Bonjour you !
My goodness, I have so many ideas for this blog my head is running wild and I can’t get enough sleep… I have been listing all night, hoping that spilling the inspiration will allow me to fall back asleep again. Luckily I have been sleeping and juicing a lot recently, which also probably explains my bursting energy. Anyway, it’s all so exciting, I hope I have enough time to do everything I’m planning to do – this new season is going to be tons of fun !
To kick the new DIY fashion season off, here’s a tutorial I kind of promised when I showed you my inspiration for leather patched jeans. They’re such a trend for Winter 2013 and I mean come on, who can resist leather patches any season anyway ? I know I’m a sucker for anything with leather so I couldn’t wait another day to try this one out. But I had to make the experience an experiment… So I tried leather glue instead of sewing – and it works !
YOU WILL NEED :
- Old jeans
- Leather glue
- Soft leather
- Sharp scissors
- White paper or better a piece of tracing paper or baking paper
- A marker pen
- A paint brush (optional)
Leather glue might not be the kind of glue you can find in your local craft shop, but it’s definitely worth seeking out or buying online. Order it now and in a few days you’ll be ready to go ! That’ll give you time to source your leather too, because I would definitely recommend buying it in store so you can have a feel before you buy. As suggested in the supplies list, you want a piece of leather that’s nice and soft, so that you can walk around in your biker wear ;-)
Gluing leather patches to your jeans might seem like a funny option – why not sew ?! Well, sewing leather can be tricky and I also wanted to test this leather glue out to see what it’s worth. I knew it would be an easier option if only it is reliable enough and guess what : it is ! I waited a few days before posting this to make sure the leather patches wouldn’t fall off. I wore my leather patch jeans for two days and nothing came off except for a tiny corner I think I must have missed from the start. On the maintenance side, I can’t guarantee the glue won’t be damaged in the wash but it’s a bad idea to put leather in the washing machine anyway so I would suggest caring for your customised jeans in the same way as you would a bought pair – hand wash them or better still have them dry cleaned. It’s worth it if you’re using nice leather.
Here’s the step by step tutorial :Step 1 : Take your paper and place it on your flat out jeans. Trace a pattern for your leather patch. I placed the paper on the knee of my jeans, went up both sides and joined them diagonally at the top and straight across at the bottom. Of course you can chose a design and size of your own.Step 2 : Cut out your pattern and check it suits you by placing it back on the knee. Step 3 : When you’re satisfied with the size and shape of your patch pattern, place it on the back of the leather (suede side) and trace around it with a piece of chalk. WARNING : You’ll need to flip the pattern vertically so that you have the right side of the leather when you cut out your patch. Have a think before you act because leather is expensive so going wrong is a real pain on this occasion.Step 4 : Do the same again for the other leg. Of course you can use the pattern you used for the first leg, just make sure you use it the right way around, remembering you want to mirror the shape on the first leg and also want to have the leather the correct way around. That all sounds very complicated but really, in my case, it just came down to using the pattern the way it was drawn. Step 5 : Cover the back of each patch in glue and stick them in place. BE CAREFUL : make sure you place your leather carefully, the glue is difficult to remove if you make a mistake. Also, make sure you lay it down flat and match the edges neatly. Finally, check the level of your patches, you don’t want one at your hip and the other at your ankle !Step 6 : When your leather patches are in place, press down on them and leave them to dry. You can even put a pile of magazines on them for the first couple of hours to make sure they dry nice and flat. You can also go around the edges with the tube of glue and / or a paintbrush, dabbing extra glue where needed for a neat finish.What do you think ? Are you inspired ?! Tell me !
Love from London and see you tomorrow <3
PS – Would you like to see a video tutorial sometime ? Where I talk and explain things ? I feel shy but at the same time am tempted to give it a go – it’ll be nice to have a change and also to explain things in more detail than I can in photos – what do you think ? Yay or nay ?!