We are getting ready to head out on an amazing adventure to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and could not be more excited. Every good trip begins with careful prep and yesterday, “Pack Clothes” was at the top of my to-do list. I have a favorite jacket I always take camping. I should clarify that it is my favorite because it’s big, warm and comfortable. I actually hate the way it looks. The giant OLD NAVY emblazoned across the front is a huge turn off to me. I am not really an Old Navy kind of gal. This jacket is a hand-me-down, and I am so a hand-me-down kind of gal. Not bashing Old Navy though.

I just couldn’t handle it anymore and had to do something about it. I didn’t have a lot of time, though. I’m sure my husband was thinking,”Is decorating that jacket the best use of your time?” He never says that to me though. He is so awesome. I would totally say that to him. I am so bossy.

Hideous Jacket

Hideous Jacket

Ick. Something must be done.

Cut a Piece

Cut a Piece

To make this wham-bam applique, you need a piece of fabric that will not fray. I used a piece of polar fleece. An old T-shirt would also work great for this. If you have a worn out T with a cool image, a beloved but tattered concert shirt perhaps, you could totally use that. I didn’t have time to sort thought my 19 totes of fabric, and I really like this pattern, so that’s why. Cut it to size.

Pin It Down

Pin It Down

Pin it down where you want it. I am obviously covering up the lettering so that’s where I pinned it. If you were just adding a decorative element to spice up a plain jacket, put it wherever it looks best.

Fancy Jacket Applique

Fancy Jacket Applique

Yay! Stitched on in a matter of minutes and ready to go camping. I used a zig-zag stitch and did my best to get close to the edge, but it’s far from perfect. I told you it was down & dirty! No worries, I love it. And once it’s washed, the edges will roll up and give it a punk attitude.

Now I will be warm and super stylish at the campfire!