How to make a vest from old blue jeans

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How to make a vest from old blue jeans
A pair of denim jeans can make the perfect vest. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If you have a pair of old jeans that you never wear, you can use it to make a unique vest, which can jazz up your wardrobe. The best part about making a vest from old jeans is that you can personalise it with embellishments such as pockets or buttons, depending on your taste, making it truly one of a kind.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Jeans
  • Vest Template
  • Fabric Pencil
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Thread
  • Pins

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  1. 1

    Cut out the individual pieces from the vest template so that you know how large a piece of fabric from the jeans you will need for each piece. The average vest template will require three pieces--one back panel and two front pieces.

  2. 2

    Use the seam ripper to open the seams on the sides of your jeans. This will give you extra area from which to cut out the pieces of the vest. Generally, it is advisable to cut out the front pieces of the vest from the legs, and cut out the back panel from the back, or seat, of the jeans.

  3. 3

    Place the first front piece from the template on the jeans and pin it to the jeans. Use the fabric pencil to make an outline on the jeans. Now use the scissors to carefully cut the piece out. Repeat this for the other front piece.

  4. 4

    Now cut out the back panel. If you cannot find an area of the jeans big enough to cut it out from, you should divide the back panel into two equal parts, and cut out two parts from your jeans instead. These can later be sewn together to form the back panel.

  5. 5

    Use a sewing machine to sew together the pieces of the vest. Ensure that you follow the template correctly, making sure to sew each front part to the sides of the back panel. If your back panel consists of multiple parts, sew those together first.

  6. 6

    Once you are done, embellish your jeans using buttons or pockets from your jeans. For a more rugged look, you can fray the hems of the vest using the scissors.

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