Something Blue: DIY Your Own Custom Wedding Jackets (+ Enter to Win)

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!

Jacket Final 03

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY


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


Paper towels

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



Till Death Do Us Part

Forever Yours

For the Stencil:

An Exacto knife

How to:

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

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)

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

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.

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Peel away the paper!


Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Fill in the transfer with paint if you like. We used concentrated watercolor to fill in the lettering on the Men’s jacket.

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

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.

Stencil option: 

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Using an exacto knife, cut carefully around the edges of the arrows. Tape down and lightly spray from above.

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

Free People Wedding Jacket DIY

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.

Jacket Final 01

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!

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Can’t wait to read all the love stories – I love the thought of these jackets, so beautiful!

Warm Regards,

Hi! My name is Bea – my fiancé and I met almost three years ago now at a college group… he was the cute drummer with the motorcycle and I was absolutely in love with him from the moment I had first laid eyes on him… A whole year before we met! Every time I would see him coming into the room, I would run the other way. Finally, after a year of wishing he also talk to me (but never giving him the time of day!), we finally talked to each other and what do you know, he liked… Read more »

Awesome post! It’s hard to say when my soon-to-be-bride and I met, we have known each other our entire lives. In the 70’s, her parents opened a local playhouse converted from an old art deco movie theater. And my parents met at the same playhouse while performing in the 80’s and they were soon married. My fiancé took over directing at the playhouse after college and I performed in many of those plays. We quickly became friends, but it took time to eventually admit we shared strong feelings for one another. That was almost 10 years ago now and it… Read more »

What a fabulous wedding idea! This is awesome–anyways, I’m not even close to marriage at all. However, I would love to keep this in mind when bringing a gift for the future–maybe ten years!


I shall share with you the moment we met and the moment we met again. I have lived in New Orleans 12 years. After college, I joined Kickball of Crescent City which is a local league unique and untarnished by the world of adult kickball. I was in a dark relationship that I was struggling to part from and most people in our league avoided me out of fear of my partner. One day, I was sitting by myself and a fearless vibrant energy sat down next to me to put on his cleats and began talking to me. Without… Read more »


Hello! My fiancé and I met at Benicassim festival in 2012. We met whilst dancing to crystal castles and I was that into him I left all my friends and spent 48 hours with him.. Worrying my friends and parents who had reported me missing! Safe to say they wasn’t too happy when I turned up saying id been having the time of my life! Haha. Nathan (my fiancé) lived 200 miles away. For three months we made trips back wards and forwards until I decided we couldn’t say goodbye any longer.. So I moved to be with him. In… Read more »

Christina M.

We met when he walked into my house! A mutual friend brought him over on a really bummer day of his– his bike had gotten stolen, it was pouring rain for his walk to work, and he had gotten a write-up once he got there. That evening, our mutual friend suggested he come over to our house, have a beer, and just… take a load off. He entered my living room through the front door, and I came in through the door from the kitchen. Our eyes met, and it seemed like time stood still. I didn’t really believe in… Read more »

María Jose Leon

This story starts at my farewell party. I was moving to San Luis Potosí and my closest friend threw a huge party. We met there.
He was just arriving to Juarez City that night, to stay.
The next day I took an airplane and went to SLP without looking back, but missing him already without knowing.
We never spoke while we where in different states.
When I got back to Juarez, we met again without planning, since then, we have been together for two years now, one year married.
When you know it, you know it.
Love to everyone ;)


This is actually for my best friend. Id love to surprise her with these. First I’ll tell you how we fell in love. We met at a beach but didn’t really get to talk. The next summer we went to the same beach bonfire party and a little drunk we did the typical let’s be best friends girl thing. I tackled her as a hug hello and we spent the rest of the night ooing and aahing over boys and my new purple hair. The next morning we went for brunch with the clan and after a short piggy back… Read more »


Love the jean jackets!! Finally something for the guy whose heart belongs to a FP babe! I met my FP babe and future fiancé, April,at a concert in Aspen, Colorado. From the minute we locked eyes, we knew we were a match. The problem was she was living thousands of miles away from Colorado. We knew we had to be together, so she cancelled her return ticket home and we spent the summer enjoying the colorado sunshine. When the time came when she had to go back to school, we said goodbye with tears in our eyes. The next year,… Read more »

We met in Costa Rica! the small dirt road surfer town Playa Negra to be exact.. It was in November 2011, I had been blessed to be laid off from my pharmaceutical sales job in San Diego where I am from, and thought what better way to step away from corporate america than to escape to the jungle for a month and stay with my best girlfriend Sarah Mallery. She had moved down there a few months earlier, landing a job in Negra as the only teacher of a single-room school! :) I gave myself a month in paradise finding… Read more »

Can’t wait to attempt this DIY! These jackets are perfect for a fun engagement shoot. My fiancé and I met in high school, through a friend who was without our knowledge already very subtly trying to set us up. I was just getting out of a bad relationship and not looking to date anyone anytime soon but I guess when it’s meant to be it’s meant to be! My friend who set us up was over at my house one night talking on the phone to her “new friend from school” long story short she had to put the phone… Read more »


I was drunk, lying on the sidewalk at a friend’s party in summer. In my drunken stupor I started singing Billy Joel’s ‘You May Be Right.’ That is the moment when Whitney fell in love with me. After almost 5 years together we are to be wed in October 2015. I often find myself singing, like while doing the dishes. Whitney tells me that she sings more than ever now that she is around me. Now we will be singing together until we are old and grey.

It all started at a friend’s bday party 3 years ago. After looking at me all night long, he attempts a first approach in the least delicate way. after one to many beers, he tells me: “is your outfit from Miami Vice?!?” Annoyed, I shrug, turn around and walk away hoping to never to see him again. A shot in the water? Not really. The next day he adds me on Facebook. Still annoyed but intrigued, I accept. As the weeks and his fb posts on my feed pass by, I start discovering someone funny, intelligent and and quite sensitive… Read more »


I met my fiance Ryan when I was 14 years old, the beginning of my freshman year in high school. I thought he was goofy in his cowboy boots and denim jacket, but despite this, we became good friends. We both did theater in high school which forced us together even more, and when I was 16, he became my first, and only, boyfriend. We’ve been together for 9 1/2 years now, and on February 1st of this year, Ryan took me on a road trip to Big Sur. We went for a hike to Jade Cove, and at sunset… Read more »

Coral Kai

We met in High School, but don’t have the traditiona High School sweet heart story, ours went very dfferently and happened in such an organic natural way. After high school we went traveling, separately, but shared our adventures with one another through good old fashioned letter writting and post cards. Dallas is incredibly artistic and would send me necklaces made with coral from the different countries he ventured to. Our paths did not cross again until many years after high school and our many years of letter writting, about 5 years actually. I was leaving a class in San Fran… Read more »

Hailey Caywood

My fiancé’s mother, Patty, introduced us. She was hired by my aunts and uncles as a live-in caretaker for my elderly grandparents. Both of my grandparents were in poor health, and my grandfather passed away last June. A few days after his funeral, I was visiting my grandmother, when Patty asked me if I had a boyfriend. I didn’t, so Patty said, “You should look up my son on Facebook!” I rolled my eyes, and thought, “Okay, Patty…” But I went ahead and searched his name in Facebook on my phone right then. I typed in “Kelly Blake Thomas” on… Read more »


We met almost 7 years ago! I was with my sister and friend and we were just leaving a coffee shop where we saw our friends band play. When we got outside he was sitting on the stoop and we made eye contact and as I walked away with the girls I looked back and he was still looking at me smiling. Later that night my sister and friend went back into town to get drinks and ran into him there! He asked them about me and it ended up being that he and my sister had some mutual friends… Read more »

Ainsworth (my fiancé) and I were “high school sweethearts”. We met in Germany (I was living there at the time) during my Junior year dancing on a table to 99 Red Balloons. I looked into his eyes and immediately knew we were soul mates. I think that our story is so magical because we have grown up together. We’ve been fortunate to experience so many different seasons of life (from adolescence to adulthood) and our love has only grown with each new turn. We were together for six years, two continents and one amazing little girl before deciding that we… Read more »


I will tell you about my real life “reverse love story”. I met the man of my dreams in a dream. I dreamt of his hands long before I knew his name or even his face. In college, my best friend introduced me to her boyfriend, there was something so strangely familiar about this man, but I could’t quite put my finger on it:). Coincidently, my best friend ended up marrying this man. At their wedding, I saw for the first time, in real life, the hands I had been dreaming of. As I watched this handsome, distinguished man give… Read more »

Our story begins as a summer romance: I was going through a “I want to travel and discover my true self” phase when I found myself trying to read his palm at a work party. He was in town for only two weeks so I decided it couldn’t hurt to spend some time together, since I was in denial that I had fallen for him the moment we met. After three years of of a whirl-wind long distance romance, we will finally tie the knot (something I never thought I’d see myself doing) and we will start our lives together.… Read more »

I’d been practicing yoga for about 4 years, when I finally got the guts up to take my first class taught by {gulp} a MAN…I was nervous. But Andrew was a great teacher and he was funny. He made the class light and fun and an awesome workout! I found myself looking forward to his classes more than any other ones, and I didn’t even realize why. A week later I decided to take matters into my own hands. One night I left my necklace behind on the studio floor “by accident” and left the gym. A while later I… Read more »


We met in college as physics majors who back country skied and rock climbed. 5 years later and three states I proposed (ha!) skiing in mountains with a paper ring after he kept mentioning how it was important for him to get married soon. Our date is July 17th, 2015 woo!

my second year of college, i went on a trip to cancun mexico. i wasn’t the spring-break-type, nor was i much of the partying type either, but i decided live a little and do something out of my comfort zone. even though i have always been a hopeless romantic, it never crossed my mind that i would meet a handsome stranger and fall in love.. but thats exactly what happened. the second day of my trip, i met dennis at our hotel’s pool and we were inseparable for the remaining 6 days. i was from connecticut and he was born… Read more »


My sweetheart and I met on the first day of seventh grade. He had short spiky hair as was the cool look of the time and I had my stay true look, long blonde hair. We slow danced at our first school dance and from then on we had our sights set on each other. We began dating seriously sophomore year of high school and have been inseparable ever since. We are each others best friends, travel companions, care takers, sweethearts. 10 years have gone by and many memories have been created. We have graduated high school and college together,… Read more »