NEW SEASON, NEW STYLE // customised denim jacket

customised denim jacket patches lis sis grinning

Growing up I was never a frills and flounces kind of girl, and Big Sis is just the same; she’s much more at home in tracksuit pants and sneakers than dresses and pretty shoes.

Lil Sis, however, is the exact opposite. If she could walk around all day in a sparkly ball gown with ribbons in her hair, I’m pretty sure she’d be in heaven.

customised denim jacket

I’d bought her a denim jacket a while back, because I knew she’d look completely adorable in it, but she was always a bit reticent to wear it. Then I realised the problem… not enough flounce.

But it turned out the Frilly Fairy was on our side, as when we were in New Zealand I came across some iron-on patches, and on sale, no less. I snapped them up for a couple of pounds (bargain!) and brought them back home.

customised denim jacket patches

So last week I finally found that spare few minutes I needed to put my patchy plan into action.

I whipped out my fabulous Brabantia Botanical IRONING BOARD (you might remember me telling you about this last year, but – if not – this is literallly Rolls Royce of ironing boards; extra large, smooth to expand and collapse, fully height adjustable and so darn pretty to boot).

customised denim jacket iron

I placed the patches where I wanted them on the denim jacket, covered them with my Brabantia ironing cloth (another of my laundry staples) and ironed them each for 30 seconds.

Afterwards – voila! They looked like they’d always been there, don’t cha agree? In just 15 minutes it had been completely transformed from a generic chain store style, to a one-of-a-kind customised denim jacket.

customised denim jacket patches done

I surprised Lil Sis with the ‘big reveal’ (yes, I watch too many makeover programmes) just in time for her to wear her revamped jacket to a birthday party, and she loooooooved it (squeals and claps).

Since then it’s been pretty much glued to her body, and I can’t help but feel a little bit chuffed.

customised denim jacket patches close up

customised denim jacket patches Lil Sis

What do you reckon – are our pretty patches a big improvement? 



  1. I love them! What a great and easy way to make the jacket unique. It looks great. Kaz 🙂
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    • Aww, thanks Kaz! I’m genuinely not crafty AT ALL, so even though it was just ironing on a few patches (pretty much idiot proof) I was really chuffed with how it looked. x

  2. The jacket was cute before but it’s definitely better now! And seems simple enough.

  3. These are so cool i used to love my denim jacket growing up and wish i had accessorised in a cool way like these!
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  4. So cool! I remember my sister doing this to her jacket as a kid!

    • I remember adding fringing to my old acid-wash jacket when I was about 14 (hey, it was the 80’s!). x

  5. That jacket is so cute, my sister would absolutely love it! Well done for creating it yourself

    shelley xoxo

  6. Yeah, jacket is cool! 😉

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