Putting a bead on faux leather can be easy and fast, especially if you know how to use the correct tools. A few simple tips will help you to get started, including how to cut out the faux leather, and how to sew the bead onto the leather.
Cut Out Faux Leather
Whether you are using a Cricut machine, a dremel, or a craft punch, cutting out faux leather to put a bead on can be a simple process. The trick is to make sure that you are using the proper tools. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the best results.
The first step is to select the material that you want to use in Design Space. Then, you need to prepare the mat for your chosen material. Choose a mat with a color that matches the material. For example, you can use a purple mat for glitter vinyl. This will make it easier to cut the faux leather.
After you have selected the material, you will be prompted to cut out a foil piece. This will make your back look shiny. In some cases, you may also use heat transfer vinyl for the back. If you are using heat transfer vinyl, you will need to adhere it to the back side of the faux leather. This will give your earrings a polished look.
If you are not using a Cricut, you can print a simple pattern and trace it with a fabric marker. If you aren't familiar with the design that you are working with, you can always upload a SVG file. When you upload the SVG, you will need to save it before you can start cutting out your earrings.
Sew a Bead
Using a bead on faux leather can be a great way to personalize a piece of jewelry or purse. There are a few steps to take and it's best to follow a few guidelines to ensure a successful outcome.
The most basic step is to find a piece of faux leather. You can go to your local craft or fabric store or look online for leather. You can buy a yard, a half yard, or even smaller pieces. Be sure to choose a material that will hold up well over time. If you are not sure what type of faux leather to use, you may want to start with a piece of scrap leather.
A bead on faux leather can be made with any number of beads and you can use a variety of techniques to do it. One technique is to cut a slit in the middle of a piece of leather and insert a needle through the slit. Pull the thread through and tie a knot at the end.
Another bead on faux leather method is to use a Lazy Stitch. This is a trick that Native Americans of the plains use to sew beads directly onto a piece of fabric. You can use this technique on any fabric, not just leather.
Keep Faux Leather Earrings Flat
Keeping faux leather earrings flat is a relatively easy task. You will need some basic tools to get started. You can also use a paper template to make sure you have a consistent center spot for your holes. Using a craft punch can be an option if your material is thin, but be careful not to pull the fabric and ruin the design.
Once you have your design ready, it's time to cut the shapes out of your leather. You can use scissors, a craft punch or a sharp needle. You'll want to place the shapes as close together as possible for maximum earrings per piece of leather.
You can add beading or other jewelry hardware after you have finished checking the edges of your work. If you have a complex design, print it out first. If you don't have a cricut, you can create a stencil with a fabric marker. You can then trace the design onto your leather with a sharpie.
When you're ready to cut out the main shape of your faux leather earrings, you'll need to do so one side at a time. If you're cutting out a full design, you'll need to mirror the image to ensure that the back of the earring is flush with the front.