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DIY Embroidered Jacket

DIY Fashion Nov 7, 2014

I’ve been crushing on statement embroidered jackets for some time now, but have shied away from crafting my own due to the (presumably) intense amount of work that goes into one – think of all that thread and sore fingers! Although embroidery is definitely on my list of things to master this lifetime, I was so happy when we came up with a way to make the perfect embroidered jacket, without all the time and effort of doing it manually. We simply added a gorgeous piece of fabric to an existing jacket! Cheating I know but it works! What’s even better is that we used fabric from a bag I had bought while travelling around Asia – both re-using something I was tired of and integrating memories of my travels into an everyday jacket, talk about a win win! Read on the see how.

You need:

  • a parka or jacket
  • brightly coloured fabric or in this case we recycled an old embroidered bag I sourced on my travels
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine
  • Glue

How to: 

1. The first thing we did was remove the embroidered piece of fabric front the bag we had.

2. We then laid it out on top of the jacket – it fit perfectly which was weird and a bonus.

3. We cut away the excess fabric and kept it to use later.

4. We then pinned the edge of the excess fabric underneath facing the inside of the jacket

5. Using a machine (you can also hand sew or even glue), we attached the piece of fabric onto the back of the parka jacket.

6. We then took the access piece of fabric and cut it in half and then pinned it into place over the pockets

7. We hand sewed the piece of fabric through the inside of the pocket so that the pocket was still functional.

8. We then took some ribbon in a matching colour to cover existing details of the jacket which we didn’t love.


Photos by Marion Tessier

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Tags Before and after DIY embroidery Instructionals jacket sewing Tutorials

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