Denim Jacket

Easy Recycle Project To Upgrade A Denim Jacket


Denim Jacket - East London Style (home made), T-shirt - Coke Cola

Denim Jacket - East London Style (home made), T-shirt - Coke Cola

I love working on all sorts of projects, some are long and lengthy and there is a real enjoyment in seeing something grow. However sometimes I want a quick fix. Generally when I feel like this - I chop the leg hems off a pair of jeans and wash them, giving them an instant new finish.

The same can be applied to denim jackets…

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With this jacket I simply cut the arms off and folded back the fabric about an inch and a half and sewed in place. The only thing to do than is wash, this will roughen up the edge and create a great finish.

Note also with this jacket I added pockets. Now, when I am looking at recycling jeans there are certain areas that can’t be patched - the crotch - and when this has happened I use the denim as a piece of fabric. I will take off any features that can be used else where - pockets are great to reuse!

With this jacket I just added them, the only thing that stopped me adding more was the weight of the jacket. I simply placed the pocket on the jacket and sewed around the sides and bottom of the pocket thus allowing the pocket to still be of use 😊.

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Denim Jacket Bleached Sleeves


Denim Jacket - Hand-made (East London Style).

Denim Jacket - Hand-made (East London Style).

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This is a super simple update for your denim jacket. Any denim jacket will do, new, old, stretch, any. 

Simply take you jacket and using parcel tape, place a cross the sleeve to create a line to which the bleach won't pass. Do this to both sleeves equally and then place the sleeves into a bucket, sink (anything that you are happy to put bleach into). 

Pour the bleach onto the sleeves up to the of the tape. 

Leave for a good hour, up to two hours as you don't want the fabric to break down. 

Remove the tape and wash. If possible air dry outside ☀️.

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Festival Butterfly Sequin Denim Jacket - Easy Recycle Job


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A denim jacket is one of the easier items of clothing to recycle - there are so may things to do dying, bleaching, patching...

The reason why it is so easy is that it is easy to lie the item flat. The jacket I am using is one that I made by taking two jackets splitting them down the centre back and then reattaching the opposite pieces. You can use any type of jacket, fancy, fun or classic. 

I then took a sequin top that had seen better days and unattached the side and shoulder seams. 

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I simply placed the segue top on to the back of the denim jacket attacking it along the arm hole and shoulders and across the centre back of the jacket, letting the rest of the sequin top to hang freely. 

Festival ready ☀️!

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Super Easy Bleach & Over Dyed Denim Jacket


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This is a super easy way to update any denim jacket and add some colour in to your spring and summer (when it arrives ☀️) wardrobe.

Just take a denim jacket and place it in a sink or bucket that you don't mind having bleach in. I would recommend wearing latex or rubber gloves, as a protective barrier.

Simply place the jacket in the bucket or sink and add bleach - any bleach will do. I used a large quantity and aimed to cover most of the jacket. I rubbed the bleach in gently wearing my gloves ✋ but didn't worry too much about totally covering the whole jacket. 

Keep an eye on the jacket, you can see the colour being removed fairly quickly. I suggest leaving it for 1-2 hours maximum.

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Then wearing your gloves, take the jacket out of the bleach and place in the washing machine.

I like to add washing powder and wash on a 40 degree wash - our washing machine does this on a 45 minute wash and generally the bleach smell is removed. As we are over dying afterwards, the jacket actually gets a second wash so this will remove the bleach smell.

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Having washed the jacket, allow if to dry.

Then I used Dylon Peony Pink machine dye. These dyes are great as they contain the fixative - salt and there fore you do not need to add anything else. Place the jacket and the dye powder into the washing machine. Again I use the 40 degree wash. When the wash has finished simply hang out to dry 💕.

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