For the Casually Inclined

Denim Jacket DIY

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I don't know what it is, maybe the fact that I wore a hockey jersey with my name printed on the back for a third of my life, but I'm definitely drawn to apparel with print on the back. I just think it's an especially fun and cool look. With all the jean jackets I have in my closet, a few of which I never wear, I thought this could be a good project to help differentiate my collection. This is a really easy DIY, and one that doesn't involve a ton of supplies or high costs. My biggest issue was trying to decide what 'statement' I was going to go with. I debated over different lyrics but the amount of space I had to work with didn't give me a lot of options, and I didn't want to go too far in to interpretation. Instead, I decided to be a little ironic and take the slightly feminstic route, because, what's more fun than challenging boys?


  • Fabric of your choice
  • Iron-On Letters (I used 3 in. letters from AC Moore)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Cardboard for use underneath letters during ironing


  1. Choose fabric for project.
  2. Pre-wash fabric (do not use fabric softener).
  3. Preheat your dry iron to the wool setting.
  4. Lay your project our a hard, heat resistant surface (I used a piece of cardboard under mine to help it lay evenly flat.)
  5. Pre-heat the fabrics surface with a hot iron for about 10 seconds.
  6. Cut apart and place the letters as desired directly on the fabric with the design side up.
  7. Cover all the letters with a cotton cloth (I used a 100% cotton dish towel).
  8. With the heated iron, apply steady pressure firmly over the cloth covered letters for 20-30 seconds. Make sure to apply heat over each letter (check progress underneath pulling the cloth up slightly as you go). Seal the edges using the tip of your iron. Check the edges and repeat if necessary.
  9. Remove the cloth (careful, it will be hot).
  10. Carefully turn the project inside out and press opposite side with the iron for an additional 60 seconds. Make sure to apply heat equally. Again, using the tip of the iron to seal edges.
  11. Set project aside and lay flat to cool.
  12. When completely cooled (1 minute) carefully peel away the transfer sheet from the fabric surface.
  13. Starting at a corner, slowly peel away paper.
  14. If design sticks to transfer sheet, lay the paper back down and repeat ironing process.