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Coco's Closet Hacks : DIY Turn a jacket into a vest

With alot of charity shops currently closed, you may be itching to throw out some old clothes. Well fear not, we want to show you a quick tutorial on how to transform that old jacket to a fabulous vest! (Oh and we included pictures! yay)

 

Materials

You will need the following - 

  • A jacket you want to transform
  • Seam ripper (or really small scissors)
  • Pins
  • Fabric glue OR a sewing machine (we will detail both ways, however we will be using a sewing machine)

 

Step 1 - 

Using your small scissors or seam ripper, cut along the seam that attaches the sleeve to the body of your jacket. 

It is easier to cut on the right side (the fabric side) and once you start it should come away quite easy. DO NOT CUT THE FABRIC MY FRIEND, just the seam thread :)

Step 2 -

Do the same thing on both sides, or if you are just doing the one sleeve look then proceed to Step 3! hehe...

Step 3 - 

If you have lining, then do the same process (just cut the seam thread) and it should look something like this once you are done

Boom

Step 4 -

Celebrate getting this far! 

Now, hunny we are NOT about to let you step out with these jagged edge sleeves, UNLESS that is the look you are going for... if so thank's for tuning in you have finished!

THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE FOR PEOPLE USING GLUE

Step 1 - 

Cut along the rough edges so it looks neat, including the lining (cut the lining a bit more so it does not poke out

Step 2 - 

Use your fabric glue to glue the lining to the fabric, gently press the lining and fabric together

You can also add pins to hold it in place while the glue is drying

THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE FOR PEOPLE USING A SEWING MACHINE

Step 1 - Fold the fabric edge and the lining inwards, so both sides are right facing each other 

*Note some people may find it easier to do a French seam, pinned hem, or double fold, we did none of these lol but please pictures for reference

Tucked in seam (What we did)

Folded hem, another option

It's up to you which one you choose and also it depends on the material you have! You could also just sew along the rough edges and do x1 fold then sew, but we are just being a bit extra :)

Step 2 - 

Fold along the crease once you have tucked in the edges, you should already have a crease created from the sleeve that was removed. Pin everything in place

Pinned tucked in edge? (not sure what to call this image!)

*Top tip before you start sewing, it helps to have the same color or similar thread as your fabric and start sewing from the seam! (usually under the armpit area, this will be the thickest part)

Step 3 - 

Sew apx 1/4 of an inch to the edge on the right side (the fabric side) all around.

Finished!
Who said you can't still have a #savagesummer? 
Please share and tag us if you use this DIY Tip! #OkamiFab or @okamildn and if you want more sewing information/help or advice please contact hello@okamildn.com

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