Do you collect patches? Over the years I have acquired a few patches. I love them but I never really know what to do with them. But then I thought that they’d make a good patch jacket! The patch jacket has been a cool girl trend for a while now and I decided it was time I had my own. So, I collected up my patches and found a jean jacket to sew them on to.
I found a jean jacket super cheap at Target and decided it was perfect for all of my patches. Honestly I did find it in the girls section which works better because I have a short torso. And hey I saved a few extra bucks! If you do decide to use a more expensive jacket by all means, I just didn’t want to ruin a more expensive jacket in case I messed something up. I also will do an outfit post with this soon but it’s way too hot right now.
Jean Jacket Patch DIY
- Jean Jacket (mine’s from Target, but I have suggestions here, here, and here)
- Find a jean jacket for your patches. If you don’t have patches I suggest looking around vintage stores, gift shops at museums, or online. Don’t worry if you don’t have many, you can always add more as you find patches you love. Once you have your patches and jacket, wash the jacket before sewing the patches on.
- Try on the jacket and see where patches will work. I am not putting any across my shoulders because the jacket stretches when I move. The patches will become worn and the thread will break easily, so find out where your trouble spots are.
- Once you’ve found where you can put patches, figure out where you want them to go. Take a picture of where you’ve placed them and you’re ready to sew!
- Find thread that matches each of your patches. The thread I used was just what I had around the house, so not every patch matches the thread perfectly. If that’s the case for you just make sure to go darker with the thread rather than lighter. Lighter will stand out more.
- Sew! Pin your patches in place if you need to and sew them using a loop stitch. To do this, place the patch down, push your needle and thread through the jacket and patch, tighten, and loop back through the jacket. Keep the stitches close together you the patch will lay evenly and tight on your jacket. Also note how thick your patches are and use different needles based on that. I used bigger, thicker needles for the more tough and thick patches.
- Love and wear! Once you have the patches where you want them, it’s time to wear! And you can of course add more as you find more patches that you love. I know I will.