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Floral World Map Patched Studded Upcycled Women's Blue Distressed Denim Jacket
I found this denim jacket on e-bay and fell in love with the floral print across the shoulders. I used black acrylic paint to stencil a world map patch to fit across the back, then added conical studs to the collar and shoulders, as well as mini conical studs to the top pockets, square studs to the bottom pockets and round studs to the bottom of the back.

All in all I think it's a really unique piece and I love how it turned out.

(This jacket is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.)

Posted by Eleanor from Whitehaven, England, United Kingdom • Published See Eleanor's 35 projects »

  • Step 1

    Prepare a stencil.

    I find the easiest way of making a stencil is to find a simple black and white image, and then trace around the outline onto plain paper.

    (Remember that it's easiest if the whole stencil is joined - e.g. in lettering if a font other than a typical tencil font is used then youll have to stick down the insides of letters like 'o' and 'd' etc. which limits the reusability of the stencil).

    If you want your stencil to be re-usable, then apply sticky-back plastic to the front and back of the paper at this point.

    Then use a craft knife to cut out your stencil.

    Next use double sided sticky tape to stick your stencil to your fabric and use a sponge to dab on the acrylic paint (sponges work better than brushes as the dabbing motion prevents paint from getting beneath the stencil).

    Once the paint has dried, iron it (covering it with scrap fabric to protect your iron) to set it.

  • Step 2

    Stitch the patch to your jacket.

    For this step I decided to had stitch the patch to the jacket as I thought the look of the hand stitching would work better with the jacket than machine stitching, but machine stitching would certainly have been quicker.

    I folded over the edges of the patch before I sewed it down, but if you'd prefer a more distressed look, then you can skip this step and just allow the fabric to fray with wear.

    I used 3 pieces of thread, to create thicker, more purposeful looking stitching.

  • Step 3

    Add your studs.

    This part just comes down to taste and the sort of studs that you have. Studs with the prong backing are easiest to apply, however they are less durable than their screw on counterparts.

    I chose to add studs to the collar, pockets and bottom of the back of the jacket.

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