Bead your jean jacket DIY

How to cut out shapes in fabric

Bead your jean jacket DIY
Bead your jean jacket DIY

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.

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DIY veiled beanie with glitter

Last day of 7 days 7 hats

White knit cap embellished with a veil, faux fur pom pom and a glitter iron on patch

Time required 45 minutes

White knit cap embellished with a veil, faux fur pom pom and a glitter iron on patch
White knit cap embellished with a veil, faux fur pom pom and a glitter iron on patch

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.

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DIY beanie with pearls

Day 6 of 7 days 7 hats

Black slouchy beanie embellished with pearls, velvet bow and a brooch

Time required 2 hours 30 minutes

DIY beanie with pearls
DIY beanie with pearls

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.

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DIY Embellished hat with appliqué

Day 5 of 7 days 7 hats

Navy blue stocking cap embellished with a vintage sequins embroidered appliqué

Time required 1 hour 30 minutes

Navy blue stocking cap embellished with a vintage sequins embroidered appliqué
DIY Embellished hat with appliqué

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.

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DIY embellished winter hat with a brooch

Day 4 of 7 days 7 hats

Blue lagoon knit cap embellished with a brooch converted from a necklace

Time required 45 minutes

DIY embellished winter hat with brooch
DIY embellished winter hat with brooch

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.

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DIY customized studded beanie

Day 3 of 7 days 7 hats

Charcoal seamed jersey beanie embellished with hand sewn spikes

Time required 1 hour 30minutes

DIY customized studded beanie
DIY customized studded beanie

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.

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DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag

Day 2 of 7 days 7 hats

Hot pink braided slouchy beret embellished with a veil

Time required 30 minutes

DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag
DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag

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  ; )

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7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments

DIY winter hat transformation series

7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments
7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments

This is how I came up with this 7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments challenge. Last month as I sadly packed away our summer and fall jackets from our entrance closet in exchange of our winter coats and other accessories, I came to realize that I  always end up wearing the same two dark coloured hats all winter long.

I concluded that this habit of mine was surely adding boredom to wintertime and decided to purchase colourful chapeau’s for those chilling months ahead. I also had another complication to solve; I have in my closet many winter scarves among other accessories that were not often worn.

My challenge is to keep every transformation simple and easy to execute, with minimal time but for playful attractive results.

Note: For all my 7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments I worked with this vintage glass head form purchased at a garage sale that is commonly used to store or display hats….

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Battery operated Fabric Lint Shaver

Battery operated Fabric Lint Shaver
WORTH EVERY PENNY

It is common for most fabrics to pill to some extent; even the finest materials are prone to have some surface pilling. It is often caused when two fabrics rub against each other causing the loose, short or broken fibers on the surface to become tangled together forming little balls. Some fibers are more pill-prone than others, but as a general rule shorter fibers have a higher tendency to pill and we can say that the longer a fiber is the less pilling will result.

In my humble opinion, pilling on clothes compromises appearance and makes the garment look worn. The other day I had a bad case of surface pilling on a brand new garment that I had purchased. My solution was to purchase a Fabric Lint Shaver… and did it perform?

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