Customize a Mermaid Style Denim Jacket

5 Materials
1 Hour

If you have an old, ripped denim jacket at home and are looking for ways to revamp it, this tutorial is definitely for you. I took my old denim jacket and totally transformed it into an amazing, customized, mermaid style jacket. This DIY, fashion project was so quick and easy to do and I am so excited about the end result! If you want to learn all the tips and tricks to transform your old denim jacket, follow my simple step-by-step tutorial. Get started on making your own mermaid-inspired jacket!

Tools and materials:

  • Sequin fabric
  • Beads
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
DIY mermaid jacket
Add the sequin fabric

To kick off this mermaid-inspired DIY, I turned my denim jacket inside out. I chose to use the most amazing green and black sequin fabric to create a mermaid aesthetic. I cut pieces from the sequin fabric that would cover the rips and holes in my jacket. 

Mermaid denim jacket

Once I had cut the perfectly sized piece, I pinned the fabric in place behind the rip or hole. I made sure that the colorful, pretty side of the fabric was facing downwards in this step. Once the fabric piece was in the perfect position, I hand sewed it in place. 

Mermaid scale jacket
Add beads

To add a little more glam to the jacket, I hand sewed beads onto the denim. The beads were in the same color scheme as the gorgeous sequin fabric which definitely added to the mermaid-inspired style of the piece. 

How to make a mermaid jacket

I am so obsessed with this mermaid style denim jacket! How would you style this awesome piece? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:

  • Sequin fabric
  • Beads
  • Needle
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  • Kathy
    on Jan 1, 2021

    This is great to pull a old jacket out and start using it again. I plan on updating my jacket using the sequin small shape pillows I purchased at Hobby Lobby for my granddaughter. She no longer plays with them. Having the few bags of beads left over from bracelets made. I’ll send photo once I complete the jacket. Great idea!

  • Kathy
    on Jan 1, 2021

    As soon as I get back home I plan on starting on the jacket. Loved the jacket but it hasn’t gotten much use over the last year. I started wearing a leather one. I like the idea of sewing in fabric over the worn areas. One of a kind jacket which I like.

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