How to Make Faux Leather Pumpkin Pie Earrings with a Cricut

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Faux Leather Pumpkin Pie Earrings

Thanksgiving is almost here – and I can’t wait for pumpkin pie! and what’s better than eating pumpkin pie than eating pumpkin pie while wearing pumpkin pie earrings?

I’ve designed these adorable pumpkin pie earrings, perfect for Thanksgiving, with faux leather and heat transfer vinyl. I’m so excited to share this project with you!

You can cut faux leather with a Cricut Maker or Maker 3, or Cricut Explore Air 2 or Explore 3, or even the Cricut Joy! I’ll walk you through how to make these funny faux leather Thanksgiving earrings with your Cricut step by step.

So if you’re ready to try making these Cricut Pumpkin Pie earrings with faux leather and heat transfer vinyl, let’s get started!

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  • A Cricut cutting machine (or another cutting machine of your choice). I used the Cricut Maker, but you can use the Cricut Maker 3, the Explore Air 2 or Explore 3, or the Cricut Joy.

How to Make Cricut Pumpkin Pie Earrings

STEP 1 – Get the Free Pumpkin Pie Earrings SVG Template

Download the free Pumpkin Pie earrings template (Design #189) from my Free Resource Library. Click here to visit the Library page. You can get the Library password by filling out the form above.

STEP 2 – Upload The Pumpkin Pie Earring Template to Cricut Design Space

Save the zipped folder that downloads to your computer. You’ll need to unzip or extract the files FIRST so you can upload them to Cricut Design Space.

Upload the Pumpkin Pie Earrings SVG to Cricut Design Space. Select the design from your Recent Uploads row to bring it onto your canvas.

NOTE: Decide if you will be cutting the earring design with or without precut holes.

Delete or hide the design you won’t be using. To hide – click on the eye icon for each layer you want to hide. To delete, UNGROUP the layers first. Then select the layers you want to delete, and click the delete button on your keyboard or at the bottom of the layers panel.

Once the Pumpkin Pie earrings SVG file onto the canvas, you will see in the Layers panel that this design has four different layers.

The brown layer will cut from brown faux leather.

The white layer will cut from glitter heat transfer vinyl. You could also substitute solid white HTV if you prefer.

The orange and tan layers will cut from regular heat transfer vinyl.

It isn’t necessary to resize the earrings, so go ahead and click on the green “Make It” button.

STEP 3 – Prepare Mats for Cutting

The mat preview screen will show all the cutting mats separated by color on the left hand side. It is not necessary to mirror the mats for this project.

Click on each mat in the mat preview screen and make a note of the size material the shapes will need to cut from for every mat. Look at the grid lines to get the estimated size.

Click the “Continue” button.

STEP 4 – Cut Faux Leather Mat

I’ll cut the faux leather mat first. Click on the brown mat on the left hand side of the screen to select it.

Cut a piece of brown faux leather just slightly bigger than the size you noted in the mat preview screen.

Place the cut piece of faux leather “pretty side” down on a purple mat and press it down all over with your fingers. Then tape the faux leather down on all sides with blue painter’s tape.

On the Material Selection screen, choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the material setting.

Note: Cricut Explore Air 2 users will need to turn the dial to “Custom” before choosing Faux Leather (Paper Thin).

Note: Cricut Joy users should check out my tutorial on How to Make Earrings with the Cricut Joy with more specific instructions for Joy users.

If you don’t have this material setting as a favorite, click “Browse All Materials” to search for it and select it. Then select “More” from the Pressure dropdown menu.

Load the mat into the Cricut by lining up the mat with the guides and pressing the double arrows button. The machine will pull the mat into the machine.

Note: Make sure the Cricut’s star wheels are off to the side before starting the cut so they don’t leave indentations in the faux leather.

Press the C button to begin the cut.

After the cut is complete and before unloading the mat, use a weeding tool to carefully lift the edge of the faux leather shape to see if the cut was complete.

If not, press the C button again to repeat the cut.

Unload the mat and remove the faux leather pumpkin pie earring shapes. You can trim any stray fuzz from the faux leather backing with small curved scissors.

STEP 5 – Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl Layers

Return to Cricut Design Space to cut the heat transfer vinyl mats.

Cut the white layer from White Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl.

I like to use the Glitter Vinyl setting with “Default” pressure and then repeat the cut once if necessary.

Place the glitter heat transfer vinyl for the first mat shiny side down on a green standard grip cutting mat.

Load the green mat into the Cricut and press the C button to begin the cut. When the cut is complete, unload the mat and remove the cut glitter vinyl.

Weed away the excess heat transfer vinyl and cut apart the whipped cream shapes.

For the orange and tan mats, I like to use the Washi Sheet setting with default pressure.

Cut each heat transfer vinyl mat, weed away the excess vinyl, and cut the shapes apart. Set aside.

STEP 6 – Press The HTV to the Faux Leather Earrings

Once the heat transfer vinyl shapes are weeded, it’s time to press them into place.

Protect your surface with a heat pressing pad. Preheat an EasyPress Mini on the LOW setting, or a regular EasyPress to 265 degrees.

Place the brown faux leather pumpkin pie shapes on the heat pressing pad. Carefully line up the orange pumpkin wedge vinyl layer on top of the brown faux leather pie wedge shapes. Cover with a Teflon sheet or cover sheet.

Press for 7-10 seconds, allowing the HTV to adhere properly to the faux leather backing. Then carefully peel away the vinyl cover sheet.

Repeat with the the tan pie crust layer, and then add the whipped cream layer and press. Remember to cover with a Teflon sheet or parchment paper before you press each layer.

STEP 7 – Assemble the Earrings

NOTE: If you cut the version without pre-cut holes, or the Cricut didn’t cut the earring holes all the way through, use a 1/16″ hole punch or a sharp object to punch the earring holes now.

To assemble the pumpkin pie earrings, you’ll need two 5mm or 6mm jump rings, earring hooks, and two pairs of flat nose pliers.

To connect the earring hooks to the pumpkin pie slice earrings, you’ll first need to turn the bottom loop on the fishhook sideways so your earrings will hang correctly.

You’ll do this using one pair of flat nose pliers. While holding the hook firmly between two fingers, grip the entire earring loop between the pliers and twist your wrist 90 degrees. Repeat with the second earring hook.

NOTE: For more step by step directions on attaching earring hooks, be sure to visit my post on how to make faux leather earrings hang straight.

Now use flat nose pliers to open the jump ring. I like to use two pliers, one in each hand. Grip each side of the jump ring with a pair of pliers, making sure the opening in the jump ring is facing up (the twelve o’clock position).

Rotate one wrist forwards or backwards, so the jump ring creates an opening but doesn’t bend out of it’s circle shape.

When the jump ring is open, slide the pumpkin pie slice earring onto the jump ring. Then slide the earring hook onto the jump ring and close the jump ring again.

Pay attention to which side is the front of your earring as you do this to be sure your earring and hook are both facing the right direction.

Repeat for the second earring.

That’s it! The Pumpkin Pie earrings are finished!

Cricut Pumpkin Pie Earrings

Aren’t these Pumkpin Pie earrings cute? If you do make this project, I would love to see your finished earrings. Please share a photo of them in the comments, or tag me on Instagram: @amyromeucrafts

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  1. Christine Richards says:

    So cute. Thank You! Happy Thanksgiving

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