DIY: Gussy Up Your Denim With a Vintage Serape

Mark my words, one of these days you’ll be receiving a postcard from some exotic place with my name on the back. I think somewhere in warm and sunny Mexico would be just the ticket.


I have a feeling it will be happening sooner than I think.

But until then, I brought a bit of the warm Mexican sun home for spring break and paid homage to our southern neighbor by gussying up a plain denim jacket with a vibrant vintage serape.




Click here for the step by step tutorial and your chance to win a zipper pouch made from this vintage serape. Just pin and leave a comment over at ehow and your name will be entered to win. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, March 29th.

Where are you going for spring break? I’d love to live vicariously through you and hear about your adventures.



PS. Just a reminder about my live BurdaStyle web seminar coming up on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Refashion: Inspiration and Projects to Revamp and Recycle Your Wardrobe For Less

Even if you can’t watch the live session at 11:00, if you sign up, you will receive the recorded version to watch anytime that works for you.

Hope to see you there!

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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36 Responses to DIY: Gussy Up Your Denim With a Vintage Serape

  1. bagladyboutique says:

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique and commented:
    Thanks for sharing. I love DIY projects.

  2. ana says:

    Im mexicans and i gotta say that most of the things trying to resemble our mexican heritage fails on the try… But it love how this looks.

    I would wear it proudly 🙂

    And Beth, Riviera Maya is your place.. Believe me. You will love it

  3. amaryllislog says:

    I really love this! I’m very inspired! Thanks!!

  4. Mother Deer says:

    Besides loving the colorful fabric, I particularly like your use of the fringe on the back 🙂

  5. Elisabetta Volpi says:

    Ti ringrazio, hai sempre delle belle idee !!!

  6. s2rtsuliine says:

    It’s so lovely jacket now!

  7. vjstracener says:

    I’m really excited about our spring vacation plans. I’m surprising my husband with a trip to Pensacola beach in April as a celebration of him being halfway through police academy. Then I’m headed to Texas to visit my aunt. April should be a fun month.

  8. Jayne says:

    Is this Serapa washable?

  9. Debi Askew says:

    I have some questions about your upcoming workshop? First of all 11:00 am EST. Is that 7am for West coast? Also will there be anything for us to download and keep or print to help us?

    Let me know so I can decide if I want to attend.


    Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:56:23 +0000 To:

    • Hi Debi,
      Thank you for your questions and I hope it works out for you to attend the workshop. The workshop will be at 8:00 for us on the West Coast. And yes, everyone that attends the live web seminar will receive a recording along with other materials that are mentioned during the
      seminar. Then you can access it anytime you wish.
      Enjoy your Sunday!

  10. Jo H. says:

    Nice! I really like the fringe, too – glad you kept it!

  11. Nora says:

    How brave of you to cut up a beautiful serape! BTW did someone win the Mr. Rogers Day Cardigan?

  12. So fun! Love the jacket. I already did my spring break vacation at the bahamas! but this cold weather is really making me wish I could go back *sigh

  13. That is just adorable, Beth.

  14. Kari says:

    That is gorgeous but please tell me that serape had massive holes or something. That’s a $200.00 dollar serape you cut up. They are so rare and hard to find now. Even with holes I sell them around $175.00, depending on the design in the middle (and just by seeing the fringe which is almost almost impossible to find in that condition) it could have been worth up to $500.00 dollars. My heart.

  15. King b says:

    Hello, I’d love to try out this step by step tutorial. However, it seems that the link on ehow has been removed. Anyway you could repost it here? I know it’s been a few years and that’s probably why the link is no longer available, but I’d love to follow along and implement it on my old vintage levis denim jacket. Please get back to me! Thank you in advance, looking forward to your reply!

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