Ophelia the Ostrich Denim Jacket

I love denim.  It is hard wearing, and perfect for embelishment.  At the mid-year sales I managed to find a great denim jacket for only $12.  With a little ric-rak braid, and the beautiful Ophelia the Ostrich Design, you can make a custom piece of clothing – in a single morning.


  • Denim Jacket
  • Ophelia the Ostrich Embroidery Design by Julie Hall Designs
  • Machine Embroidery Threads (see colour chart included with design)
  • Tearclean stabiliser
  • Bobbin fill (because I am stitching on dark fabric, I have chosen black bobbin fill
  • 2m ric-rak braid (depending on the size of your jacket you may require a little more or a little less). I have used teal to match the colours I used in the embroidery.

Notes – Using magnapins makes it easier to hold the jacket onto the hoop for embroidery.  You can also baste your jacket onto the stabiliser, or even hoop the fabric into the hoop.


  1. Load the embroidery desing onto your machine.
  2. Take your jacket, and iron, using a starch spray to ensure the back of the jacket is firm.
  3. Hoop stabiliser into your selected hoop, and lay the jacket over the top of the hoop. Using your magnapins, secure the denim jacket to the stabiliser (ensuring the magnapins are outside of the stitching area)
  4. Move your hoop to the machine, and stitch out your design.
  5. Once embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine, and remove all of the excess stabiliser. Press your jacket with a hot iron.
  6. Take your ric-rak braid, and begin embelishing your jacket. I added the braid to the collar, front pockets, and across the back of the jacket.  Use a 3 step zig-zag stitch, and thread to match your braid.
  7. Once completed, press the ric-rak braid into place, and your jacket is ready to model!

Thank you for ready.  Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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