Faux leather earrings are super popular these days. I happen to have some genuine leather samples we got when shopping for a sofa a while back and decided to up-cycle those samples instead of buying faux leather.
Leather earrings are so versatile and make the perfect handmade gift for a girlfriend or family member. By themselves, they add a rustic touch to any outfit. Add a little metallic accent and they are all of the sudden super glam.
I just want to share a few tips I learned making these genuine leather earrings.
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Recommended Materials for DIY Cricut Leather Earrings
Leather – I love the idea of reusing stuff I have around the house I don’t need anymore. This included the leather sofa samples.
Vinyl, contact paper or transfer tape – You will need something on the backside of the leather so you don’t ruin your mat. I used the gold sheet from an assortment pack of vinyl I already had. I also used transfer tape.
Earring Hooks – I got this nice variety pack from Amazon.
Template – Some designs are too intricate for genuine leather. I designed a few here that are tried and true. They are available and free in my resource library.
How to Make Leather Earrings with the Cricut
Cutting Leather with the free earring SVG cut files
The first step is to line the back of the leather with transfer tape/contact paper/vinyl.
As I mentioned earlier, it is important to have a smooth backside of the leather so it doesn’t ruin the mat with little leather pieces.
The smooth side also grips better to the mat and makes for a better cut.
Cutting Leather with the Cricut – Use the Knife Blade.
I usually don’t like to promote too many accessories but this one is pretty necessary. Genuine leather is thicker and has more variation needs a deeper knife blade.
Cricut Settings for Leather Earrings.
I use my Cricut Maker and used the Garment Leather 1.6mm setting. It was a little too deep and cut through the vinyl but anything less didn’t cut all the way through. If you are using a Cricut Explore, you will have to use the Custom setting and pick Garment Leather 1.6mm.
Use a pin if there’s not enough room for a hook hole.
Sometimes the attachment part of the earring is too narrow to cut a whole with the Cricut. In that case, just use a pin or a needle to poke a hole.
That’s it! Pretty easy stuff!