Denim Jacket to Denim Vest DIY Project

I’ve loved wearing my denim jacket over the years!  She, yes my jacket is a she, has been that perfect layer piece to any outfit.  I am sad to see her go, but it is time that I finally retire her. :(

She’s pretty banged up…elbows are worn through & holes are starting to creep up in all sorts of places.  So I thought it would be fun to do a little DIY project and change her from this…

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To this…


So first things first…gotta cut off those worn out sleeves!  Bye bye elbow holes!!


I wanted a pretty clean look, so I cut the sleeves off right before the armhole seam.  But if you wanted more of a frayed look, cut that armhole seam off completely and after a couple washings the threads will begin to fray.


Next up, time to add some fun hardware and accessories that I had laying around my house…


I’ve got here some safety pins, string, old buttons, beads, charms, pyramid rivets and this little tassel brooch that I made.

Now to make this tassel brooch all you need is some string, some kind of cap bead, a safety pin and a glue gun.  Here is how I did it step by step…

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And once the glue has completely set you can cut the end each thread and fan them out a bit until you get something that looks like this…


So once I had the placement figured out, I began to either pin or sew everything down.

I can’t believe how easy this was to do!  I can’t wait to style my new vest over some of my cute summer dresses!  Here are a few close up pictures to see how it turned out!

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Hope you enjoyed this little DIY project!



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