This wool hat with a laser-cut leather overlay is striking and unique. Made by Los Angeles-based Brianna Kenyon, who has a whole Etsy shop full of beautiful and interesting headwear.

This wool hat with a laser-cut leather overlay is striking and unique. Made by Los Angeles-based Brianna Kenyon.

Leather lends itself to the intricate design possibilities of a laser cutter, because it’s pliable enough to wear on the body, yet sturdy enough to hold its shape, even with large cutouts. I’ve collected a few of my favorite examples of laser-cut leather here.

Did you know that the average person can access laser cutters for their own projects? You don’t have to pay thousands of dollars for a laser cutting machine: you have other options, including learning to use one at your local hackerspace or using a laser-cutting service like Ponoko.

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Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I’m a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.


  • http://gravatar.com/agnesniewiadomski Agnes

    Laura this really makes me want to laser come leather now! You are right, access to a laser is definitely within reach nowadays.

  • Chris Krug

    doesn’t leather give off some bad fumes when it gets hit w a laser? I hear it’s a no no w/o a lot of ventilation.