How To Create A DIY Patch-Covered Outerwear Jacket

Temperatures are dropping but that doesn’t mean you have to lower your #AEOSTYLE standards too! Erik from MOG Blog put together a super easy step-by-step guide on how to create your very own patch covered outerwear using our Aviator Jacket. Get to know Erik and the inspiration behind his work below.

What Inspired Erik’s Look: “I chose to wear the jacket with a really simple outfit underneath. Because it’s is one-of-a-kind, I wanted it to be the star player of this look. A simple black hoodie, tee shirt and jeans, contrasted with a great pair of suede boots. Add any signature jewelry you typically wear (for me, it’s this vintage gold bracelet) and you’ve got a look that’s uniquely you – and that’s the best part!”


Step 1: Go hunting for patches, pins, buttons and anything else you’d like to adorn your jacket with. I found these at a cool vintage store in my neighborhood, though there’s plenty of great resources online. Check out Etsy as well!



Step 2 – Gather your materials, including a needle and thread, some scissors, and Fabri-tac (or similar fabric glue.)

DIY Patchwork Aviator Jacket American eagle outfitters

Step 3 – Lay out your design, and when you’re satisfied, attach the patches either by sewing or gluing with Fabri-tac. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle before washing or wearing. I’m sewing mine, because I would be letting myself down after my years as a costume designer in grad school, if I had decided to glue. Lol.

DIY Patchwork jacket American eagle

Step 4 – Last, but not least – attach your pins and buttons and get stylin’!”

DIY Patch Work Jacket American Eagle

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