DIY Decorated Jacket
A couple months ago I was inspired to spruce up my old denim jacket into something more unique and custom. I wanted to wear something that showcased all the growth I had gone through this past year, which is why snakes, flowers, and the moon are all included in my design. This is a super simple project that can be completed in one afternoon.
What you’ll need:
- A thrifted denim or cotton jacket
- A curated collection of patches, pins, studs, and any other bits you’d like to add to your jacket
- Needle and thread (only if you have sew-on patches)
- Iron (for iron-on patches)
Step 1: Find a jacket
When it comes to finding a jacket, I recommend using something you already own. A favorite hoody or oversized army jacket are great candidates. If you don’t have anything on hand, look for something at a thrift store.
Step 2: Start curating pins and patches
I recommend taking a couple months to really search for the right items to cover your jacket. Go to shows and buy patches from bands. Visit craft fairs and buy unique handmade pins from artists. Think about symbols and objects from nature that inspire you and find patches with those designs. For me, this meant moons and snakes.
If you’re looking online, here are some suggestions:
Step 3: Arrange the pins and patches on the jacket
It’s important to think about composition before you start ironing and sewing. Try different configurations of your items before settling on the final design.
Step 4: Sew, iron, and pin away! Then have a photoshoot ;)
If you have iron-on patches, follow the directions provided to make sure you are safely applying them to the jacket. If you’re new to sewing, follow this simple tutorial to teach you the basics. Pinning everything down before you start sewing is a super important step.