Make old stuff GREAT again!

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I have been wanting to try this fun idea for a while now, and after an op shopping adventure this morning, I thought it only right to take the afternoon to give it a whirl! It's a really fun project, and an ideal way to breathe fresh life into things you may have gotten a little tired of.  SO to do this yourself, you will need the following:

  • An old denim jacket (though you could honestly do this to anything...GAH imagine this scenario on jeans!)
  • Acrylic paint.  I have used neon orange/white/pink and aqua
  • Wool to match, or slightly lighter than, these above ^ colours
  • Some cotton buds and a skinny paint brush
  • 3-4 episodes of your fav tv show to watch while you're completing this tutorial.
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Once you've gathered these bits and bobs, you are ready to start making your item FAB!  To begin...

Prepare your paint colours.  I find adding white to my paint gives them a nice pastel glow - particularly the neon colourways.

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Once you have mixed your paints, start painting your chosen design.  I have gone for a range of dots, squiggles, dashes and wings.  I apply both with a cotton bud because it seems to make it easier, but if you find you like using a paintbrush, whip out something skinny with tight bristles.

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Once you're happy with you're paint job, let your handy work dry.  After about 10-15 minutes you will be ready to begin my FAV part of this crafty mission...stitching over your design.  I just used a basic stitch to do this, and went for slightly lighter coloured yarn to the colours of the shapes I painted. I decided to leave my neon orange dots sans stitch, but again, it's totally up to you as to how you approach this!

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Depending on how elaborate your design is, this stitching phase could take you a pretty solid amount of time to complete. As such, I recommend parking yourself in front of the tv with a chilled beverage and perhaps a sausage dog to keep you company. Before you know it, a couple of hours will have passed and BOOM you have a fabby new jacket, customised entirely to your taste...

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YAY!! Hope this comes in handy!

xx

DIY, Generalrachel burke1 Comment