There’s really nothing cooler than a DIY jean jacket. We love how many ways there are to customize a denim jacket and express yourself! You can hand paint, embroider, and add lace, beads, fringe, and patches. The options are truly endless. Today we’re covering our top 21 favorite ideas. Get inspired to create your own custom DIY jean jacket!
Jean jackets are so versatile. You can dress them up or dress them down. Wear them to run errands or wear them to a show. Because of this, you probably already have 1 or 2 jean jackets in your closet. We love upcycling things that we already own! However there’s no need to be discouraged if you don’t already have a jean jacket, they are super easy to find at thrift stores!
Upcycled clothing is awesome because you literally get to wear your he(art) on your sleeve and showcase your talent to the world. Let’s jump into some of our favorite ideas for DIY jean jackets.
1. DIY Jean Jacket with Patches
Patches are the most classic way to customize a jean jacket! We love this look because you can collect patches over time, as you travel or attend events, and then commemorate the moments on your jacket. How special is that?! These days you can even create your own special patches! If you want to do that, head over to Printful custom patches.
Source: Endomego on Etsy
2. Handpainted DIY Jean Jacket
Another classic option for customizing a jean jacket is handpainting it. We are blown away by the incredible art that people create! It’s very cool to use denim as the canvas for expression.
Source: Irene Bas Handmade
3. Embroidered DIY Denim Jacket
Embroidering denim is a total art! Look at this incredible embroidered cactus landscape.
4. Patchwork Denim
Patchwork is a great way to use up old fabric scraps. We love this design that incorporates denim and fabric together!
Source: The Mindful Sewist
5. Embroidered Mesh Insert
This embroidered mesh insert looks complex but is actually simple. You cut out a window on the back of the jacket and sew in an embroidered mesh panel.
Source: Kicks by Ki
6. Bleached Denim
Bleaching denim is a great way to customize it! This is a rad bleach-dipped jean jacket.
Source: Rag to Swagg
7. Fringe Jean Jacket
Adding fringe to a jean jacket adds a country, rocker feel. Especially if you use rhinestone fringe!
Source: 40 Monas
8. Acid Bleached Denim with Fringe
This DIY jean jacket combines acid bleached denim with a fringe. We love the combination!
Source: Sisu Denim Store
9. Open-Back Heart with Fringe
This is a cool take on fringe with an open-back heart window!
Source: Peddler’s Trunk
10. Beaded DIY Jean Jacket
Beading a jean jacket, (especially in a sweet geometric pattern) is an incredible way to upcycle!
Source: Equal hands
Pearls are the epitome of class! We love this jean jacket that combines pearls, fringe, embroidery, and crystals.
Source: Morphine Fashion
12. Patches with Beading
Adding beading to patches is a great way to elevate the look and bring dimension. This look is out of this world!
Source: We heart it
13. Denim Feathers
These denim feathers are absolutely incredible! This is a great way to use up denim scraps and give them another life.
14. Hooded with Pendleton Wool Patch
We love a great wool patch on a jean jacket and this hooded version is gorgeous!
Source: Rustic Fresh Designs
15. Denim Patch
Did you know you can make your own denim back patch? This insanely awesome version combines denim scraps with embroidery.
16. Embellished Jean Jacket with Lace, Patch, and Fringe
This DIY jean jacket shows a beautiful way to combine a patch, lace, and fringe.
Source: Wild and Free Jewelry
17. A-Cut High Back with Fringe
Cutting the back of the jacket into a high cut A and then adding fringe is an awesome way to add flair!
Source: Love Lounge Boutique
18. Denim Lace Kimono
This denim lace number is a lovely way to combine the looks of a jean jacket and a kimono.
Source: Red Shed Garden
19. Denim Fringe
We love fringe on a jean jacket! Here’s a cool way to make the fringe from denim.
Source: Assemblage 333
20. Sequin Handpainted
This rocker-ready look combines sequins and hand painting.
Source: Wren Glory
21. Embroidered Flowers
These embroidered flowers are whimsical and wonderful!
Source: DMC on Instagram
Which of these DIY jean jacket ideas is your favourite?
Feeling inspired to make more denim upcycles? Check out these denim cushions!