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.


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


Things You’ll Need

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


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.


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


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.


Cut both sleeves off the sweater.


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.


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


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.


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.


Stay warm!


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