Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… so neat and clean in its execution, this little ditty is likely lodged — inexplicably — in so many of our brains. A romantic through and through, I remember singing this to myself as a child as I imagined my eventual wedding day (ironically, the “something old” was the only item to make it into my actual wedding day ensemble… oops!). Unlike many wedding day traditions, this saying isn’t exactly steeped in myth or lore, it dates back to an Old English rhyme that concludes with “… and a sixpence in your shoe”. These four objects are meant to bring the bride good luck on her wedding day, tokens from family, friends, and even the bride herself to add to the wedding day look at the very last moment… think of them as something to lift you up as you float down the aisle.
Something old to represent continuity,
Something new for optimism,
Something borrowed to represent happiness,
Something blue for love…
And a sixpence in your shoe for prosperity… particularly if you happen to be British.
Of course, now more than ever wedding day traditions are up for interpretation, and this one especially can be easily customized to suit the style of the to-be-wed. A vintage wedding ring could take the place of something old, some fresh dancing shoes for something new, a second-hand veil for something borrowed… and a pair of customized jackets for that special something blue. For the latter, we enlisted the help of our display team to create a set of one-of-a-kind denim jackets fit to go down the aisle or be thrown over wedding day attire as you make your getaway as newlyweds. Check out the how to below, and be sure to scroll to the bottom to see how you can win the originals!
Solvent – we used acetone, which is available at the drugstore but Citra Solve is another option that is less harsh and eco-friendly
Respirator mask, or use the solvent in a well-ventilated area
A colored image printed on a laser printer
Light-colored denim or cloth to transfer onto
Optional: Concentrated watercolor paint (we used Dr. Ph Martins concentrated watercolor pigment) and paintbrush for darkening the letters/image
Files: click & print
For the Stencil:
An Exacto knife
Print out the reversed image to the size that fits your jacket or piece of cloth (the images we provided in the links above are all scaled to the size we used)
Lay it down where you want it. Use one hand to keep it from shifting or pin it down. Wet the paper towel with the solvent, and rub it onto the backside of the paper. Quickly rub the paper with the backside of your scissors. The rubbing pressure transfers the image to the cloth. Press hard and make sure you get all the edges of your image. Use your gloves and respirator or do it outside for this step for best results.
Peel away the paper!
Fill in the transfer with paint if you like. We used concentrated watercolor to fill in the lettering on the Men’s jacket.
This transfer process works best on light colored fabric. If you have a dark denim you can try spraying it with a little bleach in a spray bottle and lightening it first.
Using an exacto knife, cut carefully around the edges of the arrows. Tape down and lightly spray from above.
Decide on the placement of the transfers. Once you’ve landed on a design, use pins to pin in place. Use a sewing machine or needle and thread to secure the patches onto your jackets, removing the pins once complete. You can also embellish the look with appliques, beading, or quilted sections.
Toss these on to make your grand getaway or even as you walk down the aisle. Enjoy!
+ Are you getting hitched soon? You could win the two one-of-a-kind jackets created by our display team pictured here, which not only feature the original patches, but some amazing embellishments added by the team as well. To enter, we want to know your love story! Tell us how you and your sweetheart met and the date you’re getting married in the comments. We’ll choose a winner randomly and notify them via email. Best of luck!
A huge thank you goes out to our display team for creating these incredible jackets for us. Stay tuned all this week for even more inspiring wedding DIYs, inspiration, recipes, and ideas!