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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  • JK Smith JK Smith on Apr 14, 2021

    Again, I wouldn't take a perfectly good jean jacket and ripe it up just to make this custom designed jacket. Instead I would embellish it with the same accessories, without ripping it up, add to it not away from it.

    I have been designing jackets for years, and selling them for top dollar.

    The ripped up look was over in 2018. High top bell bottoms are back in.

  • Jayne Jayne on Apr 15, 2021

    I will definitely do this. It is gorgeous!!!