re willing to spend a little money and wanting something completely different, the company can even design a custom font for you — just get in touch with them!
Chank has just a small selection of free fonts (alongside a wider selection of paid ones) but the ones they do have are very unique and potentially very useful.
They are free for personal use, but you will need to purchase a licence if you intend to use them commercially, and you shouldn’t redistribute them either.
In the same vein as Google Fonts above, The League of Moveable Type is devoted to open source fonts — this means that fonts are free to use and share however you like.
They’ve got some truly incredible typography available here — and of such high quality that you won’t believe they’re free.
And for all you font geeks, check out their membership options, as well as the podcast and blog.
Another relatively small site, but super useful as you’re able to search by tags — including ‘free for commercial use’.
The site also has a text generator you can use to experiment with your text in your proposed font before you download.
This is another wide ranging website that has a small section devoted to free fonts — alongside mock-ups, templates and other graphic design.
Despite the relatively small number available, you’ll notice immediately that they’re all beautiful, unique and incredibly creative.
Font designers can also submit their own freebies directly on to the site.
A slightly unusual free font website here — rather than simply downloading specific fonts that you find interesting, you need to sign up and then you’ll receive free fonts and graphics every single day for 300 days.
And there’s a bit of a twist — the freebies are only available to download for one day each after being sent to you, so you’ll have to act quickly if you’re interested!
Many of them come with commercial licences included.
Abstract Fonts deal in — as you might have guessed — quirky fonts that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.
They’ve got a huge library of almost 14,000 free fonts, many of which are free to use even for commercial use — great news for all you makers out there!
You can search via typology categories, what’s new, what’s popular, and even by designers.
Like some of the other sites on this list, you can even upload your own designs if you’re keen to share.
Head on over to Typedepot if you’re looking for some interesting and unique free font downloads.
They’ve only got a small library available but it’s still a valuable resource for quality work.
Based in Bulgaria, the owners are currently growing and enhancing the library, so stay tuned!
For something completely different, we’d recommend trying out Fontstruct.
More than just your typical free font generator, this software allows you to build and share your own fonts, like a real designer.
It’s easy and completely free to use and will really open your eyes to the intricacies and opportunities in typography.
What are you waiting for?
Let us know in the comments if you know of any other free font resources!