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It's almost back-to-school season, so now's the time to start thinking about that ever-important question: what is your student going to wear?! Whether they're in sports, cheer, band or just full of spirit, letterman jackets have always been a school wardrobe staple - but they can be super expensive. We decided to put our own spin on this old tradition with a denim jacket modified with flannel fabric and patches for an easy, affordable letterman jacket variation. Read on to see how easy it is to DIY your own with no sewing needed, just Aleene's Fabric Fusion!
- Denim jacket
- Flannel fabric (enough to fit backside of jacket)
- Trim to match flannel
- Cutting blade
- Cutting mat
- Sewing pins (optional)
Since you'll be cutting out the back of your jacket and replacing with flannel fabric, make sure to measure the back of your jacket so you get enough fabric. Stock up on letter patches for your student's favorite word or theme for the year, and other patches with lots of personality.
Lay the jacket out flat on top of a cutting mat, making sure the sides are pulled completely out and away so you don't accidentally cut them when cutting out the back of the jacket. Use your blade tool to cut out the back panel of the jacket.
Flip the jacket over so you are working on the inside of the jacket. Cut your flannel fabric swatch so that it is slightly larger than the open panel on the jacket. Add a thin line of glue around the edges of the open panel on the jacket. Tip: less is more when working with Fabric Fusion - a thin line of glue will do! Too much glue could oversaturate the fabric and cause your flannel not to adhere properly.
Press the flannel fabric swatch in place and let dry. Cut the trim to fit around each side of the flannel swatch then glue in place over the edges to protect from fraying.
Let dry completely before moving on to the next step. Tip: you can use sewing pins to hold the trim in place while drying if desired.
Flip jacket over and glue patches where desired on the front of jacket. Let dry.
Flip jacket back over to backside. Add glue to backsides of letter patches.
Add additional patches if desired and let everything dry completely before wearing.
How cute is this jacket?! We might be biased, but we think it's even cooler than an ACTUAL letterman jacket because this one has serious style and your student's personality all over it!