Not only does my son love being and looking like daddy, I love using my husband’s old clothing for my son. I love seeing Henry look like a mini man and gets so excited to wear daddy’s clothes. My husband had an old vest that he hasn’t worn in years. I’ve been keeping it to one day make an upcycled vest for Henry. I was just waiting for him to grow big enough to make it work. This upcycle is great because the buttons and buttonholes are already done!

How to Upcycle: Little Boy Vest // DIY Sew

How to Upcycle: Little Boy Vest // DIY Sew


  • Men’s Vest
  • Sewing Supplies
  • Vest sewing pattern – I used the free Waistcoat pattern from Barmy Beetroot.


1. This pattern already has the seam allowance drawn in, but if yours doesn’t then draw them onto the pattern.

2. I decided to reuse the front placket area and the bottom hem, but you can reuse whichever two sides you want. I was able to reuse the the pockets along with the buttons and buttonholes. Let the seam allowances hang over the two sides.

How to Upcycle: Little Boy Vest // DIY Sew

*Make sure no buttons or buttonholes are in or really close to the seam allowance. One of my buttonholes was much too close to the edge so I had to unpick it and mend it. Don’t make the same mistake that I did!

How to Upcycle: Little Boy Vest // DIY Sew

3. Line up the center back of the pattern with the center back of the vest. Let the seam allowance hang off the end.

How to Upcycle: Little Boy Vest // DIY Sew

4. Construct the vest as directed by the pattern instructions.

Then let your boy revel in his new look just like daddy! He’ll look so grown up and so dapper with his new upcycled vest. It’s even cute with a t-shirt and shorts. Henry is wearing an upcycled v-neck tee.How to Upcycle: Little Boy Vest // DIY Sew

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How to Upcycle: Little Boy Vest // DIY Sew

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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  1. Love it!! How awesome is it when you can save those welt pockets?!

    Posted on June 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm