HOW TO TURN A DENIM JACKET INTO A TRIBAL DENIM VEST…DIY

how to turn a denim jacket into a tribal denim vest…DIY

i don’t consider myself crafty but every once in a while i get on a kick and can’t be stopped.

right now its stamping.

i stamped tribal designs on dishclothes for my friends for christmas and had so much fun i started scouring the house for my next stamping victim.  and then i remembered cleaning out ruby’s closet and thought of the denim jacket she had that i never really loved. two thoughts collided and my new baby was born.

i have been wanting to get her a denim vest so this was the perfect solution.

i never loved it. the denim was neither dark and rich or light and worn enough for me so cutting it up did not inflict any pain.

Supplies:

denim jacket (washed)

fabric scissors

stamps (i got mine here and here)

paint colors

fabric medium

as many paint brushes as paint colors you have, i used two

a small paint brush for touch ups

Step 1: cut off the sleeves.

easy as that, cut close to the seam line and cut. if you want you can take a blade like a box cutter and rub on the freshly cut armhole to create a fray. i chose not to for this project. you will see a small amount of denim i did not cut off. i later decided to cut the whole thing off close to the armhole.

Step 2: mix your paint

i had these paints on hand. ruby had picked the pink and gold for another art project she did this holiday season.

mix 1 part fabric medium to 2 parts paint

Step 3: test your pattern

i then used my newly scrapped sleeves as a canvas for testing pressure, paint amount and pattern. i paint the stamp to get an even finish and use different colors in the same design.

i had several stamps i ordered from here for christmas and like i said, i am not crafty so i used those. however you could make your own stamps. the small triangles on the front turned out great during testing and then not great when i applied to the actual vest. make sure that you lie your stamping area completely flat without any seams or other fabric behind it to get the most consistent stamping.

Step 3: stamp it on the vest

after stamping i went back through with a chisel tip brush to touch up any bare spots.

Step 4: clean up and let dry for 24 hours

Step 5: heat set the paint

the next day heat set the paint with an iron set to a no steam setting. put a piece of fabric like a towel in between the iron and the stamped vest and press down. hold for about 20 seconds on each spot.

you are done.

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tomorrow tune in for a ruby tuesdays… how ruby is wearing her denim vest

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