Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cross Stitching on a Jean Jacket

I have wanted to do a Cross Stitch pattern onto some clothes for a while now—especially a jean jacket. 

I own one but it's a tad too large for me. I have been keeping an eye out for one that fits me better and that would be easy to stitch onto without success so far.

While I was in town looking at boots—cowboy boots of course—with a friend of mine, we came across a jean jacket of thinner fabric that fit my friend to a T. Long story short, my friend bought the jacket, found a pattern she liked on Etsy (linked below), and I found myself starting to cross stitch all in a space of one day.

I am really please with how this project turned out. The jacket was easy to stitch on which was the plan.

To accomplish this project, I pinned some waste cloth using small safety pins onto the jacket. I then found my center and started stitching. 

The entire process took me about eight days. 

The pattern my friend selected had multiple color themes to choose from. The Etsy shop has some amazing patterns and I will be purchasing from this owner again. 

Using waste cloth makes stitching onto fabric very easy although it can also be a bit of a hassle as well. The removal process is tedious and not much fun. It took several hours to remove the entire waste cloth once I was finished stitching. I must say one this task was accomplished it makes the final project look very sharp.

To complete the project, I spray the jacket with a fine cool mist to help close the holes my stitching left in the fabric. a little where the pattern is to close in the holes from poking the needle through. 

The stitched jacket will require some TLC to wash. I suggest you wash the jacket on the delicate cycle with a mild detergent and in a laundry bag if you have one. As an alternative, you could also hand wash it in the sink. 

If you ever have to iron such an article of clothing that has —with a cross-stitched a pattern on it—don't put the iron directly onto the pattern as it can result in some fading of the colors. For this reason, always iron the back of your project only. 

Here is the link for the Etsy shop I bought the pattern from.
Here is a link for the waste cloth I used.

Pictured below are pictures of my work after I finished each day.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8