Add Sweater Sleeves to a Leather Vest to Create a Trendy Jacket

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Add houndstooth sweater sleeves to a leather vest for a fashionable new look.

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The combination of the soft and rugged textures is such a delightful dichotomy!

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Things You’ll Need

  • Sweater sleeves
  • Leather jacket or vest
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Leather needle
  • Thread

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I found this leather coat at my local thrift shop for very little moolah. Someone had already removed the sleeves and left the edges unfinished. If you’re using a leather jacket instead of a vest, cut both sleeves off of it.

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When I see something leather for a good price at the thrift shop, I always throw it into my cart.

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This baggy old sweater needed a new life, too. I never pass up a houndstooth pattern at the thrift shop, but this was just a little too much of a good thing to wear as is. You might recognize it from last week’s post, in which I created a winter tote from it.

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Cut both sleeves off the sweater.

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Turn the leather vest inside out. Pin the tops of the sleeves into the armholes of the leather vest (right sides together), matching the shoulders and the bottom seams.

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Change the needle on your sewing machine to a 110/18 leather needle.

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Sew the sweater sleeves into the armholes of the leather vest with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn the new jacket right side out.

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You’re gonna love the way you look in your trendy new jacket! The possibilities are as endless as that sea of thrift shop sweaters.

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Stay warm!

Beth

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