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Embroidered Denim Jacket

A fun embroidery pattern to give my denim jacket a makeover!



I've been really excited to share this embroidery project! I've loved seeing embroidery make a come back recently in the fashion world, and decided that this old denim jacket of mine could use a pop of color. I took an afternoon to draw out a design. I new I wanted to have red and pink on my jacket, so that's where the idea came to do a peony and some poppies. I really like the way the drawing turned out. After the rough sketch, I scanned it into my computer, polished up the edges in illustrator, and turned it into a vector file. I knew that I wasn't going to be able to trace my design onto the denim, so I wanted to try out this Sulky Printable Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer. Having my design digitized made it possible to print it out onto this water soluble fabric. It worked out perfectly. I will definitely use this method again. After printing out the design, I simply removed the paper backing, and the fabric was able to stick right to the denim. I used a heavy duty embroidery hoop during the process, and once I was done, I soaked my jacket and the rest of the fabric dissolved and washed away. Super easy! If you'd like to use my hand drawn design, just right click on the image below and download onto your computer! It is in JPEG format right now, so it should be able to print out easily. I was hoping to have a link to the PDF file, but the blog format I use doesn't have that option right now. If that changes in the future, I will make sure to have that available...




For this particular project I used the satin stitch exclusively. There wasn't really any reason other than I just love the satin stitch. I definitely need more practice, but I'm very pleased with the result. If you'd like to learn how to do the satin stitch, I love Pumora's tutorial. There are also countless YouTube videos. And feel free to make this design your own by using whatever embroidery techniques you'd like. Please tag me so I can see what you make! If you're also interested in the colors I used here are the numbers listed in no particular order:


#3866

#739

#948

#3713

#3354

#962

#899

#351

#310

#890

#895

#350

#3345

#3362

#321




This project was super fun and simple, and I already have more embroidery "upcycling" ideas for other items in my wardrobe!


Happy embroidering!

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