Last year when I visited my parents, I mentioned wanting to get a jean jacket. I had recently gotten the jean shirt I bleached and embroidered and loved how it felt, but it wasn’t quite warm enough for cool mornings. My dad is definitely a fixer, so it wasn’t surprising when he came out of his den with a jean jacket. It was complete with some of his biker patches. I didn’t want to take them off until I had something to replace them… that was harder than expected.
At first, I looked on amazon for feminist, LGBTQ, or just plain cute patches. I found a few that I liked but nothing really spoke to me. Then I thought I’d try and find some local shops around town… but with covid I’m not really shopping around leisurely, so that wasn’t going to work. Then I finally had an idea: a travel jacket. I’ve always loved to travel and never knew quite how to keep track of where I’ve been. There are trinkets and keychains that I always lose. I love the idea of tattoos, but that can get expensive and you never know how safe they are in different areas… so what about patches?
Now that I have a jean jacket that I love to wear, if I could get patches of places I’ve been I could make cutest travel jacket! To start it off, I got a patch from the last place I’ve traveled: Puerto Rico. I carefully took dad’s patches off (I’ll put them on something for him later), and pinned mine down before carefully sewing it in place with my machine. As soon as I finished with my first patch, I got super excited to get the rest of my patches! Of course, I’ll keep you updated when I fill it up 😊 As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea