How to Make Flip Flop Earrings with Faux Leather and a Cricut

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How to Make Patriotic Faux Leather Flip Flop Earrings with a Cricut

Summer is here and it’s time for all the summer themed earrings!

Flip flop earrings are so popular this year, so and I designed Faux Leather Flip Flop earrings to make with a Cricut, or other cutting machine. This Cricut earring SVG is great for making Fourth of July earrings or Patriotic earrings.

This flip flop earring SVG is made from a faux leather base with glitter heat transfer vinyl pressed on top.

You can also use this free flip flop earring SVG to make flip flop earrings with the fun printed patriotic faux leather of your choice.

Simply hide or delete the “stars” and “stripes” layer of the SVG in Cricut Design Space and cut the flip flop base from a printed faux leather instead of a solid one.

I can’t wait to show you how easy these Cricut Faux Leather Flip Flop Earrings are to make. You can make them with a Cricut Maker, Maker 3, Explore Air 2 or Explore 3, or even the Cricut Joy.

I’m happy to share the patriotic flip flop earrings SVG template free in my blog’s Resource Library. Learn how to get them in the Materials section below.

So if you’re ready to try making these Faux Leather Patriotic Flip Flop Earrings with a Cricut, let’s get started!

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CRICUT FAUX LEATHER FLIP FLOP EARRINGS MATERIALS LIST

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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.

NOTE: This design is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you’d like to sell earrings made from my Flip Flop Earrings SVG templates, you may purchase a Commercial Use License from my shop here.

How to Make Patriotic Flip Flop Earrings with a Cricut

STEP 1 – Get the Free Flip Flop Earrings Template

Download the free Flip Flop earrings template (Design #197) from my free resource library. You can get the password by filling out the form above.

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.

STEP 2 – Upload The Flip Flop Earrings Template to Cricut Design Space

Click on Upload Image, then browse to where your unzipped files are located. There will be a “with holes” and “no holes” version of the SVG.

To learn more about making earring holes in faux leather earrings, check out my blog post here.

Choose which version you will be using. In this tutorial, I’ll be using the “no holes” version and punching the holes myself. You can us whichever version you prefer.

NOTE: Remember if the Cricut doesn’t cut the holes all the way through, you can always punch the holes with a hole punch in the location the Cricut marked for you.

Click on the SVG file to upload it to Design Space. You’ll see a preview of the flip flop earring shapes. Click UPLOAD.

Then select the SVG from your Recent Uploads row and click Add to Canvas.

Cricut Design Space upload screenshot

Your canvas in Cricut Design Space should look like this:

Cricut Faux Leather Flip Flop Earrings Amy Romeu

Before you move to the next step, you’ll want to decide how you want to make this project.

There are two ways you can make Flip Flop earrings from this SVG.

1. The first way is to use the SVG as it uploaded, which is a 3 layer design. This design features white faux leather on the bottom layer, blue and red glitter heat transfer vinyl for the “stars” and “stripes” and then glitter vinyl for the “straps.”

2. The second way is to DELETE the “stars” and “stripes” layers and use the SVG as a 2 layer design. This version uses printed faux leather for the bottom layer and glitter heat transfer vinyl for the straps.

You can see both options in the photo below.

Cricut Faux Leather Flip Flop Earrings Amy Romeu

Note: If you purchase the patriotic faux leather sheet bundle from Amazon that I used for the bottom two earring designs pictured above, that bundle also includes a sheet of blue and white stars and a sheet of red and white stripes. So you can use those two printed faux leathers to create the “stars and stripes” look if you prefer the 2 layer method to the 3 layer method in this tutorial.

If you want to use the 2 layer version, go ahead and delete the blue stars and red stripes layers from your canvas in Design Space.

To do that, with all layers selected, click UNGROUP. Now you can delete on the shapes or layers you want to delete.

In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to make the 3 layer version.

You may notice that this design doesn’t feature pre-cut earring holes. I’ll be showing you how to make the earring holes with a hole punch layer.

Click on the green “MAKE IT” button.

STEP 3 – Prepare to Cut Flip Flop Earring Shapes from Faux Leather in Cricut Design Space

The mat preview screens will load onto your screen. With one of the most recent updates of Cricut Design Space, now you’ll see a pop up asking you how you will load all of the materials for this project. Select ON MAT and your mat size. I’m using a 12×12 mat. Then click CONTINUE.

Cricut Designs Space screenshot showing mat cutting

I will cut the white/light grey mat from white faux leather and the red and blue mats from glitter heat transfer vinyl.

But first, click on each mat in the mat preview and toggle the green MIRROR toggle to ON. The faux leather and heat transfer vinyl mats will cut with the materials face down, so all the mats should be “mirrored” so the shapes come together correctly at the time of assembly.

Click back on the white/light grey mat and make a note of the size material the shapes will need to cut from (in this case, about 2.5 inches tall and about 3 inches wide).

Cricut Design Space mat preview screen

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.

On the Material Selection screen, choose Faux Leather (Paper Thin) as the material setting. You may need to click “Browse All Materials” to search for it and select it.

Then select “More” from the Pressure dropdown menu.

Cricut Design Space faux leather mat material selection

STEP 4 – Press HTV on the Back of the Faux Leather Before Cutting (OPTIONAL)

Many faux leather earring makers choose to put a back on their faux leather earrings to create some structure, keep the earrings from curling, and give a professional look and finish to their earrings.

This is entirely optional, and you can skip this step and move on to Step 5 if you’d like.

If you want to learn more about all the different ways you can put a back on faux leather earrings, check out my complete tutorial with four different ways to put a back on faux leather earrings here.

I like to put a back on my faux leather before cutting. For this project, I’ll be using Cricut Foil Iron-On vinyl but you can use any HTV you’d like,

Cut a piece of white faux leather a little larger than the flip flop earring shapes that will cut. Then cut a piece of foil iron-on just slightly smaller than the faux leather piece.

heat transfer vinyl to put on the back on faux leather earrings

Place the iron on vinyl and the faux leather back to back on a pressing pad.

I’m using an EasyPress Mini on the low setting, but you can also use a traditional EasyPress set to about 255-265 degrees. (You could also use a home iron without steam. Start with a low temperature and work up as necessary.)

heat pressing iron on vinyl to the back of faux leather

Cover the foil iron on with a cover sheet like a Teflon sheet or parchment paper. Press firmly all over for about 10-15 seconds. Remove the cover sheet and see if you can peel away the clear carrier sheet.

pressing vinyl o the back of faux leather

If the vinyl lifts up, put the clear carrier back down and re-press for another 10-15 seconds.

Then try to peel again. Keep the faux leather flat on the surface as you try to peel away the carrier sheet. This keeps wrinkles out of the vinyl.

peeling clear carrier sheet from vinyl on faux leather

For best results, after the clear carrier sheet is removed, cover the foil iron-on and faux leather sandwich with the Teflon sheet or parchment paper and press again for 5-10 seconds.

Now the faux leather is ready to cut.

STEP 5 – Cut the Faux Leather Mat

Place the faux leather “pretty side down” on a purple cutting mat in the location shown on the mat preview screen.

Use blue painter’s tape to tape around all the edges.

faux leather taped with blue painter's tape to purple mat

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.

cutting faux leather for earrings with a Cricut

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.

checking faux leather cut on a Cricut purple mat

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

When the cut is complete, unload the mat and remove the flip flop shapes. You can trim any stray fuzz with small curved scissors.

Set aside the faux leather flip flops shapes and return to Design Space to cut the heat transfer vinyl mats.

STEP 6 – Cut the HTV Mats

Return to Cricut Design Space to cut the heat transfer vinyl mats for the flip flop earrings. I’ll be using glitter heat transfer vinyl but you can use any heat transfer vinyl you’d like.

Choose the blue mat next.

If you are only cutting the 2 layer version, you won’t have the “stars” layer on the mat, only the “straps.”

Confirm the green MIRROR toggle is ON. Then click CONTINUE.

glitter heat transfer vinyl mat

I used the Glitter Vinyl setting with “Default” pressure for the glitter vinyl mats.

glitter vinyl cut settings for Cricut

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

blue glitter vinyl on green Cricut 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 the shapes apart.

weeding blue glitter heat transfer vinyl
weeded blue glitter HTV for flip flop earrings

Repeat for the red glitter vinyl mat. Weed and set aside.

red glitter heat transfer vinyl weeded

STEP 7 – Press The Glitter HTV to the Faux Leather Earrings

Once the glitter HTV shapes are weeded, it’s time to press them into place.

Start by cutting the vinyl shapes apart from each other.

cutting apart vinyl shapes

Place the glitter vinyl “stars” and “stripes” layers on top of the white faux leather flip flop shapes. Cover with a Teflon sheet or cover sheet.

Turn an EasyPress Mini on to the LOW setting, or an EasyPress to 255-265 degrees.

pressing faux leather flip flop earrings with a Cricut EasyPress Mini

When the press is warmed up, press for 10-15 seconds, allowing the glitter HTV to adhere properly to the faux leather backing. Then carefully peel away the glitter vinyl cover sheet.

pressing heat transfer vinyl onto faux leather flip flop earrings

Repeat with the other earring.

Then press the glitter vinyl “strap” layers to the flip flop shapes in the same way.

pressing heat transfer vinyl onto faux leather flip flop earrings

NOTE: You may be thinking you aren’t supposed to press glitter heat transfer vinyl on top of glitter heat transfer vinyl. That is true for shirts, but not a hard and fast rule for small items that aren’t washed, like earrings. The glitter vinyl will layer on to itself nicely and the earrings won’t be affected in any way.

STEP 8 – Punch the Earring Holes

Use a 1/16″ hole punch like this one to punch earring holes. If you don’t have a hole punch, you can use a sharp object like your weeding tool to make the holes.

punching holes in faux leather earrings

STEP 9 – Attach the Jump Rings and Earring Hooks

Now it’s time to assemble your flip flop earrings!

You’ll need jump rings no smaller than 6mm in size (no larger than 8mm is best), earring hooks, and two pairs of flat nose pliers.

earring parts for flip flop earrings

Use the two pliers to open the jump rings and connect the earring hooks to the flip flops. To do this, you’ll first need to turn the bottom loop on the fishhook sideways so your earrings will hang correctly.

Use one pair of flat nose pliers. Hold 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.

attaching earrings hooks to faux leather flip flop earrings

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.

That’s it! The faux leather flip flop earrings are finished!

How to Make Patriotic Faux Leather Flip Flop Earrings with a Cricut.

Aren’t these Cricut Faux Leather Flip Flop 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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WANT THE SVG FILES SO YOU MAKE THESE CRICUT FAUX LEATHER FLIP FLOP EARRINGS YOURSELF?

They are Design #197 in my FREE Resource Library. Get instant access by filling out the form below!

NOTE: This design is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you’d like to sell earrings made from my Flip Flop Earrings SVG templates, you may purchase a Commercial Use License from my shop here.

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How to Make Patriotic Faux Leather Flip Flop Earrings with a Cricut.

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2 Comments

  1. Debra Miller says:

    Thanks so much for posting and allowing this tutorial to be free. These earrings are so cute and I cannot wait to make a pair! My daughters birthday is the 4th of July so these will be a perfect gift for her to wear on her special day!

    1. I’m so glad you like this project, Debra! I hope your daughter has a very happy birthday!

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