How to Make a Metalhead Patch Vest

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Turn this boring denim jacket into a rocking metal vest.
Turn this boring denim jacket into a rocking metal vest. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

The mark of a true metalhead is the ubiquitous denim vest full of patches. These vests have been a part of the metal culture since the 1980s, and you will still see true metalheads paying homage to their favorite bands with these patches. Wear your vest to concerts to show what bands you listen to, and the vest can become a scrapbook of the bands you've seen and those you love. Hang on to it and pass it down to your kids when you're older, so they can ask you who Ozzy Osbourne is.

Things You'll Need

  • Denim jacket
  • Scissors
  • Patches
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Pins
  • Studs
  • Safety pins
  • Fabric markers

Grab a denim jacket and make it metal. It can be black or blue denim, depending on your taste. To make it a vest, simply cut the sleeves off the jacket at the shoulder seam. It doesn't have to be perfect, so you can use regular scissors. After it is washed the material will fray a bit, making it look even more metal.

Add the patches. This can be done a couple of ways. Most patches these days are iron-ons, so all you will have to do is place your vest on an ironing board and fire up your iron to adhere them. Old-school patches still need to be sewn on, which can be done with a needle and thread. Put the largest patch on the back of your jacket in the center. This one should be your favorite band.

Surround the large patch on the back with smaller patches of bands you like. The front of the jacket should have patches on both sides and they can be smaller, too. Add some really cool logos or even some pins if you have some.

Add studs and safety pins to the jacket. These can decorate the collar or surround some of the larger patches. Some metalheads even attach their patches on their jackets with safety pins, which is also an option if you want to switch out patches later.

Draw on your jacket if you're an artist. Use fabric markers to write song lyrics, draw band logos or have musicians sign your metal vest. Embellish the vest as you desire to customize it to fit your personality.

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