I've noticed denim jackets with different navajo inspired prints popping up in almost every store lately.
Every time I see one I get inspired by the idea & always have one of those
"I can make that!" moments.
Well I finally put that moment to the test, sustainably of course!
My hometown's awesome thrift store had their annual 1$ clothing sale when you
donate 1$ to the Open Door Food Pantry.
Helping support such wonderful local businesses while thrift shopping has my name all over it, what can be better than that!?
This easy Do It Yourself tutorial
cost me a total of $ 2 & took about 30 min to make:
so dust off those sewing machines & lets get craftin',
sustainably of course.
|spring time lovin|
-- scissors --
-- recycled denim jacket --
-- recycled printed shirt --
-- marker --
-- thread --
-- sewing machine --
up-cycle step 1:
wash all thrift store finds before starting any sewing project & iron all materials.
lay out your printed material on top of your denim jacket
make sure to place the pattern exactly how you want it to be shown on the back of the jacket.
using a marker, outline the outer seam of the yolk onto your printed material.
|outside seam of yolk|
up-cycle step 2:
cut out the printed material so that is a little bit longer than the outside seam of the yolk:
this will give you some extra seam allowance
pin materials together
up-cycle step 3:
time to get stitchin' :
dust that old sewin machine off & give it some love !
start sewing along the inside seam of the yolk, guiding the needle along this inside edge
before you know it, your jacket will look like this !
|sew sew sew|
up-cycle step 4:
now it's time to break out those scissors:
cut along the edges of your seam allowance.
you can cut as close to the seam as you'd like.
I left a little extra fabric so that I could fray the edges by rubbing my nail along the fabric like so:
up-cycle step 5:
your jacket is complete !
if you are feeling really crafty you can follow these same steps for a front pocket
I hope this DIY tutorial has inspired you to continue to craft, sew, & be merry
remember: by recycling clothing you are helping our planet & saving 400 gallons of water.
That's right. It takes 400 gallons of water to produce ONE cotton t- shirt.
so go support your local thrift shop, you never know what may inspire you !
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Keep on craftin' , sustainably of course.