DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

When you dabble in different types of projects, it’s easy to build up quite the supply stash. I know you feel me on this one. And since I’m always (literally, always) trying to think of ways of to use remnants, I decided to whip up this patchwork back patch. You know… just prepping for cool-grandma-status for when I grow up. 

This one is a beginner-friendly project that is awesome for making a dent in your collection of supplies. Here’s the low down!

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

Supplies:

  • Denim jacket (or denim vest/hoodie!)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine & thread
  • Straight pins
  • Scrap fabric (cotton & flannel work best)
  • Graphic t-shirt 

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

1. Cut the fabric scraps into equal-sized squares. I made each fabric square 4×4 inches. 

For my patchwork back patch, I used scraps from bandannas, old pillowcases, and past projects. The blue hand-dyed and triangle-stamped fabric was from a past experiment/using leftover dye and paint from a past tutorial.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

2. Pin two squares together with right sides facing each other. The pins should be about 1/2 inch from the edge.

Sew!

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

3. Continue adding squares, one by one. Don’t forget to place the right sides facing each other. 

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

4. Continue until you have a row of about 4-6 squares. Because I always overestimate, I made a row with more squares than I thought I’d need. After all, once you get started, it’s much easier to cut away fabric instead of adding more.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

5. Repeat three more times. You’ll end up with four strips of stitched squares (one for each side of a square back patch).

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

6. You can leave the rows as is or you can cut them down the middle. In order to achieve more diverse fabric on each side, I went with the latter.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

7. Take thin two strips (one from two different original strips) and pin them together, right sides facing each other. 

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

8. Stitch them together.

My seams weren’t perfectly lined up, which was intentional. I prefer the rugged vibe. However, if you’re going for a meticulous traditional patchwork look, then feel free to do just that! It will simply require more precise cutting, measuring, and sewing throughout the process.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

9. Pair up the remaining thin strips.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

10. If you haven’t already, straighten out each side of the t-shirt graphic. Because fabric will be stitched to each side, this doesn’t have to be perfect; try your best!

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

11. Now, you’re ready to stitch the patchwork fabric to the t-shirt graphic. Pin the first set of patchwork fabric to the t-shirt patch, right sides facing each other. 

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

12. Sew.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

13. Trim the ends so that the patchwork fabric is line with the t-shirt fabric.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

14. Bring in the next strip of patchwork fabric. Again, pin together with the right sides facing each other.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

15. Sew.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

16. Repeat Steps 13-15 until all four sides are stitched to patchwork fabric.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

17. To attach the back patch to your jacket, stitch or use safety pins.

 DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

These shots were taken on Bernal Heights Hill against the bluest of skies. As a born and raised New Yorker, I’ve been constantly forgetting that we’re actually in the month of February. I swear, sometimes it feels like California isn’t real life.

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

DIY: Patchwork Denim Jacket

Looking for more denim jacket projects? I got your back (GET IT?) with some projects over the years: 

xx K