One of my favorite things about my Cricut Explore is the wide range of materials it can cut. I received some faux leather from Cricut and wanted to try making something with it. I thought leather earrings would be fun! Today, I am going to show you how you can make your own leather earrings.
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- Cricut Explore
- StrongGrip Cutting Mat
- Faux Leather
- Fishhook Finding
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Jumpring (optional)
- Fabric-Tac (optional)
Start by creating your design in Cricut Design Space™. I found my images by searching for the word “flourish”. This pulls up lots of fun designs you can make into earrings.
Cricut Design Space File: Leather Earrings
Images I used – Flourish #M34075 and Branch #M372A5
I sized the leaf design to 1.5″ wide (which is actually 1.5″ tall with the way we are going to use the branch). The flourish design I made 1.75″ wide (again, this will make the earring 1.75″ tall). For the branch shape, I deleted the pink layer for the leaves, so it was just the background image. If you are cutting out the same material be sure to make them both the same color in your design. You can easily do this using the “sync” tool.
Note: Keep the lock on your size when editing the height or width to keep your image proportional and not have it distort.
Click “Go”. Make sure to choose 2 Project Copies so you get a set of earrings. If your image is not the same front and back, select “mirror image” since you will be placing your cutting material face down.
Lay your faux leather on the mat face down and cut out your shapes. Set the dial to custom and choose “Leather, Faux, 1mm”. Load your mat and click “Go”.
Note: On the package of faux leather it says you can use a standard grip (green) mat. I found the strong grip (purple) mat to work a little bit better for keeping the material on the mat.
Helpful Tip: You can place your material with the leather side up, but when the machine cuts you will end up with fuzzies on your mat. Also, you may have trouble with the leather moving around while cutting.
To finish off the branch leather earrings, use a little dot of fabric glue to attach the top edge to a jump ring. Fold the top over the jump ring and secure with glue.
Attach the jump ring to a fishhook finding. Use needle nose pliers to pull open the jump ring, attach to the earring and then close the jump ring securely.
For the flourish earrings, use a poking tool to create a small hole in the top of the leather design.
Open the bottom loop of the fishhook finding using needlenose pliers. Thread the loop through the leather earrings.
Close the loop using your pliers.
There are so many fun designs included with Cricut Access that would make adorable earrings.
I get asked all the time – what different materials can I cut with the Cricut? Below are just some of the projects I have made with my Cricut cutting out different materials:
You can see all my Cricut projects on my Cricut tutorials page.
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