Military Inspired Leather Accents



I have such a fun project for you today!  I love the idea that you can take affordable clothing and embellish it to make a unique and stylish garment.  For this military-inspired dress, I added leather accents and buttons to transform an ordinary, plain dress into an eye-catching, yet still comfortable dress.  It was simple to achieve this look using the amazing leather-cutting abilities of the new Cricut Explore machine. (afflink)  Yes!  You read that right – Cricut can cut leather!!!   I’m sharing this dress today as part of the Cricut Design Space Star challenge – the challenge for this round was Clothing & Apparel and my team’s design theme was….military inspired, of course!  Ready to see how easy it is to make this look?

Embellish ready to wear garments with leather accents!You will need:

  • 8″ x 10″ scrap of leather
  • Plain garment (I found my dress at Target for $24.99)
  • Cutting Machine (I used the Cricut Explore)
  • Leather sewing machine needle
  • 8 buttons
  • leather hand sewing needle


Step by Step Instructions - Embellish ready to wear garments with leather accents!

  1. Place leather scrap onto Cricut cutting mat and cut out accent pieces (I used a regular blade and the light leather setting).
  2. Remove entire leather scrap.  The accent pieces are still attached to the scrap at the corner points which makes it easy to align the strips evenly on your garment.  Pin the leather scrap to your garment making sure that pins are only placed in the “scrap” portions of the leather (pins leave holes).
  3. Use a leather needle on your sewing machine and a longer stitch length to stitch around the perimeter of each accent piece.
  4. Carefully snip the corners of each accent piece to remove them from the scrap.
  5. Admire your stitching!
  6. Use a leather hand-sewing needle to attach buttons on the ends of each accent piece.  Voila!

Embellish ready to wear garments with leather accents!

This is the first time I’ve used the Cricut Explore machine and I’m pretty excited about its potential.  It wasn’t as easy to get going as my older machine with the cartridges, but being able to design using the online software has so much more to offer.  Also, I was really impressed with how well the machine cut the leather – a much cleaner cut that trying to cut fabric.  I foresee quite a few more leather projects in the future!  Scroll through some of the projects on the Cricut site – can you believe these earrings are made with leather??  So cool!

Embellish ready to wear garments with leather accents!

You can also check out some of the other projects from designers on my team!

 **I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network and Cricut Affiliate Network. I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects or compensation for purchases through affiliate sales. Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own.**



    • girlinspired says

      Hi Melinda, Thanks so much! I actually just picked up the dress from Target! I’d love to find a similar pattern though…

  1. says

    I LOVE leather accents! This is really cute on you, and I love the colors. You can cut leather with the Silhouette too… I’m thinking really hard about some Natty Janes with cutouts that would be hard to do by hand. 😉

  2. Renee says

    What a great idea, hope you don’t mind if I copy! So pleased to find your site, via The Daily Sew! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your competition, too? Renee, Melbourne, Australia


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