Altering a denim jacket to fit


There is nothing better than being invited to a friends home to check out the clothes she is about to part with… especially if you are a similar size:)  How could I resist such an invite?? Initial thoughts were to look through for fabric I could repurpose. I came home twenty four hours later with two denim jackets and some linen skirts (turned into spontaneous tea and sleepover so we could share a bottle of wine…).

At the moment it can be a bit tricky to find clothes that fit my daughter as she transitions from girls to teen clothes. I had a light bulb moment and realised that the smaller denim jacket might just fit her… she loves denim jackets:)



Inevitably the sleeves were way too long, plus it is slightly wide on the shoulders. Due to constraints re the thickness of fabric my sewing machine can cope with I limited alterations to sleeve length. I was surprised at just how easy it was to remove the cuff and reposition. If you wish to do this yourself unpick the joining seam for the cuff to the jacket.

remove cuff of denim jacket

Cut off excess fabric on the sleeve.

Cut off excess sleeve

Unpick some of the seam which has the cuff opening on. Finish the now opened seam fabric… I chose a matching thread colour wise to tone in as much as possible.

narrow sleeve

If the sleeve tapers you will need to take in the sleeve as it will be wider. Pin the cuff on and resew in place.

Reattach sleeve

The whole process took less than an hour..

Shorten the sleeves on a denim jacket

My daughter is super pleased, so am I (especially as I don’t feel a denim jacket is a wardrobe essential!!)





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Sew your own beetle shorts, create your own shorts pattern (sponsored by Volkswagen)

Sew your own beetle shorts, create your own shorts pattern (sponsored by Volkswagen)

It’s autumn – the time of year where we normally dig out the long trousers, however my son is clinging on to shorts for as long as he can. Can you ever have enough shorts? Today I am going to show you how to transform a former garment into a new pair of shorts, complete with Beetle patch on the pocket.

My son loves shorts (he loves to get away with as little clothing as possible!).


I was delighted when my husband passed on some of his shorts ready to be transformed into something new. They are ideal for making my son a pair.

To create your own shorts you will need a former garment with adequate fabric, a pair of shorts the correct size to use as a pattern, complimentary fabric, bondaweb, elastic and two buttons.


Lay out the shorts on top of your fabric as a template. I have placed mine with hem lines and outer side seams aligned. This saves you sewing the hem or outer seams. Add a seam allowance then, cut the inner seam on your fabric. Ensure you allow for gathering along the waist by pulling out the elasticated waistline of the pattern shorts.


Repeat for the other side of the shorts.

Cut out a waist band. I was just able to squeeze this out of the remaining fabric, mine measured approximately 5cm in depth.

Cut out a back pocket, suitably sized for the shorts you are making. Iron over a double fold and stitch in place for the top of the pocket.


Print out the Beetle car design. Iron bondaweb onto four scrap fabrics, one for the main Beetle, one for the windows and one for tyres. Peel the paper off the bondaweb.


Roughly cut out shape of window and inner tyres. Place your design over the main car fabric and cut out, repeat for the tyres. I recommend a craft knife.


Finally cut out your two wheels. Layer up the design on the right side of the pocket and iron to adhere the layers to the pocket.


Machine stitch the details of the Beetle.

Turn the pocket to the wrong. Fold in and press the seams for the sides and bottom. Place the pocket onto one of your pattern pieces. Consider seam allowance when placing. Pin and then stitch into place.


Fold the trouser leg right sides together. Stitch the inside leg seam. Repeat for the second leg.


Turn one leg right side out. Place this leg inside the other and align the crotch seam. Pin and stitch the crotch seam.


Turn the shorts right side out.


You‘re nearly there. Stitch the waistband into a continuous circle. Check the size against your shorts.


Fold in half wrong sides together and press. Insert the elastic and pin into the waistband. Place the right sides together onto the shorts.


Stitch in place.

You’re done – personally I think they are rather cool.


By using a former garment you are reusing fabric, saving the environment, saving time by utilising seams and hems from the original garment and you are saving money. I suspect I need to whip a few more pairs for my son (he refused to take them off. Result!

This post is sponsored by Volkswagen – check out other recycled and or car related tutorials by fellow bloggers on the Volkswagen collaborative Pinterest board “DIY Bloggers for Volkswagen“.





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Upcycled Denim Tablet Case – Quick DIY Gift

Upcycled Denim Tablet Case – Quick DIY Gift

Dare I mention the C word? Are you beginning to think about DIY gifts? I love this denim tablet case:) The DIY will be published in the Reloved magazine but I thought it only kind to share the tutorial here. Its quick and easy to make plus makes a great gift:)


Measure your tablet, add an extra 6cm along the width and 3cm along the length. This allows 1cm seam allowance. This case is for a mini IPAD. The IPAD measures 20 by 13.5cm, the finished case is 16 by 21cm. I therefore cut the fabric 18 by 23cm.

Cut two pieces of denim. Utilise the pocket of your former trousers to add detail plus additional storage.Cut two pieces of shirt.

Cut two pieces of interfacing. Iron the interfacing to the denim, think about the grain of the denim.

Cut two pieces of a type of wadding, I used fusible fleece. Bear in mind the thicker the material the more protection but also the impact this has on the internal size of the finished case. Attach to lining fabric.

Pin your denim right sides together. Stitch round three sides, leaving the top open.

Pin your lining right sides together. Stitch down the sides, and a couple of cm’s along the bottom of each corner.

Trim the corners of your denim, and lining as shown.
Turn your denim right side out, carefully turning the corners neatly out (I used a knitting needle to help turn out crisp corners).
Create a button loop from thin elastic. Pin on the back, in the middle. I suggest you measure and mark the middle.


Place your denim inside the lining, so that the right side of the denim faces the right side of the lining.

Pin together, ready for stitching together.

Stitch round the top of the case.

Turn right side out. Sew on the button, in the middle of the front of the case.

Slip stitch the bottom of the lining together, and carefully push the lining into the denim.

One finished table case:)


How many will you be making this year? Have you started to think abut Christmas?





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