Tuesday, April 12, 2011

quick spring jacket upgrade : from delightful to super delightful in 25 minutes

Question: What is wrong with this jacket?

Answer: Not a thing

I bought this cheery Spring pea coat for my daughter from Old Navy.  It's cotton knit,  cute, comfortable, perfect, still I couldn't leave it alone.  Maybe it was a longing for Spring flowers or my uncontrollable urge to embellish everything, but I simply had to add some brightly colored fabric flowers to the jacket.  I gathered some colorful fabrics from my stash, got to work and in a short time, the Old Navy jacket was upgraded from cute to deliciously cheerful!

If you have the same need for color and uncontrollable urge to embellish, gather these supplies and play along:

  • two scraps of polyester-blend fabric in different colors (I used satin in 1/8 yard strips)
  • denim fabric scraps
  • scissors
  • fabric pen or regular pen
  • glue gun
  • tea light or candle
  • Drinking glasses in various sizes or other round items to trace
  • beads, buttons or jewels for the the middle of your flowers
  • 1-2 bar pins or safety pins
  • Small piece of felt to back the flowers ( it helps if the felt is the same color as your jacket)

Quick Spring Jacket Upgrade Tutorial: 
From Delightful to Super Delightful in 25 Minutes

1.  Make two melted flowers from your two different colors of poly-blend fabrics. Make one slightly larger than the other (click here to read how to make melted flowers).

2.  Make three pinwheel flowers, all the same size, from your denim fabric (click here for instructions to make pinwheel flowers).

3. Cut a circle out of your felt just big enough to hold all of your flowers.

4.  Attach all of the flowers to the felt circle using hot glue.  Place the flowers as close together as possible or even overlap them so that the felt isn't visible between flowers.  Try to glue almost the entire back of the flower to the felt  so the flower won't droop and flop when you hold the felt up.

5.  Cut off any felt edges that are visible from the front.

6.  Add a bar pin to the back of the felt using hot glue or you can just use a safety pin to attach it to the jacket.  If your flower pin is extra large, you may need to use two pins (top and bottom) to hold it in place.

7.  Attach your cheerful little upgrade to your jacket and notice how you suddenly have sunshine on a cloudy April day.

I am sharing my project on Savvy Southern Style and these blogs this week.


  1. Oh mercy. LOOOOVE. *DROOOOOL* Cutest coat EVER. Cutest little model ever, too!

  2. That is adorable. It absolutely makes it a spring coat!! Great idea..

  3. Just perfect! I love doing this to my clothes, too! (and my daughter's...my husband and sons aren't too thrilled about it...;))
    The coat looks wonderful and the colors are fantastic!!!

  4. This is darling! Love the pinwheel flower!!

  5. Hi I am a new follower and cant wait to read more.
    Very cute Jacket!
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  6. Tatum! I'm in love! I had no idea you had this blog and it's SO CUTE! ...And famous. ;) I found out about it on fb today and can't wait to visit it more often!

  7. So cute and what a cute model. Thanks for joining WUW.

  8. Soo cute! I love the splash of colors. :)

  9. How cute!

    Hi, I'm your newest follower, great blog and I love the name of your blog!

    Would love for you to stop by sometime and link your crafts up with us on our Show Off Your Crafty Side blog hop.

    Hope you have a great weekend!


  10. That is too adorable - I want one in my size! :)

    henry  happened

  11. Okay...finally, a pinwheel flower tutorial! As crazy as it sounds, I was trying to make these just today to go on burlap pillows and could not figure out how to do it....I'm going to go try it the way you suggested in your link! :)

    Her jacket is adorable!!

  12. Love love love this! Since I don't have a daughter I just might have to make on for myself!

  13. Oh my gosh this is so cute! Thanks for showing us how! I just might have to revamp one of my jackets! :)

    Your newest follower!
    Have a great weekend!

  14. This is so cute. I NEED this jacket for my 4 year old. I to have been adding flowers to all her jackets and sweaters. It just adds that little special touch.

  15. Oh my goodness that is too cute!!

  16. Super delightful! I'm your newest follower - found you on FOTF. I'd love for you to share it on my Tuesday Link Up Party!

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  17. Amazing the difference a few small embellishments make! Love this! and such a cute model too!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  18. just posted this on my Facebook page - thanks for linking up today!

  19. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success