6 Upcycle Hacks to Take Your Denim Jackets to the Next Level

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I love to thrift denim jackets. I’ve collected so many over the years, even grabbing some from the 80’s. But once you’ve got a couple of good staple denim jackets, you might find that you don’t have use for tons of similar jackets. Here’s where upcycling comes in! I’m going to share with you 6 different upcycle hacks to take those denim jackets in your closet to the next level. With these hacks, you’ll end up with a bunch of super cool jackets that are really one of a kind. If you’re looking for a more detailed explanation on how to make any of these jackets, check out my YouTube channel where you can find videos that will walk you through each one of these projects.


Upcycle denim jackets with patches
Add patches

Whether you decide to make your own patches out of a different denim jacket, or buy some ready-made ones, adding some patches to the back or sleeves of your denim jacket can completely transform it into something totally new. 

DIY upcycled denim jacket
Contrast materials

For this unique jacket, I cropped a plaid button-up shirt I had and added the material I cut off that shirt to the bottom of my crop denim jacket. The result was a cool 90’s-style plaid-bottom denim jacket that looks amazing with or without the matching crop top. 

Denim jacket and blazer upcycled
Half-and-half jacket

Use two different denim jackets, or even a denim jacket and a blazer like I did, to create a one-of-a-kind look. Cut each one in half and then just sew them together down the middle of the back, and you’re left with a very cool and different style.  

DIY denim jacket with detachable sleeves
Detachable sleeves

This is one of my favorites. To make this jacket, just cut off the sleeves and reverse them before adding denim buttons. You’ll end up with a super unique denim jacket that you’re just not going to see everywhere when you’re walking down the street.

Upcycled denim patchwork jacket
Designer patchwork

Designer PatchworkI like to call this one the Cardi B Denim Jacket because she wore one just like it. What I did was take a denim jacket that I had and began to overlay it with contrasting denim colors. Then I cut out the back of the jacket and added the waistband from a pair of jeans to the back to create an open-back denim jacket look. I absolutely loved the result. 

DIY upcycled denim jacket from scratch
Make your own denim jacket

Don’t be scared to get creative! Take some old denim and create your own jacket from scratch. What I did was take the flat fell seam off of 25 different pairs of jeans and overlaid them to create this amazing piece which can be worn as either a top or a jacket. 


Clearly, I love denim. I had so much fun upcycling my jackets and jeans to create these 6 awesome brand new, totally one-of-a-kind jackets. I just feel so unique in them, knowing that no one else has the same one. I hope you guys give these a shot, and don’t forget to check out my channel for step-by-step tutorials for each one of these pieces. Which one was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Suggested materials:

  • Denim jackets
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

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