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One of the questions I get asked frequently when I share my screen printed projects is, “What font did you use?” I have always dreamed of hand lettering designs. I have taken a few lettering classes and admire hand writing experts like Stephanie at Lettered by Stephanie. I even got the iPad Pro + Pencil, but I’ve just come to accept that handwriting is not my area of expertise. Instead – I’ve found fonts that look like the handwriting I wish I had!
Whether you are designing shirts, totes, signs or anything crafty, finding the right fonts are key to that picture perfect project. To help you get started with your next design, I’m sharing my favorite purchased fonts.
Why Purchase Fonts?
If you are designing SVG files or t-shirts to sell, you want to make sure you have the proper licensing for any fonts used (just as you would for graphics). I have found that most free fonts are for personal use only. Purchasing a commercially licensed font mean you can use that font in all of your projects without infringing on someone else’s hard work.
My Favorite Fonts
These are all fonts that I have purchased and use regularly in my projects.
If you are looking for a simple, beautiful cursive font without the brush effect, this monoline font is a great choice.
Another monoline font that is a mix between script and handwritten print, this font is one of my favorites.
I am obsessed with this font and have used it on a ton of projects – from water bottles to t-shirts.
Sometimes you need a font that doesn’t go below the baseline. This fun, handwritten font keeps all of the tails above the baseline.
This is a font that I use a ton! Most recently, I used it on my “Hey Y’all” hat tutorial.
If you are looking for a Rae Dunn inspired font, this is my go-to for a farmhouse feel.
This is a great font for kids.
Apple Butter Font
Inline Neon Font
This unique font is perfect when you want something different from the script fonts.
Favorite Handwritten Font Bundle
Want more bang for your buck? Creative Market has some great bundle options. If you are just getting started or looking to overhaul your font library, this is the way to go! I have made so many shirt designs with this “best sellers bundle.” The bundle includes 4 fonts for just over the price of 1 font. Such a great deal!
Huge Collection of Fonts
This is a great bundle to get you started with lots of new fonts to use in your designs. This was the first bundle that I purchased and I still use so many of them daily. The bundle includes 21 script fonts. I don’t use all of these with my vinyl projects – some of the fine brush stroke textures are difficult to cut/weed with my Cricut.
Purchase Font Bundle | Southfield | Masterblush | Summer Festival | Rosefield | The Saturday | Perfect Sunset | Wilderness | Sugarstyle Millenial | Paradise Thoughts | Beautiful Bloom | Imperfectly | Riverside Avenue | Steadfast | Smaragdines | Little Bestseller | Festive Script | Silverberry | Hello Stockholm | Trendsetter | Northern Lights | Awesome
What about Free Fonts?
Free is always better but it can be difficult to find free fonts that allow use in commercial projects. Occasionally, you can find a really awesome commercial font for free. One of my favorite sites for finding free commercial fonts is Font Squirrel. While they advertise 100% commercial free fonts, always be sure to double check the licensing.
What are your go-to fonts for t-shirt designs (or crafting in general)? Share your favorites in the comments below!