How to Make a Fierce DIY Witcher Jacket Worthy of Geralt of Rivia

15 Materials
15 Hours

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a Witcher jacket. If you don’t know, The Witcher is a series of fantasy novels, which have been adapted into comic books, video games, and a recent Netflix series - the story follows witcher Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster hunter.

He makes for a perfect Halloween costume, especially if you have long blonde hair, like me! If you’ve been wanting to make a Witcher costume or The Witcher leather jacket, this tutorial is made for you! Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Leather or vegan leather jacket
  • Leather or vegan leather “fabric”
  • Marking pencil - white
  • Studs
  • Stud prong press
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Dinner plate
  • Witcher medallion downloaded and printed
  • Embroidery needle (80/12 size)
  • Embroidery threads in silver/grey (numbers 168 and 169)
  • Leather glue
  • Brush for the glue
  • Seam ripper
  • Needle and thread (thread should match your jacket lining)
Using a dinner plate to draw circles

1. Cut the leather circles

Lay the leather fabric on a flat surface. Use a large dinner plate and a white pencil to trace two circles. One circle should be larger than the other but both should be equidistant all around. Use a measuring tape to make sure they are perfectly even.

Cut the circles out and lay them to the side.

How to make a Witcher jacket

2. Print The Witcher medallion 

Download The Witcher wolf medallion from the Internet in a size that fits your jacket. Print 3 copies on 3 separate sheets of paper. 

Making a Witcher costume for Halloween

3. Cut the leather wolf medallion

Cut out the wolf from the first 2 sheets of paper. On the 3rd paper, just cut out the ears at the top.

Trace the wolf pattern onto the rest of the leather fabric. 

How to make a The Witcher costume

Cut them out. If there are any white pencil marks, clean them off with a soft rag.

DIY Witcher costume

4. Glue the motif in place

First, lay the 3 patterns on top of the 2 circles to check placement. They should be slightly staggered to give a 3D effect. Remove once you’ve determined the perfect look.

Applying glue to the leather circles

Glue the smaller leather circle to the larger leather circle by applying leather glue with a brush to ensure a smooth finish.

Gluing the Witcher wolf motif

Glue the top wolf to the bottom wolf in the slightly staggered position. For now, set the wolf applique aside.

Sewing the leather fabric pieces together

5. Sew the pieces together with embroidery

Use an 80/12 embroidery needle that is able to go through leather with the grey and silver embroidery thread. Use a regular stitch (up and down) to stitch the smaller circle to the larger circle. 

Sewing a running stitch around the wolf motif

Sew the applique with a running stitch around the edges and a regular stitch around the eyes, ears, and mouth.

The Witcher jacket DIY

Making The Witcher’s leather jacket

6. Sew the wolf medallion

Attach the wolf medallion onto the smaller leather circle using a tight regular embroidery stitch. 

Adding studs to The Witcher leather jacket

7. Add studs

Add studs to the applique.

How to add studs to The Witcher jacket

Close the back with a stud prong press if needed. Follow the outline.

Applying studs to the inner circle

Add studs to the inner circle.

Applying studs to the outer circle

Once those are done, add studs to the outer circle.

DIY Witcher jacket tutorial

How to make your own Witcher jacket

The applique should look like this when done.

Gluing the wolf design to the Witcher jacket

8. Glue the applique to the jacket

Lay the jacket so the back is facing you. Apply glue directly to the back of the applique. 

Pressing the design onto the leather jacket

Press it down in the center of the circle so it adheres properly.

Opening the leather jacket lining

9. Sew the applique to the jacket

Open the leather jacket. Use a seam ripper to open the lining so you can get to the back of the jacket directly.

Sewing the wolf motif onto the leather jacket

Use the grey or silver embroidery thread in a regular stitch on the outer edge of the circle all the way around. This is the hardest part because you have to push aside the lining. Make sure you are only sewing the leather circle applique to the back of the leather jacket!

Embroidering runes onto the jacket collar

10. Embroider runes on the collar

Print rune patterns from the Internet. Trace them onto the jacket collar, then use the embroidery thread in a regular stitch.

Sewing up the Witcher jacket lining

11. Sew up the lining

Hand sew the lining with matching thread to close it back up.

Adding studs to the jacket collar

12. Add studs to the collar

I simply add a stud in between each rune.

DIY Witcher jacket with wolf design

The Witcher wolf design

Witcher jacket tutorial

This Witcher jacket took me over 15 hours to make, but I think the results were well worth it. The DIY Witcher costume looks so impressive. Please let me know what you think in the comments! I love hearing from you.

Suggested materials:
  • Leather or vegan leather jacket
  • Leather or vegan leather “fabric”
  • Marking pencil - white
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