Street Fashion Project – DIY Patched Up Biker Jacket

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Everyone owns at least one leather jacket in their wardrobe. Leather jackets don't usually go out of style, but you might get tired of the way it looks after years and years of including it in your outfits. It's time for a change, and you can make it without putting much effort into it. If you are a fan of Do It Yourself projects, this is going to be easy and entertaining to complete. This article will give you detailed steps on how to create your own, one-of-a-kind leather biker jacket. You are going to learn how to stitch patches, how to apply studs or decorative chains and how to use textile paint in order to obtain the most impressive result.

Biker jackets can transform any outfit if a more casual looking one. You can combine it with formalwear, with athleisure or even office clothes. The effect it will give to your outfits is surely memorable and you won't have to worry about another person wearing the same jacket as yours. You will probably get asked a lot where you got your jacket from and you'll have the pleasure to say that it is the result of your own work and imagination. If you follow the steps you will find in this article, there's nothing that can go wrong. You will only need a leather jacket, some inspiration and a little bit of time to invest into this project. Here's what you can do:

Patching up the jacket

There are two modalities to add patches to a jacket. Biker jackets are characterized by colorful patches that match one another. Be careful when you choose what patches you are going to add to your jacket and make sure that they fit your jacket's size and that they complement each other in both color and shape. After you selected the patches, it's time to add them to your jacket. Add bigger sized patches to the center of the back and start your pattern from there. Don't overcrowd patches and leave room for additional changes. Choose one of these methods:

· With sewing

If you choose to sew your patches on leather, you have to be careful to match the color of the thread with the border of the patch you are adding. You can also select clear thread that's made out of nylon or polyester for both resistance and good looks. Don't use cotton thread at any cost as it doesn't hold well with leather. Next, make sure you have a heavy-duty needle and get your thimble on. This way, you will avoid hurting yourself while trying to penetrate the thick material. Keep the stitches close and avoid letting ends come loose, or your patch might get undone.

· Without sewing

If you're not good with sewing, you can glue the patches with a special glue or double-sided scotch tape. This is a good method in case you want to change the patches in a while without damaging the leather. Not all glues are removable and keep in mind that you won't be able to wash the jacket in normal conditions. You will have to get informed about special methods to keep the leather clean and in good shape without damaging the glued patches either.

Adding studs to leather

· Types of studs

Studs come in various shapes and size and they have different sorts of prongs for attaching them to the fabric. If the fabric is too thick, the studs won't fit as desired, so choose studs that have longer, sharper prongs for such purposes. The most common types of studs include dome, baguette, flat, spike and pyramid. See if the studs you want to buy are suitable for the material of the jacket and pay attention to the following steps. Choose 2-prong studs instead of those with 4 prongs because they are easier to attach.

· Step 1 – create a pattern

You will first have to decide what pattern you will follow with your studs and choose an even or uneven number of studs for each part of your jacket. Use a ruler to measure the space between the studs so it looks aesthetically pleasing and mark the pattern down with a special pencil. Don't try to eyeball the pattern because you risk placing the studs unevenly.

· Step 2 – push the prongs through the leather

Remember that adding a stud to your leather jacket is a permanent choice because holes will be left in the fabric. After you decided the pattern, you have to pay attention to the way you push the prongs through the leather. In case your studs' prongs are not sharp enough to stick through leather, buy a seam ripper and make the holes beforehand.

· Step 3 – bending the prongs

Finally, you have to turn your jacket over and bend the prongs of each stud so that it doesn't fall out or scratch you. If you feel like the prongs are too long, you can cut them using pliers. Bend the prongs as close as you can to the material.

· Extra tip: Glue Studding

If you're looking for a quicker way to do it, you can glue the studs to the material. This is not as resistant as protruding the material with prongs, but it can be a quicker alternative to the aforementioned method. Buy special leather glue, add it to your studs and carefully place them where you want on the surface of the jacket. Never use hot glue on such fabrics.

The final result

After completing the project, you can admire your final product. Depending on what methods you chose to embellish your leather jacket and transform it into a biker one, you should pay attention to maintaining the leather in good shape. You can add other accessories to it such as chains or you can unleash your artistic spirit and paint the leather. Don't forget to accessorize your newly designed biker jacket with a ring from Complete your outfit by paying attention to details. Get ready to impress everyone with your own leather jacket design.


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