I just want to share a super easy way to upgrade your old jacket. This is really the simplest way to bring some new life to an old jacket.
Jacket facelift = new excitement = longer wear 💚. The most environment friendly thing we can do is to use what we already HAVE, instead of buying USED or NEW clothing. Adding a personal touch to your clothes makes you have a stronger relationship with them, and it will be much harder to break up with them. 💔 Loved clothes last longer because we take better care of them.
This styling I did for a friend of mine. My passion is definetly to tell others how to do things 😂 but sometimes I do forget that not everybody thinks this is so easy as I believe it is (my forgotten degree in fashion might have something to do with it). Since this practically takes no time (max 1 hour) I decided I could just do it my self, and THEN tell all of you how easy it was instead.
What you need
Piece of fabric approx A4
Thread in chosen color
Trims for decoration
Iron board or towels
1. Choose a picture you would love to decorate your jacket with
2. Print your transfer-picture accordingly to the instructions following. Some pictures need to be flipped. Also make sure you add the correct side in the printer.
3. Iron the transfer sheet on to the piece of fabric using the instructions. Use the baking sheet between the picture and the iron.
4. Pin the picture onto the jacket. Zigzag around the edge. I used the button-hole seam to get the seam tight enough.
5. Decorate around with trims you like. That matches or mismatches the picture.
Enjoy your masterpiece 💚 easy peasy
My friend was very happy with her Frida Charlo picture and the vintage lace trim 😉❤
Do you have some old caps laying around? Maybe they have some spots or you just don’t feel their vibe anymore?
I had a couple of those that was in need of a upgrade. I will show you two methods you can use to upgrade your caps. One you do not even need to sew at all, the other one is a little more intricate, and requires a little more work and patience ❤ I use creation of redesigns as a form meditation, time I use on making something doesn’t really matter anymore. It is how you feel while creating that is the most important. ❤
What I used for “pura pinchi party”
Transferpaper for printer
piece of white cotton fabric 20 cm x 20 cm
Black fabric pen (for drawing on the cap)
(Optional) sewing machine or needle and thread
1. Iron the piece of fabric
2. Place the fabric on top of the front of the caps, pin it so it lays flat and wrinkle free. Cut into the fabric where the line is rounded. Make a dart at the same place as the caps has before
3. Trace the exact line of the cap with a pencil.
4. Add 1 cm in seam-allowance and outline the shape with a ruler .
5. Do a couple of test prints so you find the rignt size of your picture. It needs to fit within the frame of the front cap pattern. Depending on the intended design of course 🙃
6. When the correct size is found. Make the final print on the transfer paper, make sure the paper inserted in the printer the correct way (always read instructions, and yes I have done this wrong many times 😉
7. Place the cap pattern ontop of the printed picture and trace the pattern, remove 1 cm (the seam allowance). It gets very thick if it is left on, so it is better to remove it.
8. Place the picture on the middle of fabric. Iron accordingly to the instuctions of the tranferpaper (mine needed a baking paper ontop and ironed on cotton setting for about 60 seconds)
9. Sew the dart, with machine or by hand. This can also be glued. But I think the results look better with a seam.
10. Cut small inserts around the rounded lines on the side, this helps the fabric lay smoother on the inside. Cut the extra fabric around the “button” on top of the cap so it fits.
11. Carefully fold and glue little by little.
Behold your creation of beauty ❤ ❤ ❤
I also added a mandala inspired drawing on the front cap to cover up a spot. 😉
On the second cap I have mixed painting, sewing, printing, and gluing. This cap I required in Mexico, where it was passed out to all the boys at the party. As the feminist I am, I had to claim it for my self. I think it now has turned out as real statement piece? Now is the question, will I dare to wear it?
I will not go too much in to all the small details of creation here, but give more of an overall idea to hopefully get you inspired enough to create your own design. ❤
What I used for “macho alfa”
Fabric paint from panduro, pink, green, blue, red, yellow, gold
Needle and thread in ass colors
Old butterfly hairclip
Transfer paper (butterfly picture)
Vintage applique flower
Ass trims and laces
1. I painted the front of the cap with pink approx 3 times drying inbetween
2. Then I added gold dots around the red letters with a dotting tool
3. I painted the palm leaf on the cap with green color. This served a purpose since there was a spot. It works as a great coverup.
4. Creation of different flowers using trims, lace, and painted crochet linens. Every color is carefully chosen and put together according to the placement of the flower. So trying and visualization is important before I choose a color. Of course I painted more flowers than I really used 😉
5. The big flowers got sewn on and the small ones got fastened with fabric glue.
6. The final details on the cap was the butterflies and the metal star. The blue butterfly is created by picture print on transferpaper, ironed on a piece of fabric, then glued on. The black butterfly is an old hairclip I have saved, I removed the clip in the back and sewed it on by hand. The star was just something I had laying around, this was also just glued on.
This is how to easily upgrade some old caps, with just stuff you have laying around. It feels great to repurpose old items that would normally dusted away in a drawer or a cabinet. Only the imagination creates the limits here ❤
Do you need to make pom-poms? Well here is an easy DIY on exactly that.
Pom-poms can be used for so many tings, from upgradeing your sweater to make it more Christmasy, party decorations, headbands, you name it. Your creativity is the limit here. I will use it to upgrade an old worn out cap.
What you need
Compass or something round you can trace
Decide what size your pompom should have. Mine will be big, so I chose diameter 8 cm. This is very easy to do with a compass, if you don’t have one you have to find a item that has that approx size you are looking for like a cup or a plate. Also a smaller item for the circle in the middle. My inner circle has a diameter on 3 cm. Trace these 2 circles and cut them out. Remember make a cut connecting the circles so you can get the yarn through in the middle.
Put the two cardboard circles together, with the openings the same way. Then start pulling the yarn through the opening. The more yarn you use, the more dense the pompom will be.
When you are done pulling yarn through. It its time to cut open the pompom. Save some yarn for the step after this, min 15 cm. Cut the treads in between the two circles of cardboard.
Take the extra yarn piece and pull it through the middle of the two pieces of cardboard and around. Tighten and tie a knot.
Use your scissor to trim the yarn to make a ball.
Fasten your pompom to whatever that needs a upgrade.
Easy right? Now you can make a hundred ❤ ❤ ❤
Here is my cap, I gave it some love. I put the loose treads back in place and fastened the pompom. All of the sudden it is a band NEW cap ❤
I came across this college sweater the other day when I was out thriftin. Well hello there plain Jane (insert light bulb) lets dazzle you up ❤ And then she went home with me, cheap but clean…..
Before starting on this creative endevour I razzeld up everything I have that possibly could be used to style this sweater.
Lace; can be used to create texture, by using color fabric spray. Then you get the reverse effect of the lace as a print, or sewn directly on to the sweater.
Ribbons; use along the sleeves, hemlines to create an effect. Several different types and colors can be cool together. You can also make letters or write something cursive (best sewn on by hand if you are not super skilled on a machine)
Patches; Mine where purchased on H&M. They are super easy to attach. Just Iron on ❤ It can make any piece of clothing more interesting. A tip for buying patches is on eBay. There is an insanely amount of different types. They can also be used to fix holes in your clothes, which contributes to en-long the lifespan of your clothes.
Fabric Paint; And that is what I ended up using this time. I will show you what I did.
Equipment that I used
A plate to mix,
6 sponges 1 for each color (normal sponges cut in 2 works great).
Fabric pen in black
Lace (not necessary)
First I drew the word I wanted in the size that seemed good (height 7,5 cm and 1 cm between each letter). I did this by using a ruler and a pencil. Then a paper-knife to cut out all the letters. (A tip is to save the letters, you can use them for a “negative space” look another time 😉
Then I picked my colors, magenta, blue, green, yellow, white and gold. I mixed a little white in with the colors so I could get more of a pastel look. Then I used my sponges to divide the color. I tried to blend a little in the transition of each color, but not to much. I still wanted strong colors
I used a black fabric pen to outline the letters to get a bigger contrast and make them more visible on the sweater.
Since there was lacking some gold stars. I had to draw and cut out some stars to make the magic come alive.
Playing a hard sleeve game. So this was fun. Its like making a painting on the sweater, but not that complicated. I used a lace and a sponge with blue with the intention to get the pattern of the lace. But it didn’t work as well as I hoped (I think spray paint works better), but anyhow it left some interesting patterns. Then I let it dry a little before I continued with the other colors, doing the same as I did with the letters, blending a little in-between the colors. You can say the sleeves is kind of nebula inspired. After it all dried, I drew on the words BELIEVE and IN, so when you cross your arms you really do BELIEVE IN MAGIC.
Last step was to fixate the paint and iron down the unicorn patch. The paint had to be ironed in the back for 5 min on the setting cotton. The same with the patch, except it needed ironing on the front as well covered with a moist cloth.
TADAA. The result!! Unique as a unicorn ❤ And magic to last me a lifetime (maybe not that long, but who is counting) Thrifted, one of a kind, stylish, and just a little more sustainable. Every little deed counts for something. I hope you enjoyed this, and maybe you feel inspired to vomit rainbows with me. Please share if you do 😉 ❤