Saturday, February 16, 2019

How to Make Patches from Recycled Jeans

Paint denim patches with dimensional paint to create fun flair for a backpack.

Hi creative friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft here to teach you how to make patches from denim scraps!  

This is a fun upcycled craft that you can make from an old pair of jeans. You don't even need a whole pair! 

It's a great way to use up any scraps leftover from a project you made with recycled jeans like Carissa's really popular Farm Girl Apron from old jeans project or this upcycled denim crown project.

It's really easy to make denim patches using Dimensional Fabric paint (some might call it puffy paint).  

These colorful patches are perfect for adding embellishments to a tote or backpack. They are a fun craft to do with older kids or even as a summer camp craft.  

I have rainbows, unicorns, diamonds, flowers and narwhal patches featured here, but get as creative as you like--the sky is the limit!

How to Make Patches from Recycled Jeans or Fabric Scraps

Denim patches made with recycled jeans and plaid dimensional fabric paint.


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How to Make Patches Step 1: Paint a Rainbow! 

Dimensional fabric paints are so simple to use.

The bottle comes to a perfect tip, ideal for detail.

Squeeze out the paint on the denim fabric scrap.

Start painting a rainbow by using the red arch first...then pipe on the orange, yellow, green and blue.  Add fluffy clouds at the bases of each arch.
How to paint a rainbow

How to Make Patches Step 2: Paint a Unicorn!

Use the white dimensional paint to paint a simple silhouette of a horse.

Add a gold horn on the top of the head.
Unicorn silhouette with puffy paint
 Paint over the mane with different paint colors, like pink and blue.
How to make a patch with paint

How to Make Patches Step 3: Paint a Narwhal! 

Use the blue dimensional paint to draw a simple whale outline.
How to paint a narwhal whale
 Use the silver paint to add a horn on the top of the whale.
How to make a narwhal silhouette with puffy paint

How to Make Patches Step 4: Dry and Cut!

Set the denim scraps aside and let all the paint dry completely.

Once the paint is dry, cut out each shape, leaving a margin of denim around the outter edge for stitching the patches on. (if you are using fabric glue to attach the patches, you can decide whether or not you want to leave a border)
How to turn old jeans into cool patches

How to make patches from an old pair of jeans. Flower, unicorn, diamond a narwhal patches

How to Make Patches Step 5: How to attach the patches

If you want to sew your patches on, cut a 24 inch length of embroidery floss.

Split the embroidery floss into just a couple strands.

Thread the needle and tie the ends in a knot.
How to make decorative patches at home
Use the needle and thread to stitch around each patch onto a tote or backpack.
How to sew decorative patches onto a tote bag
If using fabric glue for a no-sew option, apply some to the back of each patch and adhere to the bag.

Sew stitches or crosses, using colored embroidery floss to add a fun flair.
How to use embroidery floss to attach patches

Simple as that!

Tutorial: How to make patches. Learn how to make simple DIY patches by hand to sew or glue onto a totebag or backpack. This is a great way to use up fabric scraps or recycled jeans. #creativegreenliving #recycledjeans #oldjeans #patches #DIYpatches #puffypaint #dimensionalpaint #patchwork #recycledcrafts #upcycling

Tutorial: How to make patches. Learn how to make simple DIY patches by hand to sew or glue onto a totebag or backpack. This is a great way to use up fabric scraps or recycled jeans. #creativegreenliving #recycledjeans #oldjeans #patches #DIYpatches #puffypaint #dimensionalpaint #patchwork #recycledcrafts #upcycling

Natalie Shaw blogger at Doodlecraft

About the Author:

Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodle Craft. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.You can find her on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

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1 comment:

  1. What a perfect idea for my pant's small holes. Thanks for the inspiration.

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