Thrift Flip: Men’s Shirt to Cropped Jacket

by AssunDIY
11 Materials
90 Minutes

This is a super cool thrift flip you must try for yourself. In this tutorial, I will show you how to turn a men’s button-down shirt into a chic jacket with a cropped hem. This easy cropped jacket is fairly simple to make, and fun to wear and show off. So let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Men’s long-sleeved button-down shirt
  • Seam ripper
  • Elastic band
  • Zipper
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Fabric pen
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
DIY cropped jacket

Remove buttons

To begin this DIY cropped jacket I removed all the buttons from the shirt, other than the one on the pocket.

Sew a cropped jacket

Remove collar

Next, I cut off the collar.

Make a cropped jacket


I measured 45 centimeters (17½ inches) from the back of the neckline to the middle of the shirt and cut off the bottom of the shirt at that point.

How to sew a cropped jacket


I measured the length of the neckline, from corner to corner. For me, it was 51 centimeters.

How to make a cropped jacket

Mark and cut

Using the offcuts of the shirt, I marked a rectangle that was 51 x 24 centimeters (20 x 9½ inches). Then I cut it out.

Easy cropped jacket

Cut notches

I folded the rectangle in half and made a small notch along the fold on either side of the rectangle.

Basic cropped jacket

Pin and sew

With right sides together, I pinned the rectangle along the neckline and sewed it down with two rows of stitching.

cropped jacket tutorial


I used a zigzag stitch along the bottom edge of the jacket to prevent fraying.


I marked 4 centimeters (1½ inches) from the bottom on either side of the opening of the jacket. 

Pin and sew

I pinned the zipper into the opening of the jacket, from the 4-centimeter mark to the notches on the collar. Once it was pinned in, I cut the zipper to size and sewed it in place, leaving about an inch at the top of the zipper unsewn.

Pin and hand sew

I folded and pinned the top ends of the zipper, and stitched them down with a needle and thread.


Next, I did a lot of pinning. First, I folded the zipper seams inward and pinned them down.

Then I folded and ironed the top edge of the collar, and then folded the side edge of the collar over the top of the zipper, and pinned it down.


Finally, I pinned the edge of the collar to the neckline.


Sewing time! I top-stitched the zipper seams in place.

I also top-stitched the collar seam.

Then, I folded up the hem of the jacket by 4 centimeters (1½ inches) and sewed it down.

Insert elastic

I cut a piece of elastic that fits comfortably around my waist. I attached a safety pin to one end and fed it through to the other end, pulling the elastic with it. 

Then I tucked the ends of the elastic into the seams, pinned them, and sewed them in place.

Finish the sleeves

After turning the jacket inside out, I pinned the cuffs and sewed them closed.

Then, I cut two pieces of elastic that fit snugly around my wrist. I sewed the ends of each piece of elastic together and slipped the elastic circles over the cuffs of the shirt.

Then I folded the cuff over the elastic, pinned the edges, and sewed them down.

I hope this cropped jacket tutorial was helpful. Let me know what you think of this idea!

Suggested materials:
  • Men's long-sleeved button-down shirt
  • Seam ripper
  • Elastic band
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