If you guys follow me on Snapchat (my handle is Tashpantz if you don't) you will know that I love a good DIY. I am always doing little mini tutorials on there to show my followers how to make something or revamp something they already have so it's no surprise that when Dylon got in contact with me to do a DIY/upcycle project on my blog using their dyes; I jumped at the opportunity.
I thought it would be cool to do 3 separate DIYs using Dylon's machine dyes and hand wash dyes; two based around fashion and one based around homeware. For the first DIY in this series I will be playing around with one of my favourite items; denim. I thought I would show you guys how to upcycle an old denim jacket into your very own patch denim jacket which is quite trendy this autumn season. Let's get started!
Read the dye instructions carefully! This is supper important to ensure you get good results and also to make sure you don't cause any damage to your washing machine.
After you're comfortable with the instructions you can get started and I suggest starting by weighing your item to make sure you have enough dye to complete the job. It is important to note that 1 packet will dye up to 600g of fabric (e.g. Jeans or bath towel) to the full shade and 1.2kg of fabric (e.g. Double duvet) to a lighter shade.
After weighing out your item, wash it thoroughly to remove any stains or dressings. This will make sure you get an even finish on your dye job.
Following the instructions included in the dye packet, dye your item.
After the dying process is complete and you have washed away any excess dye with detergent, remove the item from the washing machine and dryer thoroughly away from direct heat and sunlight.
I was so happy with the finish I got from Dylon's black velvet machine dye. As you can see from the pictures I got a nice even finish and there were no patchy or lighter areas. It looked like I had purchased the jacket in black! You seriously can't even tell that the colour is a result of a dye job.
What I also loved about using this machine dye is that the process was so easy, it wasn't messy and it didn't cause any damage to my washing machine.
After I was sure that the jacket was dry I proceeded to add the patches on to my jacket.
I suggest playing around with the positioning of your patches and taking pictures to make sure you're happy with the placement. I opted to place my patches right on the back of my jacket and I centered them to make sure they were the main focal point.
After I was happy with the position, I dampened my cloth and placed it over the patches and ironed them on with a medium to hot iron. I made sure to hold the iron over each individual patch for at least 10 seconds to make sure the patch was firmly in place.
After ironing on the patches I turned the fabric over and ironed on the underside to make sure the patches were properly affixed to the jacket and my denim jacket was complete!
As you can see the jacket turned out great and it is the ultimate statement denim jacket for this autumn season. I have had so many compliments on it whenever I've worn it as well as people asking me where I got it from. It is so satisfying to have to tell them that I made it myself and it's also great to know that no one else has anything similar because I made it myself! That's the beauty of DIY; having an individual piece that no one else has. I plan to make this jacket more of a statement by adding a lot more patches and pin badges to it but for now I'll enjoy rocking it as it is. What do you guys think of my statement denim jacket?
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I would love to know if any of you have ever used Dylon's machine dyes. Did you enjoy using them? Did you get good results? Also stay tuned for the next 2 DIYs in my upcycle series with Dylon. Talk soon xx