Everybody’s got that one fashion staple that has been way past the season’s trends yet they still find themselves grabbing it any chance they get. They just can’t seem to get rid of it. If the first two sentences hit you right on the spot, then read on because we’ve got a few simple and easy ways for you to make your denim jacket, high-waist trousers, or long-sleeved cotton sweater look and feel brand new — with a touch of unique personalization.
First, grab your favorite overused piece and lay it out on a table. Then, choose from your quirky collection of Punchdrunk Panda enamel pins and iron-on patches to personalize your “canvas” (and of course, you can place them all if you like!). After selecting from the different designs, place the pins and patches in your desired location.
For the enamel pins, the ideal area to place them would be on the collar as this is where they can stand out and let their cuteness shine but they can also be placed on the front pocket or in the chest area for an adorably simple tweak to your basic staple. Aside from your overused fashion staple, enamel pins can also be delightfully decked on your handbag, backpack, basic white tee, or wallet.
For the iron-on patches, fabrics like denim and cotton provide the best base so make sure your favorite overused staple can be ironed. Also, the fabric you choose should at least be as heavy as the patch — your favorite denim piece is perfect for this. After laying out the patch in your desired area, place your fabric on a flat heat-resistant surface like an ironing board. If you don’t have one, you may lay your item on a bath towel on top of a sturdy table. Heat up the iron and, without displacing the items, place a thin cotton towel over the patch to protect the material and fabric from the iron. Then, firmly press down on the patch for about 30 seconds.
Pins, check. Patches, check! Now that you’ve decked your staple fancy with the pins and iron-pressed the patches, first, allow the patch to cool. Then, lift the towel and check whether the patch is fixed on securely by gently rubbing its edges with your finger. If it lifts up a bit, replace the towel and press the patch with the iron again for about 15 seconds. To make your iron-on patch is absolutely secure and permanent, sew it to the fabric with your sewing machine or a needle and thread that blends with the border of the patch.
And there you have it! From an overused and worn-out staple to a brand new item without having to spend a bucket of cash. Not only does it feel brand new but your favorite fashion staple also feels much more special as it is now unique only to you.