DIY: Upcycle Your Denim Jacket With Some Fabric

by Maria

Denim jackets are that kind of timeless garments that we took out of our wardrobe every autumn and spring. In today's DIY, I'm going to show you how I've upcycled my old denim jacket into a sweeter and fresher one. My new Alfa sewing machine has been the perfect tool for this Do-It-Yourself, as it has helped to do it quick, easier and get a perfect finish. I was not used to sew with a machine, but I think I'm going to use it a lot. Are you ready for this tutorial? Let's start with the step-by-step.


Denim jacket

A piece of printed fabric that you like




Sewing machine

(For list of materials and steps in Spanish, click here)

As you can see in the images, the main part to customize is the back of the jacket. To delimitate the area that I was going to use to add the fabric, I took into account the seams in the back. Place the fabric on the jacket and, using a pencil, mark the piece of fabric you want to add. Cut the piece leaving 2 cm (approximately) more on fabric all over the contour.

These centimeters added to the contour will be used to be folded twice to the inside and create a hem so the contour will look polished. Adjust with pins. Once all the contour of the fabric has this "hem", place it with pins on the part of the jacket that it going to be sewed.

Everything is ready to start sewing with the machine. Of course, you can do it by hand, but it is going to be slow and the result be not be as professional as this one. Carefully, sew the contour and take out the pins before the machine arrives to them.

Once the contour is finished, cut the threads and voilà! It seems a new jacket in your wardrobe.

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  • Shoshana Shoshana on May 10, 2021

    I love the fabric you chose for this!

  • Jaynie Jaynie on Jun 08, 2021

    I like to do this and add some padding underneath and do some free-form stitching over the top with contrasting thread for a quilted look.