Have you ever gazed at a patchwork denim jacket in a store, admiring its unique design, and wondered if you could create something similar on your own?
Denim has always been a staple in our wardrobes,. But, I can’t help but get a bit creative when I have old worn out jeans that just need a chance at a new life.
We’re diving into this DIY project to empower you with the skills and knowledge to breathe new life into old denim pieces, turning them into a trendy patchwork denim jacket. By the end of this guide, you’ll not only have a clear roadmap to create your own patchwork denim jacket but also the confidence to wear it with pride.
So, let’s dive in!
Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting a DIY Patchwork Denim Jacket
Tools & Materials
Just a reminder that my original video is in the middle of the page. You can watch the entire process and read the entire transcript there if you’re interested ♡.
Step 1: Prepare Your Denim Scraps
When your pants are too worn to mend the hole, this is when you’ll start to use them as your denim scraps. Whether it’s an old pair of jeans, some corduroy pants, or any other denim pieces, they can all be part of your masterpiece.
Step 2: Cutting the Denim
- Cut four-inch squares from your denim scraps.
- Further, divide these squares into triangles.
- From any remaining smaller pieces, fashion as many three-inch squares as you can.
Step 3: Designing the Patchwork
- Kick off with the triangular pieces, deciding on a pattern that appeals to you.
- Sew them together, ensuring each block measures six by six inches.
- For a chic checkerboard pattern, alternate the pieces in different colors or shades. This design will be perfect for one of the front bodice panels.
Step 4: Crafting the Jacket’s Front and Back
Use your patchwork blocks to form the front panels of the jacket. For the back, combine the leftover blocks. If you find the piece isn’t large enough, use the three-inch squares to create an additional segment for the back yoke.
Step 5: Sewing the Jacket Together
- Align the front pieces with their right sides facing each other and sew them together along the shoulder seams.
- Attach the back piece to the front pieces at the shoulders.
- Sew along the sides to form the body of the jacket.
Step 6: Lining the Jacket
Considering the patchwork, you’ll have many exposed edges. Choose a fabric that complements your denim and use it to line the jacket, giving it a neat finish.
Step 7: Interior Pockets
For added functionality, consider adding pockets to the lining. Cut out rectangles, hem the top, and sew them onto the lining.
This step is completely optional. I didn’t have any pockets on the outside of the jacket and I couldn’t be completely pocketless!
Step 8: Attaching the Sleeves
Craft patchwork pieces for the sleeves, sew them together leaving a 5″ opening for the seam bent, and then attach them to the jacket’s bodice.
Step 9: Adding the Button Placket
Cut out a three-inch-wide strip of fabric and iron on interfacing for stability. This strip will be the foundation for your buttons and buttonholes.
Step 10: Crafting and Attaching the Collar
I modeled my collar off of The Annie Jacket from Mood Fabrics. Whether you’re using a pattern or drafting your own, create a patchwork collar and sew it onto the jacket’s neckline.
Step 11: Hemming the Jacket and Sleeves
For a unique touch, use the original waistbands of the jeans to hem both the bottom of the jacket and the sleeves.
Step 12: Buttonholes and Buttons
Determine the spacing of your buttons on the buttonhole placket. Create the buttonholes and sew on the buttons in alignment.
Step 13: Final Touches
Inspect your jacket for any loose threads or seams that need finishing. Address them, and voilà, your DIY patchwork denim jacket is ready to wear!
Crafting a DIY patchwork denim jacket is not just about creating a piece of clothing; it’s about breathing new life into old memories. Each patch, each stitch, tells a story.
So, the next time you think about discarding old denim, remember this guide and consider the beautiful possibilities. Embrace the world of DIY fashion and wear your stories with pride.
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