I LOVE upcycling clothing! I recently jazzed up this denim jacket which I wore in my previous post and I thought I’d share how I did it.

You’ll need:

  • A denim jacket – mine was bought off Depop for £12.00
  • Fabric paint – I used Tulips metallic paint
  • Fringing – for all 4 colours the order cost me £8.00 from eBay
  • Pins, needle, thread and possibly a thimble (Regretfully I didn’t use one and my fingers were sore at the end!)

1) First of all I drew the lightning bolt onto the back of the jacket and then used metallic paint to fill it in, I did 2 coats so it would be brighter.

2) The arms were too long for me, I cut them to a comfortable length so I didn’t have to keep rolling them up.

3) I measured along the arm seam to work out how wide I wanted the fringing to be, I cut each colour of fringing to size and used a single stitch across each one to attach them together to create a row of 4 (red, yellow, green and blue).

4) The fringing was pinned and tacked along the arm seam before I hand sewed along the edge of the fringing band. It doesn’t matter what colour thread is used for this part as it will be hidden anyway!

5) The tacking was undone and I folded the fringing over (as shown in the second image in the collage). I pinned and tacked this down, then hand sewed along the top and bottom of the band using thread which was the same colour as the fringing. This was tough to sew as there was a lot of fabric to sew through – this is the part where a thimble may have been useful! I undid the tacking and that’s one arm done.

6) Complete steps 3-5 again on the opposite arm!

And there we have it, an on-trend, yet original jacket. Perfect for festival season!


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