I found the cutest custom denim jackets on an etsy shop a few weeks ago. I fell in love but as I kept scrolling I saw the price and I was like mmmmmmm maybe not. The kids jackets were $250!!! I love dressing my girlies in cute clothes but I knew they would either outgrow them or ruin them before I would even get my moneys worth out of them.
Am I the only one with littles who DESTROY their clothes? I hear boys are rough on things but I have a hard time imagining someone being rougher on clothes then my girls. I swear I stared at those jackets for an hr trying to figure out how to make my own version… I finally came up with something I am pretty dang proud of and I am not even worried if they get the dirty because they only cost $35 each to make. $250 or $35? It was an easy choice for me.
The denim may not be as high quality but they do the job and they are stinking cute! I had a few learning curves when I started this project. I was going to start by showing you one all the way done and then show you how I got the finished result but I thought I had ruined my first one, so I started over ha ha. I decided it may be easier to do a step by step. I hope you enjoy. Let me know if you have any questions about this project and get creating. Tag me on insta with your finished jackets, I would love to see how they turn out.
Step 1. Choose your denim jackets. I searched online forever to find ones I liked. I finally found these wrangler ones at Walmart for $12.50 per jacket. The denim is thinner but it was really easy to work with.
Step 2. Choose your patches and letters. I got all of my patches and letters at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Wait until they are on sale. These little things can add up quick! I wanted to go for a cute sparkly, princess, letterman theme. I also loved how the first letter of their name was a little bit bigger then the rest, but you can arrange them however you like best.
Step 3. Distress your jacket to your liking. You can distress as much as you’d like. I wanted mine to look similar but different so I used sandpaper and an exacto blade on mine. I used the sandpaper on the areas I wanted lighter and more worn looking and then I made tiny little cuts on certain areas to pull thread through. I have heard of all sorts of different ways to distress denim so do whatever you like most. With cheaper denim just make sure not to distress to much because you will cut or sandpaper through your jacket quickly.
Step 4. Bleach… This is the step that took the longest for me! Online videos said it took only 10 minutes to do, yeah not mine. Mine seriously took an hr or so to get them exactly how I wanted. I started by mixing bleach in a spray bottle and spraying the areas I wanted lighter. Make sure to set the nose to spray and not stream. It will squirt everywhere! I focused mostly around the edges and shoulders so the inside still was dark. I also wanted a slight ombre effect on some spots so I would spray the bleach, let it dry and then come back and spray those same spots again until it was as light as I wanted. After your done bleaching make sure to wash and dry your jackets to get rid of any left over bleach.
Step 5. Apply your patches and letters. The patches and letters I got were SO easy to apply. They are all iron on and only take 20 seconds each to put on. MAKE SURE AND DO WHAT THE DIRECTIONS SAY ON EACH PATCH. I got impatient with my cute rhinestone bow and didn’t put a cloth over it and slightly ripped off the corner.
Spot wash your jackets if you can or hand wash them to keep your patches on for as long as possible.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I think it is such a fun and cute idea for both girls and boys… I am thinking I need one now ha ha.