We are so excited to share with you The Ecology Box's first D.I.Y. project!
While we are made-by-hand kind of girls we are not adapt at sewing and can only sew a straight line if someone loads our bobbin.
But fear not, as this project only has minimal sewing (optional really).
For this maiden Ecology Box D.I.Y. voyage, we teamed up with our good friend Sarah Kate! She is a seasoned crafter and expert seamstress, and made her own version of this craft using a chambray shirt.
Check out her account of this craft at the Silver in the City D.I.Y. blog (click here).
WHAT YOU NEED:
1. denim shirt or jacket
2. patriotic fabric
3. fabric glue
4. seam ripper
6. bold and unbridled American pride
7. sewing machine (optional)
8. iron (optional)
STEP ONE: Fabric!
Find yourself some AMERICAN fabric! Flags, eagles, little tiny Abe Lincoln's. Whatever floats your patriotic, red-white-&-blue boat.
After you have found the symbolic example of AMERICA represented in fabric, next is to find a jean jacket or denim shirt. Thrift it or *Lift it baby!
*Please do NOT steal your denim...stealing denim is wrong…unless it is from your mom, sister or bestie. Because that isn’t really stealing…it is borrowing with an undetermined return date.
STEP TWO: Out with the old and in with the new!
This project involves only removing the back panel of fabric. Using a seam-ripper, carefully cut the seams that hold the back panel piece in place.
In most of the jackets and shirts I have seen, the top and bottom of the panel tucks neatly into another seam and only the side pieces have their own top facing seam.
Take care NOT to destroy the seam at the top and bottom of the jacket. We will use these to tuck our new fabric into for a clean, finished look.
STEP THREE: Reuse.
Using the old panel you have just removed as a template, trace a patten (use a fabric pencil or other light colored pencil) on your new fabric the exact same shape as what you have just removed.
Be sure to cut carefully.
STEP FOUR: Seam it up!
With you new patriotic panel laid out you will want to iron out smooth edges on the two sides of the fabric, as these two edges will be the only ones that show.
A traditional steam iron should do the trick. Just be careful, so you don’t get burned.
To keep my lines straight I folded the new fabric over my template, to make sure they were exact.
To keep this folded edge in place i sewed a line down each side. You could just as easily use the fabric glue to do this.
STEP FIVE: Your vest behavior.
Use some pins to help position the new fabric panel and using the fabric glue, carefully glue the panel into place starting on the two side panels. In other words you will be laying your pretty patriotic folded seam, over the floppy exposed seam on the jacket.
Once this has a chance to set, tuck the top and bottom pieces into the separated seams, glueing it in as you go.
Allow the glue to completely dry before wearing or scissoring off the sleeves.
**Frayed Edge TIP**
No need to throw your jacket in the wash to soften the edges around the arm holes. Simply wet a washcloth and give the newly cut edges a brisk scrub. Allow the edges to air dry.