How to Sew a Velvet DIY Bomber Jacket From Scratch (Free Pattern)

Alicia Yanson
by Alicia Yanson
8 Materials
4 Hours

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a DIY bomber jacket using a free pattern from Mood Fabrics.

The bomber jacket sewing pattern is for men but really anyone could wear it! In this gorgeous navy velvet, this DIY bomber jacket is perfect for even a special occasion.

Let me show you how to sew a bomber jacket with lining!

Tools and materials:

  • DIY bomber jacket pattern
  • 1½ to 2 yards of velvet fabric
  • 1 yard lining (preferably satin)
  • Knit ribbing
  • 21-inch zipper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/measuring tape
  • Pins
Placing the pattern pieces on the fabric

1. Make the pattern

Print and cut out the pattern. Print the sleeve pattern twice.

Modifying the sleeve pattern

The velvet sleeves will be ruched so you’ll modify the sleeve pattern by adding a total of 6 inches to enlarge one of the sleeve patterns. 

Cutting out the pattern with a rotary cutter

Leave the other sleeve in its original size. Lay the pattern on the fabric and the lining. Cut the pieces out.

You should have 2 front pieces, 2 sleeves, and 1 back piece of the velvet and lining. Cut out 2 velvet rectangles that are 3 X 6 inches to use later.

Making a pocket pattern

2. Make pockets

The jacket pattern doesn’t come with pockets so let’s make some! Lay a piece of tracing paper over the front bodice pattern and trace the side. Draw a 6½ X 8-inch rectangle using the ruler.

Curving out the corner of the pocket

Curve out the corner into a pocket shape.

Pocket pattern pieces in lining fabric

Cut 4 of these out of the lining fabric. 

Ruching channel pattern pieces

3. Make the ruching channels

Cut 4 rectangles that are 2 inches wide by the length of the longer velvet sleeve out of the lining fabric.

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Cut 8 fabric ties out of any fabric you have as they won’t be visible that are 1 inch wide and the shorter length of the sleeve lining.

Pinning the channels onto the sleeves

4. Start sewing

Start by sewing the channels on the sleeve. Mark the wrong side of the velvet sleeve where you want the ruching.

Sewing the channels onto the sleeves

Sew them down the middle and then on either side to create 2 channels, spaced ½ inch apart. 

How to make a bomber jacket

Repeat for the second sleeve.

Making the ties

5. Make the 8 ties

Fold the tie fabric in half. Pin and sew along the length at a ¼ inch with a zigzag stitch.

Ties for eh DIY bomber jacket

No need to turn them inside out. Cut off the excess fabric. 

Inserting the ties into the channels

6. Insert the ties

Guide the ties through the channels by attaching a safety pin to the tie and inserting them into the channels until they reach the end.

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Repeat for the other 3 channels.

Pinning the bottom of the channels, ready to sew

Pin at the bottom and sew across to secure.

Placing the pockets on the fabric

7. Sew the pocket

Place the pockets right sides together to the front pieces and sew to the side.

Topstitching the pockets

Turn the pocket out and topstitch the edge to prevent it from rolling out. 

Sewing the pockets to the bomber jacket

Do the same for the back piece.

Sewing the sleeves at the shoulder seams

8. Sew the sleeves

Place the front and back pieces right sides together and sew the shoulder seams.

Sewing the sleeves to the armholes

Then, open the jacket and align the shoulder seam and the middle of the sleeve together. Pin the sleeve all around the armhole. Sew in place.

How to sew a bomber jacket with lining

Once the sleeves are attached, place the jacket front and back right sides together.

How to sew a bomber jacket

Sew the pockets first and the side seams. Sew down 1 inch at the bottom of the pocket and towards the front of the jacket. Then sew the inner sleeve seam.

Sewing lining for the DIY bomber jacket

9. Sew the lining

Repeat the same steps to sew the lining: front and back, right sides together, shoulder seam, attach the sleeves.

Sew the side seams

Sew the side seams.

Inserting a label into the lining

If you have your own label, insert into the lining.

Ribbing pieces for the DIY bomber jacket

10. Attach the ribbing

For sustainability, I’m using existing ribbing from a thrift store sweater. You’ll need a waistband, collar, and 2 cuffs. 

Cutting the waist ribbing to size

Measure your waist and use this measurement, less 4 inches for the waistband piece.

Tucking the rectangle pieces

Add the 3 X 6 inch velvet rectangles. Place them right sides together and tuck around.

Sewing the velvet rectangle pieces

Sew. Then flip it and topstitch. 

Pinning the cuffs to the sleeves

For the cuffs, mark 4 equal points on the cuff and matching pins on the sleeve. Pin the two together.

Sewing the cuffs to the sleeves

Stretch the cuff as you sew.

How to sew ribbing

Make sure to sew all the layers evenly.

Pinning the waistband to the jacket hem

For the waistband, lay it on the hem of the jacket, right sides together. Match the center seam of the ribbing to the center back. Pin it evenly across.

Sewing the waistband ribbing


Trimming the edges of the collar

For the collar, trim the edges for a streamlined look.

Collar for the DIY bomber jacket

Pinning the collar to the neckline

Pin the collar right sides together raw sides down along the neckline. 

Sewing the collar


Attaching the lining to the DIY bomber jacket

11. Attach the lining

Fold up the collar and the waistband.

Pinning the lining to the jacket

Place the lining on top of the jacket, right sides together. Pin the lining to the collar and waistband. The ribbing should be sandwiched in between the lining and the velvet.

Once it’s flipped, all the seams will be on the inside.

Attaching the lining to the sleeve

Attaching the lining to the sleeve may be a bit confusing.

How to add lining to the DIY bomber jacket

Lay the jacket so the lining is facing you. Turn the lining and sleeve inside out. Fold in the ribbed cuff. Fold the lining up about 2 inches to the right side. Insert into the velvet sleeve. Sew it all around.

Flipping the sleeve inside out

Flip the sleeve inside out. If you have trouble, watch on the video from 8:10 to 8:35.

Sewing a zipper into the jacket

12. Add the zipper

Sew the zipper to the lining only.

Pressing the seam allowance

Fold and iron the seam allowance of the velvet fabric.

Pinning the zipper

Pin in evenly to the zipper. Topstitch it down.

DIY bomber jacket with lining

DIY bomber jacket

DIY bomber jacket tutorial

You’re done making this lovely DIY bomber jacket! As always, let me know what you think in the comments!

Suggested materials:
  • DIY bomber jacket pattern
  • 1½ to 2 yards of velvet fabric
  • 1 yard lining (preferably satin)
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