I created the artwork featured on this Bead Your Jean Jacket DIY about 20 years ago. It was time well invested (around 40 hours) since two decades later the jean jacket transcended trends and is still getting me many compliments for my art work when I wear it. This DIY jean jacket is an easy to follow step by step tutorial on How to make a stencil from an image, How to cut out shapes in fabric and How to hand bead. Do not be intimidated by this DIY jean jacket, yes it does requires time (but time passes anyway ; ) yet it is really simple to execute.
Quick transformation with rewarding result, perfect for beginners.
Found this tank top on a sales rack. It was two sizes too big for me, therefore the neckline was too low and too wide and the armholes were also too low and too big. But at $9.99 and in a pale nude colour matching one of my pair of shoes (call me miss matchy matchy) it was coming home!
The major fit problem was the neckline and I had an idea on how to fix that …… well ….. my first idea turned out to be a major flop and a huge waste of time > _ < But I was able to salvage this refashion and even add a glamorous touch to this tshirt to infinity scarf DIY.
White knit cap embellished with a veil, faux fur pom pom and a glitter iron on patch
Time required 45 minutes
For this last DIY veiled beanie with glitter part of this hat transformation series, I wanted to transform a hat into something that would distinctively express winter. I’m a born and raised Quebecer and what spells winter in my heart is the colour white. My feelings for winter were formed during my early childhood when even the lightest snow fall brought pure joy. Although as an adult snow storms, traffic jams and shoveling my driveway are not enjoyable on working days, snow is still very special to me. There’s something about the way snowflakes muffle sounds and makes the environment calm and peaceful. On snowy days you can feel the ambient stillness from inside your house. Winter evenings can be visuals from fairy tale books. Walking outside hearing the snow and ice crackle under your boots with the fields sparkling like diamonds around you is pure bliss. Promenading on full moon nights ……. ethereal.
For this DIY I will revamp a white hat, use white embellishments and will add some glitter to imitate the light reflecting on snow.
Black slouchy beanie embellished with pearls, velvet bow and a brooch
Time required 2 hours 30 minutes
For this sixth DIY beanie with pearls, I will refurbish an oversized slouchy beanie. The ornament you see below is the central element of this hat transformation.
This bow was originally attached to the neckline edge of a T-shirt (1/2 of the brooch was outside of the Tee). The bow was too heavy for the thin fabric of the Tee and was sadly hanging pulling the neckline down with its weight. It didn’t look good and it’s the reason why the T-shirt was never worn and given to me!
I stored the T-shirt in my to-be-revived-corner, months later I gave the T-shirt a second look and I got a very nice surprise …
Navy blue stocking cap embellished with a vintage sequins embroidered appliqué
Time required 1 hour 30 minutes
For this fifth hat transformation, DIY Embellished hat with appliqué, I will revamp a navy blue stocking cap to pair with my jean day looks (which are numerous).
To embellish the hat I will use this luxurious vintage sequin appliqué that was given to me decades ago. You know how it is, the first decade I refrained from using it because it was too beautiful to part with. The next decade I thought the sequin appliqué was always too dressy for any projects. And this last decade I could never find a garment where only one sequin appliqué could be the focus point.
Are you curious to see how I use this piece of memorabilia?
Blue lagoon knit cap embellished with a brooch converted from a necklace
Time required 45 minutes
This scarf is the main reason why I embarked in this 7 Hats in 7 Days challenge.
I purchased this scarf in Paris 5 years ago. It’s a delicate geometrical patterned knit with a very fine cotton yarn. The scarf was expensive but I was convinced that it would become my “go to” accessory for many springs and falls to come. Except that the scarf is 103 inches long (262 cm) by 36 inches wide (94.11 cm) and after being wrapped three times around my neck …. even when made out of cotton, the scarf is way too warm to be worn between-seasons.
This scarf was in need of wearing hours and in need of a colour coordinated hat!
Charcoal seamed jersey beanie embellished with hand sewn spikes
Time required 1 hour 30minutes
The idea for this DIY customized studded beanie came by coincidence. One day I received a few packages of eBay goodies in the mail. One of the packages contained a seamed jersey beanie and another package contained some sew on plastic flat-back spikes. Even though I had purchased the spikes for another purpose, within a nano-second I changed my mind and decided to sew the spikes onto the beanie.
For inspiration I browsed the web and typed DIY customized studded beanie and hundreds of different options appeared. Many styles could be purchased (see the examples above) and many DIY’s variants were also available. In fact, once I finished sewing the spikes onto my beanie I found a seller who was offering a studded beanie identical to mine for only $14.99 ….
Oh! well. At least this hat transformation provided me with something to do while my hubby was watching football. (Are you also like that? I mean, you like to be in the living room with company, but you have to keep yourself busy because you don’t like their choice of TV programs? LOL).
Hot pink braided slouchy beret embellished with a veil
Time required 30 minutes
For this second DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag of this transformation series, I chose to do something with a hot pink beret that is a perfect colour match to my favorite snow boots. Yes, I own a pair of hot pink boots… having a boisterous time in winter is a hard job and I am up to it ; )
I really liked constructing the veil for Day 1‘s first hat transformation and I wanted to try making another veil. When I failed to find any pink veil material at my local fabric store I came back home and started making lunch while thinking which goods around my house could be used to make a veil. It was then that I reached for a package of onions…. that were stored in some type of woven plastic mesh…. Han???? Could this work?
The woven plastic mesh wasn’t rigid and the good part of being made out of polypropylene meant that the veil would be ice rain and snow resistant, great winter appropriate properties.
Both the red and the yellow bag were nice contrasting colours for the beret. Except that they were both damaged and it meant going out again which I did not want to do. I then went hunting in my cupboards for a proper item that would be ready to use because I loved the idea of a creative upcycle fashion project ….. and I found something.
My veil will be made out of a recycled rice noodle package!
Royal blue veiled beanie embellished with sequins and faux fur pom pom
Time required 1 hour 30 minutes
For this first DIY veiled beanie tutorial, I was inspired by Jill Sander’s hats presented during her Spring/Summer 2012 collection and by the hats from the house of Chanel presented during their Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
This winter people have started to belatedly take to this very elegant trend and viewing all of those inspired adaptations on Etsy and Pinterest seduced me to try my own interpretation of a Couture veiled winter hat with this DIY veiled beanie tutorial.
Before we start, you could refer to my introductory post for a quick overview of the all the hats that will be revamped for this series and to read about my plan.
Let’s see what I can do with this beanie in a little under 2 hours of work…