Appliqué Jacket

Appliqué Jacket

Bud Bennett

Want to be able to print any item in your closet with Inkodye? When it comes to dark fabrics or detailed designs, sometimes a little creative thinking is required.

For this project, we printed custom Inkodye fabric patches and sewed them onto a jacket to create a precise, high contrast design. The final product is both professional and one-of-a-kind.


Photo Printing Kit ↗
Negative ↗
Foam brush
Work surface
Construction paper
Natural fabric for your patch
Jacket or other garment
Gather Supplies

1. Gather Supplies

Grab some Inkodye and pick the perfect image. Then find a brush, bowl, scissors, and a good work surface.

Prepare Negatives

2. Prepare Negatives

Need some help making negatives? Try the Lumi App.

Pick garment

3. Pick garment

This bright jacket seemed like the perfect candidate for a makeover.


4. Print

Using Inkodye and the standard Photo Printing guide, print your image onto the fabric panel. We mixed red and blue dye and left the print outside for 15 minutes to develop.


5. Wash

After printing the rest of your panels, use Inkowash to rinse out any undeveloped dye.

Make a pattern

6. Make a pattern

Use construction paper, a pencil, and scissors to shape a pattern for each fabric panel. Make sure the panels are roughly half an inch bigger than needed in each direction.


7. Cut

Trace each pattern onto the printed fabric. Carefully cut out all the panels. We’re getting close!

Fold edges Fold edges

8. Fold edges

Fold over all of the panel edges until the panel is the exact size and shape needed. Finally, iron the edges so they stay in place.

Sew Sew

9. Sew

Slow and steady, carefully stitch the Inkodye panels onto your jacket.

If your sewing skills leave something to be desired, consider asking a friend you help you out. We got a helping hand from our friends at Apliiq.

You're done! You're done!

10. You're done!

Congratulations! Your clothing is officially cooler than ever. Wear it with pride!

More ideas

11. More ideas

Use this technique can breathe new life into anything in your wardrobe. What are you waiting for?