If you are like me, then you learned very quickly how essential DIY projects are during these uncertain times. Today, I am going to show you how to make a Disney jean jacket!
I can only rewatch Disney’s Fairytale Weddings so many times before I need to change things up.
In between (and during) my Disney+ binge-watching, I started doing DIY projects, and I found that this creative outlet has helped my overall mood.
My friend Anne said, “crafting is actually just sticking things on other things.” That means absolutely anyone can craft with the right materials and a little bit of patience.
My most recent project was this bedazzled Disney jean jacket and I am here to show you just how easy it is.
All you need is faith, trust, pixie dust… and embroidery patches.
Let’s get started!
My favorite part about a #DisneyStyle DIY is that you’re guaranteed to be the only one wearing it.
I am big on individuality and expressing my personal style, which makes me love DIY projects so much.
This project doesn’t have very many pieces to it, so you can have this finished within a few hours.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Jean jacket
- Flat back rhinestones/gems
- E6000 glue
- Fine paintbrush
- Scrap piece of cardboard
- Embroidery patches
I used a jean jacket that I already had in my closet for this project, but you can pick up cute and inexpensive denim jackets at Target, Walmart, or local thrift stores.
For the embroidery patches, I opted for ones that could be ironed on. Sewing patches onto denim can be particularly difficult, which makes iron-on patches so convenient!
Here are a few shops on Etsy where you can find fun Disney patches!
There are so many options out there to help you express your personal style! If the birds I used on my jacket resonated with you, you can buy them here!
Glue it down
Although the adhesive on iron-on patches can be very reliable, I like to secure the edges of my patches with E6000 glue.
First, I squeeze a generous amount of glue onto a scrap piece of cardboard. This allows you to dip into the glue with ease.
You can use a toothpick or the end of a paintbrush to add the glue to specific areas of the back of the patch.
I really focused on adding glue on the top and bottom of the birds because there were a few frayed pieces I wanted to really stick down. After the glue dries I press a hot iron onto the patch.
I place a pillowcase or thin shirt in between the patch and the iron just so that the patch isn’t exposed to too much heat. This can ruin some of the dyes.
I like to do this “double glueing” to make sure my cute patches don’t go anywhere—especially after a good wash.
Gluing gems down can prove to be a little challenging. Depending on how small your rhinestones are, trying to pick up the piece with a tweezer can drive you a little wild.
I like to spread out all of the gems that I plan on using and flip them so that the flat part is down on the table and the shiny side is face up.
This makes it a lot easier for you to pick up the gems and dip the base into the glue.
I glued down the gems on the top part of my jacket in a scattered pattern. I liked the idea of it looking like I threw the sparkles on the jacket and stuck them down where they fell naturally.
You can play around with the placement of your gems depending on what kind of style you are going for. I spaced out the small gems around the larger ones to catch more light.
If you want your jacket to sparkle even more you can glue the gems down closer together and into fun patterns.
DIY How You Like
DIY means you can do whatever you want. You can add as many patches or as little patches as you want. Bedazzle your jacket so you look like a disco ball or you can only add a few.
The point is: design your jacket whichever way you want. Just make sure you take awesome photos of you wearing your unique designs because we want to see them.
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