DIY: Safety Pin Studded Jacket

Posted 3:56 PM by Gloria S. Álvarez in Etiquetas:

Another month, another DIY!

The inspiration for this particular project was Ryan Gosling's jacket in "Drive".


Phoenixes have always been my favorite mythical creatures; the ideas of rebirth and immortality being deeply embedded in my personal spiritual beliefs and also, my dreams (wow, I went deep there for a second, didn't I?). For this reason I chose to draw a Phoenix as the image in my jacket; that, and the fact that I thought that the safety pins could translate very well into the shape and texture of the feathers. So you want to make your own jacket? Here's what you'll need.

Materials used:
  • 2 packs of gold safety pins - The packs I bought brought 4 different sizes of pins (these are a lot better because you can play with the different sizes and widths of the pins to create different textures; each pack brought 175 pins, but I ended up using roughly 1 and a half packs).
  • Jacket/Shirt/Skirt - Whatever it is you want to work on. Just make sure the fabric is heavy enough to support the weight of the pins.
  • Small pillow/cushion - I used it to put my jacket on it, to keep the fabric stretched and to make it easier to work on the back of the jacket.
  • Colored wooden pencil - To trace the design onto the fabric.
  • (optional) Masking Tape/ Thimble - To make sure you won't poke your fingers with the pins, you can wrap masking tape on your index finger and thumb. If you can be careful enough, then you can overlook this.
This is a very crappy picture, but it's what the jacket looked like before:


Step 1: Separate the different sizes of pins. The packs I bought brought 4 different sizes, but they were all mixed together. I separated them and saved them in ziplock bags. They range in size from 0 being the smallest, to 3 being the biggest.

Step 2: Put the jacket "on" your cushion. For mine, I buttoned it on so the fabric in the back would be as extended as possible.

Step 3: Using the colored pencil, draw the shape of the image you want onto the fabric.


This is the jacket after I was done tracing it.


Step 4: Start outlining the outside shape with the pins before starting to work on the wings.


When pinning onto the fabric, try not to grab too much or too little fabric into the pin- meaning the fabric should fit comfortably in the pin without creating tension and without changing the shape of your garment. Smexy Dead at Instructables has a great picture explaining this on her own tutorial. Also, be careful not to latch the pins onto the cushion: keep a hand inside the jacket to help guide the pins and make sure they don't get stuck on the pillow.

Step 5: Pin the wings. Play around with the different sizes of pins, the angles you can pin in, and the spaces left in between to create the shapes. Here's a closeup on the top of one of the wings and on the head of the Phoenix so you can get a better picture.




Step 6: Strut your stuff and show off your creation! This is an awesome project and it looks great on!


As for care instructions, I'd suggest spot cleaning rather than washing normally; but I read that it is possible to wash these in the machine if done on the "delicate" cycle. Be very, very careful if you put this in the dryer: metal gets extremely hot and you could get hurt.
Other than that, this is a very cheap project and also easy to make. All in all, it took me about 4 hours to finish it from start to finish (put some Pandora on, and you'll be done before you notice it :P).

I'll upload pictures of me wearing the jacket when I take it out for a spin. If any of you use this tutorial as inspiration to create your own, please post a picture in the comments, I'd love to see you give this your own spin!

Until the next DIY adventure!



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Anonymous said...

LINES FROM NEW MOVIE WHICH THIS JACKET WILL INSPIRE: "YOU GIVE ME A TIME AND PLACE TO GROOM YOUR PONY, I GIVE YOU FIVE MINUTES. IN THOSE FIVE MINUTES IM YOURS NO MATTER WHAT, ANYTHING ON EITHER SIDE OF THAT, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. I DONT FEED THE PONIES, I DONT TAKE THEM OUT TO RIDE...I JUST GROOM!!!" "GROOM" COMING TO THEATERS THIS JULY!!!