Upcycled Coat

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Have an old coat that’s seen better days? Or perhaps you found a great coat at a yard sale in need of a style upgrade?. This tutorial will show you have to add flair so that your garment has a renewed life.






Inspect your coat for any needed repairs. There were some random stray threads on my thrifted coat plus some moth damage.

The buttons were old and the finish was falling off. Just replacing buttons can give a garment a completely different look.

With a seam ripper remove the buttons and replace them. If you do this carefully you can reuse the thread holes.

Buttons come in a seemingly infinite amount of colors and shapes. I got mine at a local quilting store.

Replace the button immediately after you remove the old one. This will let you skip measuring where the buttons should go and save you time.

Make sure to replace all the buttons for a full makeover. The cuff buttons were in ok shape but I replaced them anyway.

This thrifted lace vest had great trim which was easily removed with a seam ripper.

Sewing on lace trim onto pocket flaps is an excellent way to upcycle a garment.

Smaller bits of lace can be sewn onto the shoulder area for accents.

If your coat has a back flap you can sew lace trim onto it as well.

Old wool coats often have moth damage. Thankfully this one only had one small chunk missing.

I made a freehand flower template from an old cereal box. Then I used the template to cut out a piece of felt.

Simple stitches can be used to make a stylish patch.

Now the moth damage is completely covered.

A few upgrades have given this coat a whole new look.

Now I just have to wait for colder weather to wear it.

Craft on!

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About Stephanie

Hello everyone. I’m Stephanie and I’m so happy to be the Yarn and Needlework contributor for Think Crafts. A friend taught me to crochet back in 2000 and I’ve been hooked on textile crafts every since. Knitting soon followed, then spinning, needle felting and sewing joined the team. I love making my own clothes and home accessories. Creating fun monsters out of sparkly yarn is my current obsession. I blog about my crafty creations at Twilly 23.

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