DIY: Utility Vest with Patches
**DISCLAIMER: Let me just say this upfront. Do not be misled by the title. I’m NOT a DIY-er. I went through a short-lived phase of chasing Pinterest project dreams, and after a few
tears failed attempts (and sad stacks of wannabe customized hand towels later), I bid adieu to the crafting scissors and have been on my merry way. But, iron-on patches, this is something even I can swing. So, if you’re like me, please do not be intimidated to read this post!**
I love the patched trend right now. From denim to bomber jackets, patches are popping up everywhere. Even if sold at a mass retailer, the patches give the look of unique, worn-in and one-of-a-kind. Who doesn’t want to wear something like that?
When I stumbled across these pretty little Logophile patches from Saks (these are just a few of them), I decided to make my own one-of-a-kind piece. I mean honestly, I can’t resist another form of monogramming something with my initials…
I spent a good amount of time searching for just the right utility vest and found the perfect option on Amazon. 100% cotton, hits about mid-bum, cinches in at the waist and has one pocket-less side to easily add patches. While this color wasn’t available with Prime, it’s only $26.00 shipped.
Here’s everything you’ll need. Patches, vest (or jacket), clean pillow case and an iron.
Use Heat ‘n Bond if your patches do not have adhesive backings. Per my earlier disclaimer though, don’t ask me how to use it. 🙂
Patch Application – Go!
1. Set your iron to the high/cotton setting. Lay your vest/jacket on a hard surface so the heat is applied evenly. In my case, I placed a thin blanket on top of my coffee table.
2. Use your pillow case as a buffer between the iron and the fabric of the vest/jacket and the patches. First, heat the area were you’ll apply the patches. Set the pillow case on top of the vest and apply heat from your iron. I did this for about five seconds.
3. Assemble the patches so they look just so…done!
4. Place the pillow case over the patches and apply heat from your iron. Don’t move the iron once it’s down. Simply hold it still over the patches. I did this for about ten seconds at a time, lifting up the pillow case to check the patches and using more heat to make sure all the edges were fixed to the vest fabric.
Sit back and marvel at your craftiness. But seriously, hands off! Let it cool and set for about an hour.
I’m thrilled with the finished product. I’ve been wanting a dark green vest like this for crisp fall days or to layer in cooler weather and the patches give it a little punch of color and character.
What do you all think of the patches look? Is this a DIY you would try??