DIY Denim Revival


One of the best ways to express who you are is through the diverse world of fashion. What you wear speaks immediately for you, it gives people an idea of what your personality is like, what you’re into and sometimes even what your profession is. Fashion speaks a lot. For myself I enjoy how diverse fashion is, I love how you can team up the same top 10 different ways, on 10 different people, with different body shapes and it still be that same top! I love that there is no right or wrong way to dress, its all about what you like and how you want to express yourself. I’ve always been really into vintage wear; I love that old pieces can be recycled and given some life through someone else enjoying them. Vintage pieces already tell a story and they often have so much character.


I’m a 90’s baby so its really exciting for me that chokers and space buns have made a come back! Growing up I was really into patches, my sister was in the local ‘brownies’ group and she had this sash with loads of patches on that I always envied. My love for patches has never been satisfied. Whats so great about a good patch is that they can be used on anything, bags, hats, jeans, jackets! Am I selling the patch love to you yet? I always say Accessories make an outfit. I didn’t quite realise how much a choker could transform my whole outfit, or how a hat can add so much sass! Patches are the next best thing to a good accessory, so today I’m going to show you how to jazz up your denim at home with my DIY Denim revival!


img_1534I’m using a vintage demin jacket that I bought a few years ago from a thrift shop in Brick Lane (Brick Lane is amazing for vintage clothes shopping). The patches were bought from eBay and Etsy, you’ll find so many that its hard to pick just a few! #cheapandcheerful

First you’ll need to check if you have iron on or sew on patches. Iron on patches have a glossy glue type backing and sew on are usually just fabric. I’m using Iron on patches, these stick best on Denim anyway!

Arrange your patches, you’ll want to play around with placement so that the overall look is exactly how you want it. Don’t rush this step.

With a sew on patch its pretty self explanatory, sew that bad boy on until it sticks!! With your Iron on patch you’ll need to heat your iron on quite a hot setting, make sure there is no water in the Iron as you don’t want to create steam.

Place your patch onto your denim assuring its at the correct angle and cover with a tea towel, flannel or loose material you have lying around.

Hold the heated iron directly on top and press down for 10-20 seconds, gently lift the cloth to see if all corners have stuck well. If not try again for another 10 seconds.

Now let your patch cool. If you want to secure your patch even more you should consider sewing a tiny bit at the top and bottom or the corners of each patch.

Continue until all patches are attached and enjoy your new, now full of character Demin!!





  1. Sarah Bailey October 17, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I love this! I used to adore popping patches all over things when I was younger, I should totally get back into do a bit of it 🙂

    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 11:44 am

      Hahaha I does make me feel like a kid again, there are just some things installed in me that I’ll never grow old of, Patches are one of them!

  2. LaaLaa (@LaaLaaMonroe) October 17, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    I keep saying I need to do this with pins and patches. I love doing things like this, might have to make it a project. Love your design x

    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      Ahhh you so should!! Brings back my childhood and made for a really enjoyable project! Thank you glad you love it!

  3. Milli Grace October 17, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I love this it looks so great – I really want to find a denim jacket so I can personalise it like this!

    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      Ooo you so should!! Go to your local thrift shops and check those out first! 🙂

  4. Yaya (@mydreamality) October 17, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    I’m also a 90’s kid and I love love love seeing that so much 90’s fashion is making a comeback. x

    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Yaaay!! Hi5 I’m so excited about the 90s comeback!

  5. Lubka Henry October 17, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    The embellishments and patch work over denim is such a cool trend. Loving the city chic vibe 🙂

    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      I’m so pleased you love it! Patches are just great for adding a bit of character and sass!!

  6. Ana De Jesus October 17, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Your jacket looks awesome with the patches. I have to admit I have never Diy-ed my jacket but it looks like fun xx

    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      I DIY anything I can 😂 saves money and I’m a creative so I enjoy anything like this!

  7. Deborah Nicholas October 17, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    I love this, my kids are all about the badges etc at the minute so this is a great hack!

    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Yes I love that!! Patches are good on just about anything so I’m bringing back the patch love!

    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you! I think they are quite cool too haha. Oh believe me it is super easy, I literally did mine in 5 mins!!

  8. Jessica October 17, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    How cute! I’ve always been one of them people who love fashion but thinks nothing would suit me, so I stick to the basics but this is such a good way to add personality to an item! Thanks for sharing!


    • cheskaaanels October 17, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      No girl you’d suit loads of things!!! You just need a personal stylist to show you what suits you the best! Glad you liked this!! Xox

  9. Rachel October 17, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    I used to love the whole patches thing and I do love how you have done this shirt x

  10. Ashleigh Day October 17, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Okay now i’m in love with a Denim Jacket! It’s just lush xx

  11. Rhian Westbury October 17, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    I have been searching for the perfect denim jacket to do exactly this to, add patches and attach enamel badges to x

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 7:33 am

      Ooo sounds so cool!!! I love a good denim jacket!

  12. joannavictoria October 18, 2016 / 12:26 am

    I am a 90s child this reminds me of my childhood as I loved having patches on denim jackets and jeans.

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 7:33 am

      Haha yes I remember attempting them on jeans once!

  13. Liz Mays October 18, 2016 / 1:31 am

    Aww, this is the best idea. I love the patches you went with. We should definitely be bringing the patch trend back.

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 7:34 am

      Hi5 Liz!! I agree! Haha glad you loved this post, the patches are all so cute ahh!

  14. Nikki October 18, 2016 / 7:51 am

    I used to love all the patches too! Your jacket looks fab! Will you be adding any more?

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 10:53 am

      Thank you!! Yea I was thinking as I see a patch I like I’ll add more individually!

  15. Dannii October 18, 2016 / 10:43 am

    I love that denim jackets are making a come back. I used to love them when I was a kid.

  16. hannahhowell912 October 18, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Love it!! I need to do this with one of my jackets now x

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      Hahaha see when I was making it I wondered there same thing! I now just don’t care what anyone else thinks I love it!

  17. Helen Costello October 18, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    How cool does that jacket look? I must be reallyold as I remember sewing patches on my jeans when I was younger!

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 12:13 pm

      Hahaha Ahhh awesome isn’t it! Great to be reminded of our younger days!

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 5:15 pm

      Ooo I haven’t even seen anyone else bringing it back yet but I’m so happy people are!

  18. WhatLauraLoves October 18, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    I love how denim is coming back big style. I wish the oversized fit styles suited me as I think they look so awesome! xxx

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 5:16 pm

      They really do!! I love denim having its big comeback!

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 5:18 pm

      I know me too, sometimes I forget how quick and easy it is to customise something and make it your own! I was so excited to do this one!

  19. fashionmommywm October 18, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    I love the patches you have used, they look so 1950s retro. Really cool.

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      Thank you!!! I love them too I just like looking at the jacket now haha

    • cheskaaanels October 18, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Thank you style queen!! Glad you enjoyed this!

  20. Sarah October 18, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Ahh right in the childhood. I love this SO much. I was always a fan of patches, especially with denim! You did a good job!

  21. Amelia Larsen October 18, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    This looks awesome! I love patches and badges myself.

  22. nicol October 18, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    i am loving all of this denim revival trend right now. i need to look for the perfect patches to do so

  23. Sarah (@tamingtwins) October 19, 2016 / 9:59 am

    Those patches are so super cute! I need some to go on the knees of the kids jeans too!

    • cheskaaanels October 19, 2016 / 10:20 am

      That would be so cute!! I really want to jazz up my kids backpacks too!

  24. Teresa at RockspringsCrafts October 19, 2016 / 9:59 am

    I have been collecting patches as souvenirs from all the different places we have visited but not really had an idea of what to do with them all. Now I do. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • cheskaaanels October 19, 2016 / 10:20 am

      Awwh thats such a lovely idea!! I’m so glad I could help with your decision! 😀

  25. GALINA V October 19, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I was in my 20s in the 1990s, so remember the chokers quite well. You have made that vintage denim jacket totally unique with the use of patches.

  26. Stressed Mum October 19, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I used to love patches when I was younger, you can really make something your own x

  27. Milly Youngman October 19, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Ooh I really want to DIY a denim jacket with cute patches! Yours looks fab 🙂

    • cheskaaanels October 19, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you 😀 Glad you enjoyed this!

  28. Anosa October 19, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    I am loving how simple this DIY is and how pretty the recycled Denim is. I have not owned a denim jacket for a while now, I need it get one

    • cheskaaanels October 19, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Everyone needs to own a denim jacket, its just nice to have as an option! 😀

    • cheskaaanels October 19, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      Ooo please do!! I’d love to see it 😀

  29. jojo140883 October 19, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I love what you’ve done with that. My wardrobe is full of denim. I also love a choker 🙂 x

  30. The Kats Paws October 19, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    I adore these patches, you can get so many great ones since I first used to do this. Have u seen the ones now at accessorise? Xx

  31. Jodie October 19, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Fantastic post! I definitely agree with you that fashion is a way to express yourself

  32. Kira October 19, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Such a simple thing to do but makes such a difference! I love the modern touch!

  33. MELANIE EDJOURIAN October 19, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    You have done a great job there and make it sounds so easy to do. I had some patches but was scared to use them but I might try now.

    • cheskaaanels October 19, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      Oh do, Its so easy I did this in 5 mins!

  34. dearmummyblog October 19, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Love the patches you have selected! My mummy loves a brand called Bonnie Mob (kids brand) which also use patches on denim:)

    • cheskaaanels October 19, 2016 / 10:58 pm

      Oooo I shall check them out for the kids!

  35. Angela Milnes October 19, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Thats a really cool idea. I think very talented and clever!

  36. October 20, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I really like this idea, it looks great! I remember when I was around 12/13 years old and patching up an old pair of jeans back in the 90s! I also love that chockers are back in!! 🙂 xx

  37. Amanda-Jaied October 20, 2016 / 10:44 am

    Your jacket looks so cool! I’ve got a pile of patches and pins building up because I can’t quite find the perfect denim jacket yet (I’m so fussy) but will definitely check out Brick Lane when I’m down in London next month! Xx

    • cheskaaanels October 20, 2016 / 10:48 am

      Oh you’ll definitely find one in Brick lane there is so much choice!!

  38. secretplussizegoddessblog October 20, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I love Brick Lane; it is amazing for items like this! I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of the jacket before, but once you added the patches to it, it looks fabulous

  39. Harriet from Toby & Roo October 20, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    I really need to invest in demin! I don’t have anything other than my jeans and I’d love a flashback jacket!

  40. hexmum October 20, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Brilliant idea, although I have been totally put off patches, by the amount that I had to sew on my daughters brownie uniform!

  41. Ali October 20, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I love this – very 90s! I’m sure I had a similar one. I used to wear chokers too, not sure if I could get away with it now though!

  42. thingssarahloves October 20, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    I love patches on a denim jacket – it looks so cool! I’ve never owned one myself though.

  43. Sam B October 21, 2016 / 10:58 am

    This reminds me of my youth, I had patches all over denim jackets. Glad to see them making an appearance again

  44. Rachel October 21, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Love what you’ve done with the jacket, I always want to customise one of my jackets! xo

  45. Stephen October 23, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    I remember the time when everyone had patches on their denim, so this is a great way to revive a jacket!

  46. Leslie Hernandez October 24, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    This is so cool, I seriously see myself doing something like this I am very crafty and this is definitely a fun project 🙂

  47. Ayesha Farhad October 29, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I have been meaning to do the same! You’ve done justice to the jacket if i may say so!
    I got a few pins from primark and might do something like this!

  48. Planet Jodie October 31, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    I’m a 90s baby and loved all the music and general trends. I used to live in denim. Just love that jacket with all its patches!

    • cheskaaanels October 31, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Awwh thank you!! Hahaha yeah denim skirts and jackets! Everything denim!

  49. Stephanie Merry November 10, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    What a great idea to personalise your clothes – the jacket looks fab! x

    • cheskaaanels November 10, 2016 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you!! I love it! Defo added character to it 🙂

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