Recycled Denim

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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Mis-Matched Easy Sew Denim Jacket


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This jacket is super easy to make and is a great example of how you can change and re-style its of clothing time after time. 

Initially I bleached half a denim jacket using the technique 'How To Bleach A Jacket', then when I had got bored of wearing it this way I decided to chop the bottom off the original jacket and add the bottom of another jacket to it. 

The easy to thing to do is find the centre back of each jacket and place these together and pin. When you sew them together it is best to start from this centre point and work outwards towards the front. I.e sewing half at a time. 

I decided to over lap and simply placed the jacket top on top of the bottom jacket and ran a siege line of running stitch along it to keep in place. 

To achieve the ragged and worn finish I simply put the finished jacket in the washing machine with some fabric conditioner for a quick wash and then left to air dry. 

I love the way that the top and bottom aren't matching sizes! 

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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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Crinoline Lady Denim Gillet


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Recently I was at the Friday Street car boot sale in Suffolk. It is one of my pleasures in life, I love being in Suffolk, I love being able to mooch and explore around the car boot in fresh air (as much as I love London - car boots here come with a tad more pollution). On my last visit I came across a bundle of embroideries. 

Our home is full of interesting and amazing objects and images that love and truth be known there isn't that much space for adding to it - sometimes I change a few things around  or swap them. So, I needed some ideas on how to use the embroideries outside of just having them on the wall - and I did come up with some ideas - this one being the most simple and straight forward to do. 

This gillet or jacket project can be sewn by sewing machine (your own or take to a dry cleaner / tailor) or with a little bit more effort sewn by hand. 

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I simply took a denim jacket. The one I decided to use had no sleeves and is perfect for the coming Spring weather. I took the embroidery from its frame (frame to be up-cycled in a later project) and simply placed it on the back of the jacket (the edges of the fabric having already been folded under). I then pinned it in to place and with my sewing machine sewed around the embroidery close to the edge. I chose a blue thread as I wanted the thread to be seen and echo the colour of the denim jacket. 

And that apart from removing pins - is it! 

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Quick Children's Denim Jacket Update


Denim Jacket - East London Style (Home-made), Onsie - H&M.

Denim Jacket - East London Style (Home-made), Onsie - H&M.

When Lyric was really little he was drawn to badges, also I might add people liked giving him badges. For a while I wasn't really sure what to do with them, I would attach to his t-shirt and then forget about them. Some would survive the washing machine, others wouldn't...

But then one day when Lyric and I were in Paris, foraging around the flea market. I had an idea. 

Why not attach them to something, 'a something' which would put them all together in one place. At the same time, patches were massively popular. It occurred to me that both patches and badges would be best placed on denim. Lyric and I found a child old denim jacket. Simply we washed it and from then on any badges we were given or found we put onto the denim jacket. 

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Such a simple thing and when he finally grows out of it, I have every intention of framing it. The jacket brings me immense pleasure and fond memories - all in one place. 

Please note, it doesn't have to be a denim jacket. Any item of clothing would work but a jacket works well as the pins aren't in direct contact with the skin.