Make your own patch jacket

Patch jackets. I've seemed to have started seeing them everywhere, and I'm slightly obessessed. I got a beautiful bomber from Zara with some embroidery (see here) and I've wanted patches and designs ever since.

Obviously being me, the ever-ambitious crafter, I decided to attempt one myself and collected a variety of patches from eBay and other places. I used this khaki denim jacket from Topshop which I actually only bought last month, but which I've gone off slightly since I bought it - makes me look a bit awful...

You will need:
An iron
Assorted patches
A plain jacket

Step 1) Collect your patches and jacket - these are mine! Most are from eBay from China, but the guy with the pencils is from my Papergang box, and the deer and small butterfly are from Sass and Belle.

Step 2) Decide on your arrangement and iron on! I used a high heat, no steam for about 30 seconds on the patch until secure...aaaaand you're done! I wouldn't tumble dry it or anything but now you've got a brighter, more fun jacket.

The back....(oopsie iron marks - always use an ironing board!)

Tada! A super easy way to upgrade a plain old jacket.

I'm definitely going to be adding to this over time - here are some patches I have my eye on from some small businesses:

Tweet me yours if you try it!

The Watchers - Neil Spring

The Watchers by Neil Spring

I was completely blown away by this book - it was nothing like what I expected!

 I picked up the Watchers by Neil Spring, not really knowing what to expect but thinking it would be about spies or something due to the Ministry of Defence on the blurb. I was wrong. It is one of the darkest books I have read in a while, and really kept me on my toes - everytime I had a theory about what was going on, I was proved wrong and was left completely thrown by the ending.

(I read this as part of my 50 before 25 quest - see the others here...)

This book blends fact with fiction, and left me questioning the things I thought I knew! It has both sci fi and supernatural undertones, both fighting it out within the book, keeping you guessing the whole way - I'll definitely check out more of Neil Spring's work - it's not often I'm left this captivated and unbalanced by a book!

This book follows Robert Wilding as he explores strange goings on in his childhood village, that people think are connected to aliens, or maybe a strange cult. Weirder yet, the government are interested, and may involve the US airforce...

There's plenty of death, creepiness, supernatural goings on, aliens, and Thatcher in this book to keep me stunned for a while yet.

Can you tell I don't quite know how to explain it? All I can say is it is extremely well written, and you won't regret reading it! It's a bit of a long one, so make sure you set aside enough time as you won't want to put it down...

Have you read this? What did you think? Tweet me!