Cool Patches with Vintage Graphics

More Graphics Fairy Fun today! As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve been enjoying the use of the cool vintage graphics that Karen, The Graphics Fairy, shares daily on her website.

This time I made patches from my favorite images. The only modification was adding borders to each to allow for stitching around the images and not having just white around each patch.
Click on any image to enlarge.

I printed 2 pages onto Colorfast Sew-In Inkjet fabric sheets. I’ve included these bordered graphics as downloadble PDFs for you.
{PDF 1} {PDF 2}
But you don’t have to limit yourself to my favs, there are many more to choose from on the site.

Once printed, I peeled the fabric from its backing and heat-pressed as directed. {1} I cut out each patch {2-3} and moved them around on my GAP jean jacket until I was happy with the layout.{4}

Once positioned, I took a photo for layout reference, then using spray adhesive, lightly sprayed the back of each patch to keep them in place while sewing. {5-6}

I stitched each patch inside their color border, overlapping some patches over others. {7-8}

Once all were sewn {9-10}, I tossed the jacket, along with a good load of clothes, into the washing machine then the dryer to distress the patches. It worked like a charm, all the patch edging fraying and the patches have a great worn appearance. Once removed from the dryer there were a lot of threads fraying from the patch edges. Instead of cutting I pulled each thread creating more fraying.

This is the final jacket!

Vintage patches would look great on a tote, pillow, jeans, shirt, you name it!

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29 Responses to Cool Patches with Vintage Graphics

  1. #1 - Jen says:

    That jacket turned out adorable! As always, good work!

  2. #2 - LeelaBijou says:

    wow,very, very cool!

  3. #3 - Holly says:

    What a cool idea! The patches turned out great!

  4. #4 - Karin says:

    ooh, very very lovely! Makes me want to find my leftover Fabric Sheets and get started right away…

  5. #5 - sassyglassdesigns says:

    Those are so great and I love the jacket…nice work.

  6. #6 - Dragonlady says:

    WOW, your jacket turned out great, so very cool….

  7. #7 - lorhen82 says:

    What a creative idea! The jacket looks great! ~Lori

  8. #8 - Pattie Cordova says:

    wow… these look pretty cool. thanks for doing this

  9. #9 - Katie says:

    You are so talented, I love seeing how you use things.

  10. #10 - T.Allen-Mercado says:

    Cool! Now pop the collar and strut your stuff!

  11. #11 - xashee's corner says:

    Thank you so much for sharing such a FANTASTIC, simple & FUN way to use some graphics! i LOVE the way the jacket looks! Have an AWESOME day! 🙂

  12. #12 - Halo Hill says:

    Well, if that isn’t awesome!! You clever girl! Thank you for the tut! Awesome of both you and the Graphics Fairy to share with us!


  13. #13 - momof3girls says:

    I am in love with this craft! Once you showed your craft my mind starting whizzing -thank you!
    Your jacket turned out so cute!! I am sure everyone will stop & ask you where you got it!

  14. #14 - THE POTTING SHED says:

    This is just the best. I can’t wait to try!

  15. #15 - Brandy Faulkner says:

    OMG!!! You are so Clever! I am sooo going to try this! I think I try a t-shirt! I just LOVE ur blog and how you share so much!


  16. #16 - manicstamper says:

    Oh WOW…….the jacket is just too cool for words and thank you so much for the pdf’s.

  17. #17 - Artyjen says:

    thanks for your words on my blog. As I said on Karens it was spooky that the day I went to post thanks for the labels – I saw your great idea for the same images.

  18. #18 - Anonymous says:

    i’m unable to load the pdf’s for the patches. any other way to copy these.

  19. #19 - Cathe Holden says:

    Hi Ann,

    Are you clicking on the words in the brackets : {PDF1} {PDF2} ?

    If that still won’t work for you, email me and I will send them directly to you.

    Cathe : )

  20. #20 - Ellie says:

    go to and
    click on calls n’ challenges, there is one for patches, you should
    enter yours! Creative and fun!

  21. #21 - Prpldy says:

    Can you e-mail the PDFs to me as they will not download for me either.

    Thanks! BTW – Love the gorgeous jacket turned out perfect!

  22. #22 - StampinMom says:

    Thanks for sharing the lovely patches…jacket turned out wonderful you talented thing you!

    Jamie 🙂

  23. #23 - Cheryl says:

    Very cool project. Could you email me the PDF's? They won't download for me.
    Thanks in advance.

  24. #24 - auntie says:

    i've been looking for something just right to embellish a purse i'm making for my sister…and i think THIS IS IT!! thanks for the great idea 🙂

  25. #25 - aladdin says:

    Wow! Your projects are amazing! I have been enjoying your site so much tonight that I totally lost track of time. How time flies when you're having fun! Thanks so very much! I must get to bed now!

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  27. #26 - Joan Collins says:

    Your vintage jacket looks fantastic. I am a big fan of vintage, you have got my creative juices flowing thanks for sharing.

  28. #27 - ChrisA says:

    Cathe…I just love these. Thank you so much!!!

  29. #28 - louise spell says:

    I would like to know more about yourl labels to sew on wash cloths, are they small. and can you put what I wont on them?